With fall camp behind them and the start of the first game week ahead, the North Texas football team gathered Thursday evening for an address by a surprise guest speaker - New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton.
Payton's visit and speech was the main event of Champions Day, which was introduced last year by Mean Green head coach Dan McCarney to celebrate the end of training camp and the start of football season. A year ago, the speaker was former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson.
Payton, who still lives in the north Texas area from his days as a Cowboys assistant coach, spoke to the team in the club level of Apogee Stadium. It was Payton's first trip to Apogee and he came away impressed, but not half as impressed as the assembled players were by the Super-Bowl champion coach.
Preparations for the season opener of the 2012-13 season resumed Friday morning.