Women's basketball: Stingy D helps TWU come back for victory

Digging themselves a 10-point deficit, the TWU Pioneers didn’t have much going in their favor in the first quarter.TWU shot only 29 percent from the field in the opening frame, including 1-of-11 from 3-point...

Men’s basketball: UNT falters in second half, loses against UNI

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Bennett Koch scored 18 points, including going 8 of 10 at the free throw line, to help lead Northern Iowa to a 93-70 home win against North Texas on Monday night.Matt Bohannon...


Brett Vito: UNT brass cannot afford to make a mistake on upcoming coaching hire

The scene at Apogee Stadium on Saturday afternoon drove home one obvious point when it comes to the North Texas football program.

Basketball: UNT men face tough task against Northern Iowa

The journey to its first win against a Division I team this season is about to get a whole lot tougher for North Texas.


Miners dig UNT 1-11 hole

North Texas interim coach Mike Canales and his veteran players talked all week about washing away the bad taste in their mouths from a lost season.

Villarreal: Coach decision coming soon

North Texas is on the verge of announcing who will take over as its new head football coach.


Football: UNT defense shines in finale

The 2015 season will go down as one of the worst in North Texas history when it comes to defense.

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Football: Orr, UNT aim to go out on top

Austin Orr came up with the play of the year thus far for North Texas, swatting away an extra point and giving the Mean Green the boost it needed to post their lone win of the season.

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Four downs: Keys to today's game

Mean Green Gameday

UNT RB Jeffrey Wilson vs. UTEP LB Alvin Jones

Basketball: UNT falls to Arizona

What started out looking like it would be a second big win against a major conference opponent for North Texas this season quickly turned into something else entirely Friday afternoon.

Basketball: Guard Harris off UNT men’s team

DeAndre Harris is no longer a member of the North Texas men’s basketball program.


What went wrong

North Texas entered its fifth season under Dan McCarney a couple of months ago hoping to show that it was on the way back up. Only a year had passed since one of the greatest seasons in UNT history — a 9-4 campaign capped by a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Mean Green fell back to 4-8 a year ago, but an influx of junior college players and a renewed sense of urgency had UNT believing 2015 could be its bounce-back season.

Men's basketball: Mean Green drop third straight

What started out as a tough run through its home tournament this week, got worse – a whole lot worse – for North Texas on Wednesday night. The Mean Green lost their third straight in the Mean Green Challenge, a tournament UNT set up largely to help facilitate a good start to the season. Troy hammered UNT 86-74 in the Mean Green’s final game of the event, and that might not have been the worst part of what transpired for UNT.

Men’s basketball: UNT again fails to close in dropping game to Samford

The idea when North Texas set its schedule was to use the Mean Green Challenge as a launching point for a successful season. UNT is down to its last opportunity to reach that goal today in a game against Troy. After what transpired in a 74-72 loss to Samford on Tuesday, even a win over the Trojans might not be enough to wash away the bitter taste of two straight tight defeats.

Saygo takes over late as Pioneers raid ECU

ADA, Okla.— TWU junior guard Kenesha Saygo scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Pioneers to a 53-46 win at East Central on Tuesday.

TWU notebook: Pioneers ‘excited’ entering regional as higher seed

For the second time in the last three years and the fourth time in school history, the TWU volleyball team is headed into the postseason after claiming an at-large bid to the NCAA South Central Region tournament, scheduled for Dec. 3-5.


UNT notebook: UNT’s opponents adjust to Smith spark

The impact of the changes North Texas made offensively a few weeks ago were obvious — at least for a little while. The dual-threat ability of quarterback DaMarcus Smith provided a spark, UNT’s running game improved and the Mean Green rolled up 431 yards in a loss to Western Kentucky in their first game under interim coach Mike Canales.

Basketball: UNT loses lead late, can’t rally vs. Idaho

Idaho handed North Texas opportunity after opportunity to make the big play it needed to extend its season-opening winning streak on Monday night at the Super Pit.

Canales: It’s going to be tough to walk away

Mike Canales still has a few days left in his second stint as the interim coach at North Texas.

TWU nets at-large bid to NCAA tourney

After posting a 24-7 overall record, the TWU volleyball team was rewarded with an at-large bid to the 2015 NCAA South Central Regional Tournament. The Pioneers earned their fourth NCAA tournament berth (1996, 1997 and 2013) in program history and second under coach Shelly Barberee.

Brett Vito: UNT seniors deserve support in final game

Zac Whitfield left little doubt Saturday afternoon. The way the 2015 season has unfolded is not what he hoped for when he elected to come back for one final season at North Texas.The senior defensive back...

Basketball: TWU gives up late run, can’t muster comeback against CSU-Pueblo

As TWU and Colorado State-Pueblo sat tied at 31 after an offensively inefficient first half, it became apparent that whichever team could discover its offensive game would have the advantage in the closely...

Basketball: UNT men to host Idaho tonight

North Texas sailed through the easy part of its early-season schedule. Tonight, the Mean Green Challenge will start to live up to its name.UNT will host Idaho at 7:30 p.m. at the Super Pit in its third...

Daily News Journal

Football: Blue Raiders hand Mean Green 10th loss

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — North Texas interim coach Mike Canales never saw a season like the one North Texas has experienced coming. Neither did quarterback DaMarcus Smith or anyone else in the Mean Green locker room.

Football: UNT defense takes step back

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — James Gray could sense an increased confidence with the North Texas defense heading into a game Saturday at Middle Tennessee.

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Football: Stockstill outshines Smith

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Several teams in Conference USA are playing with new starting quarterbacks.

UNT/TWU roundup: UNT’s season ends in C-USA semifinals

SAN ANTONIO — The North Texas volleyball team fell to top seed Western Kentucky in the Conference USA tournament semifinals Saturday, ending the season with a 20-13 record.

Backups could help UNT run against MTSU

Garrett Gunter didn’t have a chance to get nervous last week during North Texas’ loss to Tennessee. The seldom-used offensive lineman was standing on the sideline until starting center Kaydon Kirby went down with a shoulder injury, helping turn the game into an all-hands-on-deck situation for the Mean Green that will continue today when they take on Middle Tennessee.

Rambelles oust TWU from tourney

STEPHENVILLE — TWU junior Mallory Kuechle recorded a double-double but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers fell to No. 25 Angelo State 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 26-24 on Friday in the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference tournament.

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Volleyball: Pioneers advance

STEPHENVILLE — Behind the strong play of Hillary Shaffer and Joey Redwine, the TWU Pioneers advanced to the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference tournament with a 25-14, 25-8, 25-16 win against Texas A&M-Commerce on Thursday.


Football: Effort pays off for former UNT walk-on Banogu

Michael Banogu seemed to be in an ideal spot a few years ago at Division II Arkansas Tech, where he carved out a role early and seemed destined for a starting job. And yet, the former Prosper standout couldn’t shake the feeling that he had sold himself short.

Women’s volleyball: Dillard named top player in C-USA

Carnae Dillard reached one of her goals for her senior season at North Texas on Wednesday, when she was named Conference USA’s player of the year for the second straight season. This weekend, one of the greatest athletes in UNT history will have a chance to reach even greater heights back in her hometown.

Women’s volleyball: TWU enters LSC tourney with memory of upset

Although the memory is from a year ago, it lingered in TWU coach Shelly Barberee’s consciousness this week as she prepared her Pioneers for today’s opening round of the Lone Star Conference tournament.

UNT notebook: Mitchell makes waves with win over OU

Jalie Mitchell’s phone kept ringing all day long Tuesday, as her peers from across the college basketball world checked in one by one.

TWU notebook: Pioneers flex depth in early victories

Nearly as big as last weekend’s two victories to open the basketball season for TWU, whom they beat also was important to the Pioneers.

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Football: Canales proud but still expects wins

North Texas pulled off a bit of surprise Saturday when the Mean Green stayed in their game with Tennessee for much of the day. UNT interim coach Mike Canales said after the game that the Mean Green could take a lot from their performance against the Volunteers. He reiterated that point Monday, with one caveat.

Men’s basketball: UNT corrals Steers

North Texas passed another test in its home schedule Monday at the Super Pit. The Mean Green hammered Texas College 110-61 to give UNT consecutive wins against NAIA opponents to start the season.

Mean Green women upset No. 17 Oklahoma 61-57

NORMAN, Okla. — Terra Ellison scored 15 points, and Kelsey Criner had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help North Texas upset No. 17 Oklahoma 61-57 on Monday night.

Brett Vito: UNT coach must rally, excite local fan base

There is a whole lot more to being a head football coach on the college level than Xs and Os, recruiting and sitting around — remote in hand — watching film.A lot of times, the job is also about being...

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Football: Vols handle UNT, 24-0

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Memories of the last time North Texas visited Neyland Stadium came flooding back for longtime Mean Green fans this week.

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UNT defense shows grit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — North Texas came up with one of its better defensive performances of the season Saturday at a time when few saw it coming.

Keep-away fails to produce points

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — North Texas spent a lot of time in the offseason talking about its plans to speed up its offense.

Pioneers improve to 2-0

WICHITA FALLS — TWU used a run late in the third quarter Saturday to capture a 56-41 win over Rogers State at the Ashbrook Classic hosted by Midwestern State.

UNT visits Vols with nothing to lose

There aren’t many people who believe North Texas has a chance to pull off what would be a stunning upset today at Tennessee. The Mean Green are a 41 1/2-point underdog for their 11 a.m. game against the Volunteers at Neyland Stadium — understandably so, with UNT sitting at 1-8 and headed east to play a Southeastern Conference team.

Tech ousts Mean Green from NCAAs

LUBBOCK — The Texas Tech Red Raiders made a first-half goal stand up in a 1-0 victory against the University of North Texas on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Division I tournament at the John Walker Soccer Complex on the campus of Texas Tech.

UNT men dominate Jarvis Christian

The North Texas men’s basketball team opened the season in style with a 112-82 victory against Jarvis Christian on Friday night at the Super Pit.

TWU opens season with victory over St. Mary's

WICHITA FALLS — TWU drained 26 free throws and shot 48.1 percent in the second half to capture a 77-72 win over St. Mary’s in its season opener at the Ashbrook Classic hosted by Midwestern State.

TWU closes regular season with sweep of Texas A&M-Commerce

COMMERCE — TWU closed its regular season with a 26-24, 25-22, 25-17 sweep of Texas A&M-Commerce.