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  1. The 1984 season saw North Texas State University promote its club baseball team into Division I NCAA competition as the “Eagles” joined the Southland Conference. The team lasted five seasons — a legacy some former players consider to be short-lived. Rather than let the baseball program become a distant memory in the university’s history, a group of alumni has united in hopes of reviving it. The Mean Green Baseball Project is an advocacy group seeking to bring DI baseball back as its own athletic program. The group consists of seven friends — six of whom played baseball for the university. “People didn’t act like we existed — like we were just this ridiculously horrible team, and we weren’t,” Doug Rush, former North Texas starting pitcher and MGBP president, said. “We had a bunch of really good players. We just didn’t have the scholarships and the backing [of the university] to be successful.” On Aug. 11, 2022, the men teamed up to make a change. They created MGBP social media accounts across several platforms, constructed their own website and reached out to the university Athletics Department. “Let’s put a smile on our face and let’s try to make an impact and help the community possibly bring this back,” Danny Suges, former North Texas baseball player and MGBP vice president, said. There was hope for the MGBP’s anticipated revival in 2016 when former Athletic Director Rick Villarreal proposed a plan to bring baseball back to the university. However, the plan never came to fruition, as Villarreal left the university later that year. “We’ve been waiting patiently for it to start back and it just never has happened, so we’re trying to put a rush on that,” Rush said. The MGBP has raised over $15,000 of its $50,000 goal on its GoFundMe since August 29. The group wants to use this money to advertise and promote their cause and get the attention of larger donors. Aside from using its online platform to spread awareness, the group also attended this year’s Homecoming tailgate on Nov. 5, where they handed out their “#bringitback” T-shirts and koozies. Read more: https://www.ntdaily.com/mean-green-baseball-projects-seeks-to-revive-former-division-i-program/?fbclid=IwAR18aG1osJJOun1Z0-piK-49LoDoIQfu-Kn3nmECHH_3RPpejThLhaBU-O8
  2. “Texas universities propose two-year tuition freeze in exchange for nearly $1 billion in additional state funding” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sign up for The Brief, The Texas Tribune’s daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. As Texas lawmakers consider what to do with an unprecedented $32.7 billion state surplus, leaders of the state’s six largest public university systems are pitching that nearly $1 billion be allocated toward higher education. If lawmakers agree, these university chancellors pledge to hold tuition flat for all undergraduate students for the next two academic years. In a letter sent to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman and House Finance Committee Chair Greg Bonnen in mid-December, the university chancellors asked for more general-revenue funding as well as more funding for university employee health insurance and the program that gives free college tuition to military veterans and their children. “Our education mission is funded almost entirely by two sources of funding: state support and student tuition and fees,” says the letter, which The Texas Tribune obtained Tuesday. “Without increased state support, Texas institutions must look to additional efficiencies and then tuition and fees to be able to continue to maintain high quality education. In order to hold tuition flat for our students and their families, Texas universities seek increased state investment.” The letter is signed by six chancellors: James Milliken of the University of Texas System, John Sharp of the Texas A&M University System, Renu Khator of the University of Houston System, Michael R. Williams of the University of North Texas System, Tedd Mitchell of the Texas Tech University System and Brian McCall of the Texas State University System. Read more: https://www.gilmermirror.com/2023/01/11/texas-universities-propose-two-year-tuition-freeze-in-exchange-for-nearly-1-billion-in-additional-state-funding/
  3. https://247sports.com/Player/Matty-Wagner-46133552/
  4. North Texas and new head coach Eric Morris are set to hire Bryan Kegans as their new head strength coach, per Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle in Texas. Kegans served this season as the associate director of football sports performance at USC. He previously spent time at Guyer High School in Denton. Bryan Kegans came to USC in January of 2022 as associate director of football sports performance. He spent the previous four seasons (2018-21) at Oklahoma, where he was assistant director of sports performance/director of sport science. The Sooners won the Big 12 title in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and made a pair of College Football Playoff semifinal appearances in 2018 and 2019. Kegans was an offensive lineman and special teams player for four years (2002-05) at Texas Tech, starting at guard as a 2005 senior. read more: https://trojanswire.usatoday.com/2022/12/28/usc-associate-director-of-sports-performance-leaves-for-north-texas-mean-green/
  5. Jalen Guyton is a wide receiver for the Los Angles Chargers, the Dallas Cowboys signed him as a undrafted free agent after the 2019 NFL draft. Guyton has given modest performance over the years but will he rise through the ranks to become one of the wide receivers in the league? Here is everything you know about his contract details, net worth, personal life, and career. Net worth and Sponsorships The 25-year-old’s net worth is estimated at around 2 million dollars. Being at the growing point of his career he has a long way to and if he dominates the field and catches the media’s eye with his impressive show on the field, he will land high-paying sponsors which will contribute to skyrocketing his net worth and fame. His current numbers will increase by the end of his current contract. Career from early days to the league Originally from Texas attended Allen High School where his football career ignited. He was productive and efficient on the field making him one of the top-performing players in his class. Not much is known about his time in High school so it can be said that he was a star player with stellar statistics and received offers from top-tier schools in the country. Being a three-star prospect out of high school He committed to playing college football at Notre Dam University initially. Entering through the doors as a freshman at Notre Dame University he was kicked out of the program and later spent a year at Trinity Valley community college after which he transferred to the University of North Texas and became part of the North Texas Greens football program he wanted to dominate the field so he spent as much time as he could on the field and was hell-bent on improving his play. His statistics during his freshman, sophomore, or junior season is not known but he did really level up his standards in his senior season. read more: https://www.mediareferee.com/jalen-guyton-net-worth-girlfriend-cars-salary-contract/
  6. First team: Jaylen Smith, Sophomore, University of North Texas (Hamilton, Ont.) With dynamic special teamers like Jonathan Sutherland and Nolan Ulm already on the first team in positional roles, our kick coverage spot will go to Mean Green linebacker Jaylen Smith for a second straight season. The six-foot, 210-pound teams demon made five tackles on specials this year, while also seeing an increased role on defence. He finished the season with 15 total tackles and two tackles for loss in 14 games. read more: https://3downnation.com/2022/12/30/abbotts-2022-ncaa-all-canadians-defence/
  7. DENTON, Texas – North Texas head football coach Eric Morris has announced the addition of five more members of his inaugural coaching staff on Thursday. Joining Morris’ staff are Matt Caponi (Defensive Coordinator/Corners), Jordan Davis (Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers), Bryan Kegans (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach), Colby Kratch (Assistant Coach/Linebackers) and Justin Owens (Director of Recruiting). A 17-year coaching veteran, Caponi spent the last four seasons mentoring the cornerbacks at Iowa State. In that time, he played a huge role in ISU’s success, as the Cyclones made three bowl games and ranked in the top-three in the league in scoring defense every season of his tenure. The Cyclones finished No. 6 nationally (285.6 ypg) in total defense in 2022. Caponi is a Mount Union (2005) graduate and has coaching experience at West Virginia, Arizona and Pitt at the FBS level. He was the defensive coordinator at Washington & Jefferson for three years from 2008-11. A native of Arlington, Davis spent the last seven seasons coaching under Morris at Texas Tech, UIW and Washington State. He played a key role on the Incarnate Word staff as Assistant Head Coach and Wide Receivers coach and was an analyst at Wazzu in 2022. Davis graduated from Texas Tech in 2014, where he was a three-year football letter winner prior to becoming a graduate assistant in 2016. Kegans was on the football sports performance staff at USC in 2022 following four seasons at Oklahoma (2018-21), where he was assistant director of sports performance/director of sport science. He was also a strength and conditioning coach at Texas (2013) and TWU (2011-13). The Stephenville native has high school experience at Fulshear and Denton Guyer. He was an offensive lineman at Texas Tech from 2002-05 and earned his degree in 2005. Kratch has spent the last six seasons on staff at Iowa State, most recently as assistant director of player personnel for the last five seasons. He was a graduate assistant on defense in 2017. During his time in Ames, he helped ISU to five bowl games and the Cyclones became one of the Big 12’s top defenses. Iowa State’s last five recruiting classes were rated in the Top 50 according to 247Sports, including the 2022 group which is considered the best recruiting class in school history. He also spent two years as a graduate assistant at Michigan State following a two-year playing career at Toledo. He graduated from Toledo in 2013. Owens, also known as ‘Coach O’, is a longtime Dallas-Fort Worth high school coach. He served as running backs coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Ferris High School for the past two years, and has more than 15 years of high school coaching and evaluation experience in the area. He is also known for hosting exposure camps around the state of Texas for high school student-athletes where he helped garner exposure for thousands of young players. A Dallas native, Owens played at West Texas A&M and graduated in 2004. The newest hires come following the previous announcement of Sean Brophy (Quarterbacks), Patrick Cobbs (Running backs), Chris Gilbert (Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends), Rolando Surita (Chief of Staff/Assistant AD) and Drew Svoboda (Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator). Additional names will be announced in the coming days.
  8. New North Texas Mean Green head coach Eric Morris announced a handful of hires to his coaching staff in Denton on Wednesday, including the addition of Texas LonghornsDirector of High School Relations Chris Gilbert, who will serve as the associate head coach/tight ends coach. It’s the first on-field coaching role for Gilbert, who spent nearly two seasons on the Forty Acres serving as a key conduit to high school coaches in the Metroplex in addition to building relationships with recruits, especially during on-campus visits. A graduate of South Oak Cliff in South Dallas, Gilbert had a long and successful history as a head coach in the Metroplex. After playing college football at Angelo State, Gilbert had stops as an assistant at Dallas Carter, Greenville, and Bryan before taking over at his alma mater in 2006. Gilbert was able to quickly turn around the South Oak Cliff program, going 9-3 in his third season. read more: https://www.burntorangenation.com/platform/amp/2022/12/28/23529869/chris-gilbert-hire-north-texas-mean-green-texas-longhorns-recruiting
  9. DENTON, Texas – North Texas has finalized the first batch of football coaching and support staff hires, head coach Eric Morris announced Thursday. Joining Morris’ first UNT staff are Sean Brophy (Quarterbacks), Patrick Cobbs (Running backs), Chris Gilbert (Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends), Rolando Surita (Chief of Staff/Assistant AD) and Drew Svoboda (Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator). More staffing hires will be announced soon. Brophy comes to Denton following four seasons coaching and playing under Morris at Washington State and Incarnate Word. He was a graduate assistant at Wazzu in 2022. He played quarterback at UIW from 2017-19. He was instrumental in the development of UIW and Washington State standout quarterback Cameron Ward while working directly under Morris at both institutions. A UNT Hall of Famer, Cobbs returns in 2023 for his fifth season as running backs coach. Over the last three years, North Texas running backs have finished in the Top 26 nationally in rushing including 3,035 yards in 2021 – the second most in program history. Gilbert has a long history in Dallas-Fort Worth and joins the UNT staff following two seasons as Director of High School relations at Texas. The South Oak Cliff graduate served as head coach at his alma mater in addition to a stint at Terrell and a highly successful 10-year run leading the program at Lancaster. Surita is a longtime, trusted ally of Morris after serving on his staff for four seasons at UIW (2018-21) and last season at Washington State. He held the title of Chief of Staff at UIW in 2021 before taking a scouting role at Wazzu for 2022. A native of Houston, he earned degrees from both UTSA and UIW, and has extensive experience in both operations and player personnel. Svoboda recently completed his second season on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama following stints at both Memphis and Rice where he led special teams units for both programs. At Alabama, he was special teams coordinator and tight ends coach in 2021 when the Crimson Tide produced one of the top units in the country. He transitioned to the role of Senior Special Assistant to the Head Coach in 2022. Prior to moving on to the college ranks, Svoboda served as the Head Coach and Athletic Director at Klein Collins High School located in the Greater Houston area for 10 seasons. There he led the Tigers to five district crowns along with three undefeated regular seasons and trips to the state playoffs in eight of 10 seasons.
  10. Read more: https://footballscoop.com/news/eric-morris-north-texas-american-athletic-conference
  11. To Mississippi State as OC? He is considered a top contender. Coming from the Leach tree.
  12. Regents said they chose the UT System because of its access to the Permanent University Fund, which consists of oil and gas assets. The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents voted Tuesday to accept an invitation to join the University of Texas System, selecting the Austin-based system from four across the state that had extended invitations to join their ranks this year. Board members said all four systems — the Texas A&M University System, the Texas State University System, the Texas Tech University System and the University of Texas System — assured them that the East Texas university would be able to keep its autonomy, as well as its name, mascot and school colors. And a financial analysis showed the university would benefit financially in some form from joining any of the systems. But regents said joining the UT System was the most attractive option because of the access to funding from the Permanent University Fund, which consists of assets created by oil and gas revenue from 2.1 million acres of land in West Texas that rake in billions of dollars annually. “Any other regional comprehensive university in the state would give its proverbial right arm to be in the position we're in today,” said regent David Alders, who said the board has discussed over the years how nice it would be to “secure a piece of a [Permanent University Fund] pie.” “Here, this slice of that pie is being presented to us on a silver platter. I believe it would represent a dramatic dereliction of our duty to not accept this invitation,” he said. read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2022/11/29/stephen-f-austin-state-university-system-vote/
  13. UNT Football: Eric Morris Hired as 20th Head Football Coach DENTON, Texas – Eric Morris has been hired as the 20th head coach in North Texas history, Vice President and Director of Athletics Jared Mosley announced Tuesday. “We are truly excited to welcome Coach Eric Morris and his family to North Texas,” Mosley said. “From early in our process Eric was able to clearly articulate his vision for UNT and what we can do in the short term to build momentum as we transition to the American Athletic Conference. “Among a deep and talented pool of candidates Eric distinguished himself with his great energy and strong track record as a championship head coach and a proven developer of talent. As a Texas native, he has deep relationships across the state, and he understands the importance of connecting with campus and the local community.” A record-setting offensive play-caller with extensive experience in the state of Texas, Morris comes to Denton following one season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Washington State. He previously served as head coach at Incarnate Word in San Antonio for four seasons from 2018-21. “I am incredibly honored to be the head football coach at North Texas,” Morris said. “I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity given to me by Jared Mosley and President Smatresk to lead UNT Football into a new era in The American. As a native Texan, I understand the pride and standard of Mean Green football and I am humbled to be able to lead this storied program. My wife, Maggie, and our boys are so excited to return home. We can’t wait to meet the team and get to work.” In his first season with Washington State, the 37-year-old Morris has engineered an offense that ranks first in the Pac 12 and 10th nationally in redzone efficiency, scoring 91.5 percent of its trips inside the 20. The Cougars’ 52 points at Stanford were the most scored in a conference game since 2019, and the most in a road conference game since 2018. Under his guidance, quarterback Cameron Ward, who followed Morris from UIW, passed for 23 touchdowns (6th, Pac-12; 29th, FBS) and completed 298 passes (2nd, Pac-12; 10th, FBS). Ward posted five games with at least one rushing and one passing touchdown. Ward finished the regular season with 3,094 passing yards and 23 touchdowns to go with 285 rushing yards and five scores. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes. The Cougars also displayed a rejuvenated ground game, as Jaylen Jenkins became the first WSU freshman with 100 or more rushing yards in a game since 2005 with 130 against USC. Nakia Watson was the first rusher with consecutive 100-yards games following 166 at Stanford and 116 in a win over Arizona State. In his UIW tenure, Morris was twice named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year (2018, 2021). He led the Cardinals to two conference titles (2018, 2021), twice reached the FCS playoffs, and left UIW as the program record holder for victories with 24. During his time in San Antonio, Morris posted a 24-18 record and orchestrated an offense that finished in the top 10 nationally for total offense in three of his four seasons, including leading the nation in 2020-21 at 552.3 yards per game. His teams finished in the top five in scoring both of his final two seasons, third in 2020-21 (42.0 ppg) and fifth in 2021 at 39.5 ppg. In 2021, Morris guided the Cardinals to the Southland Conference title, reached the NCAA FCS Second Round, and finished with a 10-3 record, the winningest record in program history. Morris mentored longtime pupil Ward, who finished the season garnering Stats Perform FCS All-America Second Team honors as well as being named to the Hero Sports 2021 Sophomore All-American Team. Ward also received Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors after breaking UIW program records for most career passing touchdowns and career passing yards, Ward was also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. Morris also oversaw the development of wide receiver Taylor Grimes, who earned multiple All-American honors in 2021 and was named Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year after setting single-season records for receiving yards (1,145) and touchdown receptions (15). Morris guided the Cardinals to one of the best turnarounds in the FCS, being named the 2018 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Regional Coach of the Year, the 2018 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, and an Eddie Robinson Award finalist. That season he guided UIW to a 6-4 regular season record, a conference championship and the program’s first FCS Playoff appearance in his first season. Prior to Incarnate Word, Morris spent five seasons (2013-17) as the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Texas Tech. During that time, Morris helped the Red Raiders to three bowl games and guided one of the top offenses in the nation. From 2013-17, Texas Tech's offense scored over 30 points per game all five seasons, and all five years was ranked among the top 16 teams in total offense, including leading the nation in 2016 at 564.4 yards per game. The Tech offense was highlighted by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who Morris recruited and coached in Lubbock. Morris, a native of Shallowater, Texas, returned to his roots in West Texas after spending the 2012 season as the inside receivers coach for former Tech head coach Mike Leach at Washington State. Prior to Pullman, Morris spent two years at the University of Houston, first as an offensive graduate assistant in 2010 and then as the offensive quality control assistant in 2011. Before joining the coaching profession, Morris played in the Canadian Football League in 2009. Morris was a versatile, all-round player during his four seasons as a Red Raider wide receiver (2005-08). He was an All-Big 12 punt returner as a senior and was also a member of the 2007 Academic All-Big 12 first team. Morris arrived at Tech following a stellar prep career at Shallowater High School where he was named the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal All-South Plains Super Team Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2003. Morris received his bachelor’s degree in communications studies from Texas Tech in 2008. He and his wife, Maggie, are parents to two sons, Nicholas and George. --GMG--
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