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  1. On 6/21/2024 at 3:08 AM, NT80 said:

    I don't agree.  Athletics at our level is pure marketing for the school.   I never hear Rice mentioned, athletically or academically.  Duke, yes.  Rice, no.   If they won't support athletics correctly, then they should just drop to DIII and stop pretending to be competitive even in the AAC, because they are not.   

    Rice is arguably the best university in the South. They don’t need athletics to attract quality students. Any athletics success is a bonus. They offer very generous financial aid to students in need to ensure they get the best students regardless of income bracket. 

  2. 6 hours ago, NT80 said:

    What do you think most of our P5 transfer portal players were?  They were not starters at their previous schools. 

    Many were not starters but that doesn’t make them walk-ons. 85 scholarships and only 22 starters. That means the overwhelming majority of scholarship players are backups by definition. 

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  3. 17 hours ago, NT80 said:

    Facilities do matter.  All the glitz of a payday will eventually wear off, as NIL donations will fade and most players won't get a huge payday. 

    There are thousands of football players out there that mostly want opportunity to play at the college level.  The higher the level the better, and we are a pretty high level on the food chain even though it doesn't feel like it.

    The great equalizer is still a scholarship and playing time.  Each FBS still has a limit of 85 scholarships and only 22 starters.  You won't get many wanting to go to Houston as a walk on, and pay their on way, to sit on a bench 3 years to maybe get a scholarship and play as a senior.

    Thinking that a Houston walk-on is what we should get pretty much defines how NT is viewed, even by our own fans. 

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  4. On 6/7/2024 at 12:01 AM, UNTLifer said:


    Exhibit A-Z: Defense. 

    Also not starting Rogers from day one was a huge blunder. 

    We had the money to hire a more experienced coach and we went with the bargain hire again. We got what we paid for. 

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  5. On 6/1/2024 at 11:35 PM, jdennis82 said:

    I think what everyone's experiencing is less a decline in excitement about the upcoming season but more a setting in to being unaffected by offseason news/rumors.

    Since verbal commitments are increasingly flimsy and spring rosters are no indication of how things will look in the fall, it's hard to feel emotional investment in the spring is justified.

    Once the ball's kicked off in September, I think we'll all be back where we were in terms of engagement.

    NIL/portal has lessened my interest in college football in general but my lack of enthusiasm for this season mostly revolves around Morris. The lack of a defense kills my confidence in a good season (and then anyone worth a damn will get plucked by a p4). 

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