We had a bit of a snafu on the blog yesterday when the Morning News launched its new subscription-based website. Somehow we ended up behind a pay wall there for a bit.
We are back now, though, with your daily dose of notes and tidbits from the land of the Mean and the Green.
First off, we touched in the paper today on what is the key issue for UNT heading into its Conference USA opener on Saturday at Tulane — the fact that UNT has looked like a fish out of water, meat out of the fridge and just generally bad away from home, at least when it comes to the results end of it.
Why is that, we asked.
UNT head coach Dan McCarney pointed out the obvious. UNT has played at Georgia, at Alabama, at LSU and at Kansas State over the last couple of years. Those are important games to play from an exposure standpoint, but they are also games UNT isn’t going to win, baring a miracle. UNT scored two special teams touchdowns and forced two turnovers against Georgia and was still whacked by 24.
Running back Brandin Byrd also made a good point. It’s just hard to win on the road.
“I don’t know why we struggle on the road,” Byrd said. “We have to execute and can’t let distractions get to us, whether it’s fans in the stands or being on the road. Anyone can play well at home. Getting wins on the road is hard.”
UNT has lost six straight on the road for those of you scoring at home. UNT hasn’t won a road game since winning at Florida Atlantic in the fifth game of last season.
The full story is a part of today’s all-sports notebook.
And while we are at it, there were a couple of good recruiting notes on both the football and basketball fronts.
Our Ryan guy Ben spotted UNT running backs coach/special teams coordinator Tommy Perry checking out Raiders running back Tyrone Williams this week. Williams has rushed for 535 yards and four touchdowns on the year and is averaging 11.6 yards a carry. UNT is also after Ryan defensive lineman J.T. Williams.
Top UNT target Xavier Washington, a defensive end out of Cedar Hill, who we mentioned had a monster game last week also picked up another offer:
Got an offer from University of Houston tonight.. #Blessed
— Xavier Washington (@50_unrated) October 2, 2013
On the basketball front, one of the players people have been following has come off the board:
I was blessed to have such a wonderful recruitment process but I am glad I chose utep http://t.co/gd05VY4h9p
— omega harris (@omegaharris5) October 2, 2013
Oklahoma guard Omega Harris committed to UTEP.
UNT is off to a pretty good start with the commitment of Carter forward Jeremy Combs, who we wrote about in the paper a few days ago.
We usually don’t mention the targets UNT misses on, but Harris was a name people are familiar with after he had been discussed quite a bit over the last few weeks.