Football, basketball notes, thoughts

I was driving around today while listening to the Jason Garrett press conference when I happened upon reason No. 784 why UNT fans/media/living, breathing humanoids really like Dan McCarney.

He doesn’t talk about “Football Process.”

He’s a great speaker.

Love this quote from him I’m using in tomorrow’s paper.

“Every time we line up at North Texas there is some ridiculously negative streak that we can stop and start a new positive one. That is one of the reasons I took this job, because when you do those things it’s a lot of fun.”

UNT has a ton of them, including not having won back-to-back games since the end of the Glory Days in 2004. I just can’t emphasize enough what a world of good it would do UNT if it could pull off the upset at Houston this weekend. Here are a couple of things to think about:

– UNT plays an in-state rival about one a year.

– UNT hasn’t beaten an FBS in-state rival since 2006, when the Mean Green knocked off SMU.

– This is a game a lot of recruits will be watching.

Speaking of watching, I stopped by basketball practice today and picked up some material for a notebook I’m going to try to squeeze into Saturday’s paper. Until then, both of UNT’s new coaches really like the way things have gone so far in practice.

T.J. Taylor is dealing with a shoulder injury, but should be OK.

And finally, I’m blogging while following the Arkansas State-Florida International game (me and FIU’s 17 fans).

At the beginning of the year, I thought it was a great break for UNT to miss FIU this year due to the Sun Belt adding South Alabama.

Now, it’s looking like a prototypically terrible turn of events for UNT, a team that never seems to get a break. FIU was not good and lost its quarterback. Now the Golden Panthers are bad.

I can think of plenty of teams UNT would have been better off missing — Troy (UNT already lost that one), Western Kentucky, Louisiana-Monroe.

I could go on, but you get the point.