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  1. 1 hour ago, UNTLifer said:

    I have been thinking of this all year and wanted to share a thought and get some feedback.  Bell was phenomenal off the bench as our sixth man last year, and has moved into a starting role alongside Zach, Hamlet, Reese and McBride.  What if we shifted Bell back to the bench along with McBride and inserted Jones and Lewis into the starting five.  Some players seem to just be more comfortable coming off the bench and that may help Bell with his consistency.  Lewis would add some size alongside Zach and releaving some of the defensive pressure on our one true big.  McBride would be our sharpshooter off the bench allowing the versatile and Jones to share some of the ballhandling with Hamlet.  Jones would also replace some of the length Bell provides.  I know Reese has been terribly streaky and thought about moving him to the bench instead of McBride, but he is too important on the defensive end to not start.



    I like that idea a lot

  2. 19 minutes ago, Cr1028 said:

    He wasn’t on the roster this season and he was part of Littrell’s first recruiting class so we got him in spring 2016 but I think he had to sit a year.

    I’m honestly shocked he still has two years to play. He redshirted in 2015 at KState, sat out 2016 due to transfer rules, sat out 2017 due to injury, played 2018 and 2019, and then he sat out 2020. So his 5 to play 4 clock was already spent after 2019 but I firs due to injuries and Covid they are allowing him 8 to play 4. I hope he gets a masters out of this.

    His father also had cancer, which he applied for a hardship waiver which allowed an extra year for him. Think that’s part of why he technically had two years of eligibility left heading into this year. Crazy.

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  3. By my count we, between signees and players who have not indicated they are transferring or leaving the team, we have about 87 scholarship players. That number could be a little higher if there are some former walkons currently on scholarship that I’m not aware of.

    We should have about 7 spots left in the class, likely for transfers as we have not offered anymore 2021 high school recruits since winter signing day. We normally carry about 80 scholarship players a season with 85 being the old limit, waived for 2021 as only freshmen through juniors count towards that 85 limit in 2021. 

    Not sure what our athletic department wants our scholarship numbers to look like for next year, but I’d imagine it won’t be much more than the traditional 85 cap. Once we finish adding guys, we could lose 9 more guys currently on our roster and still be at 85, approximately. Here’s the current positional breakdown on scholarship for 2021, by my estimation:

    QBs: 6

    RBs: 8 (would expect some defections here, especially with 3 seniors)

    WR: 10

    TE: 6 (includes Pirtle)

    OL: 16

    DL: 15 (includes a couple seniors)

    LB: 12 (includes a couple seniors)

    DB: 13

    K: 1 (Mooney, but not sure if he’s actually in scholarship)

    Another thing to note, there aren’t many seniors left, so we will be heavy on guys who will be eligible in 2022 and beyond. This means we are going to likely see more defections to come this year and next, in order to make room for a 2022 class.

    TL;DR: Between COVID giving players an extra season and players not needing to sit out a season if they transfer, it has created the perfect storm of roster turnover.

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  4. 46 minutes ago, El Paso Eagle said:

    With the new developments in the transfer portal, did the coaches have sit down meeting with the players? Did they hear how they are seen as fitting in moving forward and not like it? There are always many reasons for transferring.

    Note - Every year players enter the portal and not all find new homes. 

    27 minutes ago, TheReal_jayD said:

    I would believe this theory. If we had a DC.

    Both good points. Something else to consider, how many scholarships is our athletic department okay with having for football next year?

    We are allowed to have 85 scholarship players NOT including seniors, so the total amount of scholarship players could be closer to 100 with seniors if we wanted it to be. But how many are we comfortable with budgeting for? If we plan on bringing in a host of D1 transfers plus the recruiting class we just signed, how do we make room for those guys if everyone came back? I would guess that’s part of it and why the timing was so synchronized.

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  5. 36 minutes ago, MeanGreen22 said:

    Yeah, get back to me when it’s not little used guys or grad transfers. Otherwise, I’m gonna go about my day. 

    Right, my thoughts as well. Even Novil I would hate to see go but I wouldn’t take that as the world ending given the circumstances that he is a grad transfer and he gave us four years already. KD Davis, Murphy twins, Stout, Gaddie, if guys like that were to go in the portal that would be a sign that something is wrong. Based on the statements these players are making and where they were on the depth chart and in their career, that doesn’t seem like the case.

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  6. 1 minute ago, jtm0097 said:

    Based on the players transferring, I am pretty sure this is the case. Not bashing them, just calling it based off some of their performances. Hopefully they are all alumni now and have their degrees. 

    Same. These guys are all guys I would’ve expected to leave even if the rules hadn’t changed, or guys who would’ve had their eligibility expire this season anyways.

    Sanders and Johnson, best of luck to them, but we needed to move on from them at least from being in the starting lineup. Doubt they want to spend their extra season sitting or teaching a guy taking their spot.

    Here is who else we know is leaving:

    - Greg White, redshirt junior receiver who would probably be our 5th receiver behind guys who have more remaining eligibility than him. 
    - Brian Parish, redshirt junior offensive lineman who would be at best out 4th tackle with the guys ahead of him having as much or more eligibility remaining.

    - Chris Thornton, redshirt junior linebacker who was never in the two deep except when we were thin at LB because of COVID.

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  7. 28 minutes ago, MeanGreen22 said:

    My brother in law is a college coach (not football) and he has always been surprised by the low number of transfers out UNT football has had. There have been times that we’ve had literally zero players in the portal.

    It’s generally kind of hard to transfer out of G5s because if you’re a starter you’re usually staying, unless you’re a grad transfer looking to move up. For backups to transfer P5s didn’t want you out of high school and there’s no reason for them to want you if you haven’t proven to be able to start at the G5 level, and even G5s aren’t likely to spend a spot on a G5 backup, especially if they have to sit out a year. So the best options were going FCS or JUCO.

    Traditionally I feel like we would see more players quit, then pop up somewhere else instead of going through a more formal transfer portal process. 

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  8. 4 minutes ago, Texas Stranger said:

    I'd be more worried if they were starters.  Backups chasing playing time?  It's the new normal.

    I would argue it was the old normal too. People just like to make a bigger deal out of it than they used to. When guys like Cade Pearson and Anthony Wyche transferred out two years ago it wasn’t all about the transfer portal, it was just normal because they were backups chasing playing time.

    I would say what is different is more players leaving who are starters or guys 

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  9. 14 hours ago, Side.Show.Joe said:

    Not trying to compare RB's, but the quality of the O-line has a lot to do with how successful the RB's are. Wilson ran behind a better line coached by Brad Davis, who left to take the same position at Florida after Wilson final year in Denton.

    Overall, I think Cobb's RB's have not had as high a caliber line to run behind. The O-line wasn't bad last season, but under Langston the unit was not very good. I think Cobbs is a solid RB coach, and one of the better coaches on our staff. I do not want to lose him. 

    Langston was the OL coach for Wilson‘s senior year in 2017. Davis was one and done here.

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  10. 15 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:

    Did I ever deny using Hamlin instead of Hamlet?  No, I just pointed out what a ridiculous point you were making.   That using the wrong name for the team best player was such a sacrilege to this forum. 

    This started out as a discussion on the year Hamlet/Hamlin was having.   


       You overstepped on the ridiculous part, do you correct every post for spelling or getting a name wrong?   BillySee85 must be a very busy person.   

    Note, I miss named you on purpose.  I hope not much harm was done. 

    Just for you, it is obvious that I either misspelled or used the wrong name.  

    As, for as making things up.  I did not, but neither did I research such an inconsequential thing IMO.

    I enjoy jousting on the messageboard to some extent, but you have make the Alps out an ant hill. 


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  11. 44 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:

    Guilty, I did not research every thread to uncover this major disaster or go back eight months.  Why not do more research and compute what percentage of Hamlet, Hamlin usage?  That certainly would be great entertainment. 

     I am confident you can find similar errors with other names if you want to research my 18 years of posts.  

    A better solution may be to ignore my posts and you will be saved from the wrong name phobia that you suffer.  

    I had no idea it would be so hard for you to say “my bad” on either falsely accusing me of making stuff up or calling a guy by an incorrect name. Was just pointing it out at the beginning. Had no clue you’d dig in this deep rather than just own up to an error.

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  12. 54 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:


    That is my other post in this thread.    One time apparently makes a continuum in your world. 

    OK, give me more examples of me making this dire error.   

    Even if there were multiple examples and there are not; what difference does it make.

    You are now making stuff up and I have no idea what your objective is. 


    I’m not making it up. I pointed it out, didn’t think you would get this upset. Was expecting more of an “oh crap, I am getting our best player’s name wrong” response. I’m sorry.



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  13. 41 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:

    Ridiculous not getting a name right on a message board.  Wow, I hope you never make such a terrible mistake. 

    Typos happen and I don’t comment on them, but you continuously call him Hamlin, not just one-time slip ups. Dude just had one of the best single seasons of any of our players in years leading us to our best season in years, the least we can do is get his name right. 

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  14. 12 minutes ago, Green Lantern said:

    Good info here. My generic observation regarding Hamlet is that this year his drive/short floater has been anything but automatic like it was last year in the games I’ve watched. Those falling consistently for him last year, beyond making him next to unguardable at times, helped his overall shooting percentage and effectiveness as a player.

    Yeah three-point shooting was an effective part of his game but it was never his forte. You’re right in that he isn’t hitting his mid range and floaters like he was last year and that’s the shot that’s going to be available the most. 

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  15. 1 hour ago, GrandGreen said:

    By your post, you managed to figure out who I was referring to. 

    Massive drop off in three percentage, but with only an average of 2 shoots a game; I don't think it that impactful

    I do wish he would shoot more, although he is a pass first PG.  He is gold from the foul line.  

    He is not where he was last year yet, but it is far from a normal season.   He certainly is not playing at a MVP level, but he is still an elite player. 

    Again I think this CUSA scheduling format is going to lead to a lot of upsets. 

    Yes, I was able to figure out you meant Hamlet when you said “Hamlin” but it’s ridiculous not getting the name right of the player who just won CUSA player of the year for us last year. Especially when we get mad at people still calling us North Texas State.

    He has not been an elite player. The drop off I gave you was on overall shooting percentage, 10% down from last year on 11.4 attempts/game. 39% shooting from the field is not elite. When it comes to any advanced ratings, he isn’t performing anywhere near the top of the conference.

    Last year he was 3rd in the conference in PER (Player Efficiency Rating) and 2nd in Offensive Box Plus/Minus, this year he isn’t in the top 20 in either of those and he isn’t particularly close to the top 20 (sports reference only shows top 20). His box plus/minus is actually a negative number this year, indicating he has been a below league average player thus far. Obviously he’s capable of being far above a league average player, but his effectiveness has been that of a below average player.

    I too hope he shows that he is still an elite CUSA player, but he hasn’t been that this year by any measurement. And I agree, getting to the line should be a big priority for him and Mccasland as they try and get him back on track.

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  16. Here are the standings so far. Of the 11 two-game weekend series’ that have been played, 8 of them have been split 1-1 between the two teams. The 3 sweeps have featured the home team sweeping (Rice over UTSA last week, UAB over USM and ODU over FAU this week).

    Taking new meaning to the “anybody can beat anybody on any given game” mantra. Charlotte lost to D2 Belmont Abbey today as well. A road loss is far from the end of the season. Hope to see us start getting right at home against UTEP.


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  17. 13 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:

    You stated that Bell and Hamlin are shells of themselves.

    The numbers don't support that.  You also need to consider that most teams defenses have containing Hamlin their top priority.  Hamlin is only taking 2 three's a game, but has 5.4 assists per game.  Bell is now a starter versus the super sub of last year.  

    Do you not realize that the point guard on about any team is going to lead the team in turnovers.   It has to do with time with the balls versus any other position. 

    As far as living with 3 ball, that is what most teams now do.  UTSA is a team that lives on long shots.  NT's offense is nothing like UTSA's.   

    It’s Hamlet, not Hamlin. And the numbers do support that. His shooting percentage this year is down to 39% and he was at 49% last year. 10% points down is a massive drop off.

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  18. 20 minutes ago, UNT Texas Hooligan said:

    Yeah, their barely 30% and 37% 3 pt percentage and team lead in turnovers are really lighting it up. 

    Why don't you dig deeper before you try to clown other people's knowledge? 

    37% from three is a good percentage. It’s well above the national average from last year of 33.4%. 

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