Here are a few notes and thoughts on items of interest to UNT fans on a Sunday night:
– Golf flies a little under the radar (like a worm-burner) when it comes to college athletics, but it is worth noting the former UNT standout Carlos Ortiz won the Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour. Ortiz is tearing it up on the secondary tour. Ortiz earned $112,500 with the win today and jumped from seventh to second on the money list with $171,500. For those of you out there like me who are not big on golf, the top 25 players on the money list at the end of the season earn PGA Tour cards.
– On the basketball front. Tony Benford’s former boss at Marquette Buzz Williams has buzzed off for Virginia Tech, which might not seem UNT related. Well, it’s not. But it does make me wonder — and I know I’m not the only one — what about UNT assistant coach Scott Monarch?
Monarch worked for Williams for years at New Orleans and Marquette before he was fired after Marquette reported recruiting violations to the NCAA
Monarch landed at UNT and did a nice job last year. UNT looked exponentially better in the halfcourt after Monarch took a large role in working with UNT offensively. Benford consistently praised Monarch for working with UNT on its fast-break offense.
I have no inside knowledge on this one, but I don’t think I’m going out on a huge limb here in thinking that Williams is going to get just about anything he wants at Virginia Tech after leaving a traditional hoops power like Marquette. I also don’t think it’s much of a stretch to think that Virginia Tech pays a whole heck of a lot more to its assistant basketball coaches Than UNT. Virginia Tech plays in the ACC, otherwise known as the best hoops league in the country. Conference USA is improving, but it isn’t the ACC.
Could Williams grab Monarch? It’s just something to watch.
– And on the football front, we mentioned late last night that Rashad and Vershad Jackson, twin brothers who started their careers at New Mexico, are planning to enroll at UNT. Former Michigan tight end Chris Barnett is also thinking about joining the team. This could get interesting. I like the idea of UNT taking transfers. Marcus Trice worked out really well. Darius Terrell is another player who has contributed. UNT has already taken SMU transfer Sam Rice and could end up giving a scholarship to San Diego State transfer and former Guyer standout Dan Kottman, who is already on the roster. What UNT will have to consider going forward is each scholarship it gives to a transfer is one less spot it can give to a high school player. UNT has been good about balancing its priorities when it comes to scholarships. The Jackson brothers seem like the types of prospects UNT will grab if things work out. Kottman could be on track to take another scholarship. That balancing act is something to watch going forward.