What do you hope for under the UNT Christmas tree?

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.

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