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  1. Courtesy @HeerySports, @meangreenops and Parrish Ruiz De Velasco
  2. 6. Michael Collins: QB - Rice The grad transfer from Texas Christian is a bit of a wildcard. Yes, this is the third program for the Connecticut native in his collegiate career. read more: https://www.underdogdynasty.com/2020/2/24/21148251/conference-usa-seven-new-faces-to-watch-in-2020-jj-holloman-tyson-maeva-tj-chase-tre-harbison
  3. The wining formula in the G5 leagues is not rocket science but it is easier said than done. You have to recruit well and consistently. If you can do that the rest will fall into place. Take a look at the AAC in football, look at years 2017-2019 in the 247 rankings and you will see the same names at the top, UCF, Cincy, Memphis... This season Tulane found their way to the top 3. Guess what, that wasn't luck. It was a detailed and well executed plan that Coach Willie Fritz and his assistants commandeered and it took several years to come to fruition. Back to basketball, I felt Coach McCasland has always shown a propensity to recruit. This past season was his masterpiece and the irony is he lost one of the best point guards in the country (Ryan Woolridge). Because McCasland can recruit, it allows him to overcome other obstacles. I still think he burns out his teams too quickly during the season and goes overboard on the getting irate on minor issues early on, but that said, he has a real chance to do very well with this team this season. I also think Jalie can recruit however, she has struggled with keeping recruits in the program once they sign. She has also had some injuries. UNT has a great location, good academics and more administrative support than they have ever had in the past. They are slowly but surely addressing the long standing facility issues and can now boast some of the nicer facilities in G5(still need to address the athletic center and lockers etc). I have long stated that more of the budget needs to be appropriated to recruiting specific needs, and I also think that recruiting ability should be one of - if not the top - characteristic in new coaching hires. The portal and transfers should be a HUGE strength for UNT based on location and academics. I also think the walk-on program could be huge here (it has been in the past). I'm into data driven solutions. If we are losing recruiting battles let's figure out what the objections are and address them. Or let's focus on the right recruits that match our profile. Back to the original point, I think what we are seeing in basketball this season is EXACTLY what we should see in all of our programs going forward. GMG
  4. Very valid point -- but it also helps when you are looking for expansion projects to be able to show you are in the black and not running a deficit. I recall a lot of the opponents of Apogee were making a stink about the AD losing money.
  5. Direct Audio Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/gomeangreen/Natn_signing_day_2020_part_2_mixdown.mp3
  6. Join @Harry @TheReal_jayD and @GMG24 as they provide an in-depth review of North Texas Football’s finishing touches to the highly rated #UNTAMED20 signing class. Direct Audio Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/gomeangreen/Natn_signing_day_2020_part_2_mixdown.mp3
  7. It will be up tonight. We are recording later today.
  8. Great pickup. Love his speed. He will help us quickly.
  9. MEAN GREEN FOOTBALL Littrell Wraps Up Conference USA’s Top-Rated Class Click here for direct link to player bios DENTON - North Texas added wide receiver Detraveon Brown to its 2020 signing class on Thursday, giving the Mean Green a total of three additions during the February signing period. Brown’s inclusion moved North Texas into the top spot in Conference USA according to 247Sports.com, the Mean Green’s highest-ranked class since the recruiting service started grading classes. The Mean Green inked a trio of recruits, giving North Texas 21 for its 2020 signing class, 11 on the offensive side of the ball and 10 defensive players, all of which are rated 3-star prospects by 247’s Composite ranking system. UNT added Brown from Northwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, junior college offensive lineman Teeshaun Turpin and an accomplished edge rusher from Las Vegas, in Jonathan Pickett. The Mean Green exhibited a focus in the trenches in the 2020 class, signing five offensive linemen and five defensive linemen. North Texas is currently No. 1 in Conference USA according to 247 and is among the highest-ranked of the schools from the Group of 5 conferences. This year maintains a significant rise in UNT's recent returns as Littrell continues to build recruiting momentum, with the Mean Green checking in at No. 67 nationally as of Thursday morning. The 2017 class was rated No. 115 in the nation with six 3-star recruits by 247Sports. In 2018, UNT's class was up to No. 102 with 12 3-stars according to 247Sports. ESPN graded none of the UNT recruits in either year as 3-star. In 2019, the Mean Green rose to No. 75 according to 247Sports. 2020 North Texas Signing Class #UNTamed20 High School Signees Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) Kade Bond OL 6’3” 298 Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia HS) Detraveon Brown WR 5’11” 178 Shreveport, Louisiana (Northwood HS) Jordan Brown LB 6’0” 200 Huntsville, Texas (Huntsville HS) Garnett Burke S 5’11” 170 Garland, Texas (Lakeview Centennial HS) Jett Duncan OL 6’2” 291 The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands HS) *Dane Jackson OL 6’0” 277 Berea, Kentucky (Madison Southern HS) Isaiah Johnson RB 6’0” 200 Lubbock, Texas (Cooper HS) Jacobi Johnson LB 6’3” 230 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Midwest City HS) Ta’Shoyn Johnson DL 6’1” 288 Killeen, Texas (Killeen HS) *Christian Lee TE 6’3” 210 Friendswood, Texas (Friendswood HS) Jordan Nichols S 6’1” 199 Waco, Texas (Connally HS) Jonathan Pickett DL 6’3” 260 Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines HS) Kortlin Rausaw DL 6’3” 259 Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS) Jake Roberts TE 6’4” 235 Norman, Oklahoma (Norman North HS) *Upton Stout DB 5’9” 165 Houston, Texas (North Shore HS) Loronzo Thompson WR 6’0” 160 Friendswood, Texas (Clear Brook HS) Tavorice Weaver DB 5’11” 190 Dallas, Texas (Madison HS) Erik Williams OL 6’4” 247 Lubbock, Texas (Coronado HS) Junior College Transfers Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School) *Anterrious Gray OL 6’2” 329 Macon, Mississippi (Northwest Mississippi CC) *Davontae McCrae DL 6’4” 250 Miami, Florida (East Mississippi CC) Teeshaun Turpin OL 6’4” 305 Cleveland, Ohio (Long Beach City College) *Enrolled early Bold – Signed during February Signing Period
  10. Great pickup!! Good work by the coaching staff as he had options.
  11. I am really pleased with this hire. Guys is a good teach and recruiter. Take a look at FAU's line play and you will see what I mean.
  12. Powered by transfers Three junior college transfers in their first season with the Mean Green combined to help destroy the Roadrunners. Hamlet (a guard from Northwest Florida State College) had 22 points and six assists. He hit 8 of 11 from the floor. Forward Thomas Bell III (Kaskaskia College) had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Reese (a guard from Odessa College) hit four 3-point shots and scored 18. read more: https://thejbreplay.com/jackson-scores-37-but-north-texas-beats-utsa-98-78
  13. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the satellite location during its regular meeting on Jan. 23 View Full Article
  14. I tend to agree however, it also seems like Boise has sort of floundered a bit from where they had elevated to in the past. Being in a conference with the likes of UCF, Memphis, Houston, now Cincy and *gulp* SMU. The author of the article states it well in that Boise is no longer nationally relevant and thus should consider all available options.
  15. Why is he not getting more PT? Is he injured?
  16. https://coachtube.com/course/football/seth-littrell-condensed-packages/2317546?ambassador=cHwDoZZPjeFnR8UFcSNTQb31&src=7221376 Description This was the talk of this year's Texas High School Coaches Association annual Coaching School. Packed with all X's and O's to outsmart your opponents! See why his offense is putting up over 48 points a game and already upsetting SEC's Arkansas 44-17 in week 2. Condensed Sets Run Game -Pin-Pull -Power Read -Inside Zone Read Pass Game -Quick Passing Game -Leverage Beaters/Shot Plays Mesh -Leverage Beaters/Shot Plays: Corners -Leverage Beaters/Shot Plays: Post Over Seth Littrell is in his third season at University of North Texas. The Mean Green finished 2017 9-5 with an appearance in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and set several offensive records along the way. North Texas broke single-season program records for points (497), passing TDs (32), total offense (6,366 yards), total offense per game (454.7), most plays (1,037) and most first downs (340). The Mean Green showed marked improvement offensively again in Littrell's second season, improving their points per game average by 10.7 ppg (35.5). Sophomore QB Mason Fine also took a major leap forward in his second season with Littrell, becoming the first Mean Green signal-caller to eclipse 4,000 yards passing in a season (4,052) and the first to throw for 30 or more touchdowns (31). Fine was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and was a first-team all-conference performer. Littrell led the Mean Green to the second-best turnaround in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2016, his first season at the helm. North Texas improved its win total by four games, finishing 5-8 on the season with a Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl appearance. Littrell helped lead the Mean Green to a 9.6 points per game jump in scoring offense from it's output in 2016, which ranked 11th-best in the nation, and the 2016 defense allowed 8.7 points per game fewer than it did in 2015, which was the 13th-best turnaround in the country. One of the brightest offensive minds in college football, Littrell came to North Texas after serving as the assistant head coach for offense and tight ends at North Carolina. At the time of his hire, the Muskogee, Oklahoma, native was the youngest coach in Conference USA and fifth youngest in the nation. The dynamic mind of Littrell turned the North Carolina offense in 2015 into one of the nation's best, as the Tar Heels set school records for most points and touchdowns in a season. The Tar Heels won the ACC Coastal Division Championship and played in their first ACC Championship game. North Carolina scored over 30 points nine times in 2015, topped the 40-point mark seven times and scored over 50 points in four games, which was a school record. Through 12 games under Littrell's guidance in 2015, UNC averaged 41.2 points a game, which at the time ranked 11th in the nation. Under the leadership of Littrell, quarterback Marquise Williams set a new school record for career touchdowns (90) and total offense at North Carolina. In 2015 with Littrell, the UNC offense averaged 7.46 yards per play, which at the time was second in the nation, and ran the ball for 6.0 yards a carry, which ranked third in the country. UNC was one of just 11 schools in the nation that averaged more than 200 yards rushing (229.7) and 250 yards passing (266.0). In 2015, UNC rushed for over 200 yards eight times and had over 500 yards of total offense in four games, including 704 yards in a 66-31 win over Duke. In his first season in Chapel Hill in 2014, Littrell helped Carolina establish several school records, including most passing yards, most passing touchdowns and most first downs. Williams was a second-team all-conference pick after leading the Tar Heels to a bowl game in his first year as the starter, and set several individual school records, including most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Carolina gained more than 5,000 yards in Littrell's first season as the play-caller and averaged 429.8 yards per contest. Littrell came to Chapel Hill from Indiana where he guided one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Indiana finished ninth in the nation in total offense in 2013, averaging 508.5 yards per game. The Hoosiers were 17th in passing offense (306.7 avg.) and 30th in rushing offense (201.8). Indiana was one of only three teams to average more than 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing Under Littrell's guidance in 2013, Indiana set single-season records with 6,102 total yards, (508.5 ypg), 461 points, (38.4 ppg), 36 passing touchdowns, 62 total touchdowns and 300 first downs. Tight end Ted Bolser thrived in his system, setting IU career records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end. Bolser and wide receiver Cody Latimer were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Latimer was taken in the second round (56th overall) by the Denver Broncos, while Bolser went in the seventh round to Washington. In Littrell's first season as Indiana's offensive coordinator in 2012, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten and ranked 17th nationally in passing offense (311.2). They finished second in the conference in total offense (442.0) and fourth in scoring offense (30.8). Prior to his stint at Indiana, Littrell coached three seasons at Arizona, where his 2011 offense ranked third nationally in passing offense (370.8) and 15th in total offense (465.2). Three of his Arizona players were selected in the NFL draft: tight end Rob Gronkowski (New England - 2010 second round), quarterback Nick Foles (Philadelphia - 2012 third round) and wide receiver Juron Criner (Oakland - 2012 fifth round). Prior to Arizona, Littrell served four years as running backs coach at Texas Tech (2005-08) under Mike Leach. The 2008 Red Raiders rushed for 119 rushing yards per game, the highest total in the Leach era. Running back Shannon Woods earned All-Big 12 Conference honors in 2006 after averaging 6.1 yards per carry and snagging 75 receptions, totaling a top 15 national figure of 139 all-purpose yards per game. Littrell began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas from 2002-04. The Jayhawks played in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl. Littrell has coached in seven bowl games, played in two and was team captain on Oklahoma's 2000 national championship team. He was a four-year letterwinner at Oklahoma where he rushed for 231 yards and seven touchdowns in 1999 and finished his career with 11 rushing scores.
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