Thursday afternoon notes, thoughts on pro day fallout, baseball

UNT seems to have picked up some serious momentum, both as a program and in terms of its individual prospects, following its annual Pro Day on Wednesday.

I wrote quite a bit about how UNT’s prospects — led by Brelan Chancellor and Zach Orr — fared both on the blog and in today’s paper.

Quick review:

Chancellor put up a monster 41-inch vertical leap and performed well across the board. Orr was also solid.

And that was just for starters. Running back Brandin Byrd, quarterback Derek Thompson and safety Marcus Trice also helped themselves with the way they performed.

Now the experts are starting to weigh in on how UNT’s prospects fared.

Noted NFL personnel man Gil Brandt wrote about UNT’s showing and projected both Chancellor and Thompson as free agent signings.

And in other news, the renderings of a UNT baseball stadium are making the rounds.

Those drawings have been around for quite a while.

UNT has been working on getting a team going for years. UNT’s regents approved adding $600,000 to the budget for baseball in September.

UNT is in the midst of an audit following budgetary inaccuracies caused ongoing revenue shortages.

UNT regent Don Potts said a few months ago that the school could announce the revival of UNT’s baseball program that was disbanded in the 1980s this spring.

UNT’s budgetary issues could push back that announcement and the return of the team.

The bottom line is this program is coming back. The renderings of the stadium are just another indication the process is moving forward. The arrival of Apogee Stadium followed a similar path. UNT had the stadium in the works for years, some renderings were made public, the final ducks were placed in a row and eventually the project came to fruition.

It’s only a matter of when now. That has been the case for some time.

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