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OPINION: New CUSA will look like old Sun Belt in future

OPINION: New CUSA will look like old Sun Belt in future

November 28
23:49 2012

Dave Carson / Intern

Some are excited about the move to Conference USA, but are we good enough to compete in a better conference?

Teams have been switching conferences so rapidly over the past few seasons that it seems like conference changes are never ending. The switches are primarily for football, too.

Just recently, CUSA members Tulane University and East Carolina University have said they are switching to the Big East starting in the 2014 season joining the already-departed Houston Cougars. Some of the high-ranking football schools are leaving before UNT can officially join.

Recently reported by ESPN, Florida Atlantic University and Middle Tennessee – current Sun Belt members – will also be joining CUSA, only in 2014. One of the main points of switching conferences was to play opponents closer to home. FAU and MTSU, along with FIU will still have the same distance problems that UNT had in the SBC.

The football season is over, and UNT finished with a disappointing 4-8 record in what some thought would be an above-.500 year. The thought of even obtaining a bowl bid was mentioned.

If we struggled against Sun Belt teams, how can we contend in Conference USA, where the conference usually sends three teams to a bowl games?

The most disappointing loss for the football team this year was against Troy, where the special teams missed three field goals from 27, 40, and 47 yards, which would have given the Mean Green a chance at a victory.

In watching this season we are trying to run an offense where the team leans heavily on the run.  For me, this is the type of football that I love to watch. The passing game, however, usually did not work and was predictable from sitting in the stands.

In CUSA, the top five teams average more than 310 yards passing per game compared to UNT’s 219 yards passing this season.

Giving credit where credit is due, the team did face two top-10 nationally ranked schools,  Louisiana State University and Kansas State University.  The team performed well, keeping the games close until the end of the fourth quarter.

Our team went out on Saturday and gave the best that it had, but lost its final game as members of the Sun Belt. The team does have talent, and they show it at times but will need to be more consistent in CUSA.

We leave the Sun Belt disappointed at not achieving the goal as champions in our last year here, but we’ll head to a bigger, more recognized conference next season.

After all, we are in Texas and football is king.  In the words of my last football coach, “Winning is not an art, it’s a state of mind.”

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