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  1. It's easier to be lazy and blame "policy" than it is to be creative in solving "problems."
  2. I think this is just a convenient excuse. I've looked through The University Policy Office site at https://policy.unt.edu and can't seem to find any reference to a "University Sustainability Policy." Maybe someone else is better at finding it than me. Anyway, if you pick up the litter, there isn't any litter produced. Problem solved. Or, make it a challenge to the students and organizations to hold the parade in a "sustainable" way and showcase that to the world. Sort of like they do at the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale.
  3. Based on his performance, you'd think he'd be recruited/hired away by a P5 conference local paper. 😜
  4. This is a fan board after all. However, I don't think it's going to be up to SMU or to us. If the Conference knows what's good for the conference, it will pit UNT and SMU in a meaningful conference game late in the season. Call it rivalry week or whatever, but that's what will create the most buzz for the conference and the local area. The facts suggest this is what the fans want too. We've played SMU on a regular basis in what amount to meaningless games year after year and we've played UTSA in meaningful conference games with conference titles and national rankings on the line. Let's see what people care about. Here are our home attendance numbers going back to 2013 for both SMU and UTSA. Even when we are playing for a conference title or when the Roadrunners come in here as the highest ranked team to grace Apogee, the fans still prefer attending the SMU game over the UTSA game to the tune of 4,171 fans on average (5,671 fans if you eliminate to two outlier years). And it's the same for SMU. Just looking at their 2021 year, the UNT game was by far the highest attended game all year at 29,121. They didn't draw above 23,400 the rest of the year and only got 17,158 for Tulsa. Some goober is suggesting that SMU/UTSA be the big rivalry in the new AAC for these two? Have they even played a game against each other? Look, I like what's building between UNT and UTSA. That's what happens when you play meaningful conference games. Hopefully we get another shot at them this year. As fun as those games have been and hopefully continue to be, they will pale by comparison, when we play games against SMU if there is something meaningful on the line, IMHO.
  5. As a fanbase and our athletic programs (Golf and Tennis notwithstanding), we are way too myopically-focused on Texas and "Texas ties" probably to our detriment. Yes, Texas is a great state with a large population and a ton of athletic talent, but there is a whole world of talent beyond our borders that, historically, we have ignored. I'm glad we are finally opening up our recruiting efforts to include a much larger talent pool (nationally and internationally).
  6. Here's the text associated with the targeting rule. I still cannot understand how this was not confirmed by the replay official under rule 9-1-4 and rule 2-27-14. I highlighted two indicators of targeting under Note 1 below that seem obvious to me. I also emphasized the phrase "When in question, it is a foul" which is a get out of jail free card for the replay official. If they are not sure, it's supposed to default to a foul. Targeting ARTICLE 5 a. The replay official shall review all targeting fouls, Rules 9-1-3 and 9-1-4. For a player to be disqualified and the Targeting foul to be enforced, all elements of a Targeting foul must be confirmed by the Instant Replay Official. There is no option for stands as a part of a Targeting review. If any element of Targeting cannot be confirmed, then the Replay Official shall overturn the targeting foul. Targeting elements include: Rule 9-1-3: (a) A player takes aim at an opponent for the purposes of attacking with forcible contact with the crown of the helmet. (b) An indicator of targeting is present. Rule 9-1-4: (a) A defenseless opponent (Rule 2-27-14). (b) A player takes aim at a defenseless opponent for the purposes of attacking with forcible contact to the head or neck area. (c) An indicator of targeting is present. b. The replay official may create a targeting foul from the booth when all elements of targeting can be confirmed and the foul is not called by the officials on the field. Such a review may not be initiated by a coach’s challenge. Targeting and Making Forcible Contact to Head or Neck Area of a Defenseless Player ARTICLE 4. No player shall target and make forcible contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent (See Note 2 below) with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder. This foul requires that there be at least one indicator of targeting (See Note 1 below). When in question, it is a foul (Rules 2-27-14 and 9-6). (A.R. 9-1-4-I-VI) Note 1: “Targeting” means that a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball. Some indicators of targeting include but are not limited to: Launch. A player leaving their feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make forcible contact in the head or neck area. A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area, even though one or both feet are still on the ground. Leading with helmet, shoulder, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with forcible contact at the head or neck area. Lowering the head before attacking by initiating forcible contact with the crown of the helmet. Note 2: Defenseless player (Rule 2-27-14). When in question, a player is defenseless. Examples of defenseless players include but are not limited to: A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass. This includes an offensive player in a passing posture with focus downfield. A receiver attempting to catch a forward pass or in position to receive a backward pass, or one who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect themselves or has not clearly become a ball carrier. A kicker in the act of or just after kicking a ball, or during the kick or the return. A kick returner attempting to catch or recover a kick, or one who has completed a catch or recovery and has not had time to protect themselves or has not clearly become a ball carrier. A player on the ground. A player obviously out of the play. A player who receives a blind-side block A ball carrier already in the grasp of an opponent and whose forward progress has been stopped. A quarterback any time after a change of possession A ball carrier who has obviously given themselves up and is sliding feet-first.
  7. I don't really have a dog in this fight, but everyone realizes we're talking about the HOF for North Texas not the HOF for other schools or all of college football, right? Maybe we're too liberal, who knows, but by necessity it's all relative to the history of UNT football and nothing else.
  8. It was about as close to a textbook example of the definition of the penalty as you can have. It could be used as training material. How they overturned that needs to be explained.
  9. He did. Two in the first quarter and then a flip to Ragsdale in the 4th. There is something wrong with ESPN.
  10. You know, if only he was more accurate today, it wouldn’t have been close. 😝
  11. Staying in CUSA as far as I know.
  12. SMU and TCU are not in the same conference. The topic is conference rivalries. While they have been too few wins in the series for us, my guess is the school SMU hates losing to the most out of everyone they play is UNT. They might like beating TCU the most, but they can't stand it when they lose to us.
  13. I'm not saying SMU would *choose* us. I'm suggesting that if it were up to us and for it to make the most sense for the AAC, it would be SMU. We've been playing SMU on an annual basis lately (SMU and Rice have not). They have a history of playing in the same conference. The fact that they did not continue the series speaks to its importance to them. The proximity of our campuses, the private vs public storyline and the fact that we have played each other as much as we have without being in the same conference all speaks to the natural rivalry that exists between UNT and SMU.
  14. Dear God man...we've been playing SMU going as far back as 1922. I think we've played more games against SMU than just about anyone else. Our campuses are 45 miles apart. Sad to say, but we've wanted to be in the same conference with them since I don't know when. We finally get that next year and you want to give it up for a school we've played 10 times? Yes, SMU has kicked our ass more often than not, but they have also benefited from always being a notch or two above us in the pecking order of college football. We've scratched and clawed our way back from the brink (1-AA) finally making our way into the AAC where we will be conference mates. The playing field will finally start to level out...maybe not right away, but hopefully sooner than later. UNT/SMU is the logical "cross-town" rival for the AAC. We can still hate UTSA without them being designated as our chief conference rival.
  15. Can't find this one anywhere 🤮. This is possibly the greatest mail-in job in the history of college football helmets.
  16. I'm sure if the push-off was the other way, said veteran official would have thrown a PI flag as would all the refs in this game.
  17. I think people put too much emphasis on a single stat. You can win or lose games in a variety of ways. Aune engineered a 4th-quarter, 5 play, 67 yard drive in 50 seconds to take the lead with 1:38 seconds in the game and it came down to a 4th-down conversion, a highlight-reel one-handed catch and then a questionable OPI play in the corner of the end zone to steal the win. I don't care if the QB goes 1-4 for 6 yards, if we win. Likewise, I couldn't care less if the QB goes 48 for 52 and 450+ yards but we lose. To the point above, in games there are always going to be drops, passes thrown away to avoid a sack (a good thing) or passes made on the run or under pressure that miss the mark. Looking at a stat sheet, by itself, is irrelevant. We had the lead late in the game and could not hold on.
  18. I’ll bite. It was a generic script. It could have been used before any conference game. UTSA was not mentioned. People hear what they want to hear. Thanks to Mr. Wilson for doing this. It’s nice when former players give back.
  19. I’ve said it before, but I think he needs out of SF. I’ve never felt his talents have been fully appreciated there. They lean on him when they need to (and he delivers) then push him aside when the “starters” are back.
  20. Is that because we have not worn this helmet, jersey, pants combo yet, so there isn't a game-action photo of this combination to include?
  21. Prediction: North Texas has a habit of coming out of nowhere with a great performance when one least expects it to pull off an upset. no one is in the stands to witness it. FIFY, but this really only applies to home games. At least he didn't call it an "opportunity" game.
  22. I don't understand our fascination with players that chose to leave here to play elsewhere.
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