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Around the Dog Park: Major Applewhite Got a Raw Deal from UH

Also which schools benefited/suffered the most due to their 2016 schedules?

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Around the Dog Park is our daily round up of G5 football news around the internet. Feel free to submit any news we may have missed in the comments section.

General G5 Football

  • Marshall and Navy were among the top teams that suffered setbacks due to an increase in strength of schedule.
  • On the flipside, Idaho and UTSA were able to make it to bowl games for the first time in ages (or ever) by taking advantage of an easier than usual schedule.


  • There’s no way around this one— Major Applewhite got fleeced in his first head coaching contract. It’s going to be hard for Applewhite to ever leave Houston if he so chooses. This is one of the most aggressive coaching contracts I’ve ever seen.
  • A major key in Applewhite’s future success or failure is finding the right man to replace Greg Ward Jr. The Cougars will have Kyle Allen and Kyle Postma battle it out this spring to see who gets the first starting snaps in the fall. Don’t sleep on Postma.
  • The debate around Temple’s on-campus stadium’s future rages on. We took a balanced look at the pros and cons surrounding the economics and logistics of the deal.

Conference USA

  • UTSA made a major splash after hiring former Alabama and Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis. This hire gives UTSA two former national recruiters of the year on staff.
  • Sean Kugler is finally on Twitter. I’m surprised UTEP let him hold out this long. Give him a follow at @CoachSeanKugler.
  • Kudos to new WKU head coach Mike Sanford for making all 14 spring practices for the Hilltoppers open to the public. A lot of taxpayer money goes into these programs so it’s a nice service when fans can enjoy the team year round.

Sun Belt

  • Georgia Southern has scheduled a 2019 meeting with the Maine Black Bears. The Eagles are 3-0 against the Black Bears after defeating them three times in the FCS playoffs.
  • Idaho has one last FBS season remaining. We took a look at their final FBS out-of-conference schedule.
  • The Winston-Salem Journal ran a great profile piece on App State running back Terrence Upshaw.