North Texas head coach Dan McCarney surveyed his seniors not long after it became apparent that the Mean Green would play in a bowl game for the first time since 2004 to see where they hoped to end up.
The Heart of Dallas Bowl and the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are the likely destinations for North Texas in the wake of Rice’s win over Marshall in the Conference USA title game, an official with knowledge of the situation said late Saturday afternoon.
In its third trip to the NCAA Division II regional tournament, TWU had a Lone Star Conference rival standing between it and the semifinals, and Angelo State defeated the Pioneers for the third time in four meetings this season with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-15 sweep Thursday in Canyon.
Karen Blair spent nearly two years working to build up the program at Texas-Arlington, tutoring players and recruiting while serving as a Mavericks assistant coach.
TWU and Midwestern State will get an early start — by nearly a month — on their Lone Star Conference season when they face off Thursday in the only LSC game scheduled this month.
More than three weeks have passed since North Texas had its last chance to show that it can hold its own against a nationally renowned opponent.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Liz Donohoe scored 27 points for the third time in her career and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift No. 19 Oklahoma State to an easy 95-47 win over North Texas on Sunday.
North Texas has spent its third season under Dan McCarney busting a series of slumps. UNT put together back-to-back wins for the first time since 2004 when it beat Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech in October before a win over UTEP three weeks ago ensured assured the Mean Green of finishing with a winning record for the first time in nine years.
North Texas came up with one of its better nights shooting the ball from deep when that scenario seemed unlikely Tuesday in a win over Incarnate Word.
The Super Pit never looked so good to North Texas. UNT loves playing at home as much as the next team. The Mean Green just had to travel a long and winding road for its latest opportunity, one it took advantage of on Tuesday night in an 84-67 win over Incarnate Word.
Rick Villarreal will have a little while longer to enjoy the progress the North Texas athletic department has made during his tenure, under terms of a contract he signed earlier this year.
Ukraine native and senior center Mary Kovtun had a perfectly timed breakout performance Sunday. Her career-high 14-point effort marked the first time her mother — via Internet streaming — saw her daughter play in a Pioneers uniform.
Derek Thompson and Zach Orr trudged in to a meeting room and plopped down behind a microphone for the final time at Apogee Stadium on Saturday with looks of disappointment etched on their faces.
In the second game of the Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere, the TWU Pioneers showcased the consistency that head coach Beth Jillson wished she’d seen more of in Saturday’s win over Regis.
North Texas thought and talked a lot about all the possibilities that were within its grasp as it prepared for its home finale against Texas-San Antonio on Saturday. A bowl appearance essentially was already in hand before the Mean Green took on the Roadrunners, thanks to a five-game winning streak that lifted UNT to the realm of bowl-eligible teams for the first time since 2004.
In the grand scheme of things, two games isn’t a long losing streak. But for North Texas, it seemed like an eternity. Saturday’s 64-50 win at the Super Pit over previously unbeaten Abilene Christian (4-1) was the team’s first since beating Missouri-Kansas City in the season opener Nov. 9.
One of the first items on Mike Petersen’s agenda after he took over as North Texas head coach prior to last season was to organize a home tournament.
PORTLAND, Ore. — In a game of runs, it was the Idaho Vandals who landed the biggest punches and came away with an 87-76 victory over North Texas on Friday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
There were times early in Derek Thompson’s career at North Texas when he welcomed the chance to get out of town on fall Saturdays. The quarterback and his teammates would get to stay in a hotel and play somewhere other than Fouts Field, where nothing seemed to go right for years and reached a low point in 2010.
CANYON — Middle blocker Marcela Alves posted a match-high 13 kills Thursday to lead TWU to a 25-23, 25-12, 25-19 sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville in the Lone Star Conference tournament. TWU advances to the semifinals to face Angelo State for the second straight season.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — North Texas avenged a loss to Florida Atlantic one week earlier with a 25-16, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18 victory over the Owls on Thursday in the first round of the Conference USA tournament, propelling UNT into the quarterfinals and a date with Marshall.
PORTLAND, Ore. — In 2011, Columbia outshot a young North Texas team with 12 makes from 3-point range. On Thursday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Lions had nearly that many 3-pointers by halftime and held off a furious Mean Green rally for a 70-66 win at the Chiles Center.
Sometimes in sports, in order to achieve, a team must truly believe. The TWU Pioneers already know they will be advancing to the NCAA South Central regional, but this season will go down as one of the most prosperous seasons in program history and that progress hasn’t been for a lack of confidence.
North Texas guard Jordan Williams took note of what happened when Columbia took on national power Michigan State last week.