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By Coach Bill Lewis
11. NORTH TEXAS
Breakdown: With C-USA based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it made sense to add a large public university like North Texas. The program has tons of potential, but fan support is lagging and the football program has been inconsistent.
Facilities: Apogee Stadium is one of the nicest football stadiums in the conference, but it doesn’t draw great crowds. UNT Coliseum is a little bigger than necessary for the basketball programs.
Fan support: UNT fans have shown up strong at their two bowl games at the Cotton Bowl stadium (2014 and 2016), but crowds at Apogee Stadium aren’t very good.
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I was pleasantly surprised to see on the front of the Dallas Morning News site the announcement of Frisco, Texas, being awarded the Conference USA basketball tournament. I did have to scroll down a long way, though.
(Two-finger scrolling on laptops is one of the most underrated developments in the tech world.)
I bring this up because the event could receive the skimpiest home media presence in its 22-year history. I do place a positive asterisk on that statement, however.
The Denton Record-Chronicle covers North Texas, and does it well. The paper has staffed a football game in Huntington, something a handful of C-USA area papers can say. There is an outlet in Frisco, the Frisco Enterprise.
But as far as Dallas goes, Southern Methodist was in the league from 2005-13 and let me tell you, the Mustangs were a buried blip. I don’t recall North Texas, situated about 40 miles from downtown Dallas, getting any more of a ride during my two visits to SMU.
And I don’t see Dallas giving this basketball tournament much respect. Certainly not as much as Memphis, Tulsa, El Paso and Birmingham.
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