By Coach Andy Mac
DENTON, Texas — Full cost-of-attendance for out-of-state students at the University of North Texas runs about $36,000 a year.
Mean Green quarterback Mason Fine has repaid the school for his scholarship several times over — even if it was the only scholarship offer he got.
In 2015, when Fine was a record-setting high school quarterback at Locust Grove, Okla., North Texas averaged just 13,631 fans per home game. A total of 68,155 went through the turnstiles that year. In 2018, when Fine was winning his second consecutive Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year award, UNT brought in 23,355 fans per game, a total of 140,131 and a 71 percent increase in ticket sales.
“For a long time, I think everybody looked at North Texas from the outside and said, ‘That’s a place that ought to be pretty good: great location, 40,000 students, a rapidly growing area of the country,’” UNT athletic director Wren Baker recently told Sporting News. “And Mason has been a key part in helping turn the program around, which in turn has had a huge influence on the university. Record-setting donations, not only in athletics but at the institution, (and) freshman enrollment is up like 15 percent this year.
“Is he solely responsible for that? No. But has he played a big part in probably the No. 1 marketing tool of the university’s success? Yeah, he’s had a huge impact.”
read more: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa-football/news/godsend-mason-fine-has-helped-resurrect-north-texas-football-program-and-pride/wgowwwh9wju018mr3bapmd91k
The Oklahoman's Super 30: Tight end Jake Roberts showcases versatility on Norman North football teamBy Harry
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
February 2018 North Texas Signees
Tallahassee, Florida (Independence CC)
Humble, Texas (Atascocita HS)
Thomas Preston III
Mesa, Arizona (Scottsdale CC)
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (Broken Arrow HS)
Killeen, Texas (Ellison HS)
December 2017 North Texas Signees
Mansfield, Texas (Lake Ridge HS)
Conroe, Texas (Conroe HS)
Anna, Texas (Anna HS)
Kevyon "KD" Davis
Ennis, Texas (Ennis HS)
The Colony, Texas (The Colony HS)
Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)
Lexington, Kentucky (Frederick Douglass HS)
Manvel, Texas (Manvel HS)
Mobile, Alabama (Butler CC)
Larry Nixon III
North Richland Hills, Texas (Richland HS)
Alief, Texas (Hastings HS)
Euless, Texas (Mt. San Antonio College)
Gautier, Mississippi (Gulf Coast JC)
Grand Prairie, Texas (Grand Prairie HS)
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