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  1. WHAT???? LMFAO I get what you're saying here, but......... yeah..... Ironic indeed 😭 There's probably a better way to go about making your point that even the smallest house on the most expensive street has a higher value than the biggest house on the least expensive street. I'm saying the taxes on our small house on the most expensive street are no longer sustainable and keeping the house for looks is no longer realistic.
  2. THE GOALS ARE SO HIGH AND THE VISION SO CLEAR WITH THIS ONE It takes millions every year to compete - look around, you'll see the amount of money committed to this already. BTW, very soon, ESPN will no longer have a reason to broadcast college football and basketball games, especially the streams which mostly come at a loss, that money to mid-majors is the next to go, or the deals restructured for a lot less $$ (create a separate thread if you want a deep dive into this).
  3. I made this point several months ago in a thread about the NIL being the end, that we can't keep up, regardless of what we try to do. To be fair, some people said, save it for another day (it wasn't too long after the end of the football season) and the mood was pretty glib to say the least so I did. Now that everyone seems to be caught up, what does the future for UNT Football with the NIL look like? First of all, the NIL is bolstered by State and Federal Laws, it aint going anywhere, no matter what or who wants to vote otherwise in college athletics (there's a reason why the NCAA never wanted to go down this road and some people still can't seem to make this connection, maybe the politicians looking for votes should've gone elsewhere but clearly not enough people understand this so they got their votes and college athletics got the NIL) Second, it might be surprising but a Rec & Leisure Studies undergraduate class at UNT predicted this entirely in 2009/10 and the point was made that UNT would be better off investing in basketball at the time and becoming a basketball school - take that debate anyway you want, hindsight is 20/20 but apply it to today and how the NIL is and will continue to shape the college recruiting landscape, paying for 12 players is a lot more palpable than paying for football players. Finally, how much are we willing to waste to stay DI? I'm not happy about it but if you have any common sense and can see, even a few years into the future, the gambit is over, the Power 5 and "Haves" have won, it's a futile and naive effort to believe UNT can compete in the new "NIL-NCAA" Era (PERIOD). Pro leagues have salary caps for a reason: parity and revenue sharing saved the NFL and is the benchmark for the most succesful pro leagues in the world = THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN WITH THE NIL/NCAA ERA - THE LAW MAKES THAT IMPOSSIBLE (AND TO TRY WOULD BE ILLEGAL - think here, if I need to spell it out, I will but don't distract from the point) What's the point? IT'S TIME TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER BY WAY OF AN ACTUAL STUDY WHICH CAN BE ONE IN-HOUSE BY UNT GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF TRANSITIONING TO DII SOONER RATHER THAN LATER AND THE COST OF DOING SO VERSUS NOT DOING SO - ALL FACTORS TO BE INCLUDED. I'm talking about a business decision that is the best decision for the University moving forward. I'm talking about being a realist vs. idealist. I'm talking about being responsible. I'm talking about forward thinking. I'm talking about reading the writing on the wall. Do I want this? NO Is it avoidable? YES - By someone or some group coming up with MILLIONS of dollars every year in NIL money for UNT Student Athletes. Is that possible? NO - that's the bottom line and Stone Cold doesn't need to say so, it's sooo obvious! So what are we going to do? Probably the most irresponsible thing: Bury our heads in the sand, avoid the inevitable, keep paying out fat salaries and burning money to try and keep (what exactly, I'm not sure) alive, and then in a few years and millions of dollars wasted, say, "well, we tried." GO D2 AND DOMINATE EARLY FOR A BETTER FUTURE! BS - You don't need a crystal ball for this one, just a delusional perspective.
  4. With you 100% - as long as it's not defined by attending games in person. Support comes in many forms for a variety of reasons..... I just don't like seeing people beat up for not showing up, regardless of reason, they can still support the team, want the team do well etc. without physically being there.
  5. STRAIGHT UP! We used to have some awesome tailgates, a couple seasons we set up a volleyball court by the tennis courts on the corner across from the Fouts Field parking lot and across from the Super Pit, that's where we'd tailgate..... 40lbs of Fajita Chicken from La Azteca was standard, briskets, fried turkeys which almost burnt down some small tree that was there on the corner, an early morning (4am or 5am) setup, Landshark was the breakfast beer, we'd feed the cops, everyone was welcome walking down from the Super Pit parking lots, once had an Alum of atleast 60-70 years of age randomly Shotgun a beer we gave him (his wife of the same age showed no expression of surprise, this was a thing for him I guess haha) that got us fired up for the game!!..... Tailgating with friends and family wins the day, everyday!
  6. Seeing this topic brought up many times over the years and starting to come back again and wanted to share my observations from living in the North Texas area for eight years and having season tickets to the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium and a few in AT&T Stadium, and a half season package with the Mavs after they made the Finals (didn't renew after they choked in the first round the following year) and the Dallas Desperados until they choked an undefeated season away in the first round of the playoffs! Here's some food for thought (or chum for the dumb, depending on your perspective): 1) North Texas (the geographic area) fans will support a winner, regardless of sport or level. There's pictures and stories from the Brahmas hockey team and the junior hockey team in Frisco (Tornadoes) that reflect a sold out arena when they're winning and pitifully empty when they don't. 2) Even when winning, fans show up late. Countless times at various games from the Mavs to Stars to the Cowboys, it may be half full through the first quarter or period and then it fills up -the social phenomenon of "being seen" is at play a lot but this is part of the identity of the fans in the area. 3) Having season tickets does not make you more of a fan and not having them doesn't make you less of a fan. 4) Canceling UNT season tickets when you haven't moved to a different location and especially if you have had them for consecutive years does send a message. The message is: what you're selling, is no longer worth it. (absent articles saved on this topic in my database, google scholar has many studies on ticket sales at sporting events, down to P5, Mid-Major sports specifically, including mine I believe on UNT MBB ticket sales from way back when) 5) You can support your team from the comfort of your own home, let no one shame you into paying for something you've already deemed not worthy of your hard earned moolah. 6) I have nothing to cite for this but I'm confident that if you don't renew your season tickets next year, the same or similar and perhaps better location at a lesser price can be had after the 2022 season. 7) "Go for the sake of supporting the student-athletes kids players" - either everything in life is to be earned and not given or there is some pity clause that exists and extends to adults in college ranging in age from 18-23 who play sports, disguised as children in college uniforms with fragile egos which demands of society to pay money out of pity which allows them a free round of bull sh*t disguised as "support." Mothers, fathers, family, friends by all means support your players and love them unconditionally (I genuinely mean that), do not expect of society to do the same. This is not how it works, sports be damned! Move past the sanctimonious dribble of reeling of the sacrifices, challenges, or adversity athletes face and appreciate that life, regardless of circumstance, is transactional by nature and a either an event or team is worth the price of admission or it's not. if you think it is worth it, great, go and enjoy, and if you don't, don't be a sucker: JUST SAY NO! #NoMeansNo ------------- Finally, this archaic belief in fandom that professes you mush "show up" no matter what or you'll be cast away in to the nether-reaches of fair-weatherness is a page directly out of PT Barnum's playbook. For those too young to know who PT Barnum is, all you need to know is that he coined the American maxim, "There's a sucker born every minute" and for decades since, suckers have bought everything from the "shake weight" (pictured below) to Coach Littrell coaching the North Texas Mean Green Football team for a 7th season, hoping (praying) to avoid a fourth straight losing season and 6th bowl loss for those of you rooting for a .500 season - talk about a double-entendre for #Hit6 - ya heard it here first. If you purchased the shake weight, save yourself from further canvassing the depths of suckerdom and watch the Mean Green from the comfort of your own dwelling in 2022, where you can change the channel after the first quarter, pour yourself a Mighty Mean Green Margarita and watch a good football game/team on any other channel. The aforementioned shake weight: And PT Barnum: ------ I'm not advocating for the purchase or non-renewal of anything, but some people beat others up on this topic as if there were some well of "fun money" in everyone's bank account. Also, during one of our better years in football I was coaching overseas and with the time difference most of games started at 2am where I was at and between the Amazon Firestick and ExpressVPN I could catch most games. This meant rearranging my sleep schedule to watch some good UNT football and it was worth it - buying tickets or going to a game in person is great if you can afford and want to go, but if you can't and don't want to, your fandom cannot be criticized for choosing to save your money. I guess that was the point, if you feel criticized for canceling tickets for not going to games in person for any reason, this should help you find some perspective, if not an ally, and one that believe questioning another's fanhood or putting conditions on what constitutes a fan is clown-talk and we are not suckers to be bribed by false hope and superlative-laden mumbles.
  7. 👏 I've resisted trashing Vito for years and thought it was about to end with this doozy of a post.... THANK YOU!!!!! 👏 The "peak-lather" to top it off had me like:
  8. I think the word adversity has a lot of different meanings/applications depending on your circumstance so it's going to generate a lot of different feelings between individuals. I've chosen to define tough times and circumstances with my teams as "challenges" and use adversity only when talking about events and situations outside of sports (life events). First by 18 years old, most understand that life's not fair. Then they realize first hand life's not fair and at some point they'll stop bitching about this fact, stop making excuses, begin to face challenges head on, be gracious towards others, learn from defeat, get back on their feet and realize the tougher life is, the better you become at it; life doesn't get easier, you just get better at it (heard this somewhere and it stuck). I'm not nitpicking at any coach that uses this term with their team or any player. A lot have, do and will in references to challenges their team faces, I just think it should be reserved for the most serious circumstances in life. There's a psychological approach to how we define things..... perspective is important in all aspects of coaching, as are the words and their implications. To that end, an adverse time would be the death of a teammate unexpectedly, it's a cross-section of life and sports. Looking at what some have mentioned thus far, injuries, loosing streaks, abandonment by fans/supporters, unfair criticism on social media, these things may be challenging to block out and focus on the task at hand but to call this adversity I think would be a stretch (the digital lynching I think is regarding a recruit, but not sure so didn't include it). I look to the student body as a whole for a comparison, feel free to trade your athletic scholarship, workouts, practice, film session and games with a student working full time or maybe one or two jobs to pay bills, buy food, still carry student-debt, and you both have the same amount of homework, classwork etc. - everyone's got a choice to make, if your situation as a student athlete is too much, there's an alternative, but again, it comes down to perspective.
  9. Neither said nor implied..... but thanks for an extremely nuanced, albeit completely inaccurate, interpretation..... Right up there with "look, we beat a ranked team on the last game of the season, all is well again with UNT football, nothing else to see or do here" (just an example of an extremely nuanced and completely inaccurate interpretation). The service this board does is provide free insight into what more passionate and involved alumni and fans think about events surrounding the athletics department. Often times it is an unfiltered, matter-of-fact perspective which can be difficult to ascertain by any other means. To deny its value is to say "we don't care what they think, just show us the good polling data." In the same breadth that regardless of what you thought of President Trump, when he was posting on Twitter, the country world was given direct access his unfiltered thoughts and views. Take them as you will but you can't deny the value in that kind of access. This board is a litmus test for the athletics department on a wide array of issues, and occasionally perhaps an idea is put forward on the board that may have some value. It's not the only source of information and feedback, but certainly a convenient, consistent, reliable and primary source for a majority of issues in athletics.
  10. We should make a separate thread on this maybe - pinned even to track what other schools are paying (by means of opportunities) per position. Here's an example of TE pay at UT: If you play tight end on the Texas football team, you will now earn a four-figure monthly stipend no matter if you're an All-Big 12 performer or a freshman walk-on. https://www.on3.com/news/texas-tight-ends-nil-program-burnt-ends-surly-horns/ Here is how the program works: Each tight end will receive the same monthly share. There is a four-figure monthly baseline dollar guarantee for each tight end. Anything crowdsourced above that also will go into the tight ends’ pockets. It’s an August-to-August annual deal, Blair said, meaning that if a tight end switches positions or transfers, he still will reap financial benefits until the following August. --- IMO - There's no way in hell UNT needs to get in to any bidding war with the NIL stuff.... this is a level we simply can not compete and would throw away money trying. UT "Burnt Ends" Tight Ends NIL (and this is just ONE program/opportunity) - 6 TE - $1k/mo ($12k/year) Total "Burnt Ends" Guaranteed NIL Money for TE at UT: $72k/year
  11. "WORD IT HOW YOU WILL" Word it however you'd like, address what ever you'd like, say or don't say anything about the HC, doing/saying nothing was a missed opportunity..... this board clearly illustrates there's some strong view from the Alums/Fans about the Football HC Position. This board does a huge service to the athletics department, don't for one second think they're not monitoring this site on a regular basis. -- Here's how a Power 5 AD uses a weekly newsletter to communicate with fans: https://longhornswire.usatoday.com/2021/11/17/texas-football-longhorns-steve-sarkisian-chris-del-conte-support-coaching-staff-athletic-director/ Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte releases the Forty Acres Insider each week. It’s a newsletter to Longhorn Nation that focuses on how each athletic program performed over the past week and what to look forward to in the days ahead. After Texas’ shocking loss to Kansas, many were eager to hear Del Conte’s thoughts on the matter. (SOUND FAMILIAR - FOR US IT'S: THREE CONSECUTIVE LOSING SEASONS WITH THE HIGHEST PAID COACH IN THE CONFERENCE - I'D SAY WE'RE PRETTY DAMN EAGER TO HEAR WHAT'S WHAT AS IT WERE) In a surprise to some, he voiced a very clear vote of confidence in Steve Sarkisian and his staff. Del Conte continued on by stating how important it is for the fans to stand behind the team and stay positive. “We know there are better days ahead, and I know y’all will continue to be the wind beneath our wings to help lead us there.” Needless to say, it appears that Del Conte is fully behind the rebuild that Sarkisian will have to do at Texas.
  12. After the game, I went to the Dan McCarney Therapy Program. Still pushing through it.... still on step 1.... not clear on what comes next.... I'm not going to give up though.... I believe in The Don Daddy Danny Mac and if he say's drink grey goose to cure all, dammit that's what I'll do....if you're still looking for a direction, here's a refresher if you don't know or don't remember: "Nothing..... a little Grey Goose won’t cure." https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/dan-mccarney-suffered-stroke-thinks-vodka-him-feel-175611451.html
  13. This guy is who you're talking about I tihnk....... And FWIW - SL is a stand up guy and the first to say, "It's on me" - it's not a new phenomenon in coaching, you don't plan to fail, you don't prepare to lose but when it happens and you do, you take full accountability. You can't preach accountability as a coach and then change the definition to fit the circumstance. Coaches know when you win, it's the players, when you lose it's on the coach. Tried his best, represented the program well, no scandal, no issues of integrity, just not enough W's at the end of the day - he's an OU Alum, his expectations of himself as a coach are as high as what he expects from the OU coach as an Alum. In this case, we're the Alumni but he'd be the first to say expectations weren't met, he get's it, it's not a case that needs defending. I think I've said it 1,000 times, outstanding human being, really good football coach, he's not done yet, but it's time to part ways. It's like dating, most people don't marry the first girl or guy they date, most marriages don't last when they do, everyone that does is the exception, not the rule. I can tell you he's not moping around, he's a confident guy, I think he'll reflect back on the good and the bad, he'll definitely be a better coach because of it and I have no ill will and will be rooting for him the rest of his career!
  14. I don't know if you know anyone with a mind that never stops churning, with 15 different things going at once, but I'm that way and this comment about Monday morning turned into this "poem" --- there were a few twists and turns before it got to this but it was this post you made that kicked it off and inspired it. The Night Before Christmas (UNT Football 2021 Version 1.0) 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land Football coaches were recruiting players high in demand; The tweets and the snaps showed commitments so strong Yet one school was wondering, “How did it all go so wrong?” The truth could be seen but they hadn’t a clue, Keeping one coach too long, all the hell it would do. From high in the perch a mighty Eagle did soar, A blind one at that, though he could hear the roar; “It’s over! It’s done!” mighty warriors did type, Some began to wonder, “what’s he got in his pipe?” But that Eagle was daring, courageous, and brave Once known as Wren, he had a program to save. With the sun now set on a season so poor, Some wondered aloud “how much more, how much more?” With the hopes built so high on a campus renewed, Their patience with loosing was swiftly subdued. For the coaches and promises didn’t last very long Come Sumlin, Come Sanders, Come Morris or Strong “We’re tired of loosing and singing this song.” But as night fell on Denton, no answer was found, The mighty Eagle was grounded, nowhere around. “Monday morning, afternoon, evening or night” The mighty warriors proclaimed with so much delight “That coach will be gone and our faith be renewed” As all through the weekend they toiled and stewed. A new dawn would come but how long would they wait? As one man alone would determine their fate. For Eagles are mighty and never outnumbered Except for the ones who recoil and slumber. With expectations so high, there’s only one way to lose, Take a week to decide, prod, and choose; Who the new coach will be must soon be decided, For In only one man can our faith be confided. From Eagle to Wren is a long way to fall, Merry Christmas and Wren, don’t drop the ball.
  15. Just knocked this out real quick, not a writer or poet, some parts sound better read aloud, and some just don't click but it's a work in progress, feel free to edit, delete, improve upon, and it may turn out to be decent with your help! Hopefully next year we can have a version that includes the words "win" and "bowl" (Savior may be a push but who knows)... just a little fun and the person I just read this to who knows nothing of UNT football, WB or SL made sure I pointed out that "this is not a personal shot at anyone or meant to hurt anyone's feelings, if it does either of those, I'm wrong and you're right" (She's a keeper!) The Night Before Christmas (UNT Football 2021 Version 1.0) 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land Football coaches were recruiting players high in demand; The tweets and the snaps showed commitments so strong Yet one school was wondering, “How did it all go so wrong?” The truth could be seen but they hadn’t a clue, Keeping one coach too long, all the hell it would do. From high in the perch a mighty Eagle did soar, A blind one at that, though he could hear the roar; “It’s over! It’s done!” mighty warriors did type, Some began to wonder, “what’s he got in his pipe?” But that Eagle was daring, courageous, and brave Once known as Wren, he had a program to save. With the sun now set on a season so poor, Some wondered aloud “how much more, how much more?” With the hopes built so high on a campus renewed, Their patience with loosing was swiftly subdued. For the coaches and promises didn’t last very long Come Sumlin, Come Sanders, Come Morris or Strong “We’re tired of loosing and singing this song.” But as night fell on Denton, with questions abound The mighty Eagle was grounded nowhere to be found. “Monday morning, afternoon, evening or night” The mighty warriors proclaimed with so much delight “That coach will be gone and our faith be renewed” As all through the weekend they toiled and stewed. A new dawn would come but how long would they wait? As one man alone would determine their fate. For Eagles are mighty and never outnumbered Except for the ones who recoil and slumbered. With expectations so high, there’s only one way to lose, Take a week to decide, prod, and choose; Who the new coach will be must soon be decided, For In only one man can our faith be confided. From Eagle to wren is a long way to fall, Merry Christmas and Wren, don’t drop the ball.
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