UNT Notebook: UNT football getting into a groove

Seth Littrell could sense the excitement among North Texas’ players in the early morning hours before the Mean Green kicked off their game against Army on Saturday.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers looks for late push into postseason play

With just two games left in the Lone Star Conference regular season, the TWU soccer team is hoping to build on several strong showings in recent weeks to improve on its regional ranking.

TWU rally comes up short

Sara Oxford recorded a game-high 16 kills and Kerstin Jenkins totaled a dozen in a four-set loss (20-25, 23-25, 29-27, 16-25) to Texas A&M-Commerce on Tuesday evening inside Kitty Magee Arena.

UNT notebook: UNT poised to reclaim C-USA soccer crown

North Texas will have an opportunity to add yet another conference soccer title to its ever-growing collection in its last two games of the regular season.

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Brett Vito: Offensive big men take charge in protection

Trey Keenan made his way into what amounted to an oversized closet at Michie Stadium on Saturday night for an assignment that is a rarity for players like the former Argyle standout.

Mean Green volleyball pulls off sweep of visiting Charlotte

The North Texas volleyball team secured a 3-0 straight-set victory against Charlotte on Sunday afternoon, moving its conference record to 5-3 on the season.

North Texas thumps ODU in close matchup

The North Texas soccer team moved one step closer to defending its regular-season title with a 2-1 win against Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

TWU can’t keep up with WTAMU

CANYON — Texas Woman’s University tied season-lows of three shots and one shot on goal in a 2-0 loss to West Texas A&M on The Pitch on Sunday afternoon.

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Football: UNT topples Army as 18-point underdog

WEST POINT, N.Y. — North Texas came into its first season under coach Seth Littrell hoping to author one of the more remarkable turnaround tales in program history.

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Football: UNT's Wilson surprises against strong rush defense

WEST POINT, N.Y. — North Texas coach Seth Littrell took a look at what Army’s defense does best heading into the teams’ game on Saturday and came to what seemed like a reasonable conclusion.

Football: UNT defense holds up vs. Army option attack

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Seth Littrell spoke over the last few days about how a fortuitously timed bye could help North Texas prepare for the challenges Army’s option offense would present.The way the Mean Green...

TexAnns thump TWU in sweep

The TWU Pioneers had their hands full with Tarleton State on Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena and just couldn’t put together enough runs to keep the TexAnns at bay.

UNT prepared to face unfamiliar option offense

Kishawn McClain knows a thing or two about option offenses. In that way, North Texas’ starting safety will have a jump on his teammates heading into a key game at Army today.

Schoening, UNT shut out Charlotte

There was a lot on the line in Friday’s game between North Texas and Charlotte. The winner would take command of Conference USA. The Mean Green were defending their regular-season title from last year without the help of star forward Rachel Holden.

TWU falls to No. 10 Angelo State

Sara Oxford and Briley Cole each registered 11 kills for Texas Woman’s University, but the Pioneers fell in straight sets, 25-15, 25-21, 25-23, to 10th-ranked Angelo State in Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU soccer blanks Eastern New Mexico

PORTALES, N.M. — Cara Zwilling scored her second game-winning goal for Texas Woman’s University in as many games to give TWU the win.


Brace for impact

Seth Littrell has emphasized a simple task throughout his first season as North Texas’ coach — get a week better every week.

Madness falls upon Super Pit

Shane Tamara leaped over teammate for a thunderous slam to capture the dunk contest and punctuate what both North Texas basketball coaches described as a successful debut Thursday at Mean Green Madness.


Long, hard road

Eric Jenkins envisioned basketball as his ticket to a better life while growing up in New Orleans, where he sometimes went hungry or worried about where he’d find the money for bus fare to school. It wasn’t until Jenkins’ time at Miller-McCoy Academy was coming to an end that he looked around the gym and reconsidered.

UNT notebook: Week off serves UNT well before facing Army

North Texas found out the hard way a year ago just how big a of difference a bye week can make for a team. UNT had an off week during the 2015 season, but it came on the opening Saturday of the year. The Mean Green were forced to plow through 12 games in 12 weeks as a result.

TWU notebook: TWU volleyball looks to salvage season late

Despite losing four straight matches, the TWU volleyball team is taking the second half of Lone Star Conference play one game at a time as it attempts to climb the conference standings.

Mayfield sets TWU record in five-set win over Cameron

LAWTON, Okla. — TWU controlled the first two sets against Cameron but dropped the next pair before pulling out a five-set victory in which Makayla Mayfield broke a 21-year-old single-game Pioneer record with 40 digs Tuesday night inside Aggie Gym.

UNT notebook: UNT looks to reclaim conference soccer crown

North Texas isn’t in its familiar spot atop the Conference USA soccer standings heading into the stretch run of the season. The Mean Green have a chance to change that in their last four games before the conference tournament, beginning with a key showdown with Charlotte on Friday at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

TWU nets only goal in win against Mustangs

Rachel Peters found Cara Zwilling in front of the net for a goal with 16 seconds left in TWU’s match against Midwestern State to give the Pioneers a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon on TWU Soccer Field during the annual Kick for a Cure game.

Florida Atlantic upends UNT

The North Texas volleyball team lost in heartbreaking fashion, dropping a Conference USA match 3-2 to Florida Atlantic. The loss ended the Mean Green’s three-match winning streak.


‘Only a play away’

Brandon Garner’s contributions to North Texas’ surprising start were easy to overlook earlier this season. The sacks that fellow linebacker Joshua Wheeler posted and the interceptions safety Kishawn McClain hauled in overshadowed what Garner accomplished coming off the bench as a reserve.

Lady Buffs hold off TWU in five sets

TWU interim coach Jessica Beener has been happy with her team’s performance over the last two conference tilts, as the Pioneers have pushed each of their opponents to five sets.

Navarro QB chooses UNT

Devlin Isadore looked like one of the nation’s best junior college quarterbacks this fall at Navarro before an injury cut his season short.

Mean Green pick up key victory at UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The North Texas soccer team picked up a crucial road victory with a 1-0 win against UAB on Friday at BBVA Compass Field.

TWU drops match to Texas Permian Basin

Sara Oxford and Briley Cole recorded career highs in kills and several reserves stepped up for TWU against Texas-Permian Basin at Kitty Magee Arena, but the Pioneers lost 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 16-14.

UNT continues streak with win over UTEP

North Texas moved its winning streak to three matches with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-11 Conference USA home victory over the UTEP Miners.

Junior helping UNT fill big void

Amanda Chamberlain operated in a supporting role last season with the North Texas volleyball team. All but one of the Mean Green’s players did just that during what amounted to a victory lap for Carnae Dillard, one of the best players in program history. The challenge for UNT this season has been finding a way to fill the void that Dillard left.


UNT request signals desire to build, including indoor practice facility

Seth Littrell already has created a palpable buzz about the direction of North Texas’ football program in his first season as the Mean Green’s head coach. The moves that new athletic director Wren Baker is making off the field are quickly adding steam at a time when UNT’s program appears to be headed in the right direction.

Women’s basketball: Mitchell has UNT poised to move up in C-USA

IRVING — Jalie Mitchell was in a much better place Wednesday when she arrived at Conference USA headquarters for her second go-round as Mean Green coach during the league’s annual media days. UNT was an afterthought at media days a year ago after winning just five games the previous season.

UNT confident it can fill void left by Katenda

North Texas didn’t lose much after last season in terms of players who contributed on a regular basis. The one key player UNT did see depart after his senior season was forward Eric Katenda.

TWU notebook: Pioneers ‘excited’ to return home

After picking up three big wins at home two weeks ago, the TWU volleyball team struggled over the weekend in New Mexico against two quality Lone Star Conference opponents. The Pioneers were swept by Western New Mexico on Friday night before losing in four sets to Eastern New Mexico on Saturday.

UNT notebook: Media days set to kick off hoops season

The college basketball season will get off to an unofficial start over the next two days, when the head coaches from Conference USA gather for the league’s annual media days.


Brett Vito: UNT’s win against Marshall fosters hope for turnaround

For the past decade or so, there has been lingering skepticism that has accompanied most of North Texas’ big wins.

UNT suffers first C-USA loss

SAN ANTONIO — The North Texas soccer team was handed its first Conference USA loss of the season, losing 3-0 to UTSA on Sunday afternoon.


Fake punt conversion sparks North Texas to 17-point win against Marshall

North Texas punter Eric Keena might not look like the biggest running threat the Mean Green have rolled out on the field this season, especially when compared to star junior Jeffrey Wilson.


Wilson, ground game find success in UNT’s win

North Texas faced no bigger challenge heading into its game against Marshall than finding a way to get its running game rolling.


Fine gets the job done for UNT, knows he can improve

Mason Fine was far from the star of North Texas’ win against Marshall on Saturday night at Apogee Stadium.

Marshall totes another top QB to Denton

One of the top quarterbacks in Conference USA caused North Texas all kinds of problems last week in a loss to Middle Tennessee. The experience of being carved up for 295 yards and two touchdowns by Brent Stockstill wasn’t a pleasant one for UNT, but it could pay dividends today when the Mean Green host Marshall.

Mean Green post road victory at UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala — The North Texas volleyball team won its second consecutive road match Friday with a 25-16, 18-25, 25-15, 25-13 victory over UAB.

UNT blanks UTEP 1-0

EL PASO — For the second straight game, Hailey Sutton scored an early goal for North Texas, and the Mean Green won their fourth straight C-USA game, knocking off Texas-El Paso 1-0 Friday night.

Western New Mexico sweep TWU

SILVER CITY, N.M. — A striking offensive performance by Western New Mexico was difficult for TWU to contain in a 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 sweep of the Pioneers.

TWU knocks off Texas-Permian Basin

ODESSA — Brittany Jones assisted Gaby Larson and Chelsea Martin on goals in the first 14 minutes against Texas-Permian Basin and TWU won 2-0  in LSC action at UTPB Turf Field.


UNT O-line still adjusting

Seth Littrell knew heading into his first season at North Texas that his offensive line probably would need time to adjust. The Mean Green were set to move from a run-first system to a spread attack, all while replacing a few key players.

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Football: UNT just 2-6 since strong start at Apogee Stadium

Former North Texas wide receiver Brelan Chancellor felt like he and his teammates were almost invincible when they lined up at Apogee Stadium just a few years ago. The Mean Green won early and often at home after the venue opened in 2011, leading website Prediction Machine to declare that UNT had the best home-field advantage in college football.

Football: Ryan receiver Douglas commits to Texas Tech

There’s a strong belief that Ryan wide receiver Gabriel Douglas’ verbal commitment to Texas Tech on Wednesday will open the floodgates to more Football Bowl Subdivision offers for one of the more highly touted high school receivers in the nation. Douglas, a junior, is ready for them all. But he said he is sold on the Red Raiders.