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Maybe he should have given the alumni the headsets….

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Football: UNT assistant confronts fan at half

08:25 AM CST on Monday, November 7, 2005

By Brett Vito / Staff Writer

North Texas athletic director Rick Villarreal and head coach Darrell Dickey said they will look into a confrontation between offensive coordinator Ramon Flanigan and a fan during halftime of the Mean Green?s game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday at Fouts Field.

Ramon Flanigan
A few of the Mean Green?s coaches were walking from the press box to the field at halftime when UNT alumnus Bill Covert said he yelled toward UNT staffers that they were being out-coached.

Covert said one of the assistants turned around, walked into the row that he was seated in and asked him to repeat his comment. Covert repeated the comment after the assistant returned to the stairs leading to the field.

Covert said the coach turned back toward him, but was restrained by other members of the staff. The coaches then walked to the field.

Covert couldn?t identify the coach, but fellow UNT alumnus Paul Clark said Flanigan was the assistant who came into the stands. Clark was seated in the same row of seats as Covert.

Clark said Flanigan didn?t shove or make contact with any fans. Covert said he was not sure if Flanigan made contact with any other fans, but he did not touch him.

Dickey said he didn?t see the confrontation.

Covert said he has not decided if he will file a complaint with the police over the incident.

?Ramon regrets the situation,? Villarreal said. ?He took the time to call after the game to say he made a mistake.?

Flanigan declined to comment.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870. His e-mail address is [email protected] .
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Thomas: 50-50 chance to play against FAU

12:33 AM CST on Thursday, November 10, 2005

By BRETT VITO / Denton Record-Chronicle

DENTON ? UNT running back Jamario Thomas has a 50 percent chance of playing against Florida Atlantic on Saturday in Miami, coach Darrell Dickey said Wednesday.

Thomas has battled hamstring problems throughout the season and aggravated the injury in the Mean Green's loss to Louisiana-Lafayette last week. Thomas won the 2004 national rushing title with an average of 180.1 yards per game, but is posting just 45.1 yards a game this year.

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I have a good feeling about this game…UNT coaches getting into it with fans, the season they've had, a two-week break for us to get healthy, Thomas hurting. Let's stuff it down their throats and completely knock UNT off their SBC pedestal they've been on for a couple of years. They're teetering, they just need a nice shove.
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