Women's volleyball: UNT picked fourth in C-USA poll

The North Texas volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in Conference USA’s preseason coaches poll that was released Thursday, when two of UNT’s top players were named to the league’s preseason all-conference team.

Football: Dekaney tight end commits to Mean Green

The success North Texas enjoyed last season was the initial reason Kelvin Smith decided to consider continuing his football career with the Mean Green.

Football: New friend helps draw lineman to UNT

One of the ideas behind North Texas’ efforts to bring its top recruiting targets to Denton in June for a series of events was so that they could become familiar with the school, its coaches and current players long before national signing day.

Football: A little more jingle

Cyril Lemon learned the basics of personal finance long before he arrived at North Texas and developed into a standout offensive lineman.

Football: Top offensive line prospect from Converse commits to UNT

Coaches from across the region were in constant contact over the last few months with Converse Judson offensive lineman Abdul Beecham.

5K returns with TWU triathlon

Now in its eighth year, the Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon and 5-kilometer run has expanded its visibility as one of the most popular sprint triathlons in North Texas while aiding the TWU soccer team as a reliable fundraiser.

Football: UNT lights to shine tonight on top prospects

D’erren Wilson will make a short trip to Denton today for what is quickly becoming a big night each summer for North Texas.

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Women's basketball: Sanger grad Tidwell honored for third time by Austin College

When Larry Tidwell graduated from Sanger in 1971, the future was wide open for the multi-sport star. No one, including the young Tidwell, could predict what the next 40-plus years would bring.


Football: C-USA looks to boost scholarships

IRVING — Conference USA will move forward with plans to provide athletes with scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance, following the lead of the five major conferences in what commissioner Britton Banowsky described as a challenging time in college athletics during the league’s annual media day Wednesday.

Notebook: Leaders emerge for Mean Green ahead of season

IRVING — At this time a year ago, North Texas felt pretty secure when it came to a few aspects of its team. Linebacker Zach Orr, running back Brandin Byrd and wide receiver Brelan Chancellor all seemed to be locks to start. And while Derek Thompson didn’t nail down the starting quarterback job until right before the Mean Green’s season opener, he had two years of experience as a starter under his belt heading into his senior year.

Football: Williams grows into leader at OU

DALLAS — Oklahoma right tackle Daryl Williams stopped in front of his booth at Big 12 media days on Tuesday. The former Lake Dallas standout stood next to a tall sign bearing his name and a photo of the offensive lineman. Williams stood tall alongside the two-dimensional version of himself for a photo and was chided by his quarterback for not smiling wide enough.

Football: Heard ‘fine’ as race to back up Ash begins

DALLAS — Jerrod Heard etched his name in Texas high school football lore over the past two years as the quarterback at Guyer, leading the Wildcats to the first two state championships in the program’s brief history.

Football: UNT now looks to be in C-USA spotlight

When North Texas packed up and ventured down the road for its first appearance at Conference USA media day a year ago, it did so knowing that it would be something of an afterthought in its first season in the league.

Women's volleyball: Pioneers picked third in LSC poll

The TWU volleyball team, coming off consecutive 20-win seasons, has been picked third in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll released Tuesday.

Football: Gundy expects improved Walsh

DALLAS — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has made a habit out of keeping his quarterback situation a mystery heading into fall camp.

Football: Keller Central cornerback picks UNT

Taylor Robinson possessed all the information recruits typically have at their disposal when it comes time to select a college at which to continue their football careers.

Football: New rules, same atmosphere

Kevin Sparkman stakes out a spot near the gates at Apogee Stadium each Saturday during football season, searching for that little edge that might mean enjoying a better view at kickoff.

Football: Allen standout Wheeler commits to UNT

The thought of continuing his football career at the college level seemed like a distant goal for Cody Wheeler not too long ago.

UNT hopes to brew revenue

University of North Texas football fans will be able to buy beer in public sections of Apogee Stadium this fall for the first time, a move school officials believe will help grow athletics revenue and ticket sales.

Football: UNT lands four more TV dates

The 2014 season is quickly becoming a weekly television event for North Texas.


Football: UNT tapped to win West

The last time North Texas was in a situation like the one that arrived Wednesday, some of the members of its senior class were in the seventh grade. The 2005 season was set to begin in a few weeks and the Mean Green was a unanimous pick to win the Sun Belt Conference in the preseason coaches poll.

Football: Lemon, Y’Barbo make Lombardi watch list

Honors continued to roll in for members of North Texas’ offensive line Monday, when starting guards Cyril Lemon and Mason Y’Barbo were named to the watch list for the Lombardi Award.

Football: Lemon named to Outland watch list

Cyril Lemon, one of the anchors of North Texas’ offensive line, was named to the Outland Trophy watch list Thursday, the latest honor for a player who has been a model of consistency throughout his career.

Coaches’ salaries on rise at UNT

John Hedlund has witnessed the growth of North Texas athletics — not to mention played in a big part in it — during his tenure as the school’s soccer coach.

Football: Marcus standout commits to Mean Green

The more Cade Erwin learned about North Texas, the more convinced he became that the program is on the rise.

Senior leadership

Kelsey Hodges didn’t travel far to get to North Texas when it came time to start her college soccer career. A short drive across Denton from where she was a star at Guyer was all that was necessary.

Basketball: Tough first act

Success is often a product of timing in college athletics. There were plenty of instances in North Texas’ debut campaign in Conference USA when the school had perfect timing. UNT won its first bowl game in 11 years when it knocked off UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl behind a senior-laden team loaded with some of the top players in recent school history. UNT’s basketball teams weren’t as fortunate during the Mean Green’s first calendar year in Conference USA that officially wrapped up last Tuesday.

‘What we could be’

Images of a sea of green linger in Rick Villarreal’s memory from arguably the highlight moment of his 13-year tenure as North Texas’ athletic director. UNT emerged from its locker room at halftime of the Heart of Dallas Bowl, as Villarreal looked down the sideline at the Cotton Bowl and thought about the memorable games he attended over the years.

Football: Oklahoma cornerback commits to UNT

Ashton Preston felt good about the situation at North Texas from the moment he started considering signing with the Mean Green months ago.

Football: Ellis, Loving suspended

Two North Texas players who were charged Monday with theft in connection with an incident involving a pair of televisions at a Denton Walmart were suspended from the team indefinitely by coach Dan McCarney on Wednesday.

Two UNT football players charged with theft

Two members of the North Texas football team, including a projected starter, were charged with theft in connection with an incident involving a pair of televisions at a Denton Walmart on Monday and booked into Denton City Jail on Tuesday morning.

Men's basketball: Benford, new guard Reese met years ago

Long before he arrived at North Texas, Tony Benford spent a few days working with some of the top young players in the country at a summer camp run by John Lucas. Current Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon was there, as was Houston guard L.J. Rose, not to mention J-Mychal Reese, one of the most highly regarded players of the bunch.

Football: Guyer’s Thompson commits to Kansas

It didn’t take Guyer defensive lineman Carl Thompson long to make his college commitment official. A morning trip to Lawrence, Kansas, with his father ended with an evening trip back to Denton after the senior committed to Kansas on Thursday afternoon, choosing the Jayhawks over a list of 18 Football Bowl Subdivision offers from schools including Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Northwestern and Minnesota.

Men’s basketball: J'Mychal Reese to play at UNT

One of the top high school players in the state from a few years ago is planning to restart his college career at North Texas. J’Mychal Reese, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Bryan who played two seasons at Texas A&M before being dismissed for violations of team rules, announced via Twitter late Wednesday that he had found a new home.

Football: Guyer’s Wallace commits to Iowa State

Guyer safety Jordan Wallace has never met his famous second cousin. But on Monday morning, the senior-to-be committed to spend his collegiate career where Seneca Wallace starred as an Iowa State quarterback in the early 2000s.

Women's basketball: Guard with basketball DNA picks Mean Green

Basketball is a way of life for the Jolivette family. Brian Jolivette played for Louisiana-Lafayette and passed his love of the game on to his son, Blake, who played at American, and then to his daughter, Brooke. The 5-11 guard became the latest member of the family to excel at the high school level and secure a college scholarship Friday when she committed to North Texas.

Women's basketball: Pioneers add trio

TWU coach Beth Jillson has wrapped up recruiting for the 2014-15 season with the signing of three players announced Wednesday.

Former Guyer player reports being attacked in Stillwater

Former Guyer wide receiver and current Oklahoma State walk-on Cameron Hunter told police he was stabbed, robbed and abducted Monday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Derek Thompson to coach football, basketball at Denton

Derek Thompson knew that if he didn’t play football beyond his days at North Texas he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and coach on the high school level.

Football: DB to join cousin at UNT

Nate Brooks grew up playing football with his cousin Tee Goree in Carthage, throwing the ball around in their yards.

Football: DE from Canton commits to UNT

Sam Miller had a lot to consider before deciding where he would continue his career after his senior season at Canton this fall.

Baseball: Coach of the year

Tim Tadlock felt like he had reached a crossroads in his coaching career in 2005.

Baseball: They call me the fireman

Jonny Drozd found his spot on the Texas Tech roster by being able to do a little bit of everything as a versatile pitcher for second-year head coach Tim Tadlock.

Football: Williams on national award watch list

Former Lake Dallas standout and current Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams has been named to the College Football Performance Awards quarterback watch list for the upcoming season. The award is given to the top quarterback in the Football Championship Subdivision.

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Baseball: Pitchers’ go-to guy

Skip Johnson’s ability to teach people how to throw a baseball 60 feet, 6 inches has impacted where youngsters have gone to college, turned college pitchers into major-leaguers and helped turn professional pitchers into millionaires.

Football: Tyler John Tyler receiver commits to UNT

Tyler John Tyler's Rodney Bendy waited for weeks to meet North Texas coach Dan McCarney and make his commitment to play for the Mean Green official.

Track and field: Collins earns All-America honors

EUGENE, Ore. — North Texas senior Clinton Collins earned All-America honors in the men’s 400 meters on the opening day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Wednesday.

Track and field: Going for it

The late-night hours when Chastity Stewart settles into bed to try to sleep have been the toughest for her to deal with over the last month.

Track and field: Passing grade

Clinton Collins developed a reputation for being one of North Texas’ most determined competitors during his four years with the Mean Green.

Football: Back issues force DB Evans to end career

North Texas’ options for restocking the starting lineup of a defense that helped guide the Mean Green to a breakout season have dwindled slightly.