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The Sunday leftovers: McCasland bringing ASU staff appears likely

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

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

It was a pretty quiet week at UNT due to the fact that  was spring break.

UNT will resume spring football practice in the morning.

There was some UNT related news on the basketball front today, when Arkansas State announced that it will introduce Louisville assistant Mike Balado as its new head coach on Monday. 

Balado will replace new UNT coach Grant McCasland at ASU. McCasland said he would bring his staff from ASU with him to Denton unless one of his assistants had a chance to be a head coach.

The obvious candidate is ASU associate head coach Ross Hodge. 

ASU could have elected to promote Hodge, but went in another direction. A source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday night that McCasland is all but certain to bring all of his ASU assistants with him to UNT now.

Hodge has a ton of contacts in Texas from his time as the head coach at both Midland and Paris junior colleges before stints as an assistant at Southern Miss and Colorado State.

In other news, the UNT tennis team lost 6-1 at home to No. 17 Kansas. Maria Kononova is ranked No. 82 nationally and picked up a 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 1 singles over No. 74 Anastasia Rychagova.

And finally, the UNT softball team was swept over the weekend by Florida International. The Mean Green lost the final game of the series, 1-0 today.

Stephanie Texeira hit an inside-the-park home run for FIU. Jessica Elder gave up one run on five hits in six innings and took the loss, despite pitching well.

UNT swept UTEP to open Conference USA play. The Mean Green fell into a tie with UAB for second place in C-USA's West Division with UAB after being swept. Louisiana Tech is 5-1 and leads the division.