North Texas is ranked No. 125 in College Football News’ 2016 post-spring rankings. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)
There were a couple of interesting tidbits from the world of North Texas athletics I wanted to get to this morning, including some post-spring projections from College Football News.
Since CFN is all about college football news, it tends to come out with a ton of rankings in the offseason to fill the void. A couple of those rankings came out in the last day or so.
The first is the site’s post-spring ranking of all 128 teams.
As one might suspect, UNT is near the bottom, checking in at 126, in front of only UMass and Louisiana-Monroe.
UNT won just one game last season, has a new coaching staff and didn’t have a first- or second-team all-conference player last season, although it did have an honorable mention selection in center Kaydon Kirby, except he left the team.
One can see why UNT wasn’t rated very high.
The top Conference USA teams in the rankings are Southern Miss, Marshall and Western Kentucky.
Several of those same team are projected by the site to play in a bowl game, including …
||Boca Raton Bowl
||New Mexico Bowl
||New Orleans Bowl
||Heart of Dallas Bowl
On the hoops front …
Former UNT assistant men’s basketball coach Bill Foy is a head coach again, only this time on the women’s side.
Foy was one of former UNT head coach Johnny Jones’ assistants back in the good old days when the Mean Green ripped off six straight winning seasons, including five 20-win campaigns, and went to the NCAA tournament twice. Jones didn’t take Foy with him when he left for LSU and he wasn’t retained by new UNT coach Tony Benford.
Foy won a national title at Paris JC before he came to UNT. Since leaving the school, he coached at Richland College, was out of the business and then got back in as an assistant coach at Ranger Junior College.
Ranger went to the NJCAA Final Four this year. Foy also led the Paris JC golf team to the national tournament
Some guys just win.
Now Foy will try out coaching a women’s team.
I certainly wouldn’t bet against him.
And finally …
The UNT softball team will face Texas at 5 p.m. tonight on the Longhorn Network.
The Mean Green have already been eliminated from the race for a spot in the Conference USA tournament that UNT is hosting this year and have lost 12 straight.
The school record for longest losing streak is 14 set in 2007.
The top of today’s UNT notebook is a short story on what head coach Tracey Kee thinks went wrong. The pressure of hosting the conference tournament and fatigue are two issues Kee mentions.
A game at Texas doesn’t exactly seem like the best place to try to snap that kind of skid, but UNT will take its best shot tonight.