There have been a number of tidbits of note that I have been meaning to get to while covering North Texas’ search for a new athletic director.
At the top of the list is the story of Joseph Putu. The former North Dakota State College of Science talked to us about where his recruiting process stood late last year, when the Mean Green were in great position to land one of the top JUCO defensive backs in the country.
Putu blew up as a recruit at that point and signed with Florida. I bring it up because SEC Country posted a really nice story on Putu that mentions just how close UNT came to landing him …
“He came dangerously close to joining the Mean Green — a realization that brought him to tears weeks before signing day.
Putu desperately was overdue for a break, and bound for a destination bigger than Denton, Texas.”
That was kind of a cheap shot at UNT, but it shows just how close Putu came to signing with the Mean Green.
In a fun side note, UNT plays at Florida on Sept. 17.
Big announcement tomorrow at 6 PM! Stay tuned!⚠️
— Cade Mashburn (@cmash_) July 27, 2016
On the recruiting front, a pair of prospects from Oklahoma UNT has offered are announcing their college destinations today.
Both are three-star prospects. This could end up being a great package deal for a team at the G5 level if both head to the same spot.
Jonah Jordan, a recruiting writer on 247 Sports who covers Memphis, is projecting both commit to the Tigers. The great Darrell Dickey, UNT’s former head coach who led the Mean Green to four of the eight bowl games in program history, recruits the region and might have his hands in this one.
And finally, we wrote extensively on the facilities arms race among G5 programs in the region this summer as part of an overall state-of-the-UNT-program series.
UNT is renovating its football locker room, team meeting room and football offices this summer. The renovations are expected to be really nice and help the program significantluy
Well, SMU has announced $150 million in upgrades, including a new indoor practice facility.
And the race continues.