"You find a love for the game and your team that you didn't know you had in high school," said junior Javion Hamlet who went to two different junior colleges before landing in Denton. "Try telling me I don't love the game when I had to live in a house with 16 other teammates in a city I didn't know and eat grimy food every day."
McCasland's love for the game and the experiences that life haa brought him and his family doesn't just extend to him driving a team bus.
Before becoming the head coach at Midland, McCasland was an assistant at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado.
But when he was hired as the second assistant, he needed to first find a job on campus as there was no full-time coaching positions available.
A resident hall assistant is what he got.
So he and his wife Cece, both in their early 20s and just a week into their marriage, packed up their bags and moved into Herboldscheimer Hall on the campus of Northeastern JC.
Crammed into a small dorm room in a building that held 80 students, McCasland coached during the day and patrolled the dorm at night.
"I still remember being up at 2 a.m. and writing up women for having chew tobacco cups in the lobby," McCasland said. "Then Cece and I would wake up and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the team.
"But at the time I didn't wish I was doing something else. I'm still close with the people from Herboldscheimer Hall. And they didn't play basketball. They were friends of my wife and I. They were family. It was all about the relationships of the people inside Herboldscheimer Hall that you were doing life with and the similar experiences you were going through" he added.
Read more: https://meangreensports.com/news/2019/10/2/mens-basketball-mac-drives-the-bus.aspx
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)
A school-record seven North Texas teams earned a perfect score for the 2017-18 academic year, according to the Academic Progress Rate report released by the NCAA Wednesday.
Since the NCAA began reporting APR data in 2005, North Texas has never more than six teams with a perfect score in one academic year.
Posting a perfect 1,000 for the 2017-18 season were men's golf, women's golf, men's cross country, women's basketball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. For men's and women's golf, women's basketball, and tennis, this was the seconded year in a row to report a perfect single-year score.
Of the 14 teams sponsored by North Texas, 12 improved their single-year score from the previous year.
"I'm very proud of our student-athletes for their many records and achievements this year," Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. "We take the greatest pride in their academic success which is reflective of the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and academic staff. Collectively with the support of our donors and fans, we will continue to build champions and prepare leaders."
In the multiyear APR data, eight UNT teams maintained or improved their score from last year's report. The multiyear scores cover a four-year period beginning in the 2014-15 academic year and ending in 2017-18. The NCAA mandates a four-year aggregate score of 900 as acceptable for each sport. The Mean Green tennis team has maintained a perfect 1,000 multiyear score to lead the way, and earn public recognition by the NCAA for being in the top-10 percent nationally.
To see how each Mean Green team performed in the APR, find the full report by clicking the link below.
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