Monday, November 13, 2006

'Mattress Mac' Tells Them to Sleep on It

North Texas' decision to fire coach Darrell Dickey, right, is not going over well with booster Jim McIngvale, known around Houston as "Mattress Mac" because of his animated television spots for his Gallery Furniture. McIngvale, left, who donated $1 million toward the construction of the Mean Green Athletic Center in 2004, has requested that the university name its practice field after the outgoing coach. If his request is not honored, MacIngvale asks that his $1 million donation be redirected to North Texas' One O'clock Lab Band. McIngvale made his request in a full-page advertisement in the Denton Record-Chronicle, which cost him nearly $5,000. Dickey has had a tough 2006. In February, he had his gall bladder removed. In June, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In October, he suffered a heart attack. Last Wednesday, he was fired.

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