The fallout from UNT’s breakout football season continued today when the USA Today Coaches Poll came out.
It’s been a long time since UNT received votes. I’m not exactly sure what year it was, but the Mean Green received a vote in either the preseason or postseason poll back in the bowl run of the early- to mid-2000s.
In an interesting twist, Louisiana-Lafayette also received a vote.
We went over this a while back, but ULL and UNT rank first and second, respectively, for the longest AP Top 25 poll drought nationally.
UNT is making progress toward ending that streak. A 9-4 season and a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl were huge. Little steps along the way, including receiving votes in the coaches poll are only going to help.
On the basketball front, the UNT women’s basketball team caught a break heading into its game at Middle Tennessee tomorrow. MTSU backup forward Lauren March is out with a broken finger.
MTSU is really good again this year and is receiving votes in both the AP and coaches polls.
UNT lost at MTSU last year on a last-second shot, the Mean Green’s 10th straight loss to the Lady Raiders. UNT hasn’t beaten MTSU since 2006.
The streak will end at some point. UNT’s chances appear to have gotten a little better for tomorrow to be that time. We will post a video on the blog later today previewing the game.
I shot it after swinging by practice yesterday. A couple of people asked about the status of Laura McCoy, Alexis Hyder and Acheil Tac. Hyder and Tac missed UNT’s last game with injury. McCoy was sick.
I talked to Laura, who practiced despite still being a little under the weather. Hyder and McCoy should be ready to go. Tac will play at some point this weekend, but might not be full strength for UNT’s game against MTSU.
UNT could really use Tac against MTSU. She’s a good athlete and could give UNT a better chance of matching up with MTSU forward Ebony Rowe, who Mean Green head coach Mike Petersen called the best player in Conference USA. Rowe is averaging 23 points a game.