I had the chance to sit down for an interview with Wren Baker. We chatted about the state of UNT athletics, why he believed he could turn the Mean Green into consistent winners, and the future of the https://marketscale.com/industries/sports-and-entertainment/wren-baker
By Mike Jackson
I have been monitoring the board more frequently now that we are getting really close to signing day and I am confused. I am confused because I am reading all these posts from disappointed fans. When I superficially evaluate FBS programs I look at this like brands. The most powerful factor in recruiting in my humble option is a combination of the school's athletic/academic brand and the head coach's brand. I have seen criticism of every coach we have had since 2000 including Darrell Dickey. UNT will always be able to get players but how do you get some players to choose UNT over our geographical G5 level rivals? Cause simplistically that is what it comes down to: Can you get the recruit with offers from Tulsa, UTSA, SMU and/or Texas State to come UNT? I think is clear to this point that Seth does not have a unique brand that winning over recruits with multiple FBS level offers. That is no shot at Seth because you can count those coaches on your hands. And you have to offer those guys an insanely high salary to even accept an interview here. No one has really knocked our socks off here when it comes to recruiting since maybe Hayden Frye? Everyone else has been bad or at best respectable. We don't have athletic department that seems to have the first clue about building a brand or making the game day experience at Apogee unique. So until then I will judge recruiting classes by season that preceded them. This is not a defense of Seth but a serious question, if you were Seth what do you think you could do better? I want to know and hopefully if it is good Seth or someone on his staff will read it.
Since logic and common sense vacated the premises on the spending in college athletics roughly 20 years ago, it makes perfect sense that Texas A&M is considering spending about $450 million for renovated football stadium.
Just when the University of Texas thought its renovated digs at Darrell K. Royal Stadium were going to be grand, the good people wearing the maroon and white have unveiled a plan to make the new Kyle Field large and expensive.
The plan was presented to A&M's board of regents on Wednesday.
Seating capacity would be 102,000 and the price tag on this expansion is $450 million. This project would begin immediately after the 2013 season, or when Johnny Manziel is done playing his last college game. It would be done in time for the start of the 2015 season.
Yes, that means Texas A&M's attendance will be bigger than UT, which currently holds 100,119 proving once and for all that more people can potentially attend a home Aggies game than a UT football game. I think we know some university that has its priorities in order.
But UT wants to expand the stadium again to a capacity of 112,000, so take that. Hopefully by then Texas A&M will have a plan to increase Kyle Field to 113,000.
Seriously. This is insane to spend this much money on a venue that is used six times a year. Maybe eight. It also completely consistent with the rest of the great state a Texas, and the United States.
Read more: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.com/mac-engel/2013/05/texas-am-just-another-school-spending-whatever-it-can-on-a-football-stadium.html
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