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After the Mean Green football team won the Heart of Dallas Bowl game on New Year’s Day, head coach Dan McCarney hoisted the trophy and said, “This isn’t the end, it is only the beginning,” building expectations for the team next season and in the future. The team looks to keep up the success moving forward, but the loss of many core players to graduation has challenged the coaching staff to develop its players and recruit to put together another Conference USA championship contender. McCarney spoke of how crucial a role the 22 graduating players had this season. “We’re going to miss their talent and football ability, but even more so their leadership and character,” he said. “My expectations for the next class – they have to lead this team and that starts right now.” Read more: http://ntdaily.com/expectations-are-high-for-next-seasons-unt-football-team/
We interviewed seniors from the Mean Green soccer, volleyball and football teams to see how the players are doing now that their final season at UNT is over, what future plans are in place and what they will take away from their experiences here. How much different is your every day life now? What are some of the biggest changes you’ve noticed? Derek Thompson: Not being with my teammates is the biggest part. They are still my brothers; I will always love this university and I will always feel I was a part of something special here. I tell a lot of guys that I hope they are better than we were. A 9-4 bowl champion team is pretty special, but I want the guys to win 10 games next year. I want them to continue winning and build this program the way it needs to be. It is fun to sit back and think I ended my career on top, and we’ll see what is next for me. Read more: http://ntdaily.com/mean-green-senior-athletes-reflect-on-careers/
Senior quarterback Derek Thompson is graduating from UNT, paving the way for a four-man race to the starting position next season. The team recruited two more quarterbacks, freshman Connor Means and sophomore Josh Greer, and junior Andrew McNulty and freshman Dajon Williams return after backing up Thompson last year. The incoming players have potential on their side, while the latter look to utilize their experience at UNT to take the lead. “You talk about wide open and with Josh and Connor coming in here, I think it’s going to be really fun for our fans and coaches to watch the quarterback competition,” head coach Dan McCarney said. Read more: http://ntdaily.com/new-qb-class-brings-competition-to-vacant-position/