Category: CUSA Stuff

North Texas Sweeps the Week 3 CUSA Player of the Week Categories

According to the league, North Texas players have won each of the three categories this week: Offense Mason Fine Defense Nate Brooks Special Teams Keegan Brewer Via press release: North Texas is the first school to win all three weekly football awards since WKU on Sept. 14, 2015. C-USA Football Players of the Week are…

CR: CUSA Media Rights Deal, Higher Fees

CUSA Report

The “significantly more revenue” is double the last deal. That alone makes this a better situation. Beyond that there is still the possibility that old partner ESPN gets involved in the deal.

Over on CUSA Report, where more league coverage will be (including power rankings etc), I wrote a post breaking down the league’s new deal and the implications for everyone. For North Texas the increased revenue is a very big deal.

The cash influx will help the department achieve those goals they have been aiming for. Combine this with the student vote to increase, the money that Athletic Director Wren Baker has found through more efficient management of the department, and you can see why North Texas just might have the cash to host the next CBI game (great win by the squad, by the way).

Right now CBS Sports is the primary rights holder, but we will continue to see North Texas football and basketball on Stadium and mostly — it seems — on Facebook, where both CBS and Stadium will be putting some of the games they produce. It also means honest-to-goodness production values by professionals. The FAU broadcast last season was awful. Depending on the school doing the production, the quality would suffer.

BeIN SPORTS is still a media partner, although this is the final year of the deal. Given that ratings were godawful last season, that may be at risk. Still, BEIN is relatively rich, and is using the deal to enter the college football business not make big bucks. We’ll reserve judgement on that until later.

Although I would prefer ESPN to CBS because of the former’s streaming capabilities, CBS Sports does have streaming options that are simply not available to me as easily. So it goes.

Dropping Dimes – 10 Thoughts Recapping NT vs. FAU

North Texas got a much needed win. The Mean Green took down FAU 59-53. It was never pretty in this game. It was down right ugly basketball for most of the night, by both teams. Credit North Texas for finding a way to win without a serious contribution from Roosevelt Smart. Smart was saddled with…

UPDATED: BEIN Sports Connect Is Hard to Connect To

UPDATE: We found the stream. It was on BEIN 3 — There was no indication of this, so MGN had to click through each of the 11 streams hoping to find it. (I started at 10 and went down). Original post: Tonight’s Rice vs North Texas game was supposed to be on BEIN Sports Connect…

Top of the G5

David Ubben of the The Athletic touched on the G5 conundrum— what to do when your best is not enough? This has been related to the complaint of the North Texas fan: what kind of reward should we expect from a 9-4 season? Many NT fans have been disappointed with the New Orleans Bowl opponent…

CUSA Bowl Season 2017

North Texas is not the only team bowling from CUSA. NT was one of 10 league squads that reached bowl eligibility this season. Unlike 2016, when a 5-win North Texas team went to the Heart of Dallas bowl because there were not enough bowl teams available, this year there were too many. There was some…

Wake Up Week 8

FLetcher Keel tries to make sense of the WKU loss at home. Dave West analyzed the UAB win over USM. The Rice Board is thinking about ending it all. La Tech fans are not too excited about their team right now The Pilot’s Ed Miller discusses the Monarch’s thoughts on the NT game John Whisler…

2017 CUSA Power Rankings Week 7

USA had a moment this week. North Texas and UTSA provided the kind of drama that could be clipped and posted all over the place and it was. CUSA helpfully shrank the video for ease of sharing and all enjoyed the Fine Moment. North Texas have made their way to the top of this week’s…