We are just hours away from opening presents on Christmas Day.
So what should UNT fans be hoping for under the tree?
Here’s the list:
– An extension for Dan McCarney
UNT wandered the wilderness for close to a decade before the Mean Green finally broke through this season. There is little doubt McCarney was a key reason the Mean Green got on a roll this year. That extension is on the way. That’s good for the program. UNT wants to keep McCarney around. McCarney is enjoying rebuilding the program. Win-win.
– A good performance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl
UNT has a chance to play on New Year’s Day and win a bowl game for the first time since 2002. A win would do UNT a ton of good from a publicity standpoint and bolster the Mean Green’s recruiting efforts.
– A key final piece or two for UNT’s recruiting class
UNT has a good recruiting class going with wide receivers Tee Goree, Fonzale Davis and linebacker Brandon Garner. What UNT could really use now is some defensive line help.
– A solid C-USA season in basketball
It wasn’t too long ago that UNT was on a run that included five straight 20-win seasons, followed by an 18-win campaign and two NCAA tournaments in men’s basketball. It’s been tough sledding ever since. UNT finished 12-20 last season. Things are looking up this year with the UNT sitting there at 7-5. The schedule has been pretty soft, though. UNT’s RPI is sitting at 212. C-USA looks like it could be a pretty tough league. It would do UNT a world of good if the Mean Green could get on a bit of a roll and finish close to .500. The UNT women are 5-6 and are coming off a tough loss to SMU. C-USA will tough on the women’s side as well. UNT has some good young players. Like the UNT men, a good year in C-USA could really help vault the Mean Green forward.