It’s Sunday night and time for the weekly leftovers, where we dig through what took place over the weekend, reheat some of the good and the bad and hopefully put it all in perspective.
The big news is always football news, no matter the time of the year. At this point we have spring practice to talk about. UNT’s first big scrimmage of the weekend took place on Saturday.
I wrote about Jamal Marshall’s move back to cornerback for Sunday’s paper.
We are also keeping an eye on the quarterback race that will have a pretty big impact on the way things go in the fall. Andrew McNulty is solidly atop the quarterback depth chart and nothing that happened in Saturday’s scrimmage seemed to change that.
DaMarcus Smith seemed like the one player who had a chance to unseat McNulty, but the JUCO transfer is ineligible for spring practice. And we found out for sure this weekend that UNT can’t even hand him a playbook until the fall.
The highlight of the weekend was the UNT tennis team beating UAB and No. 75 Kansas in back-to-back matches. Junior Kamilla Galieva was the big hero, winning the clinching match against the Jayhawks.
It’s also worth mentioning that UNT signee Rickey Brice was named to the third team of The Dallas Morning News’ All-Area team.
UNT is hoping that he will be an impact player right away next season. The big 7-foot center had better be. UNT lost a whole lot of punch from a 14-17 team, including the ninth leading scorer in school history in Jordan Williams, who was a third-team All-Conference USA pick, and a solid all-around player in Colin Voss.
Quick rant …
Were those guys perfect players?
If they were, they wouldn’t have been at UNT in the first place. There is a place for nearly perfect players in college — Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina come to mind.
The best mid-major programs take guys with at least some issues on or off the floor, help them improve and build winning teams with them.
Brice will be a big part of that plan next season, despite the fact he played at Arlington Pantego Christian, a small private school out of the limelight. My guess is he is going to be really good for UNT. It just might take some time.
And finally, it was a tough weekend for the UNT softball team, which was swept by Western Kentucky. UNT didn’t score in the last 17 innings of the three-game series. WKU stud pitcher Miranda Kramer, one-hit UNT in the last game of the series today 4-0.
UNT fell to 14-18 and 6-6 in Conference USA play. The Mean Green are an interesting team.
UNT beat national power Baylor early in the season, then suffered through two five-game losing streaks, got hot and won seven straight and have since lost four straight.
All of which raises the question — Theme song? (warning: pop culture reference)