Brett Vito: North Texas’ fight keeping team going

Giving up would have been the easy thing for North Texas to do heading into its home finale on Saturday against Florida International.

Men’s basketball: Iona takes down UNT at home

North Texas coach Tony Benford spent a lot of time with a remote control in his hands over the past few days, watching tape and trying to devise a way to slow down a player he believes is among the best guards in the country.

Women’s Basketball: North Texas women fall short in overtime

The high hopes the North Texas women’s basketball team had of getting off to a good start during a season-opening homestand officially came to an end on Sunday.

Football: Skladany’s UNT defense fuels 17-14 win

Dan McCarney paused and his voice cracked Saturday night as the emotion welled up inside while he spoke about a relationship that has helped shape his career, and his life. John Skladany has been McCarney’s defensive coordinator and right-hand man for 13 years.

Notebook: Akunne reaches milestones

Derek Akunne was easy to overlook early in his career at North Texas if one wasn’t paying attention. The senior linebacker spent most of his career playing next to Zach Orr.

Football: Seniors complete Apogee legacy

One of Dan McCarney’s top priorities when he took over at North Texas before the 2011 season was to build a winning tradition at Apogee Stadium.

Women’s basketball: Bronchos buck off Pioneers

Holding a six-point lead at halftime Saturday, TWU looked to be replicating Friday’s hot start against St. Mary’s. After yielding a 15-2 Cental Oklahoma run to start the second half, the Pioneers found themselves in a completely different contest.

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Football: Youngsters poised to replace UNT seniors

Senior day typically is a time to say goodbye in college football. That will certainly be the case this afternoon when North Texas faces Florida International at Apogee Stadium.Players who have long served...

Volleyball: UNT tops Eagles at tourney

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Conference USA tournament host Southern Mississippi snapped the North Texas volleyball team’s 18-set win streak, but the Mean Green grinded out a 25-17, 25-19, 12-25, 25-21 quarterfinal victory over the Golden Eagles on Friday.

Women's basketball: TWU holds off late rally by St. Mary's

TWU built a 28-point lead and held off a late rally to knock off No. 25 St. Mary’s in the Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere.

Women’s basketball: UMass tops UNT

A friendly early schedule provided North Texas plenty of opportunities to pick up an early win and get off to a good start in its third season under Mike Petersen. Those opportunities are quickly getting away from the Mean Green.

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Volleyball: ‘Always be strong’

Camille Cherry keeps the reminders of one of the great influences in her life tucked away where she can find them in the toughest moments. Some are handwritten sticky notes carefully placed in her apartment.

Women’s basketball: Mean Green host UMass in home tourney

The first two games of the North Texas women’s basketball season couldn’t have turned out worse when it comes to the bottom line. The Mean Green lost to Houston and Northern Colorado in home games that were tight in the late stages.

Football: Coppell’s 6-10 tackle commits to Mean Green

Jordan Murray grew tired of what became a routine occurrence when college coaches stopped by practice at Coppell over the last year.

Men’s basketball: Pressure suits Armani

Armani Flannigan spent a lot of time over the last few months in the gym, parked in the same spot and hoisting shot after shot.

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Football: UNT chapter of Dunhams’ father-son journey coming to end

George Dunham hasn’t found himself at a loss for words often during his tenure as the voice of the Mean Green. The North Texas graduate has called bowl wins, basketball buzzer-beaters and tough losses and always had something to say — right up until he looked down from the press box at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2012 and saw one of the Mean Green’s players leveled by a vicious hit.

UNT notebook: C-USA names Dillard MVP

Carnae Dillard has always excelled as an offensive player for the North Texas volleyball team.

UNT notebook: UNT playing for seniors, Apogee record

Seeing its hopes of playing in a second straight bowl game end last week caused North Texas in some ways to shift its focus and approach heading into its final two games of the season.

TWU notebook: Pioneers had shot against top-10 foe

Opening the basketball season with a split of two weekend games might not be an obvious success, but the two games showed TWU coach Beth Jillson two important qualities about her team.

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Football: UTEP takes down North Texas in late-night match

EL PASO — North Texas dreams of a repeat bowl appearance ended not long after the sun set on the Sun Bowl late Saturday night. The Mean Green came into their encore season, following a nine-win campaign highlighted by a Heart of Dallas Bowl win, talking of building on the momentum they established with just the third bowl win in program history.

Brett Vito: Reality bites UNT after seventh loss

A hope hatched nearly a year ago now, as North Texas celebrated arguably the finest moment in the history of its football program that a new era had dawned for the Mean Green.

Basketball: UNT men, women seek game two wins

The last time North Texas faced Nicholls State, it turned out to be a pretty good day for the Mean Green. Tonight, UNT will look for a similar result to the 77-3 blowout win it posted in football in the second game of UNT’s men’s basketball season at the Super Pit.

Football: UTEP overpowers Mean Green

EL PASO — North Texas’ dreams of a repeat bowl appearance are over. The Mean Green came into their encore season following a nine-win campaign highlighted by a Heart of Dallas Bowl win talking of building on the momentum they established with just the third bowl win in program history.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers improve to 1-1

WICHITA FALLS — TWU opened Saturday’s game on an 18-0 run and never looked back as it cruised to a 79-47 win over Adams State at Midwestern State’s Archbrook Classic.

Women’s volleyball: Mean Green clinch No. 3 seed

Seniors led the way Saturday as North Texas made quick work of UTEP and won 25-21, 25-18, 25-14. With the victory, the Mean Green clinched the No. 3 seed in next week’s Conference USA tournament.

Football: Orr-mentored Scott starting to thrive

Fred Scott wasn’t officially a newcomer when he made his debut as North Texas’ starting middle linebacker in the Mean Green’s season opener against Texas. Scott had been on the field before for UNT. He just wasn’t out there in many key spots while backing up Zach Orr, one of the Mean Green’s best players in recent years.

Men’s basketball: Mean Green top Weevils in opener

North Texas withstood some early hot shooting by Arkansas-Monticello and freshman Jeremy Combs nearly recorded a double-double in his first game as the Mean Green won their season opener 84-62 on Friday.

Women’s basketball: UNT falls to Houston in opener

Missed opportunities and unlucky bounces all worked against the North Texas women’s basketball team in their season opener against Houston on Friday night, and despite all of it, the Mean Green had their chances to win the game. But they came up short, losing a turnover-filled game 46-42 at the Super Pit.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers fall to No. 7 Hornets

WICHITA FALLS — TWU hung tough with No. 7 Emporia State early but suffered a 76-61 loss in its season opener Friday at Midwestern State’s Archbrook Classic.

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Men’s basketball: Mean Green look to get back to winning ways

When Tony Benford arrived at North Texas in the spring of 2012, he was met with sky-high expectations of NCAA tournament bids and conference titles. That was part of the deal.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers open today

If the 2014-15 TWU basketball roster is a jigsaw puzzle, it would appear all the pieces are on the table. Beginning tonight it becomes a matter of whether they can be put together.

Volleyball: Aggies end TWU’s season in five sets

CANYON — The TWU volleyball team suffered a 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 22-25, 15-13 loss to Cameron in the Lone Star Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

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Football: UNT’s Jones leads the defense after life-altering surgery

James Jones experienced stomach aches on a regular basis for more than a year by the time North Texas was preparing for spring practice back in February. At the time, the senior cornerback didn’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about what he thought was just a part of life for him, like having poor eyesight or bad circulation is for others.

Men’s basketball: North Texas signs two

Tony Benford vowed when he took over at North Texas to build the Mean Green’s program with home-grown Texas talent. Benford took another step toward that goal on Wednesday when he signed two top in-state prospects on the opening day of the early signing period.

Women's basketball: North Texas women gear up for new season

Candice Adams couldn’t help but wonder at times as she sat on North Texas’ bench last season if her basketball career had some kind of lingering curse hanging over it.

UNT notebook: UNT seeks repeat of last season against UTEP

There weren’t many teams last season in Conference USA that had much success when it came to slowing down UTEP’s Aaron Jones.

TWU notebook: Pioneers return to LSC tournament

During volleyball coach Shelly Barberee’s 12 years at TWU, the Pioneers advancing to the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament has become a common occurrence. She’d like to see advancing to the NCAA regionals become an autumn habit as well.

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Football: Win brought UNT’s hopes back to life

Dan McCarney thought back to his days as an assistant coach this week while trying to put into perspective what North Texas’ slump-busting win over Florida Atlantic last week meant to his team.

Men's basketball: Mean Green pull away in OT to narrowly beat OCU

North Texas was on the verge of hitting a low it hadn’t seen in well over a decade when Jordan Williams pulled the Mean Green together in the closing moments of its exhibition game against Oklahoma City on Monday night.

Brett Vito: It might be too early to bury UNT

Dan McCarney knows what a lot of North Texas fans were thinking heading into the Mean Green’s game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday. UNT’s coach isn’t a mind reader. He didn’t ask a whole lot of people what they thought.

Soccer: UNT falls in C-USA soccer final

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The North Texas soccer team lost to Rice, 2-0, in the Conference USA championship final after giving up an early goal and losing two key starters in the first half on Sunday afternoon.

Men’s basketball: New faces prepare for exhibition match

North Texas brought in a host of newcomers in the hopes that they could help the Mean Green take another step forward in coach Tony Benford’s third season guiding the program. UNT will have an opportunity to see how some of those players will mesh with the Mean Green’s veterans tonight in a 7 p.m. exhibition game against Oklahoma City at the Super Pit.

Football: UNT tops Owls, ends skid

Dan McCarney examined all of the options at his disposal to bring North Texas out of a late-season funk heading into its game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Notebook: Jimmerson rushes into top 20

North Texas running back Antoinne Jimmerson didn’t need long to move into an exclusive club in program history in the Mean Green’s game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday at Apogee Stadium.

Football: UNT defense clamps down

North Texas emerged from a tough series of games in fine fashion on Saturday, when the Mean Green hammered Florida Atlantic 31-10 at Apogee Stadium.

Women’s volleyball: Zias top Pioneers in regular-season finale

PORTALES, N.M. — Four Pioneers recorded double-digit kills Saturday but it wasn’t enough as TWU lost 17-25, 27-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 at Eastern New Mexico in their regular-season finale.

Football: Apogee could see first losing record

No matter how good or how bad times have gotten in Dan McCarney’s four seasons at North Texas, one constant has remained. The Mean Green are pretty hard to beat at Apogee Stadium.

Soccer: UNT advances to C-USA tourney final

CHARLOTTE — The North Texas soccer team advanced to the Conference USA tournament final for the second straight year with a 1-0 victory over Middle Tennessee on Friday night at Transamerica Field.

Volleyball: West Texas A&M sweeps TWU

CANYON — TWU suffered a 26-24, 25-22, 25-12 defeat at No. 23 West Texas A&M. The loss snapped Pioneers’ eight-match winning streak.