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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. If people are still complaining, you're ok. It means they still have care somewhere in their being. But as I waited 30 minutes to not move down Bonnie Brae to my assigned parking - I just found myself being done. I'm just so tired of how assed everything is with our program. I ended up paying $25 to park in the red lot, so my kids and their friends could catch kick off. I could see there was ONE person letting people into the assigned lot. ONE. There were no traffic cops. I will ended up missing kick-off because the damn electronic ticket machine by the AD can't read NFC and i have to swipe though 7 hub club tickets. Then I have to swipe through 7 hub club tickets to get into the club.... Only to have to swipe though them again once I'm at the top. Give me my damn tickets to wear around my neck. My kids don't have phones. Their friends don't have phones. Jesus. For the face price of the ticket, you'd think it would come gold plated. There's never ice in the drink machine. There's never paper towels in the bathroom. The game is never on the radio. It's just a clown show and I'm tired of shelling out over $1000 a game to not only see absolute shit on the field - but stuff 100% controllable - is rarely good. I'm just spent on spending for this crap. The product is terrible. I'm in an abusive relationship with this program. I can't leave because for some reason I have good memories here and there.. but nothing recently. Just people looking at me blank stared when I try to give tickets away "but it comes with catered dinner, comes with parking pass, don't worry about that $200 ticket price - I just want them used." Nothing. I can't even give them away. I've seen people walk away over the years and i never really got it. I'm starting to get it. Why do I have to dry my hands on the back of my shorts and slip and slide on pee in the bougie hub club? Anyhow - how about that product on the field? 😅
    43 points
  3. Great career. Thanks for coming back for one more run. Crazy athletic and a match up nightmare that we will miss more than I think we realize. Thank you for representing us so well and being part of our first ever wins in the NCAA and NIT. Hall of Famer in my book.
    43 points
  4. According to my sources. That is all. Thank you and GMG.
    42 points
  5. Can someone fill me in or direct me to more information on Ray? Intended use, meaning, so forth. Love dogs, am active in animal rescue, and don't want to misuse Ray in anyway. Thank you!
    36 points
  6. Congrats to Wren. Definitely left UNT in a better place than he found it.
    35 points
  7. A special "Thank You" to David Anderson and his family for their incredible generosity providing the lunch, drinks, and open bar for the Pregame Tailgate, both at this latest basketball game and at the Frisco Classic Bowl game in December. For those of you that aren't familiar, David provided over a thousand meals yesterday and hired all the staffing. He and his people also served over 3000 at the bowl game. All of this was totally free to all fans. David has also been providing tailgating parties for the North Texas Alumni Association for years. Also "Thank You" to our former Athletic Director Rick Villarreal for working the grills and directing the activities. Your hospitality is greatly appreciated. These type of events strongly encourage even the most casual fans to want to get involved. David Anderson (tailgating aficionado) .
    34 points
  8. Can we table the coaching change talks for just a little bit? We're playing for the conference title in 4 days. We've hit the same talking points AD NAUSEAM and we all know where each other stands. It's time to set that to the side for now and start thinking about how insane that we're even in this position. This is a HUGE game for the program to go out of CUSA on top and I'd rather be getting pumped up for that rather than debate the same tired points. See y'all in San Antonio! GO MEAN GREEN! BEAT nUTSAck!
    33 points
  9. I sure hope we keep Wren Baker.
    33 points
  10. Facing a Wichita State team that seldom loses at home…North Texas wins Down 17 against La Tech…North Texas wins Multiple games where we don’t make clutch time free throws…North Texas wins Sloppy game against a FAU team that had won 10 straight at home…North Texas wins Thomas Bell (arguably the heart of this squad) plays poorly…North Texas wins FOUR of the members of our 7-man rotation get in foul trouble…North Texas wins Facing a UAB team that is 15-0 at home…North Texas wins If you don’t understand yet that this is a generational high water period for North Texas sports and your ass needs to be at the pit this week…you’re just plain dumb
    33 points
  11. If SL can get claim a CUSA title, I pretty much wouldn't give a damn about the bowl situation/result. Would LOVE LOVE for this team to win both.
    32 points
  12. He guys this is Shorter dad. Trust me he is 100% but he had a boot on the last month and didn’t want to go full speed until the SMU game as a precaution.
    32 points
  13. My sources indicate that Grant McCasland has agreed to a multi million dollar contract with UNT. McCasland rebuffed interest from SMU. Oh my how things have changed! GMG
    32 points
  14. This is the best day ever!! I found out I'm having a son. And biggest win of the season for MGBB!!!
    32 points
  15. Thanks for those 6 wins during my 4 years at North Texas
    32 points
  16. 31 points
  17. It’s time for change. I have always been the biggest Seth cheerleader since December 2015. But after seven year I believe it is more than enough of a sample size to pull the trigger. Disclaimer I don't think Wren will put that trigger until after the last game. But I think it has to and will be done after the season. The stats below are enough to old yeller Seth. Record in non-conference games 12-19 Record in post season 0-6 Combine that with the lack of energy, enthusiasm and charisma. It’s a recipe for disaster. Not to mention the difficulties he has had finding a DC and QB to off the most important positions on a football team. Now I do think Phil Bennett is one of the best DC in the country. I think this defense is just extremely young. Hell, this team as a whole is extremely young. I believe we have between 5 and 7 seniors starting each week. When you have teams like SMU and UTSA starting 18 plus. I think that makes a huge difference. I blame that on Seth roster management. The lack of aggression in the beginning of the portal days. To now you rarely see this team bring in an immediate impact starter that lacks multiple years of eligibility left. I think this staff and roster is the best we have seen at North Texas since probably 2013. But I think they need a new voice and captain leading the ship. I believe the team is as tired of hearing the same "at the end of the day" BS as the fans are. At the END OF THE DAY Seth Littrell teams have falling short in every game that matters. Dickey and Dodge had excuses. McCarthy had health issues. Seth has zero excuses. He has had more resources, budget and facilities than any other coach in CUSA since the day he arrived. And he hasn't converted that into success on the field. Now what will the post Seth era look like. I look at Wren most successful hires so far. Rodney Delong and Grant McCasland. What do they have in common? Head coaching experience, local ties, energy and winning record at multiple records. I don't want to hear that UNT is just a basketball school. We have all the resources to be able to be successful at both. The North Texas program has improved in many aspects in the last 7 years. It just time for change to take the program to the next level. GMG
    31 points
  18. Rule #1 about downvotes: Never complain about downvotes, unless you want a bevy of them. Kindly ask for a Ray, and kind souls may award you one.
    30 points
  19. ….from the NCAA REGIONALS and will play the Okie State Cow Patties in the Regional Finals tomorrow. The Mean Green are now ranked no worse than 32nd in the nation. BTW,…I would have posted this in the Softball forum,…but unlike our #1 sport Men’s Basketball, our now #1.2 sport Softball doesn’t have one ….yet. Rick
    30 points
  20. So, I know emotions are high around the program, (for a lot of good reasons). But I wanted to put a more analytical breakdown of our transfer portal situation. I used this link here: https://247sports.com/Season/2022-Football/TransferPortal/?institutionkey=24114 as the basis. I will start by saying we are the second most transferred out of team in CUSA this past year with 14. Brammer, Martin and Both Murphy's aren't updated yet, but i added them to ours. The average amount of players who entered the portal per CUSA team is 9. The low is charlotte with just two departures to the portal. Two teams had players leave and re-enroll at their school. Rice and Southern Miss each had 13. Marshall lost their starting QB to the Virginia Tech. Western Kentucky lost a first team CUSA DB Shannon Bishop to the Golden Gophers, First Team OL Mason Brooks to Lane Kiffen's Ole' Miss, and second team all CUSA wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley to Penn State. UTEP lost Jacob Cowing, First Team CUSA wideout to Arizona. UAB lost all conference honorable mention DE Antonio Moultrie to Miami. There are more important starters and role guys moving on in the Portal, but this is just some context to the changes going on in CUSA. This is not entirely a failure on the staff. This is a snapshot of a changing CFB landscape. And what should be a wake up call to a lot of coaching staffs that you need to be recruiting your own players and investing in them just as much as the next wave of recruits. It's like having a hot girlfriend, she's got options so you better stay on your game. The murphy's will likely take a step up in play to the P5 level. If they don't get that type of offer I don't see why they wouldn't potentially come back (unless the family reads this message board, then oooiiieee). In all of this grandstanding we do about the lack of adaptation on the staff's part to how recruiting is working now with the portal, our fanbase seems pretty stuck in their old ways of: You are either loyal or a traitor. Maybe we as a fanbase are just as (un)adaptive as the staff we criticize. These are business decisions being made by family's. Yes North Texas can get you into the NFL, Darden even broke the draft drought, but objectively there are better opportunities in at the P5 level. And guys like Kason, just want a chance to play. He's not going to get that here. Most, if not all, of us don't know the conversations and situations behind closed doors. To me, the grad transfers lived out their commitment to UNT. Brammer gave us a whole educations worth of playing time. I understand wanting to go up against different and maybe better competition and learn some things from some new coaches. Kason, is by all measures a true team guy. He paid his dues he played when his number was called, he was responsible for a lot of sideline energy and leadership. North Texas didn't think he was the guy for them despite subpar QB play. He lived out his commitment too. In the appeared category it's 16 games played total, with two starts from Upton Stout. Cinque Appeared in 5 games, I believe mostly on special teams or filling in for a fairly banged up secondary. Finally the did not play category. I think some of these hurt for mainly one reason. Lineman at this level are mostly developed. Having younger lineman you've been working on exit after some time in a college program seems like a bigger setback to me, but i'm just some idiot with a keyboard and google, not a coach. Graduate Transfers: Jacob Brammer, OL - Starter Kason Martin, QB - Back up Starters: Gabriel Murphy, DE/LB Grayson Murphy, DE Appeared: Upton Stout, DB Deonte Simpson Kenneth Dotson Jordan Rucker Cinque Williams Did Not Play: Chris Cassidy John Brunner Jacobi Johnson Rayvon Crum Davontae McCrae To close, I would say that i'm fairly young in my fandom (2013 grad). But this program is in a much better position than it was even just since I started here. Our recruiting classes have been the highest ranking as they've ever been (this year aside), the facilities are night and day better than they've ever been. Basketball is on the up. Wren and co continued our upward progression in conference realignment. There is a lot to be grateful for. We all want the program to succeed, we all think we may hold those secret keys to unlock the sleeping North Texas Giant, but it's going to take time. Maybe it was the right time to fire Litrell, but for whatever reason, financial, contractual, loyalty, whatever it is, that isn't the situation. I'm not sure bombarding every recruit or offers thread with the negativity or on player parents social media is really the type of thing that adds any attraction to coming to UNT. Love my school, grateful for anyone who plays here for any amount of time. I was never good enough to do so. I wish every former and future player success wherever they go. /End Rant and GMG
    30 points
  21. There is no good explanation for this. I managed to walk over to that tower for four years…even when we played on the road.
    29 points
  22. Not a bad number of fans for this game (and I believe that number is real, there was a significant number of lower bowl seats and even some upper bowl seats filled). Unlike in football, we didn’t crap the bed when we got a good crowd to come out
    29 points
  23. Pirtle arrived on campus as a walk-on and "Mason Fine's Buddy" as he was his top WR in high school and made himself in to an All-CUSA TE/HB/WR through nothing but hard work. He ended his senior stanza as our second leading receiver with 41 receptions for 380 yards and two touchdowns. We will miss his consistency, and I wish him well in the future. https://meangreensports.com/sports/football/roster/jason-pirtle/5116
    28 points
  24. I know I'm going to make people here pretty angry, but UTSA-SDSU absolutely SHOULD outdraw our bowl game. They are 12-1, CUSA champs, facing an 11-2 SDSU team, and their game is in the evening. Yeah, they have to travel to Frisco, but that's it. They game has no reason not to sell out. Everything about that game is a bigger draw. Also, we know UTSA fans don't have to worry about their jobs, so it makes little difference when the game is as long as they can siphon enough gas from their neighbors to make the trip.
    28 points
  25. To hell with this train of thought. There's only one thing we can do. Keep pulling for this team and this program to win out and win a conference title. I'm tired of this "I hope we lose so Seth's gone" mentality. I get it that he's struggled in big games but let the hand play out and let the chips fall where they may. We'll settle up when the season's over. GO MEAN GREEN!!!
    27 points
  26. 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
  27. How about we just say “ Congratulations Coaches and Players - this was truly a clutch performance that deserves acknowledgment”
    26 points
  28. It would be nice and different if some of you could enjoy a victory for at least a day. Than get to your favorite task of criticizing Littrell.
    26 points
  29. That is about the only type of coaching I received in high school. It is supposed to get your attention so you go out and aggressively correct your mistakes.
    26 points
  30. Joe, its not a choice. We have to get this gym full and let Denton see what they are missing. Then we carry the home court advantage over to Frisco, pack that building out too. This team deserves it.
    26 points
  31. Part of the 2017 recruiting class arriving in Denton as a two star - .7803 rated DT at 6'3" and 250 lbs. He was a late addition to the class being offered in January, one month prior to signing day. Man, what a find he was. Thank you for returning for your extra year and for how you represented our university. Hoping to see you play on Sundays. Young man had one heck of a career. https://meangreensports.com/sports/football/roster/dion-novil/5111
    26 points
  32. I have to admit, I get it now. I was pretty new to this football community, and I only had the knowledge of Seth's record on paper before this year. Being an out of state freshman that really didn't watch any UNT football until this year, I never understood why the community felt so negatively for Seth. In my eyes, all I saw was a coach that took a team that got blown out by Portland State, to a team with multiple bowl appearances and a mediocre record. I understood the frustration by fans wanting to see the team take steps forward, but I never saw why people found Littrell to be such a terrible coach... Well that all changed yesterday. Let me just say... Holy shit... That was some of the worst, uninspiring, boring game managements i've ever seen in my life (granted i'm only 19.) How daft do you have to be to seemingly give up on your team in pivotal moments? It felt like he saw every moment in the game as nothing more than a damn scrimmage. I genuinely don't think he cares. I first had my suspicions when I watched his press conferences. They were dull, lackluster, generic, and didn't really make his coaching style or demeanor stand out in any motivating way. You know who he reminds me of? SCOTT FROST!!! A promising coach on paper, but nothing more than a Madden robot once he's on the sideline. This is long, but I just wanted to throw my thoughts out there. I feel as if I owe an apology to the entirety of mean green nation. I had Seth's back for a while due to the fact that I never really had solid evidence to completely give up on him, well now I do! This man CAN NOT be allowed to coach this team in the AAC. Obviously we will all be happy if we win a bowl game this year, or somehow manage to win a CUSA championship (by the grace of God LMAO.) However, this level of mediocrity can't be allowed to continue... And please... For the love of God do not hire a TX high school football coach like they did with Todd... Obviously I did not experience that era in person, but I know damn well that hiring local HS FB coaches for FBS jobs do not usually turn out well Anyway... Thoughts are always welcome. I love this school and I still manage to brag to my friends back home about how much of a hidden gem this place is. I really hope we take a chance on a new coach next year. GMG!
    25 points
  33. UNTlifer this is Shorter dad thanks alot for putting his store on here. It's an NIL deal I help get done for him. Anyone that purchase anything can use this code Jyaire20 for 20% off your order.
    25 points
  34. I know that there have been a lot of questions pertaining to UNT Sports media lately and I wanted to help clarify a few items that I am hearing about from sources: 1). KNTU re-formatted this summer and they no longer wanted to carry sports. That said, their coverage map is almost identical to 95.3 FM. KNTU is what is termed a non-commercial station which makes it difficult to sell sponsorships. So in a way this new set-up is good for us. We just need to get more people on board with the change to 95.3. 2). We also need fans to learn about and take advantage of the Varsity Network App which you can download onto your computer and phone. It is free and can go anywhere you are in the country and the world that has internet. Just go to thevarsitynetwork.com and you can download the app for free. There is a desktop version available as well as phone. It will also house all of the podcasts and coaches shows and broadcasts etc. 3). The AD is taking steps to improve on the ESPN+ product. As UNT moves to The American, a seven-figure investment has already been made to improve cameras and control rooms that create those broadcasts. Starting in 2023, no football broadcasts will originate in-house. All will come via truck through ESPN. 4). The UNT social video team has never been better. The people complaining about Youtube video is coming from the video board show which is largely managed by students and will soon improve. The students working on the video board show are under management of full-time staff, but both of them are in their first fall in their respective positions. They are developing a new training program in conjunction with the academic side. Some examples of the higher level social video are here: 5). UNT has also added a full-time athletic photographer for the 1st time in it department history. See his work here: Good news is that the department is increasing coverage and content for all sports, not only football and MBB. So you will see improvements in all sports. Still work to do but I wanted to get some of the positive things that are happening behind the scenes. More to come. GMG.
    25 points
  35. At the end of the day we can call it disrespectful, but we didn't do anything to shut them up. So....
    25 points
  36. Jokes on you. A punter will have plenty of opportunity for success at North Texas.
    25 points
  37. Gee, you think? I was in attendance. I sat next to the parents of a starter on the team. We compared observations during the scrimmage......mostly about the QB's. Keep in mind that "sacks" are called/credited when the QB is touched or his shirt is grabbed...... some plains Indian tribes used to call it "counting coup". Now, each of these in a real game situation could have resulted in a real sack. But, on more than a couple of occasions, it looked to me like the QB could have escaped and gotten some yards running. Suffice it to say that the defense (as is usually the case in the spring/fall practices) was ahead of the offence. And the defense (aggression-wise) is not missing the Murphy Brothers. One incident illustrates my point. Toward the end of the scrimmage, and after a field goal try, a fight broke out between a Defensive player and a O-Lineman. Nothing too unusual about that, except that this was not chest bumping and chicken fighting.......it was fast and furious. The momentum of the fight quickly took the participants about 20+ yards downfield before it was finally stopped and broken up. And it took all of the refs, coaches and many players to do it. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. Defensively, I saw 59 around the ball a lot....including knocking down a couple of passes. He was also one of the last players walking away from the area of the fight. #99 (Enoch Jackson) had a couple of behind the line of scrimmage stops on RB's. After that, the running game did reasonably well. The DB's were for the most part, all over the receivers. Which resulted in several flags being thrown on them. But at least they were not getting beat. But the star of the day on Defense was #93 on your program, Roderick Brown. As the scrimmage progressed, he got more and more difficult to block. Especially on passing downs. He "counted coup" around three times in the scrimmage. If this continues through out the fall, then around mid-season someone is going to make the "Booger" comparison. QB's were.......well.....OK for the first scrimmage. Aune got most of the reps for about the first 1/3rd of the scrimmage. After that, it was Ruder, Earl, and Head in that order. Aune was, well....Aune. Some reasonably good throws, and some bad ones. Ruder got off a pretty good pass to Lyles (#13), but he was also hot and cold. He got off one long run, but that was about his longest play. Both Head and Earl (IMHO) looked better than Ruder. They both have pretty strong arms, but I think that Earle's is a bit stronger. A lot of the "bad passes" that BV made reference to were overthrows of long pass plays. Earle threw a couple of those, but he also made what I consider the best throw of the day. He was running to his left when he fired a sideline pass to Maclin (#9, the transfer from Missouri). Maclin was wearing a DB and going down when the pass hit him in the ol' bread basket. Great throw and great catch. Maclin made other good catches during the scrimmage. And by "good" I mean he made the catches that he was supposed to make. Like last year, there were a lot of drops out there by many of the players. But Lyles (#13), Johnson (#19), and Rocquemore (#81) did well, and even Kautai (TE #46) had a good catch. He looks like a load BTW. All the healthy RBs looked good. Jackson (#21), Johnson (#23), Ragsdale (#25) and Adeyi (#39) had the long runs. Adeyi had the longest of the day. But about half way through the scrimmage they started giving a couple of newcomers some "reps". Preston Landis (#40 from Rockwall Heath) and Quincy Kemp (#38 from Pilot Point). Landis was pretty impressive. I don't think I saw him lose any yardage on any of his carries, and scored at least two TD's on goal line situations. Lest you think he is a "battering ram" type runner, he ripped off a pretty impressive 10+ yard run that included some pretty good moves. Quincy Kemp was very quick and he used his blockers well in a couple of his runs. He got the ball thrown to him a few times, and he did well on those plays. Now, this spring might be the last time that anyone sees these players, but in the case of Mr. Landis, I'm not so sure. However, I've been wrong before. Anyway, whilst sharing observations with the parents of the aforementioned starter, the mother and I decided that Stone Earle was the QB that we favored the most. We liked the way he ran things....especially his decisiveness and confidence.
    25 points
  38. UVa fan checking in…very interested in the matchup Sunday evening. I’m sure the media talking heads will beat the “slow pace”, and “first team to 50” storyline to death, so I’ll stay away from that one and just break down our team. It’s been a up and down season for us. A lot of new pieces, but not many fans are thrilled with the NIT 3 years removed from a national title. That said, still an opportunity to get some tournament experience and play some teams we don’t normally see. Season highlights were winning at Duke, beating Providence and sweeping Miami. Lowlights were losing to Navy & JMU, and getting smacked twice by UNC who we usually handle. We’ve got 7 guys in our regular rotation, and all have the ability to hit double figures on a given night, but rarely is it clicking for everyone on the same night. Backcourt is a 3 guard starting lineup of Reece Beekman, Kihei Clark (who made “the pass” against Purdue in the Elite Eight) and Armaan Franklin. Beekman is a soph, but likely has an NBA future. He’s quick, doesn’t turn it over, is an elite defender, and a good enough shooter to keep the defense honest…I wish he looked to score more. Clark can look all-world one sequence, and commit a bad TO and take a bad shot the next 3 sequences. He’s a pest of defense, but not Beekman level. Overall his positives tend to outweigh his negatives, but he’s hot-and-cold. Same with Franklin…if he makes his first couple of shots, look out…if he misses them, it could easily end up being a 1-10 night. Our most consistent frontline player is Jayden Gardner. He’s undersized at 6’6 but is capable of scoring 25+ and is deadly in the midrange…he’s not a threat from 3. We’ve got a couple of bigs in 6’11 Kadin Shedrick and 7’0 Francisco Caffaro. They rarely play at the same time, but usually split the minutes at the 5. Shedrick has higher upside, but is more finesse and the better shot blocker. Caffaro is a bull, but not real polished. Our last reserve is Kody Stattman…6’8 wing but not especially athletic. He can hit the 3 if you leave him open, but won’t be a dagger guy…most fans would prefer Bennett gives his minutes to one of our freshmen (Murray or Milicic), but Bennett has stuck with the senior. If you have any questions, fire away. Good luck on Sunday!
    25 points
  39. Some nice love on the mothership tonight. GMG!
    25 points
  40. 1, Keep Grant McCasland 2. Recruit players and playmakers (NT should be a destination University for top basketball players to attend 3. Promote basketball to Dentonites and the North Texas area 4. Keep Grant McCasland
    25 points
  41. Chris Cavalaris - wide receiver Jack Torrance - novelist
    25 points
  42. Well, there you have it folks. Anyone that SMU would call despicable (and that is a HIGH moral bar to clear) we should steer clear of.
    24 points
  43. But UTSA doesn’t have the funding either not near the facilities and yet they can hang with teams like UofH and win championships. Give me a break with all that.
    24 points
  44. https://smumustangs.com/sports/football/roster Trey Siggers Benedict Arnold Remainder of the roster:
    24 points
  45. I vote for “Mean Green” I feel like it could catch on
    24 points


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