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How 'godsend' Mason Fine has helped resurrect North Texas' football program — and pride


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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

 

 

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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

 

 

Great article. Fine will leave a legacy that is matched by only one other.

6forHeisman

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Good article, albeit a bit over the top. Another stat that has been overlooked. In the recent Bowl history of North Texas, our attendance did not noticeably go up after Bowl wins. Yet the current attendance keeps going up leaps and bounds in spite of the fact that we've had our asses handed to us in recent bowls trips. One of which Mason Find played the whole game.

I agree with southsideguy, next years starter will be playing under a bigger shadow than *Joe Milton did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* The QB that followed Steve Ramsey....1970,

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“I have been around guys who like the idea of playing college football,” Reeder told the Dallas Morning News, “but they don’t love the game: the lifting, the running, the early mornings and watching video. Mason loves every second of it.”

This puts me in mind of an old analogy (the ham and egg breakfast) regarding the difference between being "involved" and being "committed".  In the analogy the chicken is "involved" but the pig is "committed".  

In our "ham and egg" football breakfast, I think we clearly know who is our "piggy". 

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