The North Texas University football team, known as “Mean Green” to its fan base, is a small school playing NCAA Division 1 Men’s Football, a squad that would like to play meaningful games and gain national recognition.
It has a long way to go. Last year, in the 2014 Season, Mean Green amassed a very mediocre Won-Loss record of 4-8. And this team, which is a member of Conference USA, did poorly against conference foes, as well. It won just two of eight games.
Obviously, its poor record meant that Mean Green did not receive an invitation to a bowl game. Head Coach Dan McCarney, now beginning his fifth year, was disappointed, but determined to lead this team out of the college football wilderness.
Of course, the key to success in this sport centers around solid recruiting of high school athletes. The best programs are able to lure players from in-state high schools as well as from high schools from other parts of the country.
North Texas University has fertile ground to plow in its home state. Texas produces many great football players. But there are other universities in the state that may be more attractive to high school seniors. Nevertheless, there should be enough good players for any university looking to recruit talented scholar-athletes.
Coach McCarney knows that and has stepped up his recruitment of promising players. At some point, his efforts will produce results on the gridiron. It hasn’t happened yet.
The University of North Texas football squad began this year the way it ended last year – with a loss. On Saturday, September 12th, Mean Green visited Southern Methodist University (SMU) and was beaten by the home team by a score of 31-13.
The team and its fans are hopeful that this Saturday, September 19th, will result in a win when Mean Green hosts the visiting Rice Owls. Other home games on the schedule include visits from Portland State University on October 10th, Western Kentucky University on October 15th, the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) on October 31st and the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) on November 28th.
The team’s road schedule features many tough opponents. North Texas will travel to Iowa to compete against the Hawkeyes on September 26th, to the deep South for a game against Southern Mississippi University on October 3rd, to Marshall University on October 24th, to Louisiana Tech University on November 7th, to Tennessee to do battle with the tough Volunteers on November 14th and to the campus of Mid-Tennessee University on November 21st.
It’s a difficult schedule for a team hoping to improve. But, in sports, you have to play against good teams if you want to get better.
That is what the Mean Green of North Texas University will be doing each week for the next few months.
Courtesy of Rantsports.com