Lack of offensive line depth concerns UNT coach

North Texas was expected to have a few key members of its offensive line returning when the Mean Green finished off their 2015 campaign.

Littrell playing numbers game

IRVING — Most coaches put the finishing touches on their recruiting classes about the time national signing day arrives in early February.

New AD expected to be chosen on Friday

North Texas is expected to have a new athletic director in place by Friday afternoon, when the school will usher in a new era in program history.

Mesquite Horn DT commits to UNT

Mesquite Horn defensive tackle Junius King was planning to hold off a bit longer before deciding where he would continue his football career in college.

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C-USA football media days kick off Monday in Irving

Irving will become the center of the Conference USA football universe for the next two days.

UNT paying $20,000 for evaluation

North Texas is paying a pair of Dallas-Fort Worth businessmen $20,000 to evaluate the school’s athletic program. Trip Kuehne and Michael Sicuro signed contracts with UNT on June 7 for $10,000 apiece. Their deals included nondisclosure agreements and stipulated that they report their findings to UNT President Neal Smatresk no later than Aug. 31.

UNT last in C-USA preseason media poll

North Texas will face a huge challenge in its first season under coach Seth Littrell. Just how big that challenge will be came into a little better focus Thursday, when Conference USA released its preseason media poll.

McClain named preseason All-C-USA

Kishawn McClain flew under the radar last season, despite being one of the most productive players in Conference USA. The North Texas safety racked up 110 tackles in 12 games and made play after play for the Mean Green.

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A time of transition

Longtime North Texas fan Tony Barone can’t help but feel nervous — and at the same time hopeful — about the future of the North Texas football program following the departure of Rick Villarreal this summer.

Bowlsby: Big 12 intent on ending sexual assaults

DALLAS — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that league members are committed to the difficult task of “eradicating sexual assault” on their campuses in the aftermath of a scandal at Baylor that has damaged the image of the conference.

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Ambivalence at Apogee: UNT’s attendance falters as hopes of success go unrealized

Steven King was among thousands of North Texas fans who banded together to help make the dream of a new football stadium at the school a reality five years ago.

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The race is on

Optimism about North Texas’ athletic program reached new heights on a warm summer afternoon in 2011 when the school announced a naming rights deal for its brand-new football stadium.

Rentfro leaving UNT line

North Texas’ already thin offensive line has taken another hit. Ryan Rentfro, a senior who was listed as UNT’s starting left guard on its post-spring two-deep depth chart, has decided to leave the program.

Basketball: League’s best to play UNT early on

The North Texas men’s basketball team won’t have to wait long to find out how it stacks up against the elite teams in Conference USA this season. UNT will face all four C-USA teams that finished with at least 23 wins a year ago in its first seven conference games this fall.

Belton tight end commits to UNT

Remington Lutz has all the tools to be a dynamic threat as a pass-catching tight end. The Belton standout jumped at the chance to develop them at the college level late Monday when he committed to North Texas.

Denton’s Polley changes commitment, now headed to Colorado instead of KU

Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.

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SMU’s Brown resigns

Larry Brown is leaving SMU after turning down a contract extension, ending a four-year run during which the Mustangs made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1993 and then were banned from postseason play last season.

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Basketball: UNT women finalize their nonconference slate for the 2016-17 season

The North Texas women’s basketball team will face Arizona and Indiana in addition to playing in the preseason Women’s NIT during the 2016-17 season.

Football: Linebacker to join UNT as a graduate transfer

North Texas is on the verge of adding one of the top junior college linebackers from the 2014 recruiting class to its roster.

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UNT coach learned value of work from family business

Seth Littrell forged his professional career on the football field, but his character sprang from a childhood hanging around his family’s car dealership in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

UNT swim coach Bray leaving for Nevada

North Texas swimming coach Brendon Bray is leaving the school to take over at Nevada.Bray resigned Thursday, talked to his team and later confirmed his departure to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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Coastal Carolina beats Arizona for national championship

OMAHA, Neb. — Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore often said he just wanted his team to reach the College World Series. Until this week, he never imagined the Chanticleers would do so much more: They’re heading back to Conway, South Carolina, with the school’s first national championship in any sport.

Boppana stepping down as Pioneer SID

In December 1990, Naveen Boppana was 16 years old when he and his mother had to make a tough decision to leave their home in India. They decided that if Boppana was going to pursue academia the United States was his best bet, so they moved in with his uncle in Albany, New York.

Littrell getting creative with UNT depth

Seth Littrell is known for being a creative guy when it comes to coordinating an offense. North Texas’ new head coach and his staff are having to show that same type of creativity when it comes to supplementing a depleted roster heading into his debut season.

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UNT leaders call for unity in athletic department

Trip Kuehne, a consultant hired by North Texas to evaluate the school’s athletic program, called for UNT’s fans and boosters to unite what he termed a divided fan base on Monday night.

UNT’s athletic programs to be scrutinized Monday night

A pair of consultants North Texas has hired to evaluate the school’s athletic program will meet with fans and boosters tonight.

Texas High QB commits to UNT

Cade Pearson was pretty sure where he wanted to continue his football career following a visit to North Texas earlier this month. The Texarkana Texas High quarterback made it official late Wednesday evening and committed to UNT.

Dickenson meets with AD search firm

North Texas acting athletic director Hank Dickenson spoke with representatives from Eastman & Beaudine Inc., the search firm helping the school find a replacement for Rick Villarreal, on Monday.

UNT on hook for $90K monthly for buyouts

The University of North Texas athletic department is paying $90,000 per month to buy out the contracts of three former athletic department employees, according to an analysis by the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Football: Illinois wideout Quinetin Jackson commits to UNT

North Texas went all the way to Illinois to land College of DuPage quarterback Devin O’Hara earlier this summer.

Football: UNT adds third player from same college

North Texas continued to load up on junior college players over the weekend, when cornerback Eric Jenkins committed to play for the Mean Green. Jenkins was a first-team All-Region IV selection at Los Angeles Valley College as a sophomore last season. He originally signed with Cincinnati but never enrolled at the school and ended up back on the recruiting market.

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Gauchos, ’Cats fly flag for West

OMAHA, Neb. — California-Santa Barbara and Arizona were best in the West. Thing is, the perception throughout college baseball is that the level of play was down in that part of the country this year.

UNT adds two more FCS foes

North Texas will host a pair of Football Championship Subdivision teams in consecutive seasons beginning in 2020, one from within the state and another located all the way across the country.

Texas Tech tops ECU in 13 innings to even series

LUBBOCK (AP) — Eric Gutierrez singled in two runs in the top of the 13th inning and Texas Tech beat East Carolina 3-1 on Saturday night to even the Lubbock Super Regional at a game apiece.

Former North Texas LB continues standing outside Valley Ranch, hoping for chance to play for Cowboys

IRVING -- For the last two weeks, Anthony Wallace has been standing outside Valley Ranch, hoping for another chance. Every morning, the former North Texas linebacker has been holding a cardboard sign that reads, "An opportunity is all I need. I promise you won't regret it."

Track and field: Comeback tale: UNT’s Stewart to compete in NCAA meet after fresh start

Rain fell steadily on an early summer afternoon late last week while Chastity Stewart cranked through a few tuneup sprints as the days before the NCAA outdoor track championships dwindled.

Football: Mean Green nabs five national broadcasts

Five North Texas games were selected for national broadcasts on Wednesday, when Conference USA released its preliminary television schedule.

Football: UNT adds lineman, end who got top offers

North Texas added yet another vital piece to its 2016 recruiting class at the last minute Wednesday, just hours after picking up a key 2017 recruit early.

Stewart qualifies for NCAA finals

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Senior Chastity Stewart broke her own school record and qualified for NCAA finals in the 400-meter hurdles Friday at the NCAA West preliminaries hosted by Kansas at Rock Chalk Park.

UNT employs seminar program on violence

Sujay Lama is at the third stop of his college coaching career and has a unique perspective when it comes to the issues that schools face in terms of sexual violence education for athletes.

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Wilcox fine-tunes his craft

Eddie Wilcox always had the tools to develop into a top-notch college high jumper. At 6-6, he certainly possesses the requisite height, not to mention the athletic ability.

C-USA announces television package

Conference USA announced Wednesday that it has reached partnerships with four networks as part of its new television package.

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UNT’s process to pick AD to take weeks

North Texas announced a decision that could affect the school for years on Monday, when athletic director Rick Villarreal stepped down after more than 15 years on the job.

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Coming to a close

Denny Kalk noticed his phone steadily lighting up Monday morning as friends with North Texas ties quickly began sharing messages and discussing the news that Rick Villarreal had stepped down.

Rick Villarreal set to end run at UNT

Rick Villarreal stepped down as the athletic director at the University of North Texas on Monday, ending his 15-year tenure at the school. Villarreal will stay in his role until June 20, when he will officially leave the school he led through a time growth in athletics. Villarreal has just less than two years remaining on his contract, which is set to expire on Feb. 28, 2018, and will receive a buyout. Terms of that buyout were unavailable.

Football: Another Arizona Western defender commits to UNT

Mylam Peters always had the talent to become a top college linebacker.

UNT backers wear green to meet coaches

North Texas coaches and officials traveled all over the Dallas-Fort Worth region over the past few days to talk a little about where their teams are headed.

Football: JUCO offensive lineman commits to UNT

One of North Texas’ biggest concerns following spring practice was its offensive line and how a unit in transition would adjust to playing in a spread system. The Mean Green have picked up a late commitment from the class of 2016 that could help with that adjustment in Jalen Thomas, an offensive tackle from Brooklyn’s ASA College.

UNT men finish 10th at regional

MARANA, Ariz. — The North Texas men’s golf season came to an end after the Mean Green finished 10th at the NCAA tournament’s Tucson Regional on Wednesday at Gallery Golf Club.

Golf: UNT men's golf fading down the stretch

MARANA, Ariz. — The North Texas men’s golf team continued to fade at the NCAA Tucson Regional on Tuesday at Gallery Golf Club.