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Football: ‘Relentless’ Polk leads line

Chad Polk has come to expect looks of disbelief and snickers from opposing offensive linemen he faces on Saturdays.

Women's basketball: Peterson leaves basketball program

Janis Peterson, a senior guard who was among North Texas’ top offensive players last season, has left the program to return to California. Peterson was UNT’s third-leading scorer in the 2013-14 campaign, when she averaged 8.6 points a game.

Football: Finding the right fit at QB

Dajon Williams spent a whole lot of time positioned directly behind North Texas’ huddle in practice over the past few months. Injuries and off-the-field issues kept the redshirt freshman out of the lineup and without a whole lot to do. UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales made sure that time didn’t go to waste.

UNT notebook: McCarney not letting UNT overlook Nicholls

Dan McCarney has issued a series of warnings to his team this week about the dangers of overlooking an opponent.

TWU notebook: Diaz gives spark to Pioneers

Natalia Diaz is doing for the TWU soccer team exactly what coaches hope transfers can do for their program — make a seamless and immediate impact.

Volleyball: Pioneers win thriller against Tarleton State

STEPHENVILLE — Four Pioneers recorded seven kills or more, led by Jaqueline Santos with 12, in a thrilling 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 15-9 volleyball win Tuesday at Tarleton State.


Football: Pass the Dajon

Talent has never been a problem for Dajon Williams. North Texas coach Dan McCarney knows his young quarterback possesses plenty. The question was whether or not the redshirt freshman would capitalize on the college level. The Mean Green are about to find out.

Basketball: Two-sport standout commits to UNT

Ja’Michael Brown ranked among the rarest of high school athletes up until a few weeks ago.Brown wasn’t just a major college prospect in one sport.

Soccer: Mean Green respond after loss

HOUSTON — The Mean Green soccer team bounced back from an overtime loss on Friday with a 2-0 road victory against Houston Baptist on Sunday afternoon.

Soccer: Early goals lead TWU to 4-0 win over Harding

SEARCY, Ark. — The TWU soccer team scored two goals in the first 23 minutes and never looked back, taking a 4-0 road win at Harding Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Pioneers improved to 2-1 on the season. Sophomore Natalia Diaz scored two goals for TWU while seniors Erin Bolinger and Candice Davies recorded a goal and an assist each.

Football: Confident in the clutch

A long day of kicking was coming to a close for Trevor Moore in the summer of 2013 when longtime mentor Jamie Kohl asked him to come through one final time.

Roundup: TWU splits pair in Commerce

UNT teams place in top five

Brett Vito: Time is now to examine Williams as option

The stands were mostly empty late Thursday night, after thousands of North Texas students filed out of Apogee Stadium, when something a little odd transpired. UNT started to move the ball. The Mean Green’s dependable running game got on track and the two longest passing plays of UNT’s season came in a span of eight plays, raising a fundamental question that UNT absolutely has to answer as soon as possible: Is Dajon Williams the answer?

Soccer: Sooners nip Mean Green in OT

North Texas gave up one corner kick in the second half against No. 15 Oklahoma, and it came back to haunt the Mean Green. The Sooners defeated North Texas 2-1 in overtime Friday after the Mean Green gave up the tying goal off a corner kick with 30 seconds left in regulation.

Volleyball: TWU falls to Arkansas-Fort Smith in Classic

COMMERCE — Despite outstanding play from sophomore Mallory Kuechle, with 15 kills, and senior Jaquline Santos, with 14 kills, TWU fell in four sets to Arkansas-Fort Smith at the Texas A&M-Commerce tournament.

Volleyball: North Texas defeats Abilene Christian

North Texas recovered from a slow start to defeat Abilene Christian 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-11 in the first match of the Mean Green Classic, a rematch of last weekend’s three-set sweep of the Wildcats.

Football: Tech rips UNT in C-USA opener

North Texas coach Dan McCarney warned the Mean Green heading into their game against Louisiana Tech that the feelings accompanying the outcome of their Conference USA opener would linger. UNT would be in first place or last place for a month after an early league game.

Notebook: Williams provides bright spot late in loss

Dajon Williams has offered glimpses of the talent that has made him an intriguing prospect throughout his short time at North Texas.


Football: Pegram says ‘This is a big game for us’

Considering all that North Texas accomplished last year, there isn’t much the Mean Green look back on with regret. UNT won nine games and knocked off UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl while capitalizing on just about every opportunity that came its way in a breakout season.

UNT notebook: North Texas to play weeknight game against La. Tech

There is just something about the bright lights of Tuesday night — or Thursday night, for that matter — that bring out the best in North Texas. Weekday nights might not sound like best of times for college football, but there are definite advantages, ones the Mean Green will look to capitalize on this week in their Conference USA opener against Louisiana Tech on Thursday at Apogee Stadium.

TWU notebook: Pioneers starts strong

As the start of seasons go, the four-game opening weekend turned in by the TWU volleyball team was about as close to perfect as one can get.

Volleyball: TWU falls short in loss at No. 25 Angelo State

SAN ANGELO — TWU opened its 2014 Lone Star Conference schedule Tuesday night and came out on the short end of a 3-1 road loss at No. 25 Angelo State. The Pioneers fell, 20-25, 15-25, 25-19, and 19-25,...

Schilleci out for one game after arrest

North Texas backup safety John Schilleci was suspended for the Mean Green’s game against Louisiana Tech on Thursday after he was arrested over the weekend.Schilleci was booked by UNT police on Sunday on...

Football: Apogee atmosphere helps Mean Green land CB

Jerbrell Lipscomb had a good feeling about the opportunities North Texas had to offer long before visiting the school over the weekend.

Brett Vito: No denying it now — a rivalry is born

The beauty of a college football rivalry — or any other rivalry for that matter — is that every win and every loss means just a little more.

Soccer: Mean Green win in another shutout

With two evenly matched teams, it was going to come down to a great goal, and that’s what happened. Midway through the second half, junior midfielder Molly Grisham one-timed a ball just outside the 18-yard box into the upper right-hand corner of the goal to give the North Texas soccer team a 1-0 victory against Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Football: McCarney, Mean Green ready for meeting with SMU

One of the first orders of business for Dan McCarney when he took over as North Texas coach before the 2011 season was finding a way to win at home, a task he described as one of the first steps to building a championship team. UNT has reached that goal after years of floundering on its home field and will look to build on that run of success this morning when it opens its home schedule with an 11 a.m. game against rival SMU.

Volleyball: TWU opens with a two-game sweep

CANYON — The TWU volleyball team opened the 2014 season with two wins at the BritKare Lady Buff Classic in Canyon on Friday. The Pioneers captured a five-set win against Regis, 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 17-25, and 15-10, before sweeping New Mexico Highlands, 25-20, 25-20, and 25-19.

Soccer: UNT beats ACU 3-1

The North Texas soccer team came out shooting, and the result was a 3-1 victory for the Mean Green against Abilene Christian on Friday night at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.


Football: UNT’s Wade begins fresh journey

Sheldon Wade was coasting down the road in his hometown of Knoxville five years ago, chatting with his mother in the car, when a thought crossed his mind that seemed a little strange at the time.

Soccer: TWU soccer falls at No. 24 Fort Lewis in season opener

DURANGO, Colo. — The TWU soccer team hung tough against the host No. 24 Fort Lewis for 71 minutes before falling, 2-1, in the 2014 season opener at Fort Lewis Women’s Soccer Classic on Thursday afternoon..

Volleyball: Pioneers seek new leadership

Although TWU’s Shelly Barberee has been around for 12 years, don’t think for a moment that the Pioneers’ volleyball coach is set in her ways and finds it difficult to adapt to her team’s new personnel each season.

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Football: Renewing a lost rivalry

Most college football players construct a legacy slowly, play by play, game by game over the course of seasons and years.

Notebook: UNT offensive linemen aim for better performance

Over the course of his college career, North Texas tackle Antonio Johnson has faced a host of elite teams and defensive linemen.

Soccer: TWU gears up for another soccer season

Starting with the number of players on the Pioneers’ 2014 roster, Texas Woman’s University’s soccer program appears to already be in much better shape than one year ago.

Football: Mean Green QB situation up in the air

North Texas has arrived back where it started spring practice a few months ago, with an open competition to find a starting quarterback. Navarro College transfer Josh Greer struggled in his first start for the Mean Green on Saturday in a 38-7 loss to Texas and was eventually pulled in favor of backup Andrew McNulty, who didn’t fare any better.

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.


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.