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.