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  1. When Arkansas State athletics director Terry Mohajir went to hire a football coach six years ago for a program that had been a reliable launching pad to the Power Five, he looked to the staff of one of the most profitable athletic departments in the country. At the time, Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin wasn’t just a highly regarded rising assistant in college football, he was also attainable for a Sun Belt program whose total athletic budget is roughly one-fifth of schools like Texas. “He was making ($700,000) and that was pretty high,” Mohajir said. “It was pretty good mo
  2. DENTON, Texas (AP) — Trevor Moore kicked a 39-yard field goal with 5 seconds left to give North Texas a wild 52-49 victory over Army on Saturday night, ending the Black Knights' six-game winning streak. Mason Fine threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, including a quick 10-yard toss with no timeouts left to get the Mean Green (8-3) a little closer for Moore's winning kick. The longest winning streak for Army (8-3) since 1996 ended despite 244 yards rushing and two touchdowns from quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. "My most important thing is winning football games," said Bradshaw, wh
  3. Dan Wolken | USA TODAY Sports43 minutes ago North Texas will hire Wren Baker as its athletics director, a person familiar with the process told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the school has not officially announced the hire. Read more:. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2016/07/27/north-texas-hires-missouri-wren-baker-new-athletic-director/87618550/?siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-vDhOhlrHF1_78JUKWlqaGw
  4. [Johnny Quinn] 3 tips for dealing with Olympic village woes, from an Olympian who got stuck in a bathroom
  5. USA Today gave us a D-, on par with Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Kansas, La-La, Maryland, Purdue, South Carolina, and Wyoming. But hey, we beat out UCF (0-12). Thanks Mac & Co. for what you gave us in 2015. But its a new year and I feel a good vibe with what Littrell is doing so far. Lets hope it all translates into W's. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2016/01/12/final-grades-all-128-teams-fbs-college-football/78670874/
  6. Barring a last-minute change of direction, Tulane is set to part ways with football coach Curtis Johnson following Friday's game against Tulsa, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Tulane is set to make a decision on hiring a new atheletics director next week and a coaching search will be the immediate priority for the new athletics director, much like the situation at Central Florida. read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/aac/2015/11/25/tulane-university-football-coach-curtis-johnson/76399708/
  7. In the middle of what already shaped up to be the wildest college football coaching carousel in recent memory, LSU's move toward removing Les Miles over the past week has turned the industry on its head. It isn't official, isn't done, but it's hard to imagine how LSU goes back now with leaks springing from the LSU Board of Supervisors and athletics director Joe Alleva tacitly endorsing change through his silence. So in a year when big jobs like Southern California, Miami, Virginia Tech and South Carolina are all open, you can probably add LSU next week. And imagine the chaos if Georgia makes a
  8. LEWISVILLE, Texas — Here are a few theories as to the origin of “Mean Joe” Greene’s nickname. There’s the story of a middle-school nemesis named “Sleepy,” who once stole the five dollars Greene’s mother had left on the television set to pay the insurance fees her son needed to play on the school’s football team. “I popped him, knocked him down,” Greene said. “That ended it. He didn’t bother me anymore, and no one else did it. I ended up playing catch-up. I guess I caught him. So I ended up having the reputation as a bully for a while.” There’s the reputation that girls from his hometown of Tem
  9. none have more than Texas. For 12 days, as teams nationwide dig into preseason drills, USA TODAY Sports’ college football reporters are traversing the state of Texas and visiting each of its one dozen FBS programs. AT&T presents Two Weeks in Texas … Day 6: North Texas DENTON, Texas — Mike Canales and Mike Simmonds came to visit Kaydon Kirby in the fall of 2011 with reams of information about North Texas, then in its first football season under Dan McCarney, but without the item Kirby wanted most: a scholarship offer. Instead, they brought honesty. We like you, they told Kirby, then a unde
  10. Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the driver of the 18-wheel tractor-trailer as Russell Staley, 53, of Saginaw, Texas. He was treated in hospital and released. It was not immediately clear why the northbound truck lurched across the median and into the southbound lanes, or whether the driver has been charged with any offense. Police said they would investigate the accident as if it were a homicide. The tragedy shocked the close-knit Texas community college, where counselors were brought in to console grieving students and athletic teams on trips for away competitions were called home. "Th
  11. The 23-year-old Mexican player closed with an even-par 71 for a one-stroke victory in the regular-season finale. He earned $144,000 to push his tour-leading total to $515,403, with the top 25 on the money list getting PGA Tour cards. "I didn't envision any of this," said Ortiz, also the winner in Panama in March and Mexico in April. "To be honest, I came out this year without any expectations. I realized early that if I was able to play good I would be able to win on this tour." Ortiz finished at 14-under 270 on Pumpkin Ridge's Witch Hollow course. The former North Texas player opened
  12. In the new system, a mid-major team simply needs to be ranked higher than any team in the other mid-major conferences. "It's more open now," Banowsky said. "In the BCS, we could get a team in, but not only would they have to be our champion and be better than all the other champions, but it would have to be ranked in a certain place in the top-12 or top-16 and ranked above the other champions. With this, the best of our (mid-major) champions is in automatic. We need to find out a way to get a team to run the table, have a great season and be better than teams in our other peer conferences.
  13. A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard crashed Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, the Russian Interfax news agency reports, quoting "a source in the aviation circles." The report has not been confirmed. Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/17/malaysian-airlines-crash-ukraine-russia/12779763/
  14. DALLAS — Conference USA schools are prepared to pay their student-athletes a full cost-of-attendance beyond their athletic scholarship, following the lead of the Power Five conferences pushing for autonomy within the NCAA. Calling the task part of "the most challenging time in college athletics," at C-USA Football Media Day on Wednesday, C-USA commissioner Britton Banowksy said his league's universities are ready to adjust to change. He said presidents at C-USA universities support the move to pay their student-athletes full cost-of-attendance because it is "the right thing to do, and it d
  15. 9. Conference USA Top four: Marshall, North Texas, Rice, UTSA Conference USA does house the non-major team with the best shot at an undefeated season: Marshall has the talent, experience and schedule to make a run at 13 wins. But the well quickly runs dry after the Thundering Herd, UTSA, Rice and North Texas; Conference USA's bottom third is as bad as it gets, so the pressure is on Doc Holliday's gang to do all of the heavy lifting. Well, at least most of it: UTSA could be one of the great surprises in the country. The league as a whole is still one of the nation's weakest. Read more: h
  16. READ MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/05/05/uab-alabama-birmingham-2014-preview-schedule-roster-football-four/8660101/
  17. 10 things to know about Quinn 1. Quinn played college football and in the CFL, and he signed with two NFL teams. He starred at North Texas and holds school records for career receiving yards. He had preseason stints with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. "When you're with a team, it's guys made up of different personalities, different backgrounds, and it the cool thing is, everybody comes together for one goal," Quinn said. He also ran track at North Texas. Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/02/12/johnny-quinn-bobsled-10-things-to-know/5419179/
  18. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/01/10/fbs-college-football-report-card-2013/4404717/
  19. For the last eight years there’s been a slumbering giant in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex that has finally stretched its arms, let out a big yawn and started stomping around a little. The North Texas Mean Green, led by former Iowa State Cylcones head coach Dan McCarney, took home an impressive 36-14 win over the UNLV Rebels on Wednesday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, showing they’re back on the map in the Lone Star State. In the early 2000s North Texas had a solid run of success under former head coach Darrell Dickey, winning four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships from 2001-200
  20. Thought this was an interesting article. The good news is that we would have made the cut!
  21. Always fun to see how they rank everyone. 42. East Carolina (6-2, 3-1) 45. North Texas (6-3, 4-1) – UP 20 55. Marshall (5-3, 3-1) 57. Rice (6-3, 4-1) – DOWN 10 72. Tulane (6-3, 4-1) – DOWN 32 74. Middle Tennessee State (5-4, 3-2) 89. UTSA (4-5, 3-2) 95. Louisiana Tech (3-5, 2-2) 97. Florida Atlantic (3-6, 2-4) – UP 9 100. Tulsa (2-6, 1-3) – DOWN 5 113. UAB (2-6, 1-3) 115. UTEP (1-7, 0-4) 117. Florida International (1-7, 1-3) 122. Southern Mississippi (0-8, 0-4) Read more.
  22. 7: Snaps inside its own 3-yard line on the same possession that North Texas (6-3) stopped Rice in the fourth quarter. The Mean Green were called for defensive holding after apparently stopping the Owls on fourth-and-goal from the 6. The next set of downs ended with a fourth-down sack by Lairamie Lee to help preserve a 28-16 victory. Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/11/03/go-figure-fresno-state-michigan-state-north-texas/3412901/
  23. NEW YORK (AP) — College football's Davids will get fewer chances to knock off the Goliaths in the coming years. Part of the fallout of the sweeping changes coming to college sports will be a decrease in so-called guarantee games in football, where a power conference school pays hundreds of thousands of dollars to have a team from a lesser league play at its stadium. The result will be far fewer opportunities for embarrassing blowouts (Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0) and startling upsets (Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32). Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said it would be good for
  24. Former Texas-El Paso coach Mike Price's lasting legacy isn't that he won four or five games in five of last seven seasons with the Miners, but that he made winning four or five games a disappointment. Stick with me here. UTEP played football before Price arrived, did so for the better part of a century, yet never — OK, almost never — did it well. How many times did the Miners win four or more games from 1975 through 2003, the year prior to Price's arrival? Six times. So Price's run ended on a low note, especially given how well the Miners opened under his watch — at least eight wins ea
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