Indiana Athletics

Football: Safeties first

Even now, as he stalks the sidelines of practice fields at Indiana, Noah Joseph has a reminder of one of the highlights of his coaching career strapped to his wrist.

Volleyball: Rice knocks off host Mean Green in four sets

North Texas jumped out to a quick lead but dropped three straight sets to fall 14-25, 32-30, 25-21, 25-20 at home to Rice on Wednesday.

UNT notebook: Hoosiers’ ground tradition alive and well

Dan McCarney thought back this week on all the great Indiana players he has played or coached against in a host of great games throughout his college football career.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers tinker in sweep

Following a lackluster weekend during which TWU lost contests against St. Mary’s and Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tuesday’s tilt against Henderson State provided an opportunity to evaluate more lineups as the Pioneers search for consistency midway through the season.

TWU notebook: TWU fields highs, lows

In the span of 48 hours over the weekend, TWU learned just how humbling soccer can be, enjoying a record-setting high one moment and a heartwrenching loss the next.

Soccer: Larson scores twice in TWU victory

TWU sophomore Gabrielle Larson scored two goals to help the Pioneers to a 4-0 win over visiting Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday night.

Soccer: Pioneers slip in OT home loss

After picking up their first Lone Star Conference victory at home last Friday, the TWU Pioneers found themselves in overtime against another LSC foe in Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.

Soccer: Mean Green sinks Southern Miss, 4-0

Kaylah Hunter and Kelci Slaughter both came off the bench toward the end of the first half to score goals and spark the Mean Green offense. The North Texas soccer team went on to defeat Southern Miss, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Volleyball: Texas-San Antonio sweeps Mean Green

SAN ANTONIO — North Texas, leading for the majority of the first two sets, failed to capitalize and dropped its first Conference USA match on the road to defending champion Texas-San Antonio, 22-25, 22-25, 21-25. The Mean Green falls to 10-5, 1-1 in conference play.

Football: Getting up to speed

The Mean Green Athletic Center was nearly deserted on a Monday night when Mike Canales and Dajon Williams settled in a small room with a dry-erase board and a television, slowly going over everything that could possibly happen in five days when North Texas was to take on Nicholls State.

Football: Northwest receiver committed to UNT

Emmanuel Moore watched from just down the road as North Texas made a run to the Heart of Dallas Bowl last season.

Women’s volleyball: Javelinas overcome Santos’ 16 kills

KINGSVILLE — TWU senior Jaqueline Santos posted a career-high 16 kills but the Pioneers fell 25-22, 25-17, 16-25, 25-16 to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.

Soccer: TWU edges West Texas A&M before record crowd

Two second-half goals helped TWU beat visiting West Texas A&M in a Lone Star Conference opener in front of a school-record crowd of 523 at TWU Soccer Field. TWU (6-1, 1-0 LSC) captured its sixth straight win to set a new school record.

Soccer: Kerestine sets shutouts mark in C-USA opener

In a game that came down to defense, North Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine held Louisiana Tech scoreless and became UNT all-time shutouts leader in a 1-0 victory Friday at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Volleyball: TWU falls to St. Mary's

SAN ANTONIO — TWU suffered a 25-19, 24-26, 23-25, 27-25, 15-10 loss to St. Mary’s in a non-conference match. Three Pioneers recorded 15 or more kills, led by freshman Elizabeth Pennington with a career-high 21. Jaqueline Santos and Mallory Kuechle had 15 kills apiece.

Volleyball: Freshman could be the key for the Mean Green

Holly Milam didn’t need long to make an impression on her new teammates at North Texas after arriving on campus this fall. Carnae Dillard, the Mean Green’s star junior outside hitter, noticed Milam’s quickness, ability as a blocker at the net and — perhaps most importantly — a solid work ethic right off the bat.

Women’s soccer: Pineda’s curve vital for UNT

Karla Pineda began working on a skill that has made her a dangerous weapon for the North Texas women’s soccer team all the way back when she first started kicking a ball around with her brother growing up in Houston.

Men's basketball: Taylor to have knee surgery

North Texas guard T.J. Taylor will have arthroscopic knee surgery today to determine whether there is any structural damage in the joint after he experienced swelling during individual preseason workouts this week.

UNT notebook: Bye week gives UNT extra time to prepare

The endless grind of the football season has slowed ever so slightly at North Texas this week. UNT is still working out and preparing for its next game, not to mention a scrimmage in full pads today, when the Mean Green will go all out against each other.

TWU notebook: Tarleton State match galvanized TWU

A strong finish Sept. 16 in a hard-fought win at Tarleton State set the stage for TWU’s successful two-match sweep of its home debut last weekend.

Volleyball: Pioneers sweep Texas A&M-Commerce

COMMERCE — TWU posted a .320 hitting percentage and swept Texas A&M-Commerce 25-18, 25-14, 25-22 on Tuesday night.

Soccer: Larson posts hat trick in TWU victory

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Sophomore forward Gabrielle Larson recorded a hat trick to help TWU overcome a slow start in a 5-0 win Tuesday at Rogers State.

Football: Kidsy returns punch to UNT special teams

Darvin Kidsy waited to hear from the official standing just a few feet away as he danced down the sideline toward the North Texas end zone during the Mean Green’s game against Nicholls State on Saturday at Apogee Stadium.

Brett Vito: Football: Problem solved — for now

After more than a year and a whole lot of ups and downs, the grand mystery that is Dajon Williams appears to have been solved. At least for now.

Soccer: Pioneers stun No. 18 St. Edward’s

Sophomore forward Natalia Diaz scored two goals and assisted on the other to help the Pioneers upset visiting No. 18 St. Edward’s 3-1 Sunday afternoon. TWU is now 4-1-0 on the season.

Soccer: Hedlund: ‘We’ve been a little bit unlucky of late’

It was just one of those days for the Mean Green. North Texas could not find the back of the net despite hitting near, close and off the post of the goal. TCU was able to score and the Horned Frogs went home with a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Football: Williams accounts for five TDs as UNT rips Nicholls

Dajon Williams developed a reputation as a cool customer long before the redshirt freshman sauntered onto the turf at Apogee Stadium as North Texas’ starting quarterback for the first time Saturday during the Mean Green’s game against Nicholls State.

Notebook: Passer, catcher gain ground

One of the constants during Dan McCarney’s four-year tenure as North Texas’ head coach has been the strength of the Mean Green’s running game.

Football: Mean Green hit double digits in sacks

North Texas has a board hanging on the wall of its team room with a list of its opponents above columns where coach Dan McCarney and his assistants post photos of players who make game-changing plays each week.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers sweep Aggies

After picking up their first two Lone Star Conference wins of the season, the TWU Pioneers are still searching for more consistency.

Women’s volleyball: North Texas fails to capitalize

LAWRENCE, Kan. — North Texas fell to No. 24 Kansas and Arkansas on Friday night, dropping to 9-3 after losing back-to-back matches for the first time this season.

Football: Williams gets his shot today at Apogee

What looked like arguably the biggest bore on North Texas’ schedule just a few weeks ago suddenly has started to appear a lot more interesting, not to mention important to the Mean Green. Nicholls State isn’t the most intriguing opponent on UNT’s schedule — far from it. What makes a 2:30 p.m. nonconference game against a Southland Conference team intriguing are a host of story lines that go along with it.

Volleyball: TWU tops Mustangs for Barberee’s 400th win

TWU head coach Shelly Barberee earned her 400th career victory while senior libero Morgan Wilson broke the school record for digs with 1,773 as the Pioneers defeated Midwestern State 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Friday in their home opener at Kitty Magee Arena.

Soccer: TWU rolls as Rupp scores twice in debut

After a lopsided victory at Harding on Sunday, TWU expanded on its offensive progress Friday in its home opener against Ouachita Baptist. Five Pioneers got into the scoring act as TWU (3-1) took down the Lady Tigers 6-0, posting three straight shutouts for the first time since 2009.

UNT roundup: UNT loses in 2OT to Gonzaga, 2-1

For the second straight game at home, the North Texas soccer team gave up a last-minute goal to send the match into overtime. Gonzaga scored the game-winning goal off a header in the second overtime period to send the Mean Green home with a 2-1 loss on Friday night at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

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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.

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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.