It’s Saturday night and time for a quick lap around the bases when it comes to North Texas athletics and news items that could affect the program.
– First off, a report came out tonight that American Sports Network will cease operations at the end of the month. ASN is one of the networks that broadcasts Conference USA games.
– This is also the time of year that schools have their junior days that result in recruiting runs. UNT has its event coming up in a few weeks. UNT has a lot to sell after stunning the college football world while making a bowl. It will pay off and already has with UNT picking up a commitment from Ryan defensive tackle Dayton LeBlanc.
I bring it up because Louisiana Tech, one of UNT’s key rivals in Conference USA, picked up three players today, including two from West Mesquite who have offers from UNT. Dayven Coleman, a highly regarded three-star safety, and D.J. Jackson, a defensive end, both committed to the Bulldogs.
There is often a feeling among UNT fans that the school should never lose a battle to Louisiana Tech for DFW players. It doesn’t work that way. Both schools have something to sell. Louisiana Tech has won bowl games in the last three years, and two of them were played in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Bulldogs beat Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl this past season.
– The C-USA basketball tournament wrapped up today. It played out just like it was supposed to with the Middle Tennessee men and the Western Kentucky women taking the tournament titles. The Blue Raider men are 30-4 and could be in line for a favorable seed in the NCAA tournament. Kermit Davis really has it rolling in Murfreesboro.
– And finally, the UNT softball team won the first two games of a three-game series with UTEP today.