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  1. Chris Hill and his players left no stone unturned in trying to bring back the St. Edward’s men’s and women’s golf programs. “We attacked this at every angle we could to save the programs, and we did everything we could.” the former St. Edward’s men’s golf coach told CBS Austin. For the golf program specifically, more than $2 million needed to be raised by the end of May. Despite strong alumni and community support, it was too steep a hill to climb in today’s environment. read more: https://cbsaustin.com/sports/college/st-edwards-players-coaches-moving-on-after-school-cuts-6-programs
  2. 11. North Texas: The talk of the town in Denton, Texas, will be focused on the departure of quarterback Mason Fine, who graduates takes with him All-Conference honors and essentially every North Texas passing record in existence. The direction of the offense and where it goes at this point is anyone’s guess, but there are bright spots up front if you look hard enough. A former 2-star recruit, Manase Mose in my opinion could be one of the best guards in the league, but finding help is the key. Right tackle Jacob Brammer was reliable before injuries took him out, and the Mean Green could be relying on new faces to bolster the attack. Anterrious Gray is a JUCO transfer to watch, along with 3-star Lubbock native Erik Williams, whose 247Sports 824th overall ranking nationally was their top incoming recruit. Read more: https://www.underdogdynasty.com/2020/5/28/21269809/conference-usa-preseason-position-reviews-offensive-line-kody-russey-wku-marshall-uab-mtsu-fau-ltu
  3. DALLAS – Conference USA has announced the league’s bowl lineup that will span the six-year cycle from 2020-25. The conference is guaranteed seven bowl appearances in each year of the new cycle. C-USA Bowl Lineup 2020-25 Release.(pdf) “We are very pleased with our future bowl lineup,” said C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod. “Our teams will continue to have postseason opportunities in outstanding destinations that are very accessible to our schools and their fans. We are also excited to have additional flexibility to create great matchups.” As part of the new bowl cycle, C-USA will annually send teams to the Bahamas Bowl against a Mid-American Conference opponent, and to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, against a Sun Belt Conference school. The league has participated in all six Bahamas Bowls and has placed a team in the New Orleans Bowl 14 times in its first 18 years. As previously announced, the league will continue its relationship with the Independence Bowl. C-USA is guaranteed to send a team to the Shreveport, Louisiana-based bowl in 2021 and 2025, while holding a secondary agreement with the bowl in the other years of the cycle. C-USA will also continue its long-standing relationship with the Hawai’i Bowl. The league is set to participate in the Honolulu-based game in 2020, 2022 and 2024. The conference’s remaining guaranteed selections in the cycle (either 4 or 5 per season) will include the LendingTree Bowl (Mobile, Alabama) and the following games which are owned and operated by ESPN Events: 1. Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas) 2. TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, Alabama) 3. Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Florida) 4. Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama) 5. Cure Bowl (Orlando, Florida) 6. Fenway Bowl (Boston, Massachusetts) 7. SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas, Texas) 8. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas) 9. Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Florida) 10. Myrtle Beach Bowl (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) 11. New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, New Mexico) “We are excited about extending our relationship with Conference USA,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of programming and ESPN Events. “We look forward to continuing to feature the conference’s top programs, student-athletes, coaches and fans in our bowl games across ESPN’s networks.” C-USA’s 25th football season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, August 29. The league’s 16th annual football championship game is scheduled for Saturday, December 5. read more: https://conferenceusa.com/news/2020/5/28/football-c-usa-announces-2020-25-bowl-lineup.aspx
  4. I don't think TCU wants you in the Big 12 for the same reason that Tech and Baylor, Okie State and Kansas didn't want to have UH back. I think they like having a leg up on you in recruiting via the conference affiliation. And let's honest the difference between the SEC and Big 12 is tiny when compared to P5 and G5. G5 is sort of like the short bus in term of perception. And I don't like it and don't think it is fair. There is no meritocracy in it.
  5. Once again, the University of North Texas Police Department has earned accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). View Full Article
  6. There were 113 college basketball head-coaching changes over the last two years—58 after 2017-18, 55 after 2018-19. As of April 13, one month after the season ended, there have been 20 changes, none at high-major programs. Winthrop kept Pat Kelsey, Colgate didn't lose Matt Langel to Boston College or another northeastern job, and Wright State isn't searching for Scott Nagy's replacement. Stephen F. Austin didn't lose Kyle Keller to Oklahoma State or another high-major program, and Grant McCasland is heading back to North Texas for his fourth season after leading the Mean Green to a third straight 20-win season. Read more: https://herosports.com/college-basketball/seton-hall-utah-state-coaching-carousel-willard-craig-smith-ahah
  7. Two University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service programs ranked among the nation’s top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools rankings. View Full Article
  8. https://texassports.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster/coaches/jamie-carey/1128
  9. The irony is that we started C-USA based on TV markets and then the value of TV markets went down in value. Now it appears the value of TV markets may be back, especially if schools can't sell game tickets and club seats etc.
  10. Read more: https://sports.yahoo.com/with-budgets-tightening-will-more-college-sports-be-cut-204423901.html
  11. He's really blowing up right now in the national media. Such a great story.
  12. Former North Texas quarterback Mason Fine wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, and he had his Pro Day workout canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, which he called “disappointing and frustrating." However, despite all of the obstacles in his way, Fine has been doing his best to show coaches around the league that he may be worthy of a draft selection. Fine threw for 12,505 yards and 93 touchdowns over four college seasons at North Texas. Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/sports/nfl-draft-prospect-qb-mason-fine-trying-make-good-first-impression-with-teams
  13. In three-plus seasons as a starter at pass-happy North Texas, Fine showcased a quick release, savvy decision making and a knack for extending plays with his feet. He was the Conference USA offensive player of the year twice and set school records in career passing yards (12,505), passing touchdowns (93) and passer efficiency (140.68). Fine would be one of the two shortest quarterbacks in the NFL next season if he makes a team. Of the 98 quarterbacks on NFL rosters last season, 63.3 percent were 6-foot-3 or taller and only Arizona’s Kyler Murray and Seattle’s Russell Wilson were listed as shorter than 6 feet. Consider Fine lucky to be trying to break into the NFL now rather than a decade ago. The league has ever so slowly begun to embrace quarterbacks who stand around the 6-foot mark or just shy of it, as long as they possess uncommon arm strength and athleticism. Read more: https://saintswire.usatoday.com/2020/04/13/2020-nfl-draft-prospects-saints-mason-fine-north-texas-football-news/
  14. Fine is a dark horse in this year’s draft class, an unheralded prospect who might be picked in the final rounds if at all. That puts him in a similar boat to Florida International’s James Morgan, Hawaii’s Cole McDonald, and Colorado’s Steven Montez. What sets Fine apart from those other late-round prospects is his sky-high college production. He put the team on his shoulders at North Texas with over 1,000 pass attempts in four years, leaving school with a solid 62.8 completion percentage and with 93 touchdowns thrown against 34 interceptions (15 of those coming in 2017, his first full year as a starter). He’s shown he can handle a high volume of dropbacks, a responsibility some collegiate passers struggle with. Read more: https://saintswire.usatoday.com/2020/04/13/2020-nfl-draft-prospects-saints-mason-fine-north-texas-football-news/
  15. Solid post MGT, and I will add - I think location will play a much larger role in the decisions than perhaps before. I think families will want their kids to stay closer to home given the situation we are in right now with Covid-19. Families will want to be able to drive to see their kids play versus fly etc.
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