There might not be a more rabid North Texas supporter than George Dunham.
Dunham, one half of the “Dunham & Miller” show on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket, is a UNT graduate and the voice of the Mean Green. His son Blake is a senior deep snapper at UNT.
Part of Dunham’s duties with UNT is appearing on head coach Dan McCarney’s weekly radio show on Monday night.
UNT plays the Mustangs at 11 a.m. on Saturday, which led to Dunham going on a rant about his feelings about SMU.
McCarney has said throughout the offseason and the buildup the game that the schools are not rivals in football, largely because the Mustangs have dominated the series. The Mustangs edge stands at 28-4-1 heading into this year’s showdown at Apogee Stadium.
The teams have not played since facing each other in back-to-back years in 2006-07. UNT won the first game 24-6 in Denton before SMU came back and won the following year 45-31.
This is what Dunham had to say while discussing the game with McCarney. But first a little background for people not familiar with UNT school officials. Dunham mentions Poppy. That a nickname for Steven Bartolotta, a longtime member of the UNT sports information staff who plays a key role in all of the athletic department’s radio productions.
This is the audio link to the rant, which starts at the 49:30 mark
I am a North Texas grad. That is our rivalry. I hate SMU and always have.
If they were playing Russia State, I would root for Russia State to beat them by four touchdowns. The first question I ask Poppy every Saturday, ‘How’s SMU doing?’ The game I listened to last night. ‘How’s SMU doing?’ Well, they are getting their butts kicked up between their shoulder blades.That put a smile on my face.
I know the all-time series is way, way out of whack, but the last four are 2-2 and the last two times they came up here to Denton they got their butts kicked.
I know for you and your players who have never played them before, the series looks way out of whack, but ask anyone in green who they would like to beat more than anyone and they would say those chickens down there at SMU. They never played up here because they are too chicken to play us.
We finally got a 10-year series and that’s great because we can talk to them. They can talk to us.
We were never good enough to play in their conference. Their radio broadcast kicked our radio broadcast off The Ticket.
This game for me is personal. If you want me to talk to the players, I would be glad to because I can’t stand these suckers. For me it’s a rivalry.