There is a debate which started a couple weeks ago when Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks, came out and said he thought the NBA D-league was a better option for some players, rather than having to go and spend at least one year in college. He feels getting into a “professional” environment would benefit those players more than being in the college atmosphere. But you could easily let those comments slide, because he is an NBA owner and has a vested interest in the success of the D-league. While on the other hand, SMU head coach Larry Brown is all in favor of keeping the kids in College until they are ready. It is true, there are players who have made the jump from High School to the NBA with little problem, but in reality, there are fewer players who could do it than the ones we watch today who are successful. Continue reading
Adidas just recently release their new “March into madness” uniforms for the upcoming NCAA post season tournament. One of the teams chosen to wear one of the new uniforms is the Baylor Bears, who have become the “Oregon” of the south with all their basketball uniform combinations. While there are a lot of fans out there who seem to love this “uniform idiocy”, I am not one of them, while there are some of these new combinations that look good, over all it is just a stupid money grab by the manufacturers and the schools.
SMU head coach Larry Brown has been named a Henry Iba National coach of the year finalist by the basketball writers association. He has stormed onto the hilltop and turned the Mustangs from pretenders into contenders. Under Larry Brown the Mustangs have gotten ranked for the first time since the 1984-85 season and are currently undefeated at home. While some people thought this was just a pre-retirement money grab from Brown, he has proven all of his naysayers wrong with this turn around. Not only has he gotten the Mustangs ranked for the first time in a long time, Brown has also led the Mustangs in victories over four ranked opponents for the first time since 1955-56. Continue reading
The SMU Mustangs have quickly become one of the hottest things in Dallas with their surprising play over the season and a few timely upsets to help catapult them into the media’s cross hairs. The Mustangs have now jumped into the AP top 25 for the first time in 30 years and have fans and media thinking this team could be on the verge of earning a spot into the NCAA tournament. For most fans this seems like a very quick turnaround under second year coach Larry Brown, but he has a track record of turning teams around sooner than expected. Thanks to Brown and his job, there is a new strain of “Moody Madness” going around. Continue reading
Now that Johnny Jones has left North Texas for his “dream job” at LSU. There is a lot of speculation and debate over who will be the next coach of the Mean Green men’s basketball program. While names can be thrown around and debated on endlessly, there is one simple fact that everyone can agree on. Johnny Jones left UNT’s program in far better shape than when he arrived back in 2001.
When Jones arrived the basketball program was in horrible shape, and it was the type of job a coach would take just to get some head coaching experience. But during his tenure, there started to be a revitalization of the program, and there was a beam of hope for success. Over the next 11 years Johnny Jones took the UNT men’s basketball program to unprecedented heights.
He had five consecutive seasons of 20 wins or more, took the Mean Green to two NCAA Tournament appearances and had UNT become a contender in the Sun Belt Conference. He even made it popular for local talent to give UNT a hard look and even brought in some great talent to make the turn around all that more spectacular.
The next head coach of the Mean Green will have a far easier job than Johnny Jones did and they will have an easier time getting fans into the “Super Pit” because of what Jones was able to accomplish. The UNT job is no longer a job that is taken just because; it is now a seen as a quality job and could be a great step up for the right assistant or small program head coach.
No matter whom the next head coach is, he will be able to do more than Jones did in his first few seasons, but at the same time he will now have more pressure to keep the program up to the standard it has been at and improve it. Now when UNT calls to inquire with a coach about the job, the coach will listen.
UNT fans and alumni should not hold any ill will towards Johnny Jones for moving on, they should be thankful he took the program from a wasteland to respectable in 11 years. Things are looking up for the Mean Green and Jones is the one to thank for that.