North Texas and Liberty have agreed to a home-and-home series starting with the Mean Green making a trip to Lynchburg, Virginia on September 22, 2018. The Flames will make a return trip to Denton, TX on October 9th, 2021. This home and home series appears to take the place pf two games against the Black Knights of Army. https://twitter.com/FBSchedules/status/859933386726682626 Liberty is transitioning to FBS and will be an Independent, so there are no concerns over whether the game will or will not be counted towards bowl eligibility (it will). Liberty is a "middle-aged" program as their football program played its first down
On Friday, North Texas and Learfield Communications, LLC jointly announced a 10-year multimedia partnership. A team will be created to manage “all aspects of the rights agreement that includes signage, digital, corporate sponsorships, television and radio play-by-play, and coaches’ shows.”
North Texas Head Coach Seth Littrell held his second Green/White game on Saturday, April 8th. The team was looking to see its Wide Receivers get better and address concerns over areas such as the Offensive and Defensive lines.
After only having been on the job for about a week and a half, Grant McCasland has completed his staff. He brought all of his assistants from Arkansas State. Head Coach - Grant McCasland (Baylor - 1999) Associate Head Coach - Ross Hodge (Texas A&M Commerce - 2003) Assistant Coach - James Miller (Colorado State) Assistant Coach - Jareem Dowling (Maryland Eastern Shore - 2005) In other news, Amaad Wainright was released from his NLI earlier this week. https://twitter.com/AmaadW/status/844567338745769984 National Signing Day for (men's and women's) basketball recruits is April 12th. It will be interesting to see whether McCasland can move the needle on increasing the recruiting profile of the Men's program in his
Rice wins the Women’s Basketball Invitational 74-62. Congratulations to the Rice Women’s Basketball team!
Several weeks ago Wren Baker published a letter outlining what has been accomplished within the first 150 days of his tenure as Vice President and Athletics Director for the University of North Texas. I would have had this done sooner but I’ve had some other things pop up in my personal life that prevented me from working on this recap.
In Women’s Basketball action, Middle Tennessee fell to Georgia Tech in the Third Round of the WNIT, thus eliminating them from the tournament. Rice defeated Idaho 86-80 in the Final Four of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Rice will move on to the Final Round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational to face off against the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Sunday, March 26th at 4:00 PM.
On the Men’s Basketball side, Middle Tennessee was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Butler 74-65 on Saturday. Rice fell to Utah Valley 85-79 on Monday and was eliminated in the CIT. On the Women’s Basketball side, Middle Tennessee defeated Wake Forest 73-66 in the WNIT on Sunday to advance to play Georgia Tech in Round 3 on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM ET; and Rice defeated UT Rio Grande Valley in the WBI on Sunday 73-63 and advances to the WBI Final Four. Rice will face off against Idaho in the semi-finals on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM CT.
In Men’s Basketball, (12) Middle Tennessee defeats (5) Minnesota to advance to the Round of 32 to face (4) Butler on Sat. March 18th. Rice Defeated San Francisco to advance to play Utah Value on Mon. March 20th. In Women’s Basketball, Western Kentucky fell to Ohio State; Southern Miss fell to Arkansas Little Rock; Louisiana Tech fell to SMU; Middle Tennessee defeated Morehead State to advance to the next round to play Wake Forest on Sun. March 19th. In the WBI, RIce defeated Lamar and will advance to play UT Rio Grande Valley on Sun. March 19th.
Press Conference introducing Grant McCasland as the new Head Coach for the Men’s Basketball program. Also an interview by MGRN John Liddle and some news articles on the Introductory Press Conference held earlier today.