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OPINION: Timeout with T.O.: Fans must represent in spotlight

OPINION: Timeout with T.O.: Fans must represent in spotlight

October 09
23:42 2012

Tyler Owens / Senior Staff Writer

Next Tuesday, Apogee Stadium will open its doors for the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and a national TV audience, as the game is set to be televised on ESPN2.

Though the football team insists that it is treating the game no differently than any other, for the university it is much more than just another conference game.

Tuesday’s game is an opportunity for the Mean Green to show what the University of North Texas is all about and how far the football program has come since a few years ago when they were one of the worst teams in the NCAA.

Earlier this year, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, fellow Sun Belt Conference member, played on national television when the Baylor Bears went to Louisiana. The town had 31,175 fans pack the stadium for the largest attendance in school history.

UNT has the same opportunity to fill the stands in front of a national audience.

As Athletic Director Rick Villarreal told incoming students throughout the summer, it will be a chance to showcase other important aspects of the university. UNT can publicize its top-ranked environmental philosophy program, highly regarded music and jazz studies programs, and engineering program, which is one of the fastest growing in the nation.

This will be the first time that a game will be televised from Apogee Stadium and is the first time since a 2005 loss at the hands of the Troy Trojans that the Mean Green will be nationally televised in Denton.

The ULL team that the Mean Green will be hosting will be no easy opponent. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference games this season and are 4-1 overall, with their only loss in week three on the road against Oklahoma State.

UNT’s second conference victory may not be an easy task, but it certainly can be done, especially with the help of the Mean Green fans.

That means after class, students need to come to Apogee Stadium, scream their heads off, heckle the Ragin’ Cajuns’ sideline and get a chance to be seen on national TV.

Alumni and Dentonites need to set aside whatever is on their weekday evening schedules, set their DVR to record the Tuesday night lineup, let the kids stay up late and come out to cheer on UNT.

By being on cable, not only will the team get national exposure, it’ll provide potential recruits the opportunity to see how Mean Green Nation fills the stands to support.

Going to the games can only help the team in the future.

Kickoff will take place at 8 p.m. at Apogee Stadium. Come be a part of the Mean Green ESPN2 experience.

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