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  1. The new Ole Miss AD won't be able to build, they have a new $100 million hoops arena. They also have renovated their atheltic center and football stadium for another $75 million. That doesn't include their basketball practice facility, which cost more than our IPF. Despite this investment their basketball team routinely finishes 6-8th in the SEC and the new coach is under contract for another four years. In football they finished went 1-7 in league play finishing 6th of 7 teams in their division. They are on NCAA probation & scholarship limits and Luke is under contract until 2021. Bjork was great on the business side and there's probably not much to improve there. He more than doubled athletics revenue coming into the school. A new AD would not be able to do much of anything for about three years unless they raised a buyout war chest for football. WB could show immediate improvement at UNT because we needed the trifecta: better facilities, coaches/staff, and business operations/fundraising. The current University leadership, AD and staff have all aligned to fuel the this improvement. We can now say we have a resource advantage over our CUSA peers and many G5 teams. A transition like we have seen here is more difficult for Ole Miss because of the SEC arms race and WB knows this. Not a dig at Ole Miss, more of a compliment to the SEC. An AD gets hired for showing clear improvement and raising the stock of a schools programs, it is not a given that someone could show that at Ole Miss. How likely is it that they supplant LSU, Florida, A&M, Auburn, Bama etc. Why take that career risk when your stock is on the rise and the money is comparable?
  2. I bet this is a result of the old guard putting the tab for Apogee in the athletics budget. No other schools do this and it was a mistake. That decision has directly lead to articles like these and the “debt” one in the school paper.
  3. Andrew you are a great fan but some of these posts are head scratchers my friend. Did Benford ever sign a quality guy from Guyer? I’ll hang up and listen. This cycle Grant has literally landed our second highest rated recruit of the past decade, a nationally ranked JuCo point guard and a key player from a NCAA tourney team.
  4. The article mentions McClelland from La Tech who would be a nice hire if he is interested in the job. I had always heard that he was waiting for a SEC opening but a move like this could make sense as it would probably double his salary. I think he does a nice job with the resources he is given.
  5. One thing to remember with AD's....it's a bit different than Football or Basketball where a big name P5 coach can make 10x what a G5 coach makes. On average a Pac12 AD makes 750k and a Big 12 AD makes 958k/year. The average AAC AD makes just about 500k. Wren is making $450k so we should be able to fend off anyone but the top of the P5 schools for his services. I promise you that UNT will not lose Wren over $50k. When the time comes for WB to go it will be to a major P5 school. Yes, Memphis is in the AAC but it has about half the students, a smaller endowment, is in a smaller market and their president has just run this AD out...They are also paying out Tubby Smith something like 9 or 10 million to buyout his deal.
  6. Wren has been offered options better than Memphis and stayed so I expect he will be here until a dream job lands in his lap. Correct me if I'm wrong but WB's base salary is $450k while Bowen was $400k. One other note is that I like our bench behind WB, but I have the feeling that if WB leaves at some point we hire someone of his caliber again rather than internal.
  7. Hadn't seen this mentioned but two nice finishes by Alum this weekend in Dallas. Both have been having solid 2019 campaigns. Sebastián Muñoz shot a 268 to finish tied for 10th. This year he has earned $506k and he is sitting at 130th in the FedEx Cup rankings. Carlos Ortiz was a stroke behind tied for 12th. In 2019 he has earned $745k and he is 97th in the FedEx cup standings.
  8. Jackson is the second highest rated prospect to ever sign with UNT (slightly behind Jordan Williams).
  9. I think these are exactly the size recruits we should be targeting. ODU ran away from the pack in CUSA. Their top 7 scorers were: Stith - 6'5" Carver - 6'2" Green - 6'6" Goodwin - 6'5" Kithcart - 6'1" Ezikpe - 6'7" Wade - 6'5" They have a 7 footer but he averaged 3.2 pts and 3.6 reb per game. Our top 7 scorers were: Gibson 6'1" Woolridge 6'3" Smart 6'3" Miller 6'3" Duffy 6'1" Simmons 6'9" Draper 5'10" There are size differences there to be sure, but they aren't as extreme as a few have made them out to be. The guard out of SA Wagner is smaller than Duffy but arguably a better player. if we can bring in two recruits that are in that 6'4" to 6'6" range than our size matches well with theirs moving forward. Agree with Billy on quality vs quality.
  10. This leaves out a key point, that if they chose to rent a spot they will have the cash from the sale of the building to help offset this new expense or to even purchase a new location. Other things to consider are that the new spot could be bigger/nicer and allow for them to do more business and service more customers. They could also potentially have a drive thru or a better way to quickly serve students and the walk up crowd etc.
  11. I mean they were aware of the plan set out in 2013 that said the University was going to eventually want that land. It is now 2019, and they are acting like this was unforeseeable and there is no solution in the world. So it's either poor business strategy or posturing. Take the check and move to a new site nearby there will be plenty of options including literally right across the street. I am glad that campus will ultimately have reasonable looking things that make a true entrance.
  12. If only the NTDaily was as critical of itself as it is of everything else in the world.
  13. The primary issue here is similar to what was seen with Fball and WBB. Gmac had to basically cycle the whole roster and when you do that you will have some hits and misses, especially when year 1 had a shortened recruiting window. Benford took a lot of swings at JC/transfers and many missed, there was less developing guys where they stayed in the program for several years. There were a few exceptions but the roster was not well managed as a whole - we don't have to rehash it. He also recruited players not suited for Gmac's scheme. Gmac was left with a raw incoming Freshman in Simmons, Woolridge and Draper. Draper is great but he is clearly best suited as a roll player who can stick the 3. So he had to bring in 12 players in short order. Same with WBBall after Peterson left, Jalie had to basically recruit an entire team. She had to take a student who used to play basketball in high school and recruit her as a walk-on to get more depth. Seth had a big handicap in terms of quantity of players on the team when he came in. I think this year the football depth issue should finally be mostly addressed - it just takes time. When you are left with a hole on the roster you have to take some chances. When you roll the dice on transfers and JC players you will have some misses and then you add in injuries to a thin roster and you can get into trouble. Football is obviously more of a slow build from a roster perspective, but this is only Gmac's second year. He is doing the right thing, redshirting folks to get the roster built back up to normal D-1 standards. It helps you to build continuity and culture - the culture has already improved if you listen to the players speak. Players will always transfer, but we should be able to build teams that are solid and then have an even better peak every two or three years as our stars mature into Juniors and Seniors. Finally Gmac is smart and he understands that they need more bodies in the event the injury bug strikes again. If you listen to him talk he is honest about the shortcomings of the team and where the coaching staff needs to improve.
  14. I think the real issue is that when a school has to telegraph plans publicly people with adjacent land see dollar signs. When approached they are happy to sell you property for 4 times its appraised value. It is not like the school sets out to hurt small businesses, but the media, alumni and students are generally sympathetic to the narrative of big corporation vs tiny family business that gets run out as leverage against the school. The prospect of eminent domain is the leverage the school has to get negotiations into a reasonable zone. I believe all of the Union food joints are owned by the school as franchises so they wouldnt be able to do that, but I am told there is interest in trying to secure them a spot in the new development across the street. That seems like a good outcome for all.
  15. Rick is on point here. The DRC, the smaller online news sources, and even our own NT Daily do not always paint the school in a great light. Which is a shame, most cities rally around their schools. I think we all see the progress and good things happening, but it would be nice if media outlets gave less "opinion" pieces and more actual fact based reporting. It is not journalism to start with an agenda and then print things that fit into your already held beliefs. The NT Daily is critical of the school for not "supporting" it pretty often, when its funds were cut by student government (not the school itself but students) to provide additional funds for other areas. They don't mention that the new areas are things like academic support, that other orginizations also had funding cut and that that they get paid when most student orginizations don't. It is not a ton of money to be sure, but I feel like they have let this frustration seep into their journalism a bit more than they realize. As for the DRC it makes no sense, as a growing orginization and a huge Denton employer you think they would really cover the school well and highlight the positive a bit better. I think this is why things like the Athletic have taken off, good journalists writing in depth, researched articles is a winner. Edit for clarity: My comments are about the DRC as a whole, not Brett's coverage.
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