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  1. I don't think that age is that much of a factor.  As someone pointed out, John Skladany is probably the best DC in the last ten years and he was 64 when he came here.  Bennett didn't retire because he had lost interest in the game or couldn't get a job; he retired for health reasons.  That was apparently the reason that he only lasted the one year at Arizona State.  He is now healthy again and ready to go to work.  His best work was at Baylor where he was essentially fourth in the Big XII against a lot of formidable offenses.  I'm hoping that he can get us to at least fourth in CUSA.  With our offense that should be enough for some consecutive winning records.

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  2. 1 hour ago, UNTLifer said:

    ULM hires a Bowden that has been overlooked by every other program in this damn country and RichRod who's only long term success is his nickname.  Can we at least wait and see who is hired before we burn this to the ground?  It is all speculation at best.

    Bowden is 63 and still receiving buyout from Akron so he was easy to overlook and not everyone wants an old coach.  Rich Rod is 57 with some good coaching skins, especially at West Virginia.  Bowden called him because his QB son was in the transfer portal and Terry asked him if he'd like to coach his son who has two years of eligibility left.  Good timing and I believe that he is also getting paid on his buyout from Arizona.  Both coaches have more than 150 wins and ULM was able to get them for a song.  Good thing, because ULM's revenue is the smallest in the FBS and they have had one winning season since 1994.  

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  3. 29 minutes ago, MGNation92 said:

    It's 3rd and 12 and we need to get a first down to win the game! What should we do?

    Seth Littrell - I have the perfect play

    The play:

    Run Plays - Browse Plays | MaddenFocus.com

    That might work.  They'd never believe that he'd run it three times in a row.  

     

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  4. 2 hours ago, UNTLifer said:

    Just looking around at some potential DC's that I wouldn't mind seeing us go after.  Please note, I have zero insight into the program regarding this hire, so all of these are just people I looked up.

    These three are all DC's that led some of the best defenses at the FCS level and may be looking to move up.  They have impressive coaching backgrounds.

    https://gomocs.com/sports/football/roster/coaches/lorenzo-ward/970

    https://jsugamecocksports.com/staff-directory/kelvin-sigler/231#:~:text=Kelvin Sigler is entering his,from multiple levels with him.

    https://acusports.com/sports/football/roster/coaches/clint-brown/948

    Position coaches that may be looking to move up

    https://georgiadogs.com/sports/football/roster/coaches/tray-scott/2770

    Might be out of our price range, but Warren, Hall and Bates are intriguing and might jump at the chance to run their own defense.

    https://georgiadogs.com/sports/football/roster/coaches/charlton-warren/2795

    https://clemsontigers.com/coaches/lemanski-hall/

    https://clemsontigers.com/coaches/todd-bates/

    Someone mentioned Fitch earlier.  Have no idea what he makes at TCU and might be a tough pull from his alma mater.

    https://gofrogs.com/sports/football/roster/coaches/zarnell-fitch/764

     

    My other thought, and probably the most unpopular with this board, would be to elevate either Ekeler or Hall.  I am probably a bigger fan of elevating Hall as he was a successful DC at Memphis under Justion Fuentes, and the Memphis defenses were much worse after he left.

     

     

     

    I'm lost as to who Hall is.  The only Hall that I know that used to coach under Fuente is now the head coach at Southern Miss.  We have no Hall on our staff that I can find.  I'd be OK with Ekeler if push came to shove.  He was CoDC when he was here last and at least he puts fire in the belly of his players and maybe he'd have done better if he'd had it alone.  But, this is a make or break year for Seth and he needs complete confidence in his hire.

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  5. I don't think that CUSA, in spite of its once good name, is salvageable as it is currently configured.  Either take the 12 best based on attendance, facilities, reputation, etc. and make a super conference or divide CUSA and the Sun Belt geographically.  We would likely need to eliminate ULM (due to weak program and proximity to Louisiana Tech) and UTEP (due to distance from nearest programs).  If the South/West consisted of the remaining teams from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama that would give us 12 teams with a somewhat regional base.  The other conference consisting of the states of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, while also a rather large area, would still save quite a bit on travel compared to the present setup.  If they added Liberty or JMU they would still have some rather strong programs with 12 teams in that conference and having divisions would save a lot on travel.

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  6. Obviously we have to win to make a contribution to a successful conference and I believe that we will.  But, the other teams in the conference have to be successful as well and all/most of the better CUSA teams are floundering.  As I see it, the conference needs to reduce travel expenses or reorganize with the best (teams, markets, attendance, facilities, etc. in the same league similar to  what the AAC did to some of us and make a new conference with the better teams from CUSA and the SBC.  

    My choices for the new conference would be Marshall, Appalachian State, Troy, Florida Atlantic, UAB, Southern Miss, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Rice, North Texas, UTSA and Arkansas State.  The first six would be the East Division and the latter six the West.  All have 30,000 seat stadiums, 20,000+ average attendance.  Most have been in the FBS for at least 20 years, are in decent size markets, and have good facilities.  Most are or have been competitive and I believe will be again.  Since eight would be from the current CUSA we might be able to retain that name.  If not, choose something classy like the National Athletic Conference.

    PS:  Also a new commissioner.

     

  7. 16 hours ago, Wag Tag said:

    Merge with the Sun Belt? Could drastically reduce travel and create regional competition. Could also create an East West Championship game. GMG 

    If you made that in to one league that number would be unprecedented since the old Southern Conference.  That might spread it too thin.  I would rather see two conferences.  The East, Atlantic, or whatever would consist of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia down to Florida and the other would be Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

    The East might consist might consist of WKU, MTSU, Marshall, Old Dominion, Charlotte, App State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Florida Atlantic, FIU and also Liberty. South would then be Troy, South Alabama, UAB, Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Louisiana, La Tech, North Texas, Texas State, Rice, UTSA and UTEP.  I wouldn't want to take ULM; it has the smallest budget in the FBS and would put them and LaTech in the same small market.  

    That would make two 12-team conferences which I think works best.  An alternative would be that we (West) take WKU AND MTSU but then the East would only have ten teams with only JMU offered a possible promotion.

    We would still be the weakest conference but I don't think by that much.  We'd get three pretty competitive teams in Arky State, Troy and LaLa and I believe that you would see improvement in Texas State since they would have other Texas football teams for competition.

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  8. On 12/21/2020 at 6:33 PM, greenjoe said:

    To my knowledge he has thrown 2 passes in his entire college career, both for touchdowns.  

    How’s that for a stat.

    Sorry, but he has thrown 6 passes, completed 5 for 2 touchdowns.  He has a passing rating of 206.93.

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  9. 10 minutes ago, PlummMeanGreen said:

    If potential recruits think a teams uni’ & helmets are important (& I’ve read they do)  why is UNT stuck on the stick figure “N T” helmet?  That helmet doesn’t represent most of those who attend our home games & I’d bet not that many on this forum anymore.  Maybe I’m wrong, but don’t we need to move on from some of our past?  (Change my mind, oldtimers). 😊

    https://www.espn.com/college-sports/recruiting/football/story/_/id/9523357/college-football-recruiting-uniforms-selling-point-schools

    GMG!

    Well, Jim, if you are not an oldtimer you should be getting close.  But, as a 1957 graduate (originally Class of '52) I believe that I qualify.  Four years in the Navy and a change of majors account for the five year gap.

    I have to agree that the tall, skinny NT is probably my least favorite helmet design.  I didn't even like it in the Joe Greene era but at least the jerseys and pants were more of that era and it seemed to fit to some degree.  It's not that I don't like the superimposed 'NT' it's just that it doesn't go with that style helmet.  I do like superimposed 'NTs'...for example the alumni association and the Rod Rust era circular look good to me.  I'm not overwhelmed with the diving eagle but it's as good as we have for now.  And let's not do the throwback every game.  Maybe homecoming but that should be all.

     

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