Thursday afternoon notes (UNT picks up a few more TV games, et cetera)

Conference USA announced an agreement with the Sinclair Group today that landed UNT four additional television games.

UNT’s buy-a-win game against Nicholls State, plus its C-USA games against UAB, Southern Miss, and Florida International will all be broadcast as part of the new contract.

Of UNT’s 12 games, 11 are now set to be televised. The only one that is not already scheduled to be on TV is the Indiana game, which I would have to think will end up on TV as well.

In a side note, the kickoff times for those four games have been set as well. The Nicholls State, UAB and FIU games will all kick at 2:30, while the Southern Miss game will kick at 6 p.m.

Here’s the full release on the new TV deal from C-USA.

This is obvious, but it’s a great deal for UNT any time games are on TV. The exposure helps the program immensely.

And in other news …

The Doak Walker watch list was released today. The award goes to the nation’s top running back. UNT didn’t have a player nominated, but there were a couple of players from C-USA who made the list, including Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon. UNT will face Dixon in its third game this season.

– It’s getting to be that time of year when we really hunker down and work on our preseason football magazine. I bring it up because we had the first of our photo shoots this morning. Argyle coach Todd Rodgers talked again about what a good job UNT’s staff is doing in recruiting players from his program. We hear that from a lot of coaches from the area. The Argyle players know UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds by name. He’s like Norm on Cheers on that bar when it comes to the Argyle field house. If you’re a UNT fan, that’s a very good thing.

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