Brett Vito: A heavy dose of reality

The best part of posting a milestone season for North Texas over the last few months was carving out its own little section of the spotlight, at least by program standards.

Football: Mystery surrounds UNT opener

There is an aura of mystery surrounding North Texas’ season opener tonight. For the first time since 1998 someone other than Mack Brown will run the show on the Texas sideline at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

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Football: Changing sidelines

Darius Terrell began his college career with visions of dashing across the goal line on the turf of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin as the cheers of thousands of fans clad in burnt orange reverberated through the stands.

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Football: Gross misunderstanding

Byron Gross looked back from his spot on the turf at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and immediately thought North Texas was one step closer to arguably the biggest upset program history.

Women's volleyball: Mean Green seeks next level in Palileo’s second season

North Texas was in a transition phase at this time a year ago. Andrew Palileo had just taken over as UNT’s head coach and was in the process of installing his system and establishing the culture he says is a vital part of any team’s success.

Notebook: UNT defense to be tested by Texas

One of North Texas’ greatest assets a year ago was a defensive front that at times resembled a brick wall.

Football: Pegram ‘100 percent’ back

Reggie Pegram could sense that there was something wrong with his knee as soon as he hit the turf during a win over Southern Mississippi last season.

Women's soccer: Mean Green blanks Texas Southern in opener

Jackie Kerestine wasn’t asked to do much in her first live game action in almost a year. The North Texas goalkeeper joked after her team’s season-opening 3-0 win over Texas Southern on Friday that she was tired and “beat” on a night when she faced just one shot on goal.

Women's soccer: Kerestine, rest of Mean Green ‘excited’ she’s back

Jackie Kerestine felt completely out of place at times over the last year while firmly planted on the North Texas bench, her leg swollen and wrapped in a brace.

2014 College Football digital preview

College football is nearly upon us. The Dallas Morning News and Denton Record-Chronicle have teamed up to provide a digital-only college football primer, including all the highlights (and lowlights) of the offseason, bold predictions for the eight area schools, key storylines and, of course, final predictions.

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Football: Young UNT line out to be ‘the baddest’

Jarrian Roberts watched carefully during his first two seasons at North Texas, picking up the tricks of the trade from some of the better defensive players in recent Mean Green history.

Football: Mean Green QB battle enters second scrimmage

Andrew McNulty and Josh Greer have seen opportunities come and go during their competition to take over as North Texas’ starting quarterback.

Football: Lineman chooses UNT

R.D. Wegmann felt a little nervous during Wichita Falls’ annual Fan Fest on Thursday night, when he was scheduled to speak to a crowd of fans, parents and friends.

Thompson takes lead in compensation suit against NCAA

Derek Thompson, North Texas’ former starting quarterback, has agreed to be the lead plaintiff in a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that the NCAA and its member conferences have conspired to deny college athletes adequate compensation for their performances.

Football: UNT safety dashes toward reaching goal

The course of Matthew Dash’s football career has been anything but conventional. The safety has gone from the East Coast to the West Coast, made a stop in junior college and watched national signing day pass him by this year with no destination in sight.

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Football: McCarney says UNT closing in on decision time

Dan McCarney talked a whole lot about the questions North Texas faces at the Mean Green’s annual media day on Monday at Apogee Stadium.

Football: McNulty, Greer ‘top two’ after scrimmage

The hunt for a new starting quarterback has been the talk of the first week of North Texas fall practice, and rightly so.

Notebook: UNT eyes QBs entering scrimmage

UNT’s on-again, off-again rivalry with Texas-Arlington in men’s basketball is back on.

Football: Call to Fry now part of UNT preparations

North Texas began fall practice Monday talking a lot about change, just as it has since the end of a milestone season. Several of the standouts who helped lead the Mean Green to a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl were long since gone when UNT’s returning players sprinted onto the field at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility.

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.

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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.

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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.