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Don January Golf Classic news and notes

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

The Don January Golf Classic, one of the great traditions in North Texas athletics, took place on a rainy day in Dallas-Fort Worth beginning this morning.

UNT had about 250 golfers participate in the 27th edition of the event at Trophy Club Country Club. Athletic department officials said was the best turnout in a decade. 

Hall of Famer C. Dan Smith and former UNT quarterbacks Derek Thompson and Nathan Tune were on hand. Hall of Fame wide receiver Johnny Quinn played as well.

UNT coach Seth Littell and new men's basketball coach Grant McCasland were on hand, as were several assistant coaches. Adam Boedeker, one of our high school writers at the DRC, also played. I'm not a golfer, but came by at the end of the day.

Unfortunately, it rained throughout the day. The teams got through about nine holes before having to call it a day.

There were a few tidbits to come out of the event, beginning with this bit of news ...

The UNT coaches caravan schedule is out. Park Place Lexus is back as a stop. 

UNT's coaches will appear at Audacity Brew House when the caravan stops in Denton. UNT has scheduled one stop at Apogee.

And in other notes and tidbits ...

-- UNT's football coaches are about to hit the road to continue recruiting players in the Class of  2018. And don't forget, the Mean Green still have a scholarship open in the Class of 2017.

-- McCasland has been busy remaking the Mean Green's roster in men's basketball. UNT still has some moves to make before its team is set for his first season.

And finally, here's a fun fact I never knew. Quinn and UNT offensive coordinator Graham Harrell roomed together when they were in the Canadian League.