Sunday leftovers

North Texas ranked second among Conference USA schools in revenue in USA Today's annual report on college athletics.

It's Sunday night and time for the leftovers, that point of the week where we pick back through the events of the weekend, reheat the good stuff -- and some of the bad -- while putting it in perspective.

UNT opened fall football practice this week and wrapped up its first series of workouts today.

The Mean Green are off tomorrow.

We covered what transpired in the first couple of days, when head coach Seth Littrell and his players said they liked the enthusiasm and energy early on, athletic director Wren Baker gave an update on where the athletic department stands and the status of one key defensive end recruit was resolved when Kenneth Dotson reported.

The status of junior college product David Sow is still up in the air.

A couple of leftover thoughts on what has transpired in practice ...

-- Quarterback Austin Aune made  good impression over the first couple of practices. He's at the point where he really needs to make his move to secure the backup job and position himself for the battle for the starting job in 2020 after Mason Fine graduates. 

Aune is off to a good start.

-- It's still really early, but UNT appears to have helped itself in terms of rebuilding in its secondary. There are a lot of guys who look the part and have made plays early at a position of need.

Transfers Dominique Harrison and Nick Harvey both stood out the first two days, as did freshman DeShawn Gaddie.

-- UNT's kicking situation remains a concern. The program has been spoiled by having two really good kickers handle the job for the last five years.

And in other news and thoughts ...

-- UNT had a terrific turnout at its Mean Green Mania event. A few people mentioned to me that its the largest turnout for a summer stop to promote the school's athletic program that they could remember.

The only one I can remember that comes close is the coaches caravan at Park Place Lexus a couple of years ago.

And finally, a little basketball ...

-- We mentioned over the weekend that UNT will host Oklahoma in men's basketball on Dec. 5. That showdown will be one of the most highly anticipated home games for UNT in recent memory.

-- UNT also hosted a camp for top prospects and had a really solid group in, including Bishop Lynch point guard Imo Essien, Allen forward Mason Gibson, Duncanville forward Damon Nicholas, Waxahachie forward C.J. Noland, Mansfield Lake Ridge guard Jalen Lake and Mansfield small forward Shannon Lowery.

And those are just the players whose names were reported by PrepHoopsTX.

UNT has gone really heavy on junior college players and sprinkled in a transfer or two since Grant McCasland took over the program. The Mean Green are clearly looking to build relationships with some high school standouts to expand their approach.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

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