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  1. It was a pretty eventful weekend in UNT athletics, primarily on the basketball front, but the No. 1 program in the Big Three (football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball) also reached a key point in the offseason. This weekend was the first of the UNT football programs two junior days. Junior days are when a whole lot of prospects are evaluated and subsequently prioritized and put on the board. A couple of UNT assistants, including defensive line coach Kevin Patrick (who was particularly productive when it came to the 2015 class, by the way) mentioned that there were about 225 players who showed up. read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2015/02/the-sunday-leftovers-with-a-look-at-unt-junior-day.html/
  2. Long before Mike Grant became one of Dan McCarney’s trusted assistant coaches, he began his career working behind the scenes in the world of recruiting. Grant had just finished his career as a quarterback at Nebraska and was looking for a start in coaching as a graduate assistant. When nothing was immediately available, Grant landed a job as an assistant to the recruiting coordinator at his alma mater. Grant always wanted to take advantage of what he learned during those new months before he became a graduate assistant at Nebraska and will now have that opportunity after taking over as UNT’s recruiting coordinator. Read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2014/03/mike-grant-talks-about-new-role-as-recruiting-coordinator.html/
  3. UNT lost its recruiting coordinator in Noah Joseph, who was pilfered by Indiana. So, while UNTs former safeties coach is now is Hoosier, whos your new man directing the recruiting show? UNT has settled on wide receivers coach Mike Grant. McCarney made a really good case that Grant is a good fit, saying that he is super organized and someone who has experience on the staff and knows the lay of the land at UNT. Read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2014/02/late-night-football-basketball-notes-and-your-recruiting-coordinator-is.html/
  4. Over the course of his career, North Texas coach Dan McCarney pretty much has seen it all when it comes to the personalities and confidence levels of players. McCarney has coached quiet guys and loud guys, confident guys and guys who needed encouragement. Then there’s Darvin Kidsy. Even McCarney, who got into the coaching business in 1977, had never encountered anything quite like the UNT freshman receiver. “He’s really confident,” McCarney said. “He called me more than any of the signees did, and it continued once he got here and camp was going on. Most of the time it’s coaches calling student-athletes, reminding them of this or making sure that they are here on time for that. He wasn’t kissing my rear end. He wanted to tell me about how this could be one of our better freshman classes and how he could help us on the field.” The best part for UNT is that Kidsy has backed up all that bravado and worked his way toward the top of the Mean Green’s wide receivers rotation heading into a game at ninth-ranked Georgia on Saturday. Read more: http://www.dentonrc.com/sports/colleges/north-texas-headlines/20130919-football-confident-kidsy-an-eager-learner-for-unt.ece
  5. As a North Texas fan suffering through a 4-win 2012 season it was pretty easy to lay the blame on #7. Derek Thompson (DT), in his junior year had his struggles throwing as many interceptions as he did touchdown passes (14 TD's-14 INT's). He also made some bad decisions at key points in key game like throwing an ill advised interception at the start of the 4th quarter against Western Kentucky when UNT was winning the game 24-10. Of course WKU came back to win that game and a big upset win on the road to end the season slipped through Dan McCarney's fingers like sand. Since then, UNT fans have seen the dream of future star quarterback recruit Brock Berglund taking the reins fade. Berglund came highly regarded as a three star transfer from Kansas. A pulled hamstring in the beginning of spring training limited his snaps and put him way behind Thompson heading into this season. It's not that Berglund doesn't have the skills - he does - but he has yet to put them all together and a turnover conscious McCartney isn't likely to roll the dice on him, at least early on in the season. Mac needs wins and he despises turnovers. With all the upside athleticism Berglund possesses he is basically a new quarterback to this system - and the FBS game itself. He will make some mistakes on the field as he earns his stripes. read more:
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