UNT extended its winning steak to four games tonight, knocking off UTSA in San Antonio. Jordan Williams cleared the 1,000-point mark for his career, which is a pretty remarkable accomplishment for a junior who missed half a season earlier in his career.
UNT is now in ninth place in the Conference USA standings and in position to grab a bye in the league tournament next month, but this is Texas. We know where our bread is buttered and what people read, so first off, a few key football notes.
I chatted with Dan McCarney a little today after he made the hiring of safeties coach Perry Carter and cornerbacks coach LaMarcus Hicks official.
Here are some additional key notes and tidbits:
– UNT lost its recruiting coordinator in Noah Joseph, who was pilfered by Indiana. So, while UNT’s former safeties coach is now is Hoosier, who’s your new man directing the recruiting show? UNT has settled on wide receivers coach Mike Grant. McCarney made a really good case that Grant is a good fit, saying that he is super organized and someone who has experience on the staff and knows the lay of the land at UNT.
The more I think about it, the more I like the pick. Grant has always seemed like a good guy and his name is one that I have heard from prospects on a fairly regular basis over the last couple of years.
– UNT’s transfers are on campus and working out. The drills UNT’s players are running through are a pretty far cry from real football, but one guy who has made an impression is SMU transfer offensive lineman Sam Rice. McCarney believes from what little he has seen that Rice would be good enough to compete for a starting job this year, if he wasn’t going to have to sit out. Rice should be a big part of UNT’s future. That makes a lot of sense considering he started part of last season at SMU.
– In another bit of transfer news, former Ryan standout Jordan Richmond will make the move from linebacker to defensive end at UNT. Richmond is 6-foot-3 and was listed at 225 pounds while he was at A&M. Richmond could easily grow into a pass rushing defensive end for the Mean Green.
– I mentioned that UNT would likely have a press conference next week in advance of spring practice. It looks like the State of the Union (Mean Green edition) will take place on Tuesday.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled hoops thoughts.
One has to give credit to UNT for showing some guts in coming back from a 10-point deficit late in the first half in its win over UTSA.
Jordan Williams led UNT with 14 points. Brandan Walton added 13 points and T.J. Taylor 10. Chris Jones had all six of his assists in the second half.
Jones moved into a tie with Josh White for assists in a season with 116.
UNT really needed that win with a couple of tough games coming up. It’s going to be a challenge for UNT to hang on for a bye over the last couple of days of the season, but UNT has a much better chance now after taking care of business against the Roadrunners.