The UNT board of regents will meet tomorrow to discuss the school’s budget for athletics and its five-year strategic plan tomorrow at the Westin DFW Airport Hotel.
Updates to both the UNT athletic budget and the plan will be discussed in a finance committee meeting. There are action items on the slate for both the budget and strategic plan.
We cover the nuts and bolts of the back story in tomorrow’s paper. For a quick review, one can take a look at the story our higher education reporter Jenna Duncan wrote and the accompanying story I put together when this first came up last month.
The bottom line is this: UNT wants to add about $2.8 million to the athletic budget to get a baseball program going. UNT officials have been convinced for years that the school could set up shop and become highly competitive in the state pretty quickly because of a couple of key factors:
1. UNT is located in one of the best areas for baseball talent in the country.
2. UNT is a public school with a lower cost of attendance than some of the other Division I schools in the area like TCU. Division I baseball teams split 11.7 scholarships for all of its players. Most end up with partial scholarships that would go a lot further at a place like UNT than at private schools around the state.
I can’t imagine that this isn’t going to go down and go down rather quickly.
UNT officials said that they would likely be ready to call a press conference and make the addition of baseball official in the spring and have a team on the field in the sometime in the next couple of years.
Tomorrow’s meeting appears as if it will be another key step in that process.