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  1. Deion Sanders described the team he inherited at Colorado as a "mess" that was rife with "junk" and "foolishness," prompting him to "get rid" of it to the point where only he now only has about 10 scholarship players returning from last year’s team out of a roster of 85.

    Sanders, who was hired as Colorado’s football coach in December, made those comments in an interview published online Monday with Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt, a former Colorado quarterback. "Coach Prime" also told Klatt that he has assembled so much talent to replace those players that he expects his new team to be able to compete with TCU in the season opener Sept. 2 despite being a three-touchdown underdog at the home of last season’s No. 2 team.

    "I want it now, and I want it all," Sanders said.

    Sanders has brought in 46 transfers from other four-year schools to build his roster, including 10 from Jackson State, where Sanders coached since 2020. Another 17 recruits are coming from high school, along with four from junior colleges. He said he has held back a handful of scholarships to award to non-scholarship players or other players who earn them to fill out his 85-scholarship limit.

    read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/pac12/2023/06/12/deion-sanders-colorado-roster-joel-klatt-interview/70314811007/

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  2. DENTON – Ahead of the 48th season in program history and first as a member of the American Athletic Conference, head coach Kristee Porter and UNT volleyball announced the 2023 schedule on Monday.

    The Mean Green will face a 32-match slate which features matches against seven participants of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, including Sweet 16 finalists Houston.

    UNT’s schedule includes seven non-conference meetings with programs that finished last season in the top-60 RPI and three opponents from The American.

    North Texas plays a home exhibition on Aug. 19 against Oral Roberts before it opens regular-season play with a four-team tournament on Aug. 25 in Boulder, Colo. including the program’s first meeting with the University of Colorado.

    After a 13-match non-conference schedule that includes six matchups against conference champions – Campbell (Big South), UNLV (Mountain West), Texas State (Sun Belt), Houston (The American), Stephen F. Austin (WAC) and UCF (The American) – the Mean Green will host its first match in The American versus Florida Atlantic on Sept. 20 at the North Texas Volleyball Center.

    Porter’s team will compete in 19 conference matches with 10 home contests including two-match weekends against Tulsa (Sept. 28-29), UTSA (Oct. 13 and 15) and Rice (Nov. 10-11).

    North Texas takes a pair of road trips to Wichita State (Nov. 3-4) and SMU (Nov. 17-18) before it closes the regular season at home on Nov. 22 versus Memphis.

    UNT finished the 2022 season 16-15 overall and 9-5 in Conference USA including the first win at the league tournament since 2018 over UAB. The team returns 10 letterwinners including 2023 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Sh’Diamond Holly, first team all-conference selection Treyaunna Rush and second-team honoree Aryn Johnson.

    All regular season UNT home matches will be broadcast on the ESPN+.

    Olympic Sport Passes for next season's Mean Green volleyball, soccer and softball seasons are available now. Fans can purchase a general admission Olympic Sport Pass for $75 and receive season tickets for all three teams.

    Olympic Sport Passes can be purchased here.

    2023 UNT Volleyball Schedule

    Aug. 19      Oral Roberts (Exhibition)         Denton

    Aug. 25       vs. Campbell                             Boulder, Colo.

    Aug. 26       vs. UNLV                                  Boulder, Colo.

    Aug. 27       at Colorado                               Boulder, Colo.

    Aug. 29      Texas Southern                       Denton

    Aug. 31       at Texas State                           San Marcos, Texas

    Sept. 1        vs. Houston                               San Marcos, Texas

    Sept. 4       Texas Tech                              Denton

    Sept. 6       Stephen F. Austin                    Denton

    Sept. 8        at UCF                                      Orlando, Fla.

    Sept. 9        vs. Florida State                        Orlando, Fla.

    Sept. 14      at UT Arlington                          Arlington, Texas

    Sept. 15      vs. McNeese                             Arlington, Texas

    Sept. 16      vs. Texas A&M-Commerce        Arlington, Texas

    Sept. 20     FAU*                                        Denton

    Sept. 23      at Tulane*                                 New Orleans

    Sept. 24      at Tulane*                                 New Orleans

    Sept. 28     Tulsa*                                      Denton

    Sept. 29     Tulsa*                                      Denton

    Oct. 6         at UAB*                                    Birmingham, Ala.

    Oct. 8         at East Carolina*                       Greenville, N.C.

    Oct. 13       UTSA*                                      Denton

    Oct. 15       UTSA*                                      Denton

    Oct. 20       at USF*                                     Tampa, Fla.

    Oct. 27       Temple*                                   Denton

    Oct. 29       Charlotte*                                Denton

    Nov. 3         at Wichita State*                        Wichita, Kan.

    Nov. 4         at Wichita State*                        Wichita, Kan.

    Nov. 10      Rice*                                        Denton

    Nov. 11      Rice*                                        Denton

    Nov. 17       at SMU*                                    Dallas

    Nov. 18       at SMU*                                    Dallas

    Nov. 22      Memphis*                                Denton

    *League Matches

  3. UNT at Frisco currently has partnerships with the Dallas Cowboys, Toyota, Omni Hotels, the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and Sam’s Club.

    UNT at Frisco completed its first semester of classes at Frisco Landing after the building was opened to the public in January.

    Frisco Landing is the first of many buildings planned at the UNT at Frisco branch campus. The University of North Texas has offered courses in Collin County for over a decade, with courses offered at Collin Higher Education Center since 2010, at Hall Park since 2016 and at Inspire Park since 2018. 

    “Frisco is becoming a big IT and computer-focused community, there’s no two ways about it,” said Audhesh Paswan, dean of New College and vice provost at UNT at Frisco. “It would be natural, given our resources here [in Denton], that we will move some of the programs to Frisco to take care of that particular demand.”

    One of the main focuses of the Frisco campus is its New College, which is the newest of the 14 colleges offered at the university and its additional campuses. The project-based school is housed at UNT at Frisco but will continue to provide classes for both the Denton and Frisco campuses.

    The New College’s focus is interdisciplinary studies, where students are able to draw inspiration from different sources of their interests and apply it to their careers. Paswan said there are several big tech, hospitality and banking companies in the area UNT at Frisco will be looking to partner with to provide hands-on opportunities for students in cohort-based programs.

    “You can see students, even in the classroom, asking ‘So you’re teaching me all of this theory, you’re teaching me all these statistical procedures. How will I use it?’” Paswan said. “Our kids will actually learn how to apply it.”

    read more: https://www.ntdaily.com/unt-at-frisco-completes-first-semester-focuses-student-opportunity/

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  4. After back-to-back Conference USA championships, the Roadrunners are setting their sights on a third straight title — but in a different league. Behind rising star head coach Jeff Traylor, UTSA is 30-10 over the last three years and will immediately push Tulane for the top spot in the American Athletic Conference. 

    The Roadrunners welcome back nine starters on offense, including quarterback Frank Harris, arguably the best player in UTSA history. Harris is back for his fifth season after throwing for 4,063 yards and 32 TDs. Will Stein left to take over as Oregon's play-caller, but don't expect a drop in production with Justin Burke as the offensive coordinator this fall.

    Expect a season-ending battle with Tulane to determine the league champion. But could the Nov. 25 showdown in New Orleans be the first of two games between these two teams? With Harris and a loaded offense leading the way, a rematch in the conference title game is a strong possibility. 

    UTSA will be tested in non-conference play with games at Houston and Tennessee, along with a tricky home date versus Army. However, the road slate in AAC play - at Temple, FAU and North Texas - is very manageable outside of the matchup against Tulane.

    read more:  https://athlonsports.com/college-football/utsa-football-roadrunners-prediction-preview-2023

     

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  5. Fresh off their NIT championship, North Texas is at a crossroads: new conference, new head coach, but plenty of continuity to keep the momentum going. 

    Immediately following former head coach Grant McCasland departing for Texas Tech, the promotion of Ross Hodge, McCasland’s longtime associate head coach at Arkansas State and North Texas, should bring solace for the Mean Green faithful. 

    Most importantly, much of North Texas’ defensive dominance has been thanks to Hodge: considered the architect of the Mean Green defense under McCasland, Hodge’s defense forces teams to grind out the shot clock, limit clean passing opportunities and eliminate easy shot attempts.   

    This upcoming year, some of North Texas’ defensive stalwarts return: Rubin Jones, Matthew Stone and Aaron Scott are all tough, versatile defenders with high motors and an ability to play multiple positions. 


    link: https://stretchingthefloor.blogspot.com/?m=1

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  6. Duke has only brought in three players via the transfer portal that have stuck on the roster thus far, but they convinced an FCS All-American Offensive Lineman to flip his commitment from University of North Texas today. Jacob Long, who earned Second Team All-American honors after a monster season at Angelo State, originally opted to return back to Texas where he played high school ball but the Blue Devils' coaching staff remained in pursuit as they lost a few linemen to the portal themselves this Spring.

    Long, who is 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, played guard for Angelo State and projects as an interior lineman for the Blue Devils. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining and will arrive at Duke this week. He was part of an offensive line that led the conference in offensive yards and points while finishing 24th overall in total offense in DII.

    read more:  https://247sports.com/college/duke/article/duke-lands-commitment-from-fcs-all-american-ol-jacob-long-210926149/

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  7. 2022 Record: 7-6 overall, 4-4 in Conference USA
    Head Coach: Trent Dilfer, 1st year: 0-0
    - UAB 2023 Football Schedule
    @ColFootballNews | @PeteFiutak

    If anything, UAB football has been a massively underappreciated sports story.

    Here’s a school with a football team that didn’t make a peep of noise in a divided state that worships either the University of Alabama or Auburn, and it not only broke though, it thrived.
     
    UAB first took up football in 1991 and spent five years as a lower level independent, moved into the FBS world in 1995, came up with just two winning seasons from 1996 to 2014, and then got put into a coma for two years.

    This program didn’t exist. Maybe it would come back, maybe it wouldn’t. No big whoop.

    But it did, and not only did it survive, it roared with head coach Bill Clark hitting the ground running with six straight winning seasons, two conference championships, regular bowl games, an 11-win 2018 season, and success, success, success in an unbelievable situation.

    Easily, Clark belonged on any list of coaches who did the most with the least.

    With all the wins came the interest, a nice new stadium, and from a near death experience the program moved up in weight class to the American Athletic Conference going into this season. It was more than just validation for a job well done, it was good deal for the AAC, too.

    And then UAB hired Trent Dilfer as its new head coach.

    read more: https://collegefootballnews.com/cfn/uab-blazers-college-football-preview-2023-breakdown-prediction-top-players-win-total

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  8. McKinney 2024 ILB Jonathan Agumadu (6'1, 215) and 2025 OLB Riley Pettijohn (6'2, 210) are impressive physical specimens blowing up in recruiting. Agumadu has seen recent offers come in from North Texas, SMU, Texas State, Memphis, Missouri and more. Pettijohn's most recent offer is from LSU, and the Tigers will be a force in his decision-making process. 

    Link: https://www.texasfootball.com/article/2023/06/04/recruiting-news-and-notes-from-the-northwest-sqt?ref=article_preview_img

  9. North Texas’ 2023 schedule features eight American Athletic Conference games. UNT’s non-conference slate includes one FCS contest against Abilene Christian, two Group of Five matchups at Florida International and Louisiana Tech, and one Power Five clash vs. Cal.

    2023 North Texas Football Schedule

    9/2 vs Cal

    9/9 at FIU

    9/16 at Louisiana Tech

    9/30 vs Abilene Christian

    10/7 at Navy

    10/14 vs Temple

    10/21 at Tulane

    10/28 vs Memphis

    11/4 vs UTSA

    11/10 at SMU

    11/18 at Tulsa

    11/25 vs UAB

    Link to article: https://herosports.com/fbs-north-texas-football-2023-schedule-cpcp/

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  10. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UNT softball junior Kailey Gamble was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region Third Team at first base, the organization announced on Thursday.

    Gamble led Conference USA with 16 home runs and finished tied for 23rd in the nation. She started all 57 games for the Mean Green and paced the team in 12 statistical categories including batting average, RBI and walks.

    Gamble became the seventh player in program history to earn the distinction and first since Hope Trautwein and Tuesday DerMargosian garnered first and second team selections, respectively, in 2021.

    Gamble was one of two C-USA student-athletes to be named to All-South Region teams and was among nine players in the league to be listed by NFCA.

    North Texas closed its final season as a member of C-USA with 35 wins and a second-place finish at the conference tournament on Saturday. UNT moves to the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2023.

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  11. Roger H. Grant obituary, 1945-2023, Laguna Park, TX

    Dr. Roger H. Grant (aka Coach), 77, passed away on April 10, 2023, at home in Laguna Park, Texas. While we are deeply saddened at his passing, we find great comfort that he is no longer in pain.

    Roger was born on September 3, 1945, in Plainview, TX to Betty and Dee Grant. Roger was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Annette.

    Roger's love of basketball began early in life and he played point guard for his high school team the Plainview Bulldogs. His senior year, his team won the title of District Co-Champions and advanced to the Bi-District game. Roger's basketball career continued through college playing point guard for the Wayland Baptist Pioneers.

    Roger received his B.S. in Business Administration & Education and Physical Education from Wayland Baptist College. It was here that he met the love of his life, Marilyn (nee Maxwell), and the two were married August 28, 1967. Roger received his M.S. in Physical Education and Business from North Texas State University and his Ed.D. in Physical Education and Health from East Texas State University.

    Roger began his coaching career as the Men's Tennis Coach at East Texas State University, but found his true passion to be coaching Men's Basketball at Sul Ross State University starting in 1987. Coach Grant loved to help players achieve their maximum potential both on and off the court. What started as mentoring his athletes to achieve in the classroom, quickly turned to mentoring and encouraging those same athletes to pursue and obtain higher level degrees. Many of those athletes became coaches themselves and circled back to the values and work ethic that Coach Grant instilled in them on the court. Nothing brought Coach greater joy than hearing their success stories and knowing that his coaching legacy continues to this day.

    Coach loved to golf, play guitar, and to watch The Cowboys every Sunday even if he was "only watching to see them lose." He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Marilyn, son Darren Grant and wife Cyndal of Tyler, Texas, daughter Kari Grant and husband Lee Robinson of Austin, Texas, and grandchildren Damian, Elise, Gracie, Brailey, and Slaiden.

    A Celebration of Life is being planned in San Angelo, TX, in June with the option to attend in person or via livestream. To be included in updates on Coach's Celebration of Life or to share pictures, stories, or memories, please email

    RememberingRHGrant@gmail.com

    In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following charities:

    Positive Coaching Alliance https://positivecoach.org/the-power-of-positive/

    USA Basketball Foundation https://usabfoundation.org/

    Guitar Center Music Foundation https://guitarcenterfoundation.org/

     
    To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
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  12. Davis wasn't the only prospect at Prosper High School to land an offer. Stein also extended a scholarship offer to 2025 offensive lineman Connor Carty. Carty is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound player who projects out to play as an interior offensive lineman. The Ducks are the second school to offer Carty a scholarship. They join North Texas as the other program to do so.

    LINK: https://247sports.com/college/oregon/article/oregon-ducks-football-recruiting-209952770/

  13. May 6th

    Robert Allen (Ole Miss) – Commits to North Texas

    Ole Miss forward announced that he will be heading to play at North Texas. Allen will have one more year of eligibility remaining. Allen came to Ole Miss after spending two seasons at Samford. Spending three seasons at Ole Miss, Allen appeared in 69 games as a Rebel providing high energy. Allen appeared in 33 games for Ole Miss this past season coming back from a torn ACL the year before. He averaged 4.4 PTS and 3.4 REB.

    LINK: https://therebelwalk.com/2023/05/2023-ole-miss-mens-hoops-transfer-portal-tracker/

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  14. Ryder Mix, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound 2026 tight end, is going to be a valuable weapon in Brett Gilchrist's offensive attack. 

    Mix is a versatile tight end who can split out in the flex, line up as a true in-line option, or play an H-back role where he roams around the offensive set. 

    Mix has already picked up scholarships from UNLV, Missouri, Texas State, North Texas and Buffalo. 

    https://www.texasfootball.com/article/2023/05/05/in-his-words-frisco-lone-star-2026-te-ryder-mix?ref=article_preview_img

     

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