There were no earth-shattering notes from today’s Heart of Dallas Bowl press conference today, but here are a couple of items of note:
– UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal said the school is still working on finalizing a contract extension with Dan McCarney. Villarreal could provide no information on the duration or compensation being discussed, but he reiterated that UNT would like to finish up the deal soon.
– A group of UNT boosters donated $37,500 to help fund the school’s efforts to offer reduce-priced tickets to the bowl game for students.
– There were approximately 1,000 student tickets sold by 10:30 a.m. this morning. There were students lined up as early as 5 a.m. UNT later announced it had sold 1,200:
Great job UNT Students! Sold over 1,200 students section tickets today for @HODBowl Keep it going. Ticket office will be open 8am Friday.
— Mean Green Athletics (@MeanGreenSports) December 12, 2013
As far as the over riding themes, UNT head coach Dan McCarney talked about his team’s desire to finish the job and win the bowl game and the excitement he feels around the program. High school coaches, fans and students are jumping on board, according to McCarney and Villarreal.
I will have more later, including a video interview with UNLV coach Bobby Hauck.