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MeanGreenGlory last won the day on June 2 2016

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  1. Bingo. The more you get the talking heads to discuss the AAC, the more you prevent them from talking about the MWC, CUSA, MAC, and Sun Belt. The increased air time leads to increased brand awareness which improves perceived conference strength. Aresco plays the game like a pro, and I'm excited we're on his team now.
  2. Exactly. Aresco is extremely good at establishing a vision, creating talking points that strongly support the vision, and then flooding the air waves with those talking points. Even if the P6 thing (as an example) isn't 100% true in reality yet, the media talks about the campaign and Aresco's quotes which naturally positions the AAC as "the next league up." This quick example shows that these types of campaigns and talking points have an impact, and over time, they shape public opinion and key decisions. I'm excited to see how North Texas can thrive with this new framing supporting the brand.
  3. It's an exciting day at North Texas. A huge "thank you" and "congratulations" go to Neil, Wren, and their teams for making this happen. There are many benefits to being part of the AAC. However, one of the bigger ones that I don't think is highlighted enough is being in a conference with a proactive commissioner at the helm who understands PR and media. Over the years, Aresco has demonstrated that he understands PR and media better than most NCAA conference commissioners. His talking points usually get attention, are always on point, and continually position member schools from areas of strength. As an example, the AAC just released this six minute video with Aresco. If you watch this video closely, the host and commissioner aren't having a light-hearted "welcome to the party" conversation. Instead, they're strategically and concisely hitting key talking points. They didn't create this video to make an announcement—they made it to help guide and craft the narrative of other reporters, media outlets, and fans. That is something we never had in the Sun Belt or CUSA, and it's something that can be extremely powerful over time. Getting attention has always been a struggle for North Texas—even when we've had winning season. Aresco and his team will help change that, and I couldn't be more excited about it. Now we need to win to add fuel to the fire. Go Mean Green.
  4. As of tonight: "Mountain West sources told CBS Sports on Monday night that the conference will not expand beyond the current 12 teams in football. MWC presidents see no value in adding teams. A contributing factor is that the MWC's rightsholders, Fox and CBS, would be unlikely to increase their contracts if the league expands, MWC sources said." Source: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/washington-state-coach-nick-rolovich-four-assistants-fired-for-cause-over-covid-19-vaccine-mandate/
  5. I agree with you. I'm hoping this news prompts the MWC to extend a quick, appealing deal to UNT and that we go that route. If not, I'm still happy because a poached AAC (after the next round of Big 12 expansion) is better than a poached CUSA or CUSA/Sun Belt merge.
  6. No. But the post-Big 12 departure AAC is an upgrade from the post-AAC departure CUSA.
  7. Cheers! Looking forward to the ongoing series.
  8. The Mountain West is continuing to explore the possibility of expansion, commissioner Craig Thompson said Thursday, noting that he had spoken earlier in the day to the presidents of two universities interested in joining the conference. “We’re really just looking at the landscape and debating what expansion would mean for the Mountain West Conference,” Thompson said in a virtual news conference. “If it’s something that makes sense for us, we’ll look at that. But really, I’m defining it as we’re studying our options.” MW athletic directors have been meeting virtually “twice a week for several months now,” Thompson said, as they explore their options following the announcements of recent additions to the Southeastern and Big 12 conferences. The conference’s board of directors, made up of the president, chancellor or superintendent that heads up each of the MW’s member schools, has been involved in those discussions, as well, he said. Source: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/sports/csu/2021/10/14/mountain-west-conference-discussing-possible-expansion-ncaa-realignment/8457594002/
  9. @MeanGreenAnonymous What were the reasons for rejection?
  10. I'm with @MeanGreenTexan. Here's to hoping the MWC extends an invitation to North Texas!
  11. If I'm UNT leadership, I'm selling size. Money is a big part of this, and if I'm the MWC is looking at DFW for the media and recruiting market, I also want to know what portion of that market has the potential to be invested in the team. When looking at SMU's student and alumni population vs. North Texas' student and alumni population, North Texas is the clear winner to me. Sure, some on this board will say, "BuT oUr AlUmNi AnD sTuDeNtS dOn'T cArE!" And they're right—we've posted too many losing seasons in the past decade to build momentum. So, the pitch is in the potential. We have the potential to sell A LOT more (tickets, merchandise, concessions, etc.) than SMU. I think the MWC got a glimpse of what the sleeping giant could be in 2014 at the Heart of Dallas Bowl against UNLV. The Cotton Bowl was full of green that day.
  12. The MWC should go ahead and make the move to 16 while simultaneously taking a punch at the AAC by adding: North Texas (5th largest media market) UTSA (31st largest media market) UAB (43rd largest media market) Memphis (51st largest media market) By doing this, you add larger media markets in regions that are all rich with football talent. West: Fresno State, San Jose State, San Diego State, Hawaii, Nevada, UNLV, Boise, Utah State Mountain: Wyoming, Colorado State, Air Force, New Mexico, North Texas, UTSA, UAB, Memphis
  13. It's not uncommon for schools to play non-conference games at random points throughout the season. Alabama plays New Mexico State University in their 9th game this year. If you really have trouble scheduling game 11 or 12, that's where Notre Dame and BYU can come into play. Speaking of Notre Dame and BYU, they manage to schedule 12 games a season despite other conference's schedules.
  14. Partially. They don't schedule with as much tenacity. They seem to lean heavily on CUSA / Sun Belt for scheduling. Their 2021 schedule is: Campbell Troy Old Dominion Syracuse UAB Middle Tennessee ULM North Texas UMass Ole Miss Louisiana Army I don't think this separates you much from actually being in CUSA, Sun Belt, or MAC. I propose maxing it out with a schedule like: Notre Dame Florida Iowa Alabama Michigan BYU Oregon UCLA Auburn Oklahoma Clemson LSU If you scheduled this, you'd be able to tell P5 players, "You're going to have an opportunity to showcase your talents against the best of the best every single week. Full stop. In fact, you'll play better teams week after week than you would if you were on a team in the SEC. Join us and show the world what you can do." Get the right hungry staff in place and you could probably create the David vs. Goliath story faster than you think... And *EVERYONE* loves the David vs. Goliath story.
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