Lane Rawlins: Celebrate with UNT at Heart of Dallas Bowl

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The University of North Texas is the largest and most comprehensive public university in the thriving North Texas region. UNT’s progress in many ways mirrors the remarkable growth and prosperity of the region.

We are now the nation’s 24th largest university, and our rising standards and achievements are attracting attention across the nation.

In this sense, we really are the University “OF” North Texas. Essentially, we belong to the people here and exist to make this region and its communities and individuals stronger.

As part of that mission, we have committed to excellence in all that we do, including athletics. To that end, we built the first-of-its-kind green Apogee Stadium and hired new coaches.

In our first year in Conference USA, our successful football team is now bowl bound, playing the Rebels from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Congratulations to coach Dan McCarney and a team that features 12 players on Conference USA’s 2013 All-Conference football teams.

As an unexpected treat, we get to play this bowl in our own backyard in North Texas, and better yet, in the historic Cotton Bowl stadium. As expected with a home team in the bowl, ticket sales are booming, but there is still room for plenty more Mean Green fans in the Cotton Bowl.

I hope you will join me in celebrating this huge step forward for UNT by attending or watching the game. It will be a day of great football and plenty of fun.

Playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl is an exciting way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of football at UNT and our inaugural season in Conference USA. It’s also a great end to a winning season.

UNT wouldn’t be the university we are today without the support of Denton. Denton has been our home since we were founded in 1890, and UNT has remained rooted in this community even as our reach has expanded throughout the North Texas region, nation and the world.

We deeply appreciate the symbiotic and positive relationship we have with Denton and its people. It’s essential for our success.

We want you there at the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day to share the glory and to help celebrate a new era of greatness for UNT and Denton.

You can learn more about the bowl game celebrations, game day and ticket information at or you can call the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office at 940-565-2527.

I hope you have a happy, Mean Green holiday season and best wishes for a new year filled with greatness.

Go Mean Green!

LANE RAWLINS is the 15th president of the University of North Texas, the nation’s 24th largest university.

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