Friday morning notes (UNT assistants on the road, thoughts on the SMU series, et cetera)

One of the notable absences last night at the last stop of the Mean Green coaches caravan last night was the UNT football assistant coaches.

There was a good reason. They were all on the road in the spring recruiting period, seeing players across the state.

It wasn’t really a news tidbit, so I didn’t include it last night when I went through what was said, but Dan McCarney did talk a bit about focusing on the Dallas area and then spreading out from there, looking for players.

The offers continue to go out.

Offensive lineman Christian Beard of Waco Midway and athlete Kaelin DebOoski of Tucson (kind of random) are two of the more recent offers that have popped up.

The move to Conference USA should make a big difference for UNT in terms of bringing in more talent in 2014.

What I will find interesting is how the Conference USA schools fare against those schools that are leaving for American Athletic Conference. That would be SMU and Houston.

There was a feeling among UNT fans that both SMU and Houston would suffer from a lack of regional rivalries.

One of the early ways to gauge the impact will be in recruiting. We could see if Texas players are scared away by the prospect of playing a large number of games on the East Coast.

Our first test case was Euless Trinity linebacker Inoke Ngalo. He was offered by UNT and Houston and committed to Houston yesterday.

Now, that is not to say that UNT won’t recruit well this season with C-USA to sell. We are all still on the Dan-Wagon. Keep your hands and feet safely inside as the ride continues.

UNT officials also discussed the extension of the SMU series through 2025. It’s a great move for UNT, one that will give the Mean Green a shot at a big win every year. UNT trails in the series 4-28-1.

I was there that magical night in 2006 when UNT beat SMU at Fouts Field.

The big wins have been pretty rare since.

UNT’s win over Indiana in 2011 is the only other one that comes to mind in terms of the stature of the SMU win.

The point is, playing SMU will give UNT a stage in the Dallas area it otherwise would not enjoy.

And finally, the UNT softball team will face Troy here in a few minutes in the Sun Belt Conference softball tournament. UNT won its first game and lost its second. A win over the Trojans would put UNT into a 5:30 p.m. game today with a spot in the finals on the line.

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