UNT’s buildings and football field served as backdrop for the 1991
football comedy film Necessary Roughness. The University was
compensated $65,000 for use of its facilities. In the movie, the
fictional Texas State Armadillos follow a string of successful seasons
with a host of NCAA violations. The plot was inspired by “Ponygate,” the
massive football scandal that forced Southern Methodist University to
cancel their 1987 and 1988 seasons. The film stars Scott Bakula, Jason
Bateman, Kathy Ireland, Robert Loggia, and Sinbad.