McCarney is in his third year at North Texas, while Solich has long forgotten his Nebraska tenure with eight-plus years in Athens.
Some other C-USA games today:
Colorado State at Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane had lots to fix last week after a devastating 34-7 loss at Bowling Green.
Middle Tennessee at North Carolina: It's uncertain how good the Tar Heels are, but that's not the Blue Raiders' problem. A close result will carry over into MT's first C-USA schedule.
Florida International vs. Central Florida: This should be a nasty little contest, with the Panthers having something to prove after getting turtled by Maryland last week (43-10 final).
Texas-San Antonio vs. Oklahoma State: This matchup gives the Roadrunners a home game, and Cowboys fans get some elbow room in the Alamodome - and some recruiting exposure. Barring an ugly rout, UTSA has little to lose.
And finally, FAU doesn't have an easy go of it in the local press. The hometown Boca Raton Tribune has five drop-down menu items on its website: the Marlins, Dolphins and Heat, as you might expect, and high school football. The fifth team: the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the lower-tier North American Soccer League.
The Fort Lauderdale-based Sun-Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post respectfully recognize the Owls, however.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.