Wednesday night notes (USM has new coach, et cetera)

There were a couple of items of (UNT) interest to come down that I have yet to mention on the blog. To review:

– Kseniya Bardabush, Franziska Sprinkmeyer and Anastasiya Shestakov were all named to the All-Conference USA tennis team this week. The trio made the first team.

– Southern Miss has hired a new men’s basketball coach (see Tweet at the top of this post). Former UTEP and Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler is headed to USM. Sadler has a 149-107 record as a head coach, an NCAA tourney and four NIT bids. That is what we here on the MGB like to call “skins on the wall.” Sounds like a good hire for Southern Miss, which has a good team coming back next season.

– And while this isn’t really news, I was working on a summer project today and stopped by to chat with John Hedlund (the remaining John in whom we trust now that Johnny Jones is at LSU). I don’t think I have mentioned it on the blog, but Colorado College, which beat UNT in the Conference USA finals last season with an NCAA bid on the line left for the Mountain West after last season. There has always been one random Colorado private school that has served as a thorn in the … well, let’s just say side of arguably the best and most consistent program in the entire UNT athletic department. In the Sun Belt, it was Denver. Last year it was Colorado College. UNT’s path back to the NCAA tournament will now be a little clearer. Again, not news, but I don’t think I have mentioned it on the blog before.

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