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  1. At first, Tulsa won. Roberts committed to the Golden Hurricane on May 17. North Texas, the first school he visited, had always been a possibility, but it wasn’t a frontrunner. Then the Mean Green offered him a scholarship on June 1. When Roberts returned to Denton, Texas, for another visit, he had a new perspective. As he immersed himself in the UNT environment, he faced a dilemma. Although he liked Tulsa, multiple factors drew him toward the Mean Green. He could envision himself in the lineup as a tight end. He learned about the indoor practice building that is under construction, part of a plan to elevate UNT athletics, and the program’s culture appealed to him. Aware that he was setting up his future in college and beyond, as his parents had reminded him, Roberts flipped his commitment to UNT on June 16. “What they have going at North Texas is really good,” Roberts said. “They’re gonna open a lot of eyes, and I want to be a part of that.” read more: https://oklahoman.com/article/5635738/the-oklahomans-super-30-tight-end-jake-roberts-showcases-versatility-on-norman-north-football-team
  2. Johnson reportedly waffling: After pledging to TU last month, Alto (Texas) athlete Keenen Johnson has also been considering North Texas following the hiring of Seth Littrell, according to the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle. “I am finalizing my decision,” Johnson told the newspaper. “I want to talk it over with my family and take my official visits. I am considering Tulsa and North Texas. I can’t say right now who I am leaning towards more.” read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/tusportsextra/tu-recruiting-notebook-latest-offers-include-sapulpa-rb-dae-williams/article_3a20b116-1703-5d6b-93a0-8cd0e88cf928.html Make sure and check out this article link as I think we will battle Tulsa for other OK prospects. There are some other players listed there that might be good targets for us.
  3. Posted: Saturday December 6, 2014 12:00 am FYI Montgomery makes $800K a year. Will be interesting to see where our new staff salary falls in line. Cross one name off the list of candidates for the University of Tulsa football opening. On Friday, TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham declined a request to interview for the vacancy, a source close to the situation told the Tulsa World. Meacham, a finalist for the Broyles Award, played at Oklahoma State and was an assistant there under Mike Gundy for eight seasons before spending a year at Houston and moving to TCU this year. Following the dismissal of four-year coach Bill Blankenship on Monday morning, TU started conducting out-of-town interviews Wednesday. Among those who have interviewed with athletic director Derrick Gragg is Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, a 29-year-old native of Tulsa. Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/tusportsextra/tcu-assistant-doug-meacham-turns-down-tu-interview-request/article_194de42d-e2b8-57d3-848c-3020a5f69e48.html
  4. After decommitting from Baylor on Tuesday, quarterback Chad President waited until Christmas night to announce his decision to attend the University of Tulsa. I was planning on committing today, just as a little present for coach (Philip) Montgomery, President said by phone Thursday night. I told him I had a present for him and that Ill be up there in the spring. President is a Rivals.com four-star prospect from Temple, Texas, and is ranked the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback nationally. He had been verbally committed to Baylor since April and would have stuck with the Bears if Montgomery hadnt been hired two weeks ago by Tulsa, he said. At Baylor, Montgomery coached quarterbacks in addition to calling plays for an offense that ranks first nationally in total offense this season. Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/sportsextralatest/tu-gets-commitment-from-chad-president-a-four-star-texas/article_7ea1ef1b-9beb-5a5d-bced-95cdc6ad2601.html
  5. Here the complete look at the AAC East-West divisions: East Division UCF Cincinnati UConn East Carolina USF Temple West Division Houston Memphis Navy SMU Tulane Tulsa In addition to the divisional alignment, the AAC also announced the tiebreak procedure for the 2014 season — a conference championship game will be held in 2015 as the league moves to 12 teams. Read more: http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/05/aac-announces-divisional-alignments-smu-lands-in-west-division-with-houston-navy-tulsa-others.html/
  6. The University of Tulsa, the American Athletic Conference and schools and leagues just like them would like two assurances coming out of last week's big NCAA announcement about Power Five autonomy: One is maintaining the football scholarship limit of 85. The other is continuing the current form of shared governance. If granting the ACC, the Big 12, the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and the SEC legislative autonomy due to their expansive revenues means those leagues can add football scholarships, that would create a competitive imbalance with which schools in the AAC, Conference USA, the MAC, the Mountain West and the Sun Belt would not be able to keep up. And if the Power Five leagues are allowed to make their own rules while schools in other conferences are kept under a broader (stricter?) NCAA umbrella of governance, that could create a gap so wide that college athletics would be virtually unrecognizable. Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/johnehoover/john-e-hoover-smaller-schools-like-tulsa-want-assurances-with/article_b65ff912-51bb-5bdc-b3e9-8038afa5ee30.html
  7. Let me know if there are any other watching parties going on and I'll be happy to add them to the poll. Go Mean Green!! Remember, the games are being shown on: Fox Sports Southwest DirecTV 676 Dish 416/5416 Verizon Fios 76/576(HD) AT&T U-verse 753/1753(HD) Time-Warner 184/787(HD)
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  9. Tonight (11/14/13) Marshall Thundering Herd (6-3) @ Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-7) 7:30 PM EST/6:30 PM CST Fox Sports 1 From MUTeke on the CUSA Board:
  10. "...During homecoming weekend I took the time to get a pulse of the program through several boosters, former players, and current coaches. I will start with the boosters. One booster told me this: Studies on coaching have been conducted on coaches who take over both good and bad teams. For coaches taking over bad teams, if they were able to turn the program around before or at year three, the coaching hire was considered a success. For the coaches taking over successful programs, if the coach continued having success through year 3, the coaching hire was considered a success. I directly asked him what that meant concerning Bill Blankenship and he said BB has one more year to turn the program around according to discussions that have already begun about a possible successor. He also said this: We are pumping a lot of money into the basketball program and we have used money from football revenue to offset some of those cost. Projected loss of income from the basketball program was anticipated this year but not from football. The athletic program will likely have an overall financial loss this years and if BB were fired, it would be largely because we can't afford to loose!" Read more: http://tulsa.rivals.com/showmsg.asp?fid=1774&tid=168285857&mid=168285857&sid=1115&style=2
  11. Opening statement HEAD COACH Bill Blankenship: All right. I guess first of all, I wish to apologize to our homecoming fans and the folks that have been a part of this, because we surely did not represent Tulsa football very well today. Q. This is obviously a big recruiting time. How do recruits look at this? Do they shake their head and walk out early or do they say they can play for this team? Is this a good thing? HEAD COACH Bill Blankenship: Yeah, I don't know. I don't know. That's certainly a challenge for us right now. Hopefully they can see us in the worst of times and see if they want to be a part of it. Q. I'm curious, on recruiting, with that many guys here, can you even what's your mindset afterwards about that, like an opportunity lost? HEAD COACH Bill Blankenship: It's a huge opportunity lost. We had a lot of opportunity with potential recruits to try to continue to make good impressions. You really don't want to live on, "We need you to turn this thing around." That's not really the way you want to recruit. You'd rather recruit to your strength. And what we'll continue to do is hope and work on those guys experiencing what we are, who we are, a look at the facts of who's out there and who's not. And see for yourself. Q. Recruiting is a 16 month process. You don't win or lose a guy on the basis of one outcome, do you, though? HEAD COACH Bill Blankenship: Hopefully not. I think what you do is you have to understand this was a bad experience. And so what you do in reality with your players and parents and everybody that's here, fans and all, you get to see us at our worst. This is it, warts and all. But now you can decide if this is where you want to be. Read more: http://www.tulsahurricane.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/110213aal.html
  12. Ah...Football. It doesn't get any better than this time of the year, does it? No disrespect to baseball fans, but I usually refer to the period between the last day of the NBA Finals and the first day of the football season as "the dry season." Don't get me wrong -- I love going to a baseball game every now and then, but watching it on television is brutal. Football, on the other hand, was made for TV. College football, in particular, is a joy to behold on Saturday afternoons. Watching these kids play their hearts out with no thought of contracts, showboating, or other selfish ambitions (okay, maybe there's a little thought about those things, but not as much as in the pros) is refreshing and makes for great television. If you've never attended a college football game, well, to call it an experience is an understatement. With that being said, we are just weeks away from the start of the college football season, and one team in particular is looking to build upon previous successes. The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane had a phenomenal season last year. Ending last season with a whopping 11 wins and only three losses, TU won the Conference USA championship and the Liberty Bowl, and the Hurricane defense was considered one of the best in the conference. However, for the 2013 season, the Hurricane lost eight starters on defense and will have to depend on their younger players who may have the talent, but may not have a lot of experience. "Every year, on offense and defense, one of the things that we think is important is that we adapt to the personnel that we have," said head coach Bill Blankenship. "The truth is we will have a much more inexperienced squad defensively. So we fully expect that there will be some mistakes along the way, but we think we've got a group that is going to compare favorably in their abilities. Their speed and athleticism are going to be as good if not better than what we had a year ago." Read more: http://www.urbantulsa.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A62498
  13. With all of the rumors and high hopes surrounding the return of baseball to North Texas, it could be viewed as a little premature to start planning out the next athletic facility improvement. Obviously, most North Texas fans are thrilled about the prospect of adding a new baseball facility in the Eagle Village Athletic complex. And the fact that the athletic department - with big help from our sainted donor Ernie Kuehne - was able to build the new basketball practice facility in such short order - was a big feather in their cap. I was not one who thought an indoor football and athletic practice facility was a priority at North Texas. Sure, it would be a nice recruiting tool and knowing that Arkansas State is putting an 11 million dollar facility in place makes you think it must be pretty important to them. ASU is not a program that has a lot of T. Boone Pickens at their disposal. But is it really necessary to spend so much money on the convenience of having an indoor practice facility? I mean, maybe in the northwest where snow and inclimate weather was an issue you could make a case. But this is Texas. It seems to me that UNT Coach Dan McCarney does just fine even in the heat by scheduling practices early in the morning and late in the day. Read more:
  14. TULSA FINDS ITSELF in an odd situation this fall as a member of Conference USA but with an eye on the American Athletic Conference. The Golden Hurricane will be the favorite in C-USA football this fall and one of the favorites in C-USA men's basketball this winter. However, what's happening in the American Athletic Conference will be important to Tulsa's long-term success. TU will enter its final school year in C-USA as the king of the league. The Golden Hurricane has won 49 conference championships in C-USA, more than twice as many as the second-place school during the same period. Tulsa will leave that all behind when it moves to the AAC next July. How TU fits into the new league will be interesting. Actually, how that league fits together should be a study in modern college athletics. The league will stretch from Connecticut to Houston. The AAC, the old Big East Conference, is basically the old Conference USA. If this all sounds confusing, it should. The AAC was formed to save Connecticut and Cincinnati. To be honest, it would have been easier for Conference USA to add UConn, Cincinnati, South Florida and Temple. Still, the reality is a handful of C-USA schools jumped early to the Big East before the Big East imploded. Thus, when it came time for C-USA teams to make the leap if possible, the natural home was the AAC. "We think the landscape has stabilized and there's a pretty good chance things will stay stable for the foreseeable future," American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco said in a press briefing earlier this summer. Tulsa got caught in the middle. TU would be far more comfortable, and make far more sense, as a member of the Mountain West. Tulsa has geography in common with much of the Mountain West. Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/TU_watching_closely_as_schools_start_transition_from/20130712_203_B1_TULSAF956545
  15. Returning starters: 10 (7 offense, 3 defense). Five players to watch: QB Cody Green, RB Trey Watts, OT Garrett Stafford, LB Shawn Jackson, S Marco Nelson. Spring questions: 1. How much of a concern are the losses? Tulsa does return only 10 starters, one of the lowest totals of any team in college football. Perhaps on a different team, in a different conference, this would be an overriding concern. It doesn't seem as troublesome to Tulsa and coach Bill Blankenship, who have experienced similar roster turnover in the recent past yet remained among Conference USA's elite upper slice. Remaining in that spot in 2013 will merely take some fine-tuning over the next 15 practices. 2. Is this Cody Green's team? The former Nebraska transfer had his moments last fall, his first as Tulsa's starting quarterback, but his bouts with inconsistency prevented the passing game from reaching its full potential during Conference USA play. It's expected that Green will largely put those troubles behind him in 2013. Beyond his on-field play, however, has Green become the unquestioned leader this offense needs from its quarterback? With a younger and less experienced team taking the field in August, Tulsa desperately needs players like Green to take on a leadership role on and off the field. Position battles: 1. Defensive line. Tulsa's front four was a menace on passing downs a year ago, ranking third nationally in sacks and leading the way for a defense that ranked 11th in the FBS in yards per carry. All four starters are gone, unfortunately. To say that the depth chart is wide open would be an understatement. While Brentom Todd, Jack Jewell, Derrick Alexander and Derrick Luetjen might be considered the favorites up front, Tulsa wants to go seven or eight deep in its rotation. Look for this to be the most spirited position battle during both spring drills and fall camp. read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/03/07/2013-ncaa-spring-football-tulsa/1971965/
  16. If you were a C-USA president who would you add? If Banowsky sticks to his guns -- it's about TV markets and geographical rivalries.
  17. Not blessed with either great geography or a top television market, Tulsa has been on the outside looking in during much of the ongoing realignment saga. But as our own Bill Haisten reported in Wednesday's paper (read the full story here) that could change soon. It appears the Hurricane may be on the verge of accepting a Big East invitation. An invitation was thought to be coming TU's way if San Diego State opted out of its deal with the Big East and returned to the Mountain West Conference. According to reports by CBSSports.com and ESPN, the Aztecs made the decision to stay in the Mountain West on Wednesday (read the full story here). For Tulsa, a move to the Big East -- completely in self defense -- makes the best of a bad situation. Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/sportspost.aspx?Big_East_move_is_best_of_a_bad_situation_for_TU/50-18586
  18. The Big East will make a serious push to keeping San Diego State as a member in football and it will also focus on adding Tulsa as member in all sports according to sources familiar with the overall planning the conference is making to restructure its future. Big East commissioner Mike Aresco will meet with Big East Presidents and Athletic Directors at an airport hotel in Dallas on Friday to discuss the overall strategy. The most pressing issue will be the configuration of the football league for next season. The original plan had been a 12-team two division conference with the addition of Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU, Memphis and Central Florida as new members joining Cincinnati, South Florida, Temple, Louisville, Rutgers and Connecticut. Those plans had to be changed, however, when the 7 Catholic non FBS Big East schoolsProvidence, Seton Hall, DePaul, Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova and St. Johns decided to break off to form their ow league and Boise State backed out of the deal and decided to remain in the Mountain West. With only 11 teams in football, the plans for a championship game (12 teams are required) were put on hold and Aresco also had to make plans to find replacements for Louisville and Rutgers who made deals to join the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten. All of these changes have created an atmosphere of confusion and uncertainty that Aresco has had to deal with, while also negotiating new television contracts in football and basketball. Read more: http://ajerseyguy.com/?p=4700
  19. While San Diego State still gets the first chance to remain in the Mountain West by Jan. 31, but that does not mean that Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson is burning through his long distance minutes contacting other schools to join the league. Earlier on Monday, it was being reporter that the SMU Mustangs are not interested in joining the Mountain West, and if that is the case than adding the Houston Cougars seems like a far fetched option. It would make sense for both Houston and come as packaged dell, well that is unless Tulsa, or even Texas-San Antonio, join the league. UTSA was mentioned as a possibility since they are in Texas, and actually have drawn well in their infant years as a FBS program. However, InsiderRunnerSports.com is reporting that UTSA has not been in contact with the Mountain West, but Tulsa has (via ESPN Insider): "A source was able to confirm that the Mountain West has not been in recent conversation with UTSA for expansion and, this time around, it would be very unlikely an invitation for membership would be extended," InsideRunnerSports.com reported. "Multiple sources have confirmed to IRS that discussions between Tulsa and the Mountain West are ongoing, but preferred not to make any further information public." UTSA is too much of a risk for the Mountain West to take a chance on, even though they are in a large market San Antonio, but it just doesn't seem to fit. The only way that UTSA could be considered is if Houston is involved as a travel partner. Read more: http://www.mwcconnection.com/2013/1/8/3849464/mountain-west-expansion-tulsa-ut-san-antonio
  20. Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship sees a lot of similarities when it comes to the Golden Hurricane and the Mean Green when it comes to their football programs. Tulsa upgraded its facilities and saw the investment pay dividends quickly. Blankenship foresees a similar payoff in the future for UNT, which opened Apogee Stadium last season. Read more:http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2012/07/tulsa-coach-sees-unt-as-a-perfect-fit-expects-new-stadium-to-pay-off.html/
  21. 1. Conference USA coaches and athletic directors met in Destin, Fla., Monday and, according to multiple sources, there is a strong movement to move the 2013 conference tournament from Memphis to Tulsa. Memphis is leaving for the Big East after next season and while it would make more economic sense to keep the event where it is, there isn't a lot of goodwill toward the Tigers to give them an added advantage in their final season in the conference. A decision on the tournament will be made next month. Read More: http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/59071/3-point-shot-c-usa-tourney-on-the-move
  22. http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?articleid=20120514_203_B1_TulsaP806599
  23. Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby was introduced as the Big 12's new commissioner on Friday and many believe it signals a new era of stability for the reconstructed conference. At the same time the Big 12 was putting its hope for a new quieter period in Bowlsby, C-USA was announcing five new members in a continuing makeover of its membership. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are hoping a frantic two-year scramble, that included at least two near-moves to the Pac-12, may finally be in the past. On the other hand, Tulsa is hoping this bold move by Conference USA will bring about a similar spirit of unity in its league. "This is the first step in a process," said outgoing Tulsa President Steadman Upham. "We are re-populating our league in an effort to stabilize." Then, said Upham, C-USA can continue an effort to get some type of agreement/association/merger with the Mountain West. "We had a teleconference with the 16 presidents in our two leagues that will be going forward and we are definitely going to continue to work through some legal issues," said Upham. "Those plans have not ended." That's great news. TU would greatly benefit athletically from an association with Mountain West schools. However, the reality is the Big 12 is far more likely to enjoy a new-found stability than Conference USA. The new-look C-USA would appear to be banking on the future with new football schools like UTSA and Charlotte. In the present, it would appear C-USA will struggle as a football league. "The possibilities of this league 3-4 years down the road are tremendously exciting," said TU athletic director Ross Parmley. "For Tulsa, this provides us even more stability within a league." That more than anything should encourage TU. They are in a league with other like-minded schools trying to remain relevant in college football. Tulsa's conference odyssey has been a wild ride since it left the Missouri Valley Conference for the Western Athletic Conference in 1995. This latest shift in conference rivals would appear to be nothing more than a grab by C-USA to preserve its shaky future. But, it also gives league members like Tulsa, weary of the constant rumors and shifting allegiances, a new chance for hope. Certainly, the addition of five teams has great potential. North Texas, Texas-San Antonio and Louisiana Tech gives Tulsa three natural geographic rivals. The addition of Florida International and Charlotte (with Old Dominion a possible add in the future) gives C-USA some balance between the east and west divisions. It will take C-USA from a 12-team to 13-team league, but does little to fix the geographic challenges that have been somewhat of an obstacle to league rivalries and cooperation. In addition, none of the new members really fills the loss of SMU, Houston, Central Florida and Memphis. But there is potential. Read more: http://www.tulsaworl...B1_TheBig855824
  24. read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/TU/article.aspx?subjectid=94&articleid=20120429_94_B1_Tulsaa192225
  25. Read more: http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=203&articleid=20120429_203_B1_Itwoul112647
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