When North Texas was in the Sun Belt, they fired Todd Dodge at the same time the Cajuns ditched Bustle and A-State booted Steve Roberts. Just four years earlier, the Mean Green had replaced Darrell Dickey, who owned the early Sun Belt, with Texas high school legend Todd Dodge. And it had blown up in their faces like an end zone grenade celebration.
Dodge never won more than 3 games in any of his four seasons, and he was a big part of the 8 game win streak with which the Indians slash Red Wolves ended that conference series. Starting in 2005, A-State ripped off 8 straight wins on 3 different coaches hailing from Denton, Texas and wearing green. The streak started that day A-State clinched the New Orleans Bowl that Hurricane Katrina so rudely moved to enemy territory in Lafayette. The very same day that A-State legend Tyrell Johnson reigned over that football field like few other defensive players not named Bill Bergey have ever dominated a football game, as he collected a NCAA record 20 solo tackles (25 total) to will his Indians to a conference championship and a bowl berth. But I digress . . .
Four years ago, the still somewhat cocky Mean Greenies of the message board realm were absolutely convinced that of the three coaches hired in the Sun Belt that winter, their P5 retread Dan McCarney was unquestionably superior to no-name Hugh Freeze and a D-2 small-ponder named Mark Hudspeth. Since then, A-State and Louisiana have combined for 8 bowls, while UNT has ridden their great coach, beautiful new stadium, significantly bigger budget, top media market, and CUSA status to exactly one winning season and one bowl game. And now, looking up from the bottom of the CUSA, with all their potential, those same folks are left wondering just who the hell they are and what their place in the college football universe is.
If you are inclined to partake in schadenfreude, this GoMeanGreen.com thread is for you.