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Old 26.02.2017, 12:29 PM
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Day 19: North Texas Mean Green



Location: Denton, Texas

Introduction: Started play in 1913, became members of Division 1 in 1953, members of the FCS in 1983 and members of the FBS in 1995, where they have competed as an independent as well as members of the Big West, the Sun Belt and finally members of Conference USA from 2013 onwards.

Why Mean Green: There's two conflicting reports, the one which I prefer is that in 1966 they had the nation's number 2 ranked rush defence, lead by DT Mean Joe Greene, the school's one and only first team All American.

Biggest achievement: The 1959 season, during which they went 9-2, winning a Missouri Valley Conference championship (shared), reached a high of 16th in the AP poll, and would go to their only bowl game in school history, until 2001 (the Sun Bowl, which they lost 28-8 to New Mexico State).

The three seasons Joe Greene played for the school (1966-1968), during which time they won 2 conference championships, had a combined 23–5–1 record, and held their opponents to under 2 yards per carry.

The 2002-2004 seasons, where they put together 3 of their 4 winning seasons, since making the step up from FCS to FBS, and made the New Orleans bowl 3 times (winning one).

Biggest failure: The 8 seasons from 2005-2012, each of which was a losing season, with a combined 22-73 record.

Losing 66-7 to Portland State during a 1-11 2015 season, the largest defeat of an FBS team by an FCS team ever.

Rivals: SMU, "Safeway Bowl", first played in 1922, has been played 36 times since, with SMU leading the series 30-5-1. Despite SMU making the switch from CUSA to the American Athletic Conference the rivalry is scheduled to continue until 2025. The rivalry gets it's name from when in 1994 North Texas HC Matt Simon issued a challenge to SMU to face them at any time and any place, even "If they'd like to play on a Safeway parking lot"

UTSA, the two first meet in 2013, but with the proximity and the two schools being in the same conference the rivalry will continue indefinitely. UTSA leads the series 3-1.

Head coach: Seth Littrell, the former Oklahoma back up RB, started coaching as a GA for Kansas in 2002, was named North Texas HC in 2016. He would go 5-8 in his first season, as many wins as the school had achieved in the previous 2 seasons combined. Even reaching a bowl game somehow .

Notable former players: Eric Keena, P, North Texas' only 2016 all conference selection.

Cody Spencer, LB, 2004 6th round draft pick, only selection out of the school since 1995. UNT hall of fame.

Mean Joe Greene, DT, the school's only first team All American, 6 time first team All Pro, NFL Hall of Fame.

Abner Haynes and Leon A. King, the first African Americans to play football at a Texas University on September 1, 1956

Stadium: Apogee Stadium, capacity 31,000, opened 2011

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Liking the posts kw! Developed a soft spot for North Texas this year, watched quite a few games.

A few other undrafted Mean Greens:

Chiefs All Pro Guard Brian Waters (was a TE/DE in college).
Ravens LB Zach Orr.
Saints LB Craig Robertson.
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I developed a soft spot for north Texas when I saw a cup they were selling with their initials on that is not appropriate to post on NFLuk
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Going against the consensus opinion North Texas are one of the few G5 teams I actually hate, **** North Texas.
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Going against the consensus opinion North Texas are one of the few G5 teams I actually hate, **** North Texas.
Pretty random but I respect it.
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Day 20: Florida International Panthers



Location: Miami, Florida

Introduction: Started play in 2002, they spent 2 seasons as an FCS independent, before joining the FBS in 2004. They would play in the Sun Belt from 2004-2012, and Conference USA from 2013-present.

Why Panthers: Named for the Florida Panther, an endangered species native to the South of Florida. They were originally the Golden Panthers, due to the Gold in their uniforms, but the "Golden" was dropped at the start of the 2011 season.

Biggest achievement: 2010-2011, when under the leadership of Mario Cristobal, and an offence lead by their only 1,000 yard single season receiver in school history, TY Hilton, they put together back to back winning seasons (15-11), making 2 bowl games, and winning one (Little Caesars Bowl, 34-32 over Toledo). They also won their only conference championship in school history in 2010.

Biggest failure: Their remaining 11 seasons at the FBS level, where they have failed to field a winning team, with 3 seasons with 1 win or less (2006, 0, 2007, 1 and 2013, 1)

Rivals: Florida Atlantic (see day 15).

Head coach: The school started the 2016 season with Ron Turner as HC, having gone 10-26 over his 3 seasons in charge, they would start the season 0-4, and he would be fired after a heavy (53-14) defeat to a Central Florida team who won their first game over an FBS opponent since Dec 4, 2014.

Ron Cooper, would take over as interim HC, who would take them to their best CUSA record since joining the conference in 2013 (more specifically best conference record since firing Cristobal), at 4-4, FIU decided not to offer him the job full time, and he would leave for the position of DB coach at Texas A&M.

The school would instead hire 65 year old Butch Davis to a 5 year contract. The former Arkansas DE would start coaching as a DC at a high school in Arkansas, before working his way up to HC at Miami (FL) (51-20). He would then move to the Cleveland Browns, becoming the last Browns HC to take them to the playoffs in 2002, but as with most Browns HCs he would end up fired with a 24-35 record. He would become the North Carolina HC, where he was fired for an improper benefits scandal, with an on field record of 28-23, and an official record of 12-23.

Notable former players: Jonathan Cyprien, 2012 first team all Sun Belt, 2013 2nd round draft pick for the Jaguars, along with Tourek Williams the last year a player was drafted from FIU, most starts by a FIU player in the NFL with 60.

T.Y. Hilton, 2008 Sun Belt freshman of the year, 2 time first team All Sun Belt, 2010 Sun Belt player of the year, 3 time Pro Bowl, 2016 NFL receiving yards leader.

Stadium: FIU Stadium, "The Cage", capacity 20,000, opened 1995, last expanded 2012.

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Day 21: Southern Miss Golden Eagles



Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Introduction: Started play in 1912, would join division 1 as an independent, and would remain as an FBS independent post split, eventually going their first and only conference (CUSA) in 1996. They are the only school to have played in every season of Conference USA (UAB joined in the same year, but went on hiatus for a few years).

Biggest achievement: The 1988 season. Lead by QB Brett Favre, and HC Curley Hallman (who would go on to coach at LSU) the school achieved their first 10 win season, including an Independence Bowl win, beating Texas-El Paso 38-18. Their next season, also with Favre and Hallman would be a disappointing 5-6, however they would knock off #6 Florida State in the first game of the season.

1997, when they claimed their first solo conference championship at the FBS level, going 6-0 in conference play, they would go on to win the Liberty Bowl 41-7 over Pitt, to finish the season ranked #19, their only losses coming @Florida, @Alabama and @Tennessee.

They would top the 1997 season 2 years later, again going 9-3, again going 6-0 in conference, again winning the Liberty Bowl, only this time they would finish ranked 5 places higher at #14.

The 2011 season, their best season ever, lead by HC Larry Fedora (who is current North Carolina HC) and QB Austin Davis the team would finish with a 12-2 record, including a CUSA conference championship game win over undefeated #7 Houston (in a battle of future St. Louis Rams starting QBs) and a Hawaii Bowl win (24-17 over Nevada) to finish ranked #20.

Biggest failure: The 3 years post Davis and Fedora, during which they went 4-32, with one win in 25 games.

Rivals: Louisiana Tech "Rivalry in Dixie" First played in 1935, with the two schools in the same conference until 1972 they would face each other every year from 1946-1972. The two would part ways for separate conferences in 1973, and would only play 11 times from 1975-2009. In 2008 the two signed an agreement to play each other for 4 years. With the agreement over Louisiana Tech's conference, the WAC, would cease to sponsor football, and Tech would find refuge in CUSA, thus making the rivalry a conference rivalry once more.

Head coach: Jay Hopson, the former Ole Miss DB, got his start in coaching as a GA at Tulane, would eventually be named HC at Alcorn State in 2012, he would go 32-17. He was hired to replace Todd Monken (who had left to be OC at Tampa Bay) in 2016, going 7-6 in his first season, with a New Orleans Bowl win 28-21 over ULL.

Notable former players: Cameron Tom, OL, 2016 all CUSA, considered a potential day 3 selection by CBS.

Dylan Bradley, DL, 2016 all CUSA.

D’Nerius Antoine, DB, 2016 All CUSA.

Mike Thomas, WR and Kalan Reed, CB, 2016 draft picks (round 6 and 7 respectively).

Jamie Collins, last Southern Miss player to reach the Pro Bowl.

Brett Favre, would have all of his college records broken by Austin Davis, but would make the NFL Hall of Fame regardless.

Ray Guy, the school's only All American, the only punter in the pro football Hall of Fame, college football Hall of Fame. Gave his name to the Ray Guy award for college football's best punter.

Stadium: M. M. Roberts Stadium, "The Rock", opened 1932, last expanded 2008, 36,000 capacity.

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I hope this fascinating series hasn't been cancelled early due to Ratings issues.....
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I hope this fascinating series hasn't been cancelled early due to Ratings issues.....
NCAA imposed a temporary offseason ban on it due to improper conduct. I'm sure just like USC and Penn State it will be back.
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hey,
where have these gone, I was enjoying the education?!

Did Chris finally flip at all the forum issues/limitations and voice his opinions (which were not welcomed by the powers that be)?!

hopefully he will be back soon (with 1.5/2 teams a day)...
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