DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnet
Today, we begin a preview of college football around the DFW. And it begins with North Texas, where everything about their program is new. New stadium, new uniforms, and a new coach hoping to start new winning traditions at UNT. New Coach Dan McCarney comes from Iowa State, and he is putting his plans and his handprint on this football program. When a new coach arrives to a program the one thing he does is assess the talent he acquired. There is some talent on this UNT team. Derek Thompson, sophmore QB, will get the nod to start. Tyler Stradford is a good playmaking wide receiver who will get most of the passes thrown his way. And Lance Dunbar is looked to chrun out yards on the ground. He was the Mean Green’s leading rusher, and the 8th leading rusher in the country. Defense, linebacker Jeremy Phillips is one of 7 starters on defense returning to the team. Philips was the leading tackler on the North Texas defense.
Coach McCarney has some players in the key positions to work with. And with one of the early season’s games in Alabama facing the Crimson Tide, and the Houston Coogars to usher in the new stadium the early part of Mean Green season will be a challenge.
For the second straight season, we will have our eyes on the Texas Rangers going for another American League pennant. For the first time, all 5 Rangers starting pitchers have more than 10 wins this season. That is a very sterling feat for a team that has a history of uncertancy with pitching. Except that this year, it has been better. But the question still remains. Who will be the ace? Who will be the pitcher to pitch a key game that could mean a lot. C. J. Wilson might be the one stepping up to the plate and being the leader. He eats up innings, with puts the bullpen in good position for Netaly Felize. And Felize should be comfortable in this pennant chase being a raw rookie. And if the Rangers get back to the world series, he should thrive instead of melting down last year. No Cliff Lee, no problem for the Rangers. They are gunning for the bigger game, and a World Series return to finish the job.