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The starting LG exiting spring, Ryan Rentfro no longer at North Texas

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Like North Carolina before them, North Texas has seen the interior of its offensive line take a hit three weeks before the start of summer camp, albeit for an entirely different reason.

According to the Denton Chronicle, a UNT official confirmed that Ryan Rentfro has elected to leave the Mean Green football program.  No reason was given for the lineman’s abrupt and wholly unexpected departure.

It’s unclear if Rentfro has decided to give up football or will transfer to another football program.

Exiting the spring, the 6-4, 314-pound Rentfro was listed as the starter at left guard on the Mean Green’s depth chart.

The past two seasons, Rentfro, who would’ve been a fifth-year senior in 2016, played in a total of 14 games.  He played eight games last season, mainly at left tackle.

Rentfro’s main claim to fame during his time in Denton, though, may have been a Twitter rant in September of last year, in which the lineman, following an 0-3 start, blasted UNT “fans” tearing down th program.

While Rentfro subsequently deleted the tweet, its missive has been saved for posterity:

It’s absolutely pathetic how people who call themselves UNT ‘fans’ cheer their hearts out during the good times and the moment one thing goes south or one player messes up they jump ship and say absolutely horrible things about the player or coach.

“Why tear them down? … We work ourselves ’til our bodies are literally falling apart, 12 months out of the year for 12 guaranteed games. When something happens we feel bad enough ourselves.

Michigan, Ohio State as co-B1G favorites among Bovada conference title odds

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You know how I know we’re getting closer to the start of the 2016 season?  I look at the calendar, of course.  Well, that and another batch of odds being released by a Las Vegas book. has once again served as the releaser, with the oddsmaker releasing its conference championship odds.   Last year’s title game participants, Alabama and Clemson, are solidly(ish) favored to win the SEC and ACC, respectively, while a College Football Playoff semifinalist, Oklahoma, is set as the overwhelming favorite to claim the Big 12.

One of the more interesting set of odds comes from another Power Five conference.

In the Big Ten East, two-time defending division winner Ohio State is listed as a 1/1 favorite, slightly ahead of rival Michigan at 5/4.  That’s for the division championship; when it comes to the overall conference championship, Bovada has the Buckeyes and Wolverines listed as co-favorites at 7/4.  Those numbers are well ahead of the next B1G squad, 2015 CFP semifinalist Michigan State (7/1), with all of those odds for the conference further illustrating how little is thought of the B1G West.

Below are the complete set of conference championship odds, again courtesy of

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the AAC Championship
Houston 1/1
South Florida 7/2
Cincinnati 11/2
Temple 15/2
Memphis 11/1
Navy 11/1
UConn 20/1
East Carolina 33/1
Tulsa 33/1
SMU 75/1
Central Florida 100/1
Tulane 200/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the ACC Atlantic Division
Clemson 10/11
Florida State 5/4
Louisville 6/1
NC State 14/1
Boston College 40/1
Syracuse 50/1
Wake Forest 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the ACC Coastal Division
Miami 3/2
Pittsburgh 3/1
Virginia Tech 3/1
North Carolina 17/4
Georgia Tech 10/1
Duke 20/1
Virginia 40/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the ACC Championship
Clemson 3/2
Florida State 9/4
Miami 9/1
Louisville 10/1
North Carolina 10/1
Pittsburgh 14/1
Virginia Tech 14/1
Georgia Tech 16/1
NC State 20/1
Duke 40/1
Syracuse 75/1
Virginia 75/1
Wake Forest 75/1
Boston College 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Big Ten East Division
Ohio State 1/1
Michigan 5/4
Michigan State 6/1
Penn State 101
Indiana 33/1
Maryland 33/1
Rutgers 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Big Ten West Division
Iowa 1/1
Nebraska 2/1
Wisconsin 4/1
Northwestern 9/1
Minnesota 14/1
Illinois 25/1
Purdue 33/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Big Ten Championship
Michigan 7/4
Ohio State 7/4
Michigan State 7/1
Iowa 9/1
Nebraska 9/1
Wisconsin 14/1
Penn State 18/1
Northwestern 33/1
Minnesota 40/1
Illinois 50/1
Indiana 50/1
Maryland 50/1
Purdue 100/1
Rutgers 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma 2/3
Oklahoma State 5/1
TCU 5/1
Baylor 8/1
Texas 17/2
West Virginia 12/1
Kansas State 33/1
Texas Tech 33/1
Iowa State 100/1
Kansas 250/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Conference USA Championship
Southern Miss 9/4
Marshall 11/4
Western Kentucky 7/2
Middle Tennessee 5/1
Louisiana Tech 6/1
FAU 16/1
Rice 20/1
UTEP 25/1
FIU 33/1
Charlotte 100/1
North Texas 100/1
UTSA 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the MAC Conference Championship
Western Michigan 5/2
Northern Illinois 11/2
Toledo 11/2
Bowling Green 13/2
Akron 15/2
Central Michigan 15/2
Ohio 15/2
Buffalo 14/1
Kent State 14/1
Miami (Ohio) 18/1
Ball State 40/1
Eastern Michigan 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Mountain West Conference Championship Game
Boise State 5/4
San Diego State 11/4
San Jose State 10/1
Air Force 15/2
Utah State 10/1
Colorado State 12/1
Nevada 12/1
New Mexico 18/1
Fresno State 33/1
UNLV 33/1
Hawaii 50/1
Wyoming 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Pac 12 North Division
Stanford 8/5
Washington 7/4
Oregon 3/1
Washington State 13/2
California 10/1
Oregon State 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Pac 12 South Division
UCLA 7/5
USC 7/4
Utah 5/1
Arizona State 13/2
Arizona 15/2
Colorado 20/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the Pac 12 Championship Game
Stanford 3/1
UCLA 7/2
Washington 4/1
Oregon 11/2
USC 11/2
Utah 12/1
Washington State 14/1
Arizona 20/1
Arizona State 20/1
California 22/1
Colorado 50/1
Oregon State 50/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the SEC East Division
Tennessee 4/5
Georgia 2/1
Florida 9/2
Missouri 16/1
Kentucky 25/1
South Carolina 25/1
Vanderbilt 25/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the SEC West Division
Alabama 4/5
LSU 9/4
Auburn 7/1
Ole Miss 12/1
Arkansas 14/1
Texas A&M 14/1
Mississippi State 20/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to win the SEC Championship
Alabama 7/4
LSU 7/2
Tennessee 7/2
Georgia 9/1
Ole Miss 10/1
Texas A&M 16/1
Auburn 18/1
Florida 18/1
Arkansas 20/1
Kentucky 50/1
Missouri 50/1
Mississippi State 50/1
South Carolina 66/1
Vanderbilt 100/1

NCAA Football 2016 Season – Odds to Win the Sun Belt Championship
Appalachian State 9/4
Arkansas State 9/4
Georgia Southern 5/2
UL Lafayette 8/1
Troy 10/1
Georgia State 14/1
Idaho 25/1
South Alabama 25/1
New Mexico State 33/1
UL Monroe 40/1
Texas State 100/1

North Texas adds Eastern Kentucky graduate transfer

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North Texas has added graduate transfer D’Vonta Derricott out of Eastern Kentucky, Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle reported Saturday.

Derricott needs to finish one more class to enroll at UNT.

Rated the No. 1 junior college inside linebacker by 247Sports in the class of 2014, Derriott signed with Kansas State out of Garden City Community College but washed out and landed at Eastern Kentucky. He started the season as the Colonels’ middle linebacker and finished the year with 29 tackles, one sack, one interception, four pass breakups, five passes defended and four quarterback hits in nine appearances and three starts.

“I thought going back up into an higher conference would help me showcase my talent and my leadership,” Derricott told the paper. “EKU is an great school and I learned a lot there.”

New North Texas coach Seth Littrell has gone heavy on talented but risky players in his bid to turn around a program that finished 2015 at 1-11 and ranked 117th nationally in yards per play allowed.

And if you’re taking risks on defenders, nabbing a player that had the talent to play at Kansas State out of junior college is a set of dice you have to roll.

“My role will be to be a leader and come in and make plays,” Derricott said. “[I will] help my teammates as a whole to bring back the winning tradition to UNT.”

As revenues rise in Power 5, C-USA sees revenue in freefall

HUNTINGTON, WV - DECEMBER 06: Rakeem Cato #12 of the Marshall Thundering Herd and head coach Doc Holliday celebrate defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 26-23 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium after the Conference USA championship game on December 6, 2014 in Huntington, West Virginia.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Power 5 conferences have never been richer. That doesn’t mean business is easy for everyone in college sports, though.

According to a report from Harry Minium of the Virginian-Pilot, Conference USA is in line to receive $2.8 million — total — from its 2016-17 television contracts. Keep in mind Texas will earn more than $40 million on its own next year, with the entirety of the Big Ten and SEC soon to follow.

Conference USA received $9.95 million in fees from CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports this year and another $6.15 million in exit fees from schools leaving for the American Athletic Conference, but each of those revenue streams is set to dry by the fall.

Due to incredibly unfortunate timing, C-USA had to return to the negotiating table at a time sports networks are in between the bubble of the cable explosion and whatever comes next in the digital world. The result is C-USA returns to ESPN and its fire hose of much-needed exposure, but at a substantially reduced rate. The league will also be found on CBS Sports Network, beIN Sports and the American Sports Network.

“Right now, the television market is horrible,” C-USA commissioner Judy McLeod said. “The pool of money that’s there is going to the big guys.”

According to Minium, C-USA’s $200,000 per school media rights distribution ranks ninth in FBS, trailing each of the Power 5 schools along with the AAC ($2 million per), the Mountain West ($1.7 million) and the MAC ($670,000) but ahead of the Sun Belt ($100,000).

UNT’s Calvin Minor popped for pot possession

IOWA CITY, IA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Runningback Derrick Mitchell #32 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is chased down in the second half by defensive back Kishawn McClain #23 and linebacker Calvin Minor #3 of the North Texas Mean Green on September 26, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Somehow it seems appropriate that a team nicknamed the “Mean Green” is involved in a story centered around weed.

The latest college football player to run afoul of the law is Calvin Minor, the North Texas linebacker who, the Denton Chronicle is reporting, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.  Minor’s legal issues were triggered by a traffic stop stemming from the player running a stop sign.

The arresting officer smelled marijuana in the vehicle upon approaching it, and Minor acknowledged that there was some illegal herb inside.

“I am aware of the arrest of one of our football players, Calvin Minor, earlier today,” first-year head coach Seth Littrell said in a statement. “I have not had the opportunity to talk with Calvin yet and I’m still in the process of collecting information. I take these matters very seriously and will handle the situation appropriately when all the details become available.”

The past two seasons, Minor has started five games for the Mean Green, including two last seasons.  In nine games last season, Minor was credited with 22 tackles, including two for loss, and a sack.