North Texas held a town hall forum today with new men’s basketball coach Grant McCasland. I sat down with McCasland for a few minutes following the event and also talked to a few other UNT officials.
Here are the quick news highlights:
– Our report from last night about what McCasland will make at UNT was correct. McCasland will make about $600,000 a year with a base salary of $500,000. Tony Benford was making a base of $400,000 and had incentives in his deal that pushed his total compensation toward $450,000.
– McCasland plans to sit down and talk with senior forward Jeremy Combs about his plans for his senior season. Combs endured an injury-plagued junior year and left open the possibility of transferring to another school for his final year of eligibility. Combs was not at today’s press conference.
– McCasland plans to bring his assistant coaches from Arkansas State to UNT, if they are still available. Associate head coach Ross Hodge could be in the mix to take over the program at Austin Peay, according to people covering that search. ASU could also consider Hodge to take over for McCasland.
– UNT is going to upgrade the Super Pit from a cosmetic standpoint and renovate it so that it will adhere to ADA standards in addition to revamping the locker rooms. UNT athletic director Wren Baker said UNT will assess the possibility of building a new basketball venue on campus to replace the Super Pit.
– UNT is committed to playing Arkansas State $500,000 to buyout McCasland’s contract. Baker said UNT will protect itself going forward with its contract with McCasland. There will likely be a large buyout in the new deal.