Dallas Colleges: North Texas Eagles

Keeping fans in loop varies at schools

February, 3, 2010
It's interesting how signing day approaches are varying at SMU, TCU and North Texas.

SMU, clearly wanting to generate excitement is being as transparent as possible, providing information on each signee as their binding contracts roll out of the fax machine. Coach June Jones is on Twitter and the school is providing constant updates on its website.

At North Texas, a live chat is ongoing with various coaches.

At TCU, secrecy reigns. A check of their website makes no mention of signing day. Gary Patterson isn't on Twitter and the school is providing no updates on signees. In fact, a request for an update on players who signed on the dotted line was denied. All will be revealed later this afternoon at a press conference. TCU is expecting a nice haul today, so not sure why they don't give their fans (and let's not kid ourselves, as great as the football program has been, it doesn't exactly fill up Amon G. Carter Stadium every Saturday) something to gaze at today.

North Texas will start Nathan Tune today against Troy today (2:30 p.m., FCS), according to a UNT official. Riley Dodge is still recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in last week's game.

North Texas quarterback Riley Dodge is still listed as day-to-day with a high right ankle sprain suffered in last Saturday's game against Florida Atlantic. X-rays were negative.

If Dodge can't go Saturday against Troy, junior Nathan Tune will again be on the field. Tune was 13-for-17 for 129 yards and a TD as he played nearly three quarters in North Texas' loss last Saturday. He also stepped in when Dodge separated his shoulder against Ohio earlier in the season.

No matter who is the quarterback, one goal on offense will be to continue the Mean Green's improved play on third down. UNT converted 50 percent (8-of-16) of its third downs two weeks ago against Louisiana-Lafayette and converted 60 percent (6-of-10) against Florida Atlantic.