UNT needs fight to start winning

Dan McCarney attributes the success North Texas has enjoyed during the high points of his tenure as coach to a simple philosophy. “When we built this program, we tried to establish a DNA of being unselfish, being physical, outhitting our opponent, not making excuses and fighting for our brothers,” McCarney said. “I am seeing some of that, but not enough.”

Holden lifts UNT past 49ers in OT

CHARLOTTE — For the second straight game, Rachel Holden came up with the clutch goal. The junior forward scored in the 94th minute to lift North Texas to a 1-0 overtime victory against Charlotte on Friday.

TWU extends win streak, defeats Texas A&M-Commerce

TWU extended its winning streak to six with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-21 sweep over visiting Texas A&M-Commerce. TWU’s Hillary Shaffer led the match with 11 kills, Sara Oxford added nine and Mallory Kuechle chipped in with eight. Oxford led the Pioneers with a .562 hitting percentage, while Shaffer hit .400. Joey Redwine had a match-high 24 assists, while Makayla Mayfield was the leader in digs (12) and aces (five).

TWU falls to West Texas A&M 1-0

CANYON — TWU dropped a tough decision at West Texas A&M. The teams traded shots through the first 35 minutes. The Lady Buffs scored in the 37th minute when Karyn Forbes scored her second goal of the season. She found the far post on an assist by Ashlee Craig.

UNT knocks off Louisiana Tech in four sets

RUSTON, La. — The North Texas volleyball team was able to fight off a surging Louisiana Tech squad on Friday night, eventually downing the Lady Techsters in four sets, 25-17, 25-20, 17-25, 27-25.

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Football: Thompson starts after ‘wild ride’

Micah Thompson was a few weeks into his career with the North Texas football team when Dan McCarney delivered what seemed like life-altering news.

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Inspired effort

Each morning started the same way for Kishawn McClain from the time he was 7 years old until he left home to join the University of North Texas football team about a decade later.

TWU drops St. Mary’s with sweep

Six games into conference play, the TWU Pioneers find themselves atop the Lone Star Conference with a 5-1 record, so when Heartland Conference’s St. Mary’s arrived at Kitty Magee Arena on Wednesday, they brought with them a different style of play the Pioneers hadn’t seen too often.

UNT notebook: North Texas opens as underdog to FCS Portland State

North Texas is paying a hefty price for what was supposed to be an easy homecoming win this weekend.

TWU notebook: Pioneers gain momentum off stellar upset victory

Throughout the first half of the 2015 season, TWU volleyball coach Shelly Barberee has watched the team chemistry of her Pioneers evolve both on and off the court.

Football: McCarney says UNT’s sticking with McNulty

North Texas’ experiment with rotating quarterbacks appears to have come to an end after just one week. Andrew McNulty made his fourth straight start in the Mean Green’s game against Southern Miss on Saturday, when DaMarcus Smith also played meaningful series for the first time in his UNT career.

Basketball: Bryan standout commits to UNT

A.J. Lawson remembers looking up to J-Mychal Reese when he was about to embark on his high school career a few years ago.

Brett Vito: UNT has long road ahead

The last time North Texas ventured to M.M. Roberts Stadium, the Mean Green walked away with a win that served notice that they might be a factor in Conference USA.

UNT scores late to down FIU

For the second game in a row, the North Texas soccer team came up with a late second-half goal to take a 1-0 victory against FIU on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.


UNT drops to 0-4 with 49-14 loss to Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — North Texas has tried pushing the pace and spreading the field in the hope of jump-starting its stagnant offense in the first three weeks of the season.

Football: Mullens shines against Mean Green

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — North Texas knew heading into its game against Southern Mississippi that Nick Mullens could pose some problems for its defense.


Wilson provides positive in loss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — North Texas coach Dan McCarney has said since the beginning of last season that sooner or later, Jeffrey Wilson would become a huge weapon for the Mean Green’s offense.

Volleyball: TWU takes down undefeated Aggies

LAWTON, Okla. — TWU handed host Cameron its first loss 25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20 Saturday at Aggie Gym.

UNT tasked with turnaround on road

North Texas has put itself in a remarkably difficult situation through the first three weeks of its season. UNT not only has lost all three of its games, it’s also dropped its opener in Conference USA play. The Mean Green can’t afford many more setbacks heading into a game today against Southern Mississippi on the road, where UNT has struggled mightily against the last two seasons.

Haggerty scores late to life Mean Green

All the evidence pointed to overtime with time winding down and North Texas and Florida Atlantic tied at 1. Amber Haggerty did not want another tie. In the 85th minute, the senior forward delivered with the game-winning goal to give the Mean Green a 2-1 victory against the Owls on Friday night at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

TWU sweeps Midwestern State on the road

WICHITA FALLS — TWU defeated Midwestern State 25-15, 25-17, 25-20 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. TWU posted a .285 hitting percentage, recording 42 kills on 123 attempts with seven errors. The Pioneers had seven team blocks and five service aces.


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Football: Davis key vs. Southern Miss

There have been times early in his North Texas career when it would have been easy for Chad Davis to feel a little down about his situation.

Soccer: Pioneers forge tie with first-place Lions

Heading into TWU’s third Lone Star Conference game, Pioneers coach Babak Abouzar knew first-place Texas A&M-Commerce was going to bring a direct, physical style of play.

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Football: Ryan grad Laws makes most of chance at Abilene Christian

Dakota Laws says the day will come when he’s not getting scolded by his coaches at Abilene Christian. It may not be tomorrow or this season, but Laws, who is starting for ACU as a true freshman, knows it will happen.

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Football: After leaving Oregon, Wallace becomes a UNT leader

Anthony Wallace charged straight through the middle of Iowa’s offensive line Saturday and arrived just in time — meeting a ball skittering across the turf at Kinnick Stadium.


UNT notebook: McCarney: Adversity uniting Mean Green

North Texas is quickly getting to the point where it will try just about anything to jump-start its season.

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TWU notebook: Purdy makes most of chance with ball

Being in the right place at the right time — coupled with a little luck — got TWU senior Maddy Purdy into the Pioneers’ soccer record book and a memory that should last a long time.

Football: McNulty slated to start against Southern Mississippi

Dan McCarney vowed to stay the course when it comes to North Texas’ quarterback situation — at least when it comes to who is slated to start for the Mean Green heading into practice in advance of Saturday’s game at Southern Mississippi.

Brett Vito: Time has arrived to give Smith a shot to spark UNT

North Texas already was well on its way to its third straight loss to open the season late Saturday night when the Mean Green inserted one of its most intriguing recruits of the last cycle into a blowout loss to Iowa.

UTSA sweeps UNT

SAN ANTONIO — The North Texas volleyball team fell in three sets to the UTSA Roadrunners on Sunday, 25-18, 25-15, 25-16, closing out a four-day road swing that spanned across the state of Texas.

TWU can’t find the net in loss to Angelo State

The TWU soccer team fell to vising No. 7 Angelo State, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at TWU Soccer Field. The Pioneers dropped to 5-3-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in the Lone Star Conference.


Iowa crushes UNT 62-16 in homecoming for team leaders

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Memories came flooding back for Andrew McNulty the moment he stepped onto the turf Kinnick Stadium.

Wilson proves solid in season debut

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Being back out on a football field was a sweet feeling for North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson on Saturday.

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UNT defense remains shaky

IOWA CITY, Iowa — North Texas knew the transition to a new defensive scheme after losing some key players from last season’s team wouldn’t be an easy one.

Volleyball: Pioneers sweep visiting ECU

TWU defeated visiting East Central 25-7, 25-13, 25-18 on Saturday afternoon in a nonconference match.

UNT seeks reversal in tough road game

North Texas has traveled to play some of the storied teams in college football over the past decade, including Alabama, LSU and Kansas State. Outside of a win at Ball State in 2009, the results since 2001 have never been what the Mean Green had hoped in those nonconference road games. UNT is 1-37 in those games in that span and has lost 12 straight.


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Cole kills it on offense in TWU victory

TWU sophomore right-side hitter Briley Cole posted a career high in kills Friday to help the Pioneers sweep visiting Texas A&M-Kingsville 25-20, 25-16, 25-18.

UNT, Marshall battle to 0-0 deadlock

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Five days after losing in double overtime to No. 5 Texas A&M, North Texas found itself going the distance again. The Mean Green opened its Conference USA season against Marshall, and neither team was able to find the back of the net through 110 minutes of play.

TWU opens LSC play with 2-1 win over Midwestern

TWU started its Lone Star Conference schedule fast, scoring in the first minute in beating visiting Midwestern State, 2-1.


Football: Young LB garnering respect

Only a few hours had passed after Brandon Garner backed out of a commitment to Purdue when a new opportunity arose in the summer of 2013.


Football: Protege to face mentor when former Guyer QBs clash

For the past seven years, J.W. Walsh has marveled at what Jerrod Heard can do on a football field. But for the first time in their relationship, which goes all the way back to Walsh going to watch Heard play middle school games for Harpool, Walsh will be hoping he doesn’t see Heard at his best.

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Football: Hawkeye homecoming

A few of Hayden Fry’s former Iowa players went to him with an idea not too long ago. Fry built a reputation during his legendary career for developing the next generation of head coaches, including North Texas’ Dan McCarney and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz.

Volleyball: Tarleton star too strong for Pioneers

Tuesday’s Lone Star Conference showdown against Tarleton State was all about TexAnns sophomore outside hitter Hailey Roberts and TWU’s inability to control its passes off the Tarleton serve.


Notebook: UNT stresses positives

Dan McCarney reminded his team this week of some positives following a tough loss to Rice in the Mean Green’s home opener.

TWU notebook: Barberee beats Lady Buffs after 13 years

TWU’s three-set sweep of West Texas A&M on Saturday in Canyon was way more than a mere Lone Star Conference road victory. It was, in fact, historic.

Football: UNT looking for new faces on defense to mesh

North Texas knew it had some rebuilding to do defensively heading into its fifth season under coach Dan McCarney.