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  1. C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - DEC. 2 KICKOFF - 6:30 P.M. PARKING LOTS OPEN - 12:00 P.M. ENTRY GATES OPEN - 4:30 P.M. #23 UTSA takes on in-state rival North Texas on Friday for the C-USA Championship. Download the UTSA Roadrunners app and load your tickets into your Wallet app before arriving at the Alamodome. Arrive early as a large crowd is expected. Curtis Grimes will be playing live in the Fan Zone in the H-E-B Plaza which opens at 3:30. Tell all your friends they don't want to miss this event. Get in the Dome early and get loud Roadrunners. LET'S GO 210! Here are some other important notes for the big game on Saturday: The Alamodome parking lots are only available to season pass holders. There are other public parking lots available in the area that offer game day parking. Rideshare pick-up and drop-off is located in the Convention Center lot at the corner of Montana St. and Tower of Americas Way. VIA Park & Ride will be available from the Crossroads Park & Ride location, get more info here. ADA parking is located in Lot A on a first-come, first-served basis if you have a valid placard. All fans should be out of the Alamodome parking lots 1 hour after the end of the game. Join the UTSA Alumni Association in a new location for Roadrunner Nation Tailgate. It will be in the NW corner of Lot C. Anyone who wants to get “rowdy” is welcome to join the party! Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Check out more details and ticket info here. The Spirit Walk is back again this year. Get pictures of the team and cheer them on as they arrive at the Dome. The Spirit Walk takes place between Lots B & C at about 4:15 p.m. The Alamodome Clear Bag Policy is in effect all season. Game tickets, parking passes, and hospitality passes are all digital this year. View and manage them through the UTSA Roadrunners app or at goUTSA.com/accountmanager and view our Digital Ticket Guide here. Download them to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay before arriving at the Dome. UTSA Roadrunners mobile app has launched. Through the app, UTSA fans will enjoy a personalized mobile experience with the ability to manage tickets, shop for official UTSA Athletics merchandise and receive breaking news and score notifications for the teams they follow. Visit the App Store or Google Play and search for “UTSA Roadrunners.” If you need assistance on game day, there are Customer Service ticket windows at the NE and SE box offices. Please call the ticket office with any questions prior to game day at 210-458-8872. GO 'RUNNERS!
  2. Join @Evan, @Harry and @TheReal_jayD as they preview the upcoming C-USA Championship game in San Antonio against UTSA as well as the huge news that UNT AD Wren Baker has accepted the same position at West Virginia of the Big 12 Conference. direct audio link: https://gomeangreen.libsyn.com/gomeangreencom-barbershop-podcast-228
  3. Join @Evan, @Harry and @TheReal_jayD as they preview the upcoming C-USA Championship game in San Antonio against UTSA as well as the huge news that UNT AD Wren Baker has accepted the same position at West Virginia of the Big 12 Conference. direct audio link: https://gomeangreen.libsyn.com/gomeangreencom-barbershop-podcast-228
  4. DENTON – The UNT football team will make a second trip to the Alamodome in just more than a month to take on rival UTSA on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., with the Conference USA championship on the line. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network with the radio broadcast on KHYI 95.3/KXXN 97.5 (Wichita Falls)/The Varsity Network. Head coach Seth Littrell and selected players spoke to the media on Tuesday and discussed, among other things, how the team envisioned this rematch as soon as they left the Alamodome turf last month, what needs to be done to remedy its potent rushing attack after being shut down in the last meeting and what it would mean for the program to win its first conference championship since winning a Sun Belt crown in 2004. Revenge an added motivator as Mean Green seek championship It was a month ago when defending Conference USA champion UTSA ended the Mean Green's eight-game conference winning streak inside a raucous Alamodome environment. As soon as the team got back to its locker room that night after a heartbreaking, last-second loss, the players and coaches alike already had their sights set on a seemingly inevitable rematch with the conference championship on the line. "I think we walked off the field and told them we'd be back," senior defensive back Sean-Thomas Faulkner said. "It's proving what we all knew. With there being no more divisions, we all knew we could still control our own destiny. We knew we'd be back and would get another shot at them." In the last meeting, UTSA (10-2, 8-0) ended the game with an acrobatic touchdown reception with 15 seconds remaining to pull out a 31-27 victory over the Mean Green (7-5, 6-2). "They made one more play than we did down the stretch," Littrell said. "That's football. It was a very competitive game. We knew leaving that field that we wanted another opportunity to get back out there and compete against those guys, and our guys did enough down the stretch to put ourselves in a position to do that." Not only are the Mean Green trying to avenge a loss earlier in the season, and doing so in a conference championship game, but it also happens to be against one of, if not their most heated rival, as they enter Friday's game with an even split in the all-time series. "Rivalries are always great to be in and to be playing your rival for a championship is unmatched," sophomore running back Isaiah Johnson said. "I wouldn't want it any other way. I've really grown to not like UTSA but they're a great team and I'm happy to get a chance to play them again." UNT looking to correct rushing woes against UTSA Heading into their previous meeting in San Antonio, the Mean Green were fresh off a school-record rushing day when they rolled up 475 yards on the ground in a win over Louisiana Tech the previous week. That momentum was quickly thwarted by the Roadrunners, as they held UNT to just 22 yards on 21 carries for the typically run-heavy and productive offense. Senior center Manase Mose, who will be making his 61st career start (good to tie him for third all-time in NCAA history), said he and his teammates in the trenches were simply outplayed on that day and they must do better Friday night to bring home a trophy. "They just played better football that day," he said. "We kind of lost focus in the first half and slowly picked it up in the second half. The O-line and offense as a whole, we have to focus on the little things and do things right on our end. "Their D-line and whole front-seven is a good unit. They're strong and big. It's gonna be a challenge for us to get them moving and get rolling." Littrell said the reason UTSA shut down his ground attack in the last meeting was simple math and the extra men the Roadrunners put in the box. There is one way to exploit that, and that's with explosive plays in the passing game. "You gotta hit plays in the passing game, for sure," Littrell said. "We had to do that in the second half and we did make some big plays. That's something we have to do. The biggest thing is you have to trust and believe in making your routine plays. There were five or six explosive plays we left out there in the first drive that could've changed the game. You just have to make routine plays. You only get so many opportunities to make them. When you get them, you have to finish them off." Littrell, players know what a championship would mean As the Mean Green prepare to play their second-to-last game as a member of Conference USA before next year's move to The American, and their final conference game in the league, they are all aware of what a win and a championship would mean for the program moving into the future. UNT hasn't won a conference championship since the 2004 Sun Belt title and hasn't played in a conference championship game since a 41-17 loss to FAU in the 2017 Conference USA Championship. "Any time you have that opportunity to win a championship, it's huge," Littrell said. "We all understand that. You only get so many opportunities to do this. Some of these guys, it might be their only opportunity to play in a championship game and win a championship. You never know how often they come around. You have to be prepared for it and enjoy that preparation and go out and perform at the highest level. "Winning a championship would be big. That's what the goals are. That's what I envisioned for this university is to go compete for and win championships and win bowl games. Now is a great opportunity to achieve some of those goals." Even for guys like Faulkner and Mose, whose UNT careers are coming to an end, the importance of Friday's game for the future isn't lost on them. "For me, being a senior, next year I'll be gone," Faulkner said. "It doesn't affect me. But this program, as a whole, going to a new conference and leaving on a championship note would be a big deal for the whole program – support, recruiting, everything. It's huge for the future of North Texas." LINK: https://meangreensports.com/news/2022/11/29/football-unt-out-for-revenge-with-c-usa-title-on-the-line
  5. Technically, UAB has been on the clock to find its next head football coach longer than any other program in this cycle. It’s been more than five months since Bill Clark’s abrupt resignation/retirement from the Blazers’ position shocked both school officials and the college football world. After a 6-6 season under interim coach Bryant Vincent, which is landing the Blazers in the Bahamas Bowl Dec. 16, current UAB players are asking that the school promote Vincent to the job in a full-time capacity. An unspecified number of players sent an undated letter to UAB President Dr. Ray L. Watts, in which players asserted that they had been denied an opportunity to meet with Watts via his secretary and also said that, “We, as a team, want our voices to be heard. We have fought and brought championships and bowl wins to this University. Championships and bowl wins that have never been done in the history of this program. We have accomplished things that nobody thought would ever happen here.” The players in their letter said that “On June 27, (UAB Athletics Director) Mark Ingram, told us that he will conduct a national search for our coach. That was all he said. He didn’t talk to any of us players or ask us any questions. … read more: https://footballscoop.com/news/uab-players-accuse-president-of-not-granting-meeting-want-our-voices-to-be-heard
  6. Regents said they chose the UT System because of its access to the Permanent University Fund, which consists of oil and gas assets. The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to accept an invitation to join the University of Texas System, selecting the Austin-based system from four across the state that had extended invitations to join their ranks this year. Board members said all four systems — the Texas A&M University System, the Texas State University System, the Texas Tech University System and the University of Texas System — assured them that the East Texas university would be able to keep its autonomy, as well as its name, mascot and school colors. And a financial analysis showed the university would benefit financially in some form from joining any of the systems. But regents said joining the UT System was the most attractive option because of the access to funding from the Permanent University Fund, which consists of assets created by oil and gas revenue from 2.1 million acres of land in West Texas that rake in billions of dollars annually. “Any other regional comprehensive university in the state would give its proverbial right arm to be in the position we're in today,” said regent David Alders, who said the board has discussed over the years how nice it would be to “secure a piece of a [Permanent University Fund] pie.” “Here, this slice of that pie is being presented to us on a silver platter. I believe it would represent a dramatic dereliction of our duty to not accept this invitation,” he said. read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2022/11/29/stephen-f-austin-state-university-system-vote/
  7. SAN ANTONIO – Jeff Traylor did not mince words at his postgame press conference Saturday evening. “We need the city to show up.” UTSA’s third-year head coach had just seen his resilient squad complete a thrilling and historic comeback to defeat UTEP 34-31. The Roadrunners finished the regular season with a 10-2 overall record including a perfect 8-0 mark against Conference USA opponents, a first in program history. Over the past two seasons, only four college football programs have a better overall record than UTSA’s 22-4 mark: Georgia (26-1), Michigan (24-2), Ohio State (22-3) and Alabama (23-4). Additionally, the team finally broke back into the AP Top 25 over the weekend at No. 23 overall and moved up a spot in the latest AFCA Coaches Poll to No. 24. Even with all of that success, Traylor was laser-focused on the challenge ahead: hosting North Texas in their second straight Conference USA Championship Game at the Alamodome. Saturday’s victory happened in front of 26,061 fans, the fourth-largest crowd this season, and the fans made their presence felt multiple times during UTSA’s remarkable comeback. Traylor wants an even larger crowd on Friday night. “It’s got to be like tonight times two for us to have a competitive chance,” Traylor said. “We worked hard to get that home-field [advantage]. We can’t waste it, man. We cannot waste it. We need to get this place packed.” The Roadrunners will have to battle the Mean Green without several key contributors. Wide receiver De’Corian “JT” Clark, who caught the game-winning touchdown against UNT, is already out for the season after suffering a leg injury in UTSA’s 44-38 overtime victory over UAB. Running back Brenden Brady, who carried the ball 19 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns against UNT, suffered an arm injury during UTSA’s win over UTEP and will miss the title game. Tight end Gavin Sharp suffered an ugly leg injury in the UTEP game as well, adding to a list of eight one-time starters who will not suit up on Friday. read more: https://www.ksat.com/sports/local/2022/11/29/pack-the-dome-traylor-utsa-want-record-setting-crowd-for-conference-usa-championship-game/
  8. Littrell listed along with Fuente, Gillespie, Kinne, Odom and Riley as candidates: https://tulsaworld.com/sports/college/tu/a-look-at-some-possible-candidates-to-replace-philip-montgomery/collection_35e19b36-6f59-11ed-8b02-97325eee3534.html#4
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