Quick press conference notes

No real zingers on today’s Sun Belt Conference call, but there were some good tidbits as always.

Dan McCarney talked a little about the Houston game.

McCarney pointed out that Houston was one of the stories nationally last season and some of the same players who helped the Cougars come up one game short of going to a BCS bowl are back.

He also acknowledged that this is a big game for UNT in terms of the attention it will receive in Texas, where the Mean Green does most of its recruiting.

McCarney pointed out that UNT hasn’t beaten Houston since Hayden Fry was the team’s coach.

I asked about the older guys remembering the debacle the last time UNT went to Houston, a 77-20 loss to Rice before UNT fixed the problem.

McCarney wouldn’t bite. Said he hasn’t heard a word about that game this week.

As far as the Sun Belt goes, the main topic of conversation was the strength of the league following another big nonconference win — Middle Tennessee beating Georgia Tech.

If you want to look down the line, it appears as if Blaine Gautier will be out for UNT’s game against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Terrance Broadway will probably start. Broadway went 15-for-19 for 228 yards and a touchdown in a win over Florida International last week after coming on for Gautier.

A couple of coaches in the Sun Belt have floated the idea that Broadway might be even better than Gautier. He was a four-star recruit and signed with Houston before transferring to ULL.