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  1. Some may see Glad To Be Green and go oh no. I want to let everyone know that I will be using this board to share information and answer questions and not to rehash negative comments that might be left on the threads. The Light The Tower Collective should be a positive addition for our athletic program so I ask regardless of how some of you might feel about collectives or me personally let's keep the topic positive for student-athletes and potential donors that might visit the site. To start, I want to addrees the latest release on the LTTC kickoff event to be held next Friday at Apogee. I want to clarify that is in no way meant to be exclusionary to anyone. It is our goal to create a large fund pool quickly and so a list of people who personally or through giving history would be willing to help at certain levels to provide the kick start needed to be viable and have substantial funding available before the end of the month. Honestly, if we have missed anyone who would like to be a part of this initial group please let me know and we will get you an invite. We are fianlizing another more generaal event to get more information to those who desire it. Everyone will be able and have the opportunity to join the cause. As we release information we want to make sure we are fully prepared to take donations and that we have created ways for everyone to participate. While we have moved swiftly, we are still tying uo the final loose ends of all the tools necessary to operate properly. Many of you may have seen the release this morning that SMU will be giving football and basketball players $38,000 annually. They have been working on theri collective for over 8 months and are just getting to the point they are ready to make deals. One poster asked when I became an NIL guru. Well I am not and don't proclaim to be. I don't think there is one as this process is still so fluid. However I understand many of the facets involved that make up the process having served on two NCAA committees that have discussed this topic fo the last 10 years.. I accepted this role because I know I can adminster the program, provide beneficial service to student-athletes inside the guidelines provided and make sure the Collective represents itself in a manner that reflects well on the University and the athletic program. The website is set to be complete in the next 7 days and will provide information on the purpose of the Collective, how donors can get involved and the benefits associated at a number of levels. There are also areas that talk about how companies, corporations and charities can join with compensenstaed athletes in beneficial programs. Again as the rules fo the game change, the website will grow to reflect new an pertinent information. Yes I am participating finanacially in the Collective. I have always participated financially in the causes I work for and this will be no different. Hard to ask people to financially support if you are not. I know some of you have asked how you can give and if you want to do so without knowing the options and benefits available please email me at rick@lightthetower collective.com and I will make it happen. We appreciate everyone's patience in getting this endeavor rolling. I, like some of you, was frustrated that it took so long to get started and why it did I am not sure. At this point it doesn't matter. We will have a functioning program operating this fall and be competitive with most of the schools in our new home, the American Conference. GO MEAN GREEN and let's LIGHT THE TOWER!
    53 points
  2. So now that its over, and there is time for reflection, a few thoughts. Our coaches, Andre Shaw and Clay Wilson prepared our team better than any other team in the tourny. From film sessions, game planning, and practice this was a professionally run organization. Hats off to them. We had a game plan put in to stop Conner Frankamp. If not for the foul right at the end, he would have had 6 points. Aftershocks were a good and experienced team, and we took them to the mat. We got down 10 late and the guys never quit. We were one dang possession away from advancing to the "elite 8" in this tournament. Players. Obviously just putting the team together was the hardest part of this tournament. Up until a certain date you can add up to 10 players on a roster. After 10 players you have to pay tbt $1000.00 to add a player. We added 4 players this way. 3 out of the 4 that we added late were very important to any success that we had. One decided on his own that he did not want to make the trip. Now that we have a reputation of how we treat players, and that we can put a team together that has a chance to win, we think this will be easier next year. #1. We are going to put a team in this tournament next year #2. We expect to be a 2 or 3 seed #3. No one is going to out prepare us going forward Lastly, I have to say that for me personally, dealing with these elite athletes was one of the best sports experiences of my life. The character and professionalism of the guys that made the trip to Wichita was incredible. Google Jordan Stevens and look at his "ballislife" videos and you will see just how lucky we were to land him on this team. This all because the reputation of J.J. Murray and D.J. "drapejuice" Draper, our coaching staff at North Texas, and of course the reason we got in in the first place North Texas Mean Green basketball. Every player on our roster was an elite athlete. In closing, I hope you had as much fun watching this as I did being a part of this. The goal is for us to win this tournament next year, and with this year as our foundation, it is 100% achievable. For now, its football season, see you in the blue lot just a few weeks!
    27 points
  3. Thank you Rick & Lovelace family, along with all of the boosters who are contributing to this collective! Go Mean Green!
    22 points
  4. All you need to know about the state of our program is when someone is talking about beating UTEP as being a milestone for our program
    21 points
  5. Also, if we are being honest with ourselves, we would be ECSTATIC if we were 30 days out from our home opener and had 10,000 tickets left unspoken for given our recent past...and UTEP has about the same level of success in the past several years.
    20 points
  6. Maybe y'all can buy a forum to post on.
    19 points
  7. Huh? Gunnell only got 3 possessions , and went 60 yards with a 29 yard TD strike in the end zone, and an 80 yard TD drive with a 12 yard first down scamper on 4th, and put the ball right in the hands. Those were the only offensive TD’s. Then on the first possession, looked off the safety , and laid a long pass to the TE who was wide open to walk in the end zone, but they said someone tapped Gunnell. I’m not sure what else you would want? Except more possessions next Sat. He did whatever he wanted out there. With limited reps. Lots to explore in time. Keep your chin up fans. Go watch Arizona film. This is a good team.
    19 points
  8. Need to fly a banner thanking RV!
    19 points
  9. Game changer. Really pleased to see RV is the executive director on this.
    19 points
  10. Wow this is HUGE news! Great to have RV back in the fold running this.
    19 points
  11. 19 points
  12. Again, this Collective has nothing to do with the University itself. This is not a Wren Baker hire. This is a group of large-monied donors who CHOSE Rick to lead the effort. What would you do? Have Wren/Neal tell those donors, "No, not him"?
    18 points
  13. That's not adoption, that's assisted living.
    17 points
  14. I fully understand and do take it that way. Trying to get so many thigs done in a short time but no excuse. This must be done correctly in every facet. Appreciate your feedback.
    17 points
  15. I do have one piece of feedback I hope is taken constructively. As the official lead and face of this effort, when you start typing posts, announcements and any other official or unofficial materials from you or the collective, put them in a word document and run editing software before hitting publish. Between the flyer typos and ones in this post, there’s plenty for naysayers to poke at that distracts from the bigger goal and this is all easily catchable in an extra five minutes.
    17 points
  16. Huge news! This is a very big deal for North Texas Athletics and the future -- thanks to all who have made it happen. GMG!
    17 points
  17. RV is still very much great friends with the large donors of the university. He tailgates, dines and is generally just a good friend with them. If they were going to have someone close to the large donors, it would be him. Now - did he reach the layman donor? Not too well. But the collective isn't really going after the $100 a year donor.
    16 points
  18. Over the summer someone pondered the thought of where we are perceived amongst G5 teams. So I looked into a bunch of G5 W-L records for a post but never got around to it. Then in another thread someone talked about the possible perception of it being a miracle that Littrell has won so much here. I dug up those W-L records to see if that perception is right. In doing this I didn't want to compare us to all of the G5s, just test the idea that it's hard to win here based on other similar G5s, not past success. By doing that I didn't even compare us to successful or more prominent G5s, just similar ones. So no Boise, SDSU or any AAC teams. No ULL or App State. Even left off FAU. So the comparison isn't skewed by teams that are perceived to be bigger than us or have had more obvious recent success. Here are the records since Littrell's first year (2016)- North Texas 37-38 Utah State 39-32 Western Kentucky 43-35 Arkansas State 37-37 Central Michigan 35-36 Eastern Michigan 34-36 Western Michigan 45-26 Northern Illinois 35-36 Ohio 38-30 Georgia State 33-39 Toledo 44-27 Nevada 38-33 Marshall 42-32 MTSU 37-37 Out of all these schools these are the only coaches in the top three in salary of their conference (based on 2021)- Seth- 1.9 mil Toledo coach- 1.2 mil Central Michigan- 840k Western Michigan- 800k MTSU- 900k Arkansas State- 825k (As a comparison, Napier at ULL was making 2.1 mil in 2021, their W-L during this time was 52-24) None of the schools have big advantages over us. Some have more historical success than us but I have a hard time believing that amount of success overrides facilities, recruiting area, location, coaching salaries and those factors. Does Toledo have a more winning perception that North Texas? Sure, but does Eastern Michigan. Western Kentucky? MTSU? With all these factors is it really a miracle to win at North Texas? Or are we so beat up by the past that we think it is? It can't be hard to have the SL amount of success at every G5 because a lot of teams are doing just as well or better than us with worse stadiums, worse locations, lower budgets and coaches that cost a lot less. The point of this isn't that SL should be doing better (although he should), the point is we are not poor ol little North Texas anymore dipping our toes into FBS football. We should be having more success because other schools with a lot less going for them than us are doing better.
    16 points
  19. I have a totally new respect for Rick Villarreal. All the flack he caught from many on this board, including me, probably should be thankful that Rick stuck with UNT and continues to support UNT. Thank you RV.
    16 points
  20. I wanted to share a couple of inside notes on this remarkable Bleed Green story that North Texas fans will appreciate as we head into tonight’s match against Wichita State on a national television audience (ESPN2)at 8PM. There is an amazing story of how they were able to get to this point (win or lose tonight) and it is something North Texas fans should be extremely proud of. North Texas alumnus and donor David Anderson played in the annual Don January golf tournament back in May of 2022. Former UNT player DJ Draper was on his team. The two exchanged business cards and promised to stay in touch. Former UNT player JJ Murray came up with the idea of fielding a North Texas team in the The Basketball Tournament 2022 (TBT) several years ago and got together with DJ Draper after this season to discuss in more detail. The two then came together and started the application process and reached out to find a general manager and financial support. TBT is an open-application, single-elimination tournament played each summer in the United States. The 2022 edition features 64 teams with a $1 million winner-take-all prize, broadcast by ESPN. TBT was founded in 2014 by Jonathan Mugar. It is difficult to get a team in the tourney as any team that wins one game in the prior year gets an auto bid so there are limited spots available. >300 Teams are applying for basically about 30 slots. UNT was one of the last ones to get in. DJ started working on how the team could get funded for travel and expenses and remembered David and called to set up lunch. During lunch David immediately agrees to help support the team and starts making calls to donors etc. Bleed Green were big underdogs in both of their first games against Eberlin and K-State. At this point, if UNT as the underdog again (-7.5) wins tonight against the Wichita State team, ESPN will pick up the tab on future travel and operational expenses. Absolutely NO ONE is preparing to the level that this UNT squad is in terms of game film and practices etc. They are all working so hard and putting in super long hours in terms of practice and preparation. It has truly been a team effort and is a really neat story on how this group came together in such a short period of time to become so successful. A good and loyal group of boosters have again come to financially support North Texas in this situation. This includes but is not limited to, Ernie Kuehne, Don Loveless, The McNatt brothers, Mike and David Riley, David Vanderlaan, C. Dan Smith and of course David and Julie Anderson. Coach McCasland is flying in for the game tonight. GO MEAN GREEN!
    16 points
  21. This is a knock on perceived recruiting to backfill the loss of TBIII & Drez. Thing is, people were saying the same exact thing after Javion graduated last season, and NT still finished atop C-USA. McCasland is finding the right guys to fit into his system and coaching them up. I have no doubt NT battles for the Championship again this season.
    15 points
  22. Not to mention that the big name donors to this program were all cultivated when RV was the AD. If you look around, it's not like there are a lot of new big time donors since he left. I know the trend on this board has been that RV didn't do XYZ when he was AD, but the truth is that's just wrong. He did what he did without the same commitment from university leadership that has been seen the last few years.
    15 points
  23. College football is beginning to lose its appeal. Didn't mind donating when the money was going to help pay for a student-athlete's education or perhaps some general operating expenses associated with running the Athletic Department. Didn't even mind if it was providing some reasonable "walking around money," but I don't really have any interest helping fund some teenager's lifestyle, new diamond stud earring or sweet ride. It's just not that important to me. It might be clean money to start, but dirty money will soon follow as it always does.
    15 points
  24. Hot take, UTSA will be worse than last year and UNT will be better.
    15 points
  25. I thought Adaway and Ayo both looked pretty good. If Adaway has a healthy year, he could be special. Aune looked better. Gunnel had some nice throws. Ruder had a nice deep pass to #82. We got there around 10:30. My little one played around, grabbed a snack, then we watched a few mins of the scrimmage. The event was pretty nice. Got some swag and some drinks. I overheard another patron say, “This is our third year coming, but it’s never been this crowded.” It was my first time attending and we’ll be back next year.
    15 points
  26. 15 points
  27. I’ve trashed Aune over the past couple of months, but Gunnell is legitimately pushing him and good on him for winning the job. It looks like we have two capable QBs. Good spot to be in.
    14 points
  28. Nothing like a fan refusing to support the team before the season even starts. We don't need that garbage around here.
    14 points
  29. If Aune looked "okay" entering his 3rd year in the system, he shouldn't be the starter.
    14 points
  30. Ok selection, was mostly happy to see NT apparel that far south. For comparison, the Academy in Mansfield had zero NT merch.
    14 points
  31. I love it when people say this and then also like to talk about our 200K+ alums in the Dallas area and the millions that live near. Typical UNT "green-glasses" - blast other schools when they try. P.S. - You might not know it but there are at least another thing or two going on most of the time here, and just like the Denton area, there are a lot of people in this area who do not follow College football.
    14 points
  32. Many thanks to the Loveless family as well as the McNatt’s and many others. We have so many generous donors to be grateful for.
    14 points
  33. Yes. They also have a page on Facebook. It is being led/organized by Doug Rush, who played here back in the late 80's and has been a very successful high school coach in Tomball for years. He is well connected and is really pushing this idea.
    13 points
  34. Hambone sporting his UNT gear on the first day of training camp! You love to see it!
    13 points
  35. We will always support our alma mater even when we don't agree with the direction leadership is taking. That said I think we lose a lot of fence sitting fans such as yourself and others by retaining Seth another year for sure.
    13 points
  36. As usual false statements. North Texas did not hire RV. He is working as a volunteer like all the others are. Yes he did raise a lot of money for the Stadium plus the other facilities. Try to get your facts straight if you must try to degrade someone!!!
    13 points
  37. Anyone have the new link to gomeangreen.com? This current one is broken. It just takes me to the $mut board.
    13 points
  38. 1) Aune looked good, but no better than in years past. Gunnell just looks like his ceiling is higher…but whether he reaches it is another thing. 2) Unless it gets cleaned up, we will stop our own drives again this year on penalties. i watched for 20 minutes and I swear I saw 6-7 false starts. 3) In typical North Texas fashion, they invite fans to show up at 11am to watch the team…and finish practice at 11:20 4) Oscar Adaway looks good. 5) It appears we will be a run first offense again. I think we should change the motto to “hand it off low, and watch them go” 6) I think we will really miss Novil and Colvin in the middle
    13 points
  39. Did we get a new head coach?
    13 points
  40. Join Harry as he visits with the Executive Director of the newly formed North Texas NIL Collective "Light the Tower" Rick Villarreal. audio link: https://traffic.libsyn.com/gomeangreen/ringr_180539_182839.mono.mp3
    13 points
  41. I didn’t get a name or number but he was working mainly with the 2nd and 3rd teams. Pretty average arm and speed but good leadership qualities.
    13 points
  42. Same RV that also cultivated some of these donors…. Love that he is staying involved. We need as many good people as possible to compete
    13 points
  43. Yes. We have GOT TO get out of the "old Denton" mentality of being the little engine that couldn't. We are our own worst enemy, and nobody doubts us more than we do. I think it is about time we start expecting to be great around here. We need to stop assuming that others (namely SMU) are capable of great things while we are just "lil' ol' UNT". Wanna know why every person that knows me doesn't dare take shots at North Texas? Because that is MY school and I will be damned if I, or my university, take a back seat to anyone. In my presence you will not tell me that we are lesser in any form or fashion. And, it's the damndest thing, those same people now keep up with the goings on of North Texas because that's what it takes to relate to me or converse with me about college sports...I simply won't let you leave my school out of the conversation. The bottom line is this...if WE don't respect North Texas, we should have no expectation that others will! Sorry @wardly, not meaning to single you out specifically, but the purposeful taking a backseat to others in our own minds has got to stop.
    13 points
  44. Last Several Years, I have adopted Tyreke Davis so im gonna stay on the defensive side of the ball and Adopt the monster Tom Trieb to take under my wing.
    12 points
  45. I love this.......But I hate this! I feel like this would be how I felt if one of my kids went to UTSA for school. Even though Im a Cowboy Fan, I want him to go to the Pro Bowl
    12 points


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