Thursday afternoon notes (UNT target picks up UTSA offer, Chris Jones update)

There were a couple of UNT items of interest to come down early today. To review …

@EliHoward5: Great news from UTSA today

UNT continues to chase its next batch of players, just like every school in the state. Eli Howard, a defensive end from San Angelo Central and one of UNT’s targets with an offer, was offered by UTSA today. The Tweet at the top of this post is of Howard at UNT’s series of junior visits a few days ago.

I talked to Howard for our on-going UNT recruiting target series. I have been saving a few up to run when I am on vacation. I will run a story on him coming up sometime in the next week or so.

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On the basketball front, I checked in with the Chris Jones camp. The former UNT guard who ranks third in UNT history with 127 steals and sixth in assists with 282 is still considering his options as far as where to transfer.

I have yet to mention it here on the blog, but Keith Coleman transferred to LSU Shreveport. Coleman never made much of an impact in two seasons at UNT and was haunted by the original quote from UNT head coach Tony Benford that he was a “Big East quality center.” He was also supposed to be one of the most improved players on UNT’s roster heading into last season. It just never worked out for Coleman at UNT.

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There has also been quite a bit of discussion about the seating change policy in Conference USA that will will prevent students from sitting directly behind the opposing team’s sideline.

It’s five rows that UNT students won’t be able to sit in. I don’t think that is going to substantially change the environment at Apogee that Dan McCarney and his players rave about.

Bottom line, there is going to be one factor that will affect if UNT continues to build a home field advantage at Apogee — how many games the Mean Green wins. If UNT doesn’t get blown out at Texas and manages to beat SMU in what I expect to be a dogfight, that atmosphere is going to continue to be terrific. If UNT falls at Texas by 21 and SMU pulls out a win, the atmosphere is still going to be great, but not what it might have been, no matter who is sitting where.

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And finally, we mentioned yesterday that Richard Durrett died suddenly this week. I wrote a piece for today’s paper about his time in Denton/Grapevine. I met Durrett, but didn’t really know him. The consensus is he was a terrific person. The Rangers have set up a foundation to help his wife, and two young children (another child is on the way). There are a lot of people around Denton who knew Durrett and might want to donate. I know a lot of people in our office and in the sports media community already have. The cause is a terrific one that will help the family of a man who was beloved by many from his time in and around the Denton community.

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