One of the great aspects about media day (it was great of the Sun Belt to go back to having one this year) is that you pick up some interesting tidbits that you might not otherwise.
That was the case this week, when Dan McCarney mentioned just how well UNT’s players are doing academically. McCarney has mentioned before and it has been pretty well documented that UNT was in a world of hurt academically when he arrived.
UNT keeps making headway. The latest sign was UNT’s performance this spring.
McCarney said UNT had just one player with a GPA below 2.0 in the spring, and that player is eligible. McCarney said there were 40 players with a GPA of under 2.0 when he arrived.
Academics are one of the highly overlooked aspects of college football. A lot of teams lose key players to academic issues each season. There were times when UNT’s coaches and players had to hold their breath each fall, hoping that a few players would make it at the last minute in the final term of summer school.
It doesn’t look like UNT will be in that boat this year. That helps matters. It helps matters a lot.
And in basketball news, the summer AAU circut hits Atlanta over the next few days for the Peach Jam. UNT still has a lot of spots to fill for its next recruiting class. It should be interesting to see what happens during the rest of the summer recruiting period.