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  1. He hosted and produced a couple of series for the History Channel - back when they had shows about history. My favorite was Engineering and Empire. He appears to be an interesting guy. Masters from Syracuse and PhD from UCLA. https://sites.wp.odu.edu/gs101/event/peter-weller-lecture-why-school-my-phd-and-me/
  2. I get the summer edition every year. I didn't know he'd earned a Bronze Star.
  3. From the article "There are no bad bowl games. Any bowl game is better than the infomercial or useless debate show that would've been on if it didn't exist, so we cherish all bowl games."
  4. Coppell High School has a better IPF than SMU.
  5. In today's (Monday 12-6) DMN, I saw that SMU has been in fewer bowl games since 2012 than us. And, for all complaints about Littrell not winning a bowl game, we have still won more recently than SMU.
  6. How about Seth Littrell be our ... Seth Littrell. I don't understand why having a mixed record is such a difficult concept. He turned around a 1 win team to a 5 win team in season 1 which is a HUGE improvement. He then had back to back 9 win season - something at had not happed in over 40 years. He then had 2 1/2 terrible seasons. But the second half of this season he got the team to turn it around. The team didn't quit on the coach. They won six straight including beating two bowl teams. After six seasons, he's got a .500 record. It's a mixed record, certainly not the worst ever nor unbelievably good. He's in the middle.
  7. Likely a lot of them. But we should encourage a lot of our "never been to a game" fans to buy a t-shirt and come to the bowl game! We BOTH need more butts in seats.
  8. I'm surprised that some of the hypocrisy here. Some folk list "getting blown out in bowls" as a reason for firing Seth. But if Seth has the chance to blow out another team, that's somehow "wrong." Outside of the CFP, bowl games aren't about evaluating a team. Years ago the University Presidents in the NCAA decided most bowls were a reward for teams, students and fans. They specifically said that back when they passed the .500 winning percentage to get into a bowl.
  9. I'm not sure who is/was older - Paul Blake or Austin Aune.
  10. Go through the ticket office if you can. Usually, bowl games require the schools to purchase a block of tickets which then can then sell to their fans. Any tickets they don't sell they usually have to pay for anyway. The more tickets a school sells, the better it looks for future bowls. When you look at bowl "payouts," they always seem to mention a payment without including what the schools are required to pay. At most bowls, schools must buy a block of tickets, a block of hotel rooms, guarantee a minimum number of meals eaten and sometimes even more. Often, it's really hard to tell what the actual net payout really is! I'm not sure what the Frisco Bowl requires.
  11. Not really as you have to make the new coach the center of all attention for recruits, transfers and player retention. The King is dead, long live the King.
  12. I think it's a bit of both. Winning in the Pac 12 is going to be MUCH easier than the SEC. I would think it's a lot easier to show a 18 year old LA verse Norman and let him decide where it's going to be more fun to live. And Riley argued against going to the SEC and was over ruled - that can't make him feel comfortable in that job!
  13. Don't FCS teams have to have a minimum number of scholarships for wins against them to count toward FBS eligibility? I honestly don't remember the details of that so I could be wrong.
  14. USC or OU? USC fans have more teeth than OU fans. And most actually went to a college, if not the college of their t-shirts. I think there's no question it will be far harder for OU in the SEC than the Big XII, regardless of the division they wind up in. Yes, A&M has been roughly the same but "same" for Aggie means middle of the pack. OU has been at the top of the Big XII for quite a while.
  15. I always want NT to win every game. Period. No exceptions.
  16. Yes, there are some positives this year. This is great news and likely a major reason for our current winning streak. Let's keep up the good work!
  17. THIS!! Hiring coaches is always a crapshoot. Coaches fail one place then are wildly successful the next. AND vice versa! Jimmy Johnson was not particularly successful at Okie State. He goes to Miami and is. I've lost count of how many previously successful coaches fail at Texas. Spurrier at Florida and then at South Carolina. It goes on and on.
  18. Maybe, but USC and UCLA certain give then a run on the "schools that don't own their football stadiums."
  19. Not sure exactly how Justin getting paid $10MM is going to have anything to do with us buying out Seth. His agent is NOT going to agree to less money because he just got a big buy out.
  20. It's not the NCAA but the Justice Department that might do something. Or, NT get's sued by women students who feel they don't have equal opportunities in athletics. Fresno State is in the middle of a case brought by their former women's lacrosse team. Fresno won the first round - sort of, at least they didn't lose - but the case continues.
  21. I think that's it. They are broke, but they can't spend exit and entrance fees AND do the facilities upgrades they need to do. They had NOT been doing ongoing upgrades as we have. When realignment came, they weren't ready and you can't start a building program and then join a new conference. You need to have already built facilities when conference realignment happens. THAT was the reason we got passed over for CUSA by UTEP back in 2005 - according to multiple media reports CUSA needed ONE more member and it came down to UTEP, LaTech and NT. UTEP had the facilities and La Tech and NT didn't. This time around, the President of SMU and the Commissioner of the AAC both comment that NT didn't have to promise to upgrade facilities, we are already doing that continuously. Spending on facilities shows other schools commitment to athletics and that is what other University Presidents look for!
  22. Excellent analysis, @Zeleny' Orel. The team this year is no where near what anyone wants. Likewise, we're no where near the 1 win in a season team we were before Littrell took over. We are somewhere in the middle. If we hadn't lost six games in a row, likely there would not be as much angst among our fans. I'm glad I'm not the one trying to read the tea leaves. Coach Littrell has pull off a significant number of positives in the last six years. The same guy that got us to back to back nine win seasons for the first time EVER has a net losing record. When he got here, the standard of success would be to just get to a bowl game, any bowl game! Now, winning most of those is required. Make no mistake - even today's CUSA is far stronger than the SBC we left. And the AAC, even without Houston, Cincy and UCF is going to be far stronger than today's CUSA. A winning record is going to be tougher and tougher to achieve. The one thing that makes me feel positive is the guy making this decision is the one who started working toward conference realignment at LEAST 18 months before it started. A write "at least" because he had to have had things in the works before that to get approval to start when he did. Baker has shown he plans for the long term, not just one or two years. He showed that early when he kept Bedford because he couldn't get a replacement of the quality he wanted. He could have made a minor upgrade, but chose to wait and get a coach that was a huge upgrade. It has proven to be one of many excellent choices Baker has made. I trust him on the football coach decision as well.
  23. Nice article @Brett Vito. I'd forgotten it was just 3 years ago Littrell lead NT to back to back nine-win seasons for the first time in school history.
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