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  1. Very few outside of the small fan bases of the programs give two $hits about G5s. That's just reality. G5 college football is probably on par with division 2 English soccer while top P5 college football is nearly in line with other professional sports in the US in terms of popularity. Won't be surprised when the split happens, just don't think we should play any more "body bag games" for them once it does.
  2. Assuming this is true, it doesn't matter. What you just described is called capitalism. It is already in place in college football, but right now it's benefiting everyone but the players. Like everyone else, they want the right to sell their services (playing football, their likeness, etc.) for money. In many schools, the value of that service has far exceeded the cost of attending a college for 4 years and the value of a bachelor degree, especially considering most of these young men get non-specialized degrees like Kinesiology. College football is not and has not been amateur for a long time. The system is already not working for North Texas, because unlike pro sports, college football doesn't even pretend to care about parity or the financial stability of their programs. The disparity in talent levels and college football still pretending to be amateur (when it's anything but) is starting to drive me away.
  3. 1 vote in AP top 25 this week. Anyone know if we ever got an AP vote in the JJ era? I’d have to doubt it because of how the Sun Belt was perceived and never having this good of a record to start the season.
  4. Looks like the New Mexico win didn’t move the needle, and the close APB win hurt. Like Arkansas, New Mexico is a very respectable program, but this is considered a down year for them. Also, if OU was even within 10 points I think we’d be ranked higher.
  5. Unfortunately, no AP votes this week. OU @ #25, San Fran received 1 vote.
  6. Dodge beat out UT for a recruit... still waiting for that to happen again.
  7. The fact that just a few years ago our major sports head coaches were Dan McCarney and Tony Benford should tell you all you need to know about how far we've come in a short amount of time.
  8. Here are some other computer rankings that I believe the tourney selection committee officially take into account: ESPN BPI: 92 Pomeroy: 125 Sagarin: 110 Luckily, if I'm not mistaken, the new NCAA NET ranking gets the highest value since it has replaced the previous RPI ranking. If you are Top-25 in either the AP Poll or NET you should be all but guaranteed an at-large spot, even if you lose your conference tourney. However, if you're a mid-major, you better not count on any at-large bids.
  9. This team is so fun to watch. Should see some AP votes now.
  10. That poor recruiting at beginning of SL’s career is most evidenced in probably the hardest positions to recruit, offensive and defensive lines. There are a lot of speedy skill position guys out there for the taking, 300+ pound guys who can move their feet, not so much. Our blowout losses last two years have been them shutting down our rushing game and running the ball all over of us due to larger, more athletic lines on both sides. Hard to win those recruiting battles when your program has little respectability. The last two years in my opinion were important to bring us to respectability in the eyes of recruits. This recruiting class and those going forward are so important for the future of this program.
  11. Another trivia question, when was last time (if ever) North Texas received votes in polls in both football and basketball in the same year?
  12. Well I guess an alternative point would be where is that disparity in support coming from? Could be that their college football teams are only show in town while we have 7 pro sports and D1 football schools in DFW alone. Also, I still don’t think competing with 11 other FBS schools in your own state helps. Always first and foremost over all of this is the coaching and administration, which we’re in agreement on. It’s just interesting looking at the root causes for lack of past success and the lack of support you mention. I tend to think that almost all teams have some disadvantages due to geography but the coaching staff is the most important factor of any team’s success.
  13. I think if you take away historical success and perhaps facilities ( getting there and definitely upper half already), North Texas is the best job in CUSA. Keep winning and building facilities and the sleeping dragon will officially be awoken for a long time. I think we are definitely trending in that direction. I love the fact that Wren is attracting and retaining coaches with local ties. Our biggest advantage is that so many coaches would rather be in DFW, and likely already have family here, than Ruston or wherever the hell WKU is. Think about things like even finding housing in a desirable neighborhood in those areas and the advantage becomes clear.
  14. I don’t know, I go back and forth on this one. Understand it’s not a bad thing in theory to be in a recruiting hotbed, but it seems like the Western Kentucky’s and LaTechs of the world consistently do better than the mid-major Texas and Florida schools. Doesn’t make sense on paper, but historically that’s how it’s been. I think it’s more the fact you’re not going to go undiscovered as a high school athlete in DFW, while you can find guys like Mason Fine in rural Oklahoma with no offers. These geographically challenged schools are forced to look for hidden jewels in BFE which they seem to hit on more than we have. But you’re right, it’s more about the coach and their evaluation skills than geography in general.
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