Monday afternoon notes (UNT mentioned in attire protests story, good news on Whitfield’s mom)

Former North Texas head coach Darrell Dickey stands with his players before the start of a game against Florida Atlantic at Fouts Field on Nov. 18, 2006. The team wore all black jersey's for their final game. The move in Dickey's final game at UNT was included in an ESPN list of notable attire protests in sports in the wake of the Los Angeles Clippers wearing their warm-up shirts inside-out and wearing black armbands and black socks for their playoff game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in protest of racist comments allegedly made by owner Donald Sterling (DRC file photo)

UNT got a little national publicity today when ESPN included the Mean Green in a list of its notable attire protests in the wake of the Los Angeles Clippers wearing their warm-up shirts inside-out and wearing black armbands and black socks for their playoff game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in protest of racist comments allegedly made by owner Donald Sterling.

UNT wore all black jerseys for Darrell Dickey’s final game in 2006. UNT came out in their regular jerseys for warm-ups and then changed right before the game in protest of Dickey being fired less than two years after leading the Mean Green to a fourth straight bowl game.

Those jerseys have been the source of endless debate. Some UNT fans still flip out when the Mean Green wears black because of that one game. Personally, I think black is a slick look and UNT’s players love it.

And in other news …

UNT played its first bowl game since 2004 right down the road at the Cotton Bowl, where it beat UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Could UNT be shipped a little farther out of town down the line?

Well, C-USA has purchased Bahamas Bowl.

One of the aspects that surprised me about the way last year’s bowl deal was that everyone — and I do mean everyone — loved having that game so close to town.

The players loved it because their friends and family could get to it. The coaches loved it from a logistical and recruiting perspective. The fans loved it because they could get to the game easily and inexpensively.

I’m not saying it wouldn’t be interesting to go to the Bahamas. It would be a tad different. That’s for sure.

One player who filled a key role for UNT on its run to the Heart of Dallas Bowl is cornerback Zac Whitfield, who got some great news. Whitfield’s mom, Victoria, is now cancer free.

Victoria Whitfield is a really neat lady. I wrote a story on her and Zac during last season.

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