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  1. This program is not devoid of talent. Woolridge is a legit PG and AJ is one of the better players in the conference. He certainly left something behind to build around.
  2. You know that weird feeling in your stomach when you know something isn’t right? Everything might seem okay Turns out, that was only the beginning of one of the worst campaigns in program history. Plagued by injuries, turnovers and poor offensive execution, the Mean Green finished the year 8-22 and said goodbye to head coach Tony Benford last weekend. I really do feel bad for Benford. He is an outstanding man. He took the time to get to know me this season, and I always enjoyed our chats in his office before and after interviews. Sadly, kindness does not win basketball
  3. Does anyone else find it amazing that both Tony Benford and Johnny Jones seem to be on the same trajectory right now? Even the articles about them seem to be from the same writer... LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones should be fired, but not now When mass apathy sets in, the writing is on the wall. There’s no conceivable way Alleva can bring back the man who is, at best, the second-worst basketball coach in the SEC today. It’s hard to believe anyone else is capable of missing the NCAA Tournament with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, as Jones did last year with Ben Simmons. Ju
  4. ...that as Benford heads into his last year of his contract with us, Johnny Jones may well become available after this season? LSU is losing to Vandy tonight and the LSU fans are looking for blood. I get a sense he may not be long for the world there.
  5. https://jobs.unt.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1466457927307
  6. Thursday night and time for a quick lap around the bases as far as North Texas athletics goes. There have been a number of tidbits I have been meaning to get to that have stacked up in the last few days. read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2016/05/thursday-night-notes-could-a-hoops-shakeup-be-coming-et-cetera.html/
  7. Syracuse, N.Y. — The evidence was there, sometimes hiding in plain sight. Chris Palombi Temara kept scrapbooks and dedicated a shelf to awards she'd won during her Syracuse women's basketball career. Unlocking details about her Orange Plus Hall-of-Fame career would have required initiative and curiosity from her three children, who professed to know nearly nothing about her athletic accomplishments. "She told us she played at Syracuse," Troy Temara, her youngest son, said. "That was pretty much the whole thing." "There's stuff all around the house. There's photo albums all around the
  8. What kind of season will RV need to see to extend Benford, which gets him an extension, as well? .500 or better? Top half finish in CUSA regular season? Remember, this isn't what you think he should accomplish to keep his job, its what RV thinks he needs to see to keep Benford as the coach? My guess is that he has to finish at .500 by the end of the regular season and needs to finish the regular season in the top half of CUSA, meaning 7th place or higher. If this is correct, can Benford somehow jump up that bar?
  9. How many games does Benford need to win in the 2016 C-USA tourney?
  10. @Cooley You have a well deserved reputation for your knowledge and understanding of basketball. I and others are interested in terms of your thoughts in regards to Tony Benford and this 2016 squad as well as future prospects?
  11. The men's team gave UTEP all they could handle. They forced Floyd to go with a hack a shack at the end and it worked as we missed 5 FT in the finals minutes despite having a 1-point lead with less than 5 in the game. This was at El Paso, which we all know is perhaps the toughest place to play in this league. Combs had a huge game, 20-point and 19 boards. Reese had 9 assists and only 2 turnovers. Katenda had 12 points and 9 boards. UTEP focused on shutting down Deckie Johnson who has been shooting lights out and they were successful but other guys stepped up. Ja'Michael Brown ano
  12. DENTON -- The North Texas men’s basketball team will host Mississippi Valley State in a non-conference game on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. inside the Super Pit. Free admission will be available for all fans, students and faculty during the early morning contest starting at 11:30 a.m. North Texas snapped a seven game losing streak Monday night with an 18 point victory, 78-60, against Nicholls at the Super Pit. Four NT players were in double figures with sophomore Jeremy Combs leading the way with 19 points and eight rebounds. Junior Deckie Johnson set a new career high with 17 points and
  13. Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer @ReeceTapout15 Coming into Monday night’s contest against Nicholls State University, North Texas was riding a seven game losing streak, its longest dating back to 2002. But behind a career high performance from junior guard Deckie Johnson, the Mean Green found the win column. It was the first victory over a division one opponent this year and the first win in nearly a month of play. “I’ve never experienced anything like that, as a player or coach,” head coach Tony Benford said. “A streak that long. We felt like we gave some of those games away.” North Texas
  14. UNT wins 3 or less games this football season and then wins 14 or less games this basketball season. Does Rick Villerreal final face any form of consequence? Who does UNT Fire? Mac? Benford? Both? This is the scenerio staring this university president dead in the face. What should happen is all three should be let go. Clean slate for the new AD to bring in his guys to transform the two biggest sports in a morbid athletic program. Does the will exist at this university do even contemplate such an endeavor?
  15. Jeff Luster has joined the UTSA staff as director of operations, effective immediately. Thompson’s staff consists of associate head coach Dan O’Dowd, assistants Robert Guster and Wai, plus Luster, who had been at North Texas the past five years as director of operations. read more: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/utsa/2015/08/wai-promoted-to-assistant-coach-in-utsa-mens-basketball/
  16. And speaking of UNT, the Mean Green weren’t mentioned in ESPN’s early preview. The Mean Green enter the 2015-16 season looking for their first winning campaign under Benford in his fourth season. UNT has some key players back, including Jeremy Combs and Maurice Anifiok and add Texas A&M transfer point guard J-Mychal Reese. The Mean Green have some talented players to work with, but will be a dark horse in the league race after finishing 14-17 last season. read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2015/07/national-site-publishes-early-look-at-c-usa-hoops-league.html/
  17. UNT men’s basketball coach Tony Benford recently rounded out his coaching staff with the addition of director of operations Todd Shelton. We touched on Shelton joining the staff briefly earlier today. Here’s a link to the story that will be in tomorrow’s paper, where I had some time/space to delve a little more into Shelton’s background. The interesting aspect of the story is Shelton has some ties to UNT, mostly from Johnny Jones’ tenure with the Mean Green. Shelton drove up to Denton to ask in person if he could work one of Jones’ camps after he finished his playing career at Texas Wesleyan.
  18. UNT Head Coach Tony Benford had a 5-game moment-in-time last season, where he fielded an impressive squad and played winning basketball. In a little over two weeks, the Mean Green won 5 C-USA games against quality opponents including: UAB, Middle Tennessee, The two Florida schools on the road and Charlotte. Now Five games does not a season make but it did provide some hope. UNT fans seemed to start getting pretty excited heading to the conference tournament as I recall. What happened next was like the worst possible case scenario. Benford lost all momentum, losing the last four games of th
  19. A set of sweeping rules changes in college basketball were approved today. The Associated Press covered the entire slate of adjustments in its story that came out this afternoon. Among the highlights … – The shot clock in the men’s game will drop from 35 to 30 seconds. – The women’s game will be played with four 10-minute quarters. – The restricted arc under the basket will be extended from three feet to four feet. – The number of timeouts and stoppages during games will also be cut down. The big fallout from the entire set of changes is a faster-paced game. Coaches knew this was coming for mo
  20. The UNT men’s basketball team added a couple of promising post prospects in the last couple of days in Khalil Fuller and Mike Thomas. The Mean Green also announced that they have parted ways with Muhammed Ahmed when they announced the addition of Fuller. It was a case of history repeating itself. UNT added Ahmed to fill the void left by the departure of Cincinnati transfer Kelvin Gaines, who also left the Mean Green with a year of eligibility remaining last summer. UNT has added six recruits since the end of last season, and that doesn’t even count the addition of J-Mychal Reese, who sat out l
  21. I just left the Dallas Caravan and wanted to share a couple of thoughts. I also took a couple of pictures and will post them here in this thread later. Overall, it was a nice event. I would put the attendance at around 40+. They had Dave Barnett as MC and he introduced Rick Villarreal, as well as John Nitardy who is heading up the Mean Green Club. The coaches present were Danny Mac, Tony Benford, Jalie Mitchell and volleyball coach Andrew Palileo. RV spoke about some of the good things that happened last sports year and mentioned the SMU win at home being a highlight. Ben
  22. UNT is in the midst of an offseason makeover of its basketball roster. The process is one that every team goes through, and every team handles it differently. These days there is a whole lot more turnover in the college game. Bottom line — It’s not just UNT. The Indianapolis Star ran a pretty good story on it a while back. With that being said, UNT has undergone a pretty dramatic makeover that might not be done yet. To review … – UNT mutually agreed to part ways with talented, but often injured guard T.J. Taylor in the last few days. He was likely on his way out anyway as a
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