I stopped to chat with Dan McCarney for a minute or two after the first stop of UNT’s summer camps tour a few days ago. He brought up a good point — the the college sports season was pretty much over at that point.
The only UNT sport left going was track, where Steven White and a couple of others were getting ready to run in the NCAA championships.
I bring it up because it seems like a good time to take a look back at the year that was in UNT sports now that its over.
Since it’s a pretty broad topic, we’ll turn this into another one of our summer blog series, along the lines of our on-going post-spring football questions series.
There were a lot of good things that happened for UNT this past year, some of which were overlooked, particularly the program’s all-around good performance in the non-revenue sports.
Most people tend to forget them as a group, especially when things don’t go well in the Big Three (football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball).
– UNT’s women’s soccer team won the Sun Belt Conference regular season title for the second straight year and then won the conference tournament to get to the NCAA tournament. UNT lost at Texas Tech in the NCAAs, but the Mean Green also beat Houston and tied Baylor in the regular season.
– The UNT tennis team won the Sun Belt tournament for the second straight year and the third time in the last four seasons before falling to TCU in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
– The UNT men’s golf team won its second straight Sun Belt title. UNT didn’t make it out of the Pullman Regional as a team, but Rodolfo Cazaubon made it to the final rounds of the national tournament as an individual.
– The UNT women’s track team won the Sun Belt title and White went on to finish third in the 400 hurdles for the UNT men at the NCAA meet.
– The UNT volleyball team advanced to the Sun Belt finals, where it was swept by Western Kentucky.
– The UNT softball team tied the school record with 29 wins.
And I’m sure I’m forgetting an accomplishment or two. I don’t know if one considers it a highlight or not, but swimming coach Joe Dykstra and volleyball coach Ken Murczek landed jobs Utah and Wake Forest, respectively, and moved up in the world of college athletics.
When one looks back on the year, the across-the-board success of UNT’s program outside the Big Three has to rank among the highlights of 2012-13.