Monday morning notes — Second part of C-USA series, UNT omitted in expansion talk

The second part of our series on UNT’s first season in Conference USA ran this morning. Part I was all sunshine, roses, benefits of the move to a new league and a Heart of Dallas Bowl win.

Part II touches on what UNT wants to improve on after its first season in the league. Yeah, not as popular a topic, but one that needs to be addressed to give a fair picture of where UNT stands.

UNT had tough years in track and golf, but what really stung was a rough year in men’s and women’s basketball.

UNT improved by four wins and went 16-16 in men’s basketball and finished 12-18 in women’s basketball in its first season in the league.

UNT officials and both head coaches Tony Benford (men) and Mike Petersen (women) make a very good point in that C-USA was a huge step up — maybe the biggest step in any sport UNT plays from the Sun Belt. C-USA sent seven women’s teams to the postseason. The men’s league was good as well.

Both coaches talk about what they did during the off-season to improve. Benford started the transition to a smaller, quicker team. Petersen has five of his top six scorers back and should have a better team just because of the experience his players gained last year.

Any way, be sure to check it out.

And just because it will get people talking, I thought I would post this link to what JC Shurburtt of 247 Sports would like to see in conference realignment:

Be sure to check it out, but here’s a hint. He proposes adding teams to the Big 12 and bringing back the Southwest Conference by adding two teams.


To post a comment, log into your chosen social network and then add your comment below. Your comments are subject to our Terms of Service and the privacy policy and terms of service of your social network. If you do not want to comment with a social network, please consider writing a letter to the editor.