UNT eyes turning point

North Texas finds itself in a familiar situation heading into its game against Middle Tennessee on Saturday at Apogee Stadium. The Mean Green picked up a huge win in their Conference USA opener against Rice and are looking to start stringing wins together.

Football: Secondary front and center as UNT enters key stretch

North Texas cornerback Chad Davis has long believed the Mean Green have the makings of an elite secondary this season. The Mean Green have four returning starters and UNT’s only preseason All-Conference USA selection in safety Kishawn McClain.

Women’s soccer: Pioneers shut out No. 11 Lions

Losing its last three games after jumping out to a four-game win streak to start the season, TWU took a deep breath Wednesday. Facing Texas A&M-Commerce, which is ranked 11th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the Pioneers delivered their most notable win of the season in style, shutting out the Lions 3-0.

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UNT notebook: Win shows UNT that practice pays off

Breaking through for a win against Rice last week was significant for North Texas for several reasons. The victory snapped a 14-game road losing streak and came in UNT’s Conference USA opener.

Pioneers snap seven-match skid with win over Patriots

Stuck in a seven-match losing streak, the TWU Pioneers will take the wins any way they can get them. Against Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, the Pioneers allowed the Patriots to send the match to a fifth set despite TWU claiming a 2-0 set advantage.

TWU notebook: TWU looks to build from one strong set

As the TWU volleyball team prepares for Week 3 of Lone Star Conference play, the Pioneers have some positive moments to build on from last week.

UNT notebook: UNT soccer faces crucial weekend match

The North Texas soccer team will have a long week off to prepare for a key match early in the Conference USA season this weekend.

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Brett Vito: UNT shows newfound grit in comeback win against Rice

There were times not too long ago when North Texas might as well have packed it in and gone home when it found itself in a situation like the one it face Saturday night at Rice.

UNT earns 1st C-USA volleyball win against Florida International

Emma Eakin and Holly Milam led the North Texas volleyball team to its first Conference USA victory of the year, sweeping Florida International on Sunday afternoon.

TWU soccer falls to Eastern New Mexico

COMMERCE — None of the season-high 27 shot attempts by Texas Woman’s University made their way into the goal against Eastern New Mexico in a game moved to Lion Soccer Field on the campus of Texas A&M-Commerce because of heavy rain in Denton.

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UNT tops Rice in double OT

HOUSTON — Jareid Combs crashed into the middle of Rice’s line and met running back Darik Dillard right at the line of scrimmage Saturday night at Rice Stadium. The Mean Green’s players poured onto the field seconds later to celebrate a dramatic 42-35 double-overtime win and a landmark moment in the first season of coach Seth Littrell’s tenure with the Mean Green.

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Giving ball to Wilson pays off

HOUSTON — North Texas fed Jeffrey Wilson the ball over and over again Saturday night in its game against Rice. The Mean Green figured that strategy would pay off eventually.

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UNT notebook: UNT defense overcomes slow start

HOUSTON — North Texas got off to a rough start defensively in its game against Rice. The Mean Green made the plays they needed to defensively at the end to make up for that slow start.

UNT begins conference quest at Rice

Seth Littrell couldn’t remember the last time he experienced a game quite like the one North Texas played a week ago at Florida. Littrell came to UNT this season with a reputation as an offensive guru after finding success as a coordinator at North Carolina and Indiana, schools better known for their basketball programs. The Mean Green’s new head coach just couldn’t get UNT on track in a shutout loss to the Gators.

C-USA not as strong as past for UNT

North Texas has gotten off to a rough start in its first season under new coach Seth Littrell.The good news for the Mean Green heading into their Conference USA opener against Rice on Saturday is they...

Football: UNT’s Wheeler feels online heat after Florida game

Joshua Wheeler could feel himself losing control after stumbling over a Florida player Saturday as he closed in on Luke Del Rio during North Texas’ game against the Gators. The UNT junior linebacker didn’t know it then, but he was about to become infamous among fans of one of college football’s storied programs.

UNT notebook: Conflict surrounds UNT’s Wheeler after hit

North Texas coach Seth Littrell fired back at Florida coach Jim McElwain and others who criticized Mean Green linebacker Joshua Wheeler following UNT’s loss to Florida during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

TWU notebook: Pioneers look to bounce back

After getting off to a program best 4-0 start and surging to No. 15 in the nation, the TWU soccer team lost its first game of the young season in a 1-0 overtime thriller against Oklahoma Baptist last Friday.

UNT falls to Baylor in 3-1 battle

WACO — The North Texas volleyball team fell to the Baylor Bears 25-14, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23 in its final match before beginning Conference USA play on Friday.

TWU defeated by Texas A&M-Commerce in four sets

COMMERCE – Game-highs of 14 kills from Anna McGee and seven blocks by Sara Oxford along with a season-best 11 team blocks was not enough by Texas Woman's University to overtake Texas A&M-Commerce Tuesday night at The Field House as the Pioneers dropped a four-set match to the Lions.

UNT notebook: Houston Heights cornerback commits to UNT

The more Cameron Johnson talked to the North Texas football team’s coaches over the past few weeks, the more he felt like a priority in recruiting. The attention UNT and cornerbacks coach Nate Brown gave the Houston Heights cornerback paid off on Sunday when Johnson committed to play for the Mean Green.

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No. 23 Florida smothers UNT offense in 32-0 decision

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — North Texas knew heading into the first season of Seth Littrell’s coaching tenure that its new spread offense would be a work in progress, especially with a freshman quarterback.

UNT soccer opens C-USA play with victory

HOUSTON — The North Texas soccer team began defending its regular-season Conference USA title on the road Sunday night, and it had to overcome a rough start.

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UNT notebook: Mean Green defense shines at times against Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — North Texas knew it was in for a challenge when it came to slowing down a Florida offense that entered Saturday’s game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on a bit of a roll.

Mean Green upend Trojans in four sets

NACOGDOCHES — After splitting its first two matches of the Holiday Inn Express SFA Volleyball Invitational, North Texas ended the weekend in the win column, defeating Arkansas-Little Rock 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 26-24 on Saturday.

UNT takes road slide to Swamp

Fred Scott is one of the last players left on North Texas’ roster who remembers winning away from the confines of Apogee Stadium. Scott was a freshman in 2013 when the Mean Green beat Tulsa 42-10 on the road in their regular-season finale. Two years and 13 road games have passed since that night without UNT tasting victory in a hostile environment.

Own goal sinks UNT in 1-0 loss to Horns

AUSTIN — North Texas went toe-to-toe with Texas but was hurt by an own goal and lost 1-0 Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

UNT splits two at SFA

NACOGDOCHES — North Texas split its matches at the Holiday Inn Express SFA Volleyball Invitational, sweeping Incarnate Word and falling to Stephen F. Austin on Day 1.

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Work pays off for ‘smooth’ Robinson

Willie Robinson had his heart set on playing for North Texas as the days counted down to national signing day in 2015. The former Tyler Junior College standout had a scholarship offer and felt comfortable with the idea of playing for the Mean Green. One call changed the course of his career.

Football: Nonconference slate on table as Baker aims to build UNT program

Wren Baker is sorting through a host of challenges in his new role as North Texas’ athletic director. Football scheduling is near the top of that list as UNT prepares for its game at No. 23 Florida on Saturday.

UNT hires Martin as athletic CFO

North Texas has hired Stacy Martin as deputy director of athletics and chief financial officer. Martin is the CFO of the American Athletic Conference.UNT athletic director Wren Baker announced Wednesday...

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UNT notebook: UNT rolling with current QB arrangement

North Texas’ quarterback situation changed dramatically a week ago. UNT coach Seth Littrell said Tuesday that the Mean Green are sticking with the new status quo heading into a game Saturday at No. 23 Florida. Littrell made a switch last week, elevating freshman Mason Fine to the starting lineup. The Mean Green also continued to use senior Alec Morris.

TWU notebook: One more LSC tuneup on tap for Pioneers

After getting off to the best start in program history, TWU soccer coach Babak Abouzar and the No. 25 Pioneers are looking to continue to improve with one game remaining before Lone Star Conference play.

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UNT notebook: Cedar Hill forward commits to play at North Texas

Zach Simmons spent a whole lot of time planted on the bench at Cedar Hill last season due to a broken leg. That time away from the game made realizing his dream of landing a Division I scholarship all the more rewarding for the 6-foot-9 forward who committed to play for North Texas on Sunday.

Pioneers earn 2nd straight 1-0 win

For the TWU Pioneers, one goal is all they need. At least that’s how it’s been the past two games as the Pioneers earned their second straight shutout with a 1-0 win against East Central, moving them to a school record 4-0 on the season. The Pioneers went 6-1 to the start the season in 2014, but they never have had a start like this.

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Brett Vito: Fine may be different from former young QBs at UNT

Mason Fine didn’t have time to think a whole lot about the situation after he tucked the ball and took off running during North Texas’ game against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night.

UNT can’t find net in loss to Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Despite a strong performance by the Mean Green defense, the North Texas soccer team could not come up with an equalizer, falling 1-0 to No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday night at Razorback Field.

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Littrell Fine with first win

Seth Littrell has described Mason Fine in glowing terms ever since he arrived at North Texas over the summer. Littrell said the freshman is calm, collected — and most of all — fearless. Those traits were on display during the Mean Green’s 41-20 win against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at Apogee Stadium, especially the fearless part.

UNT defense bounces back

North Texas didn’t need long to recover from a tough night defensively in its season opener against SMU. The Mean Green played their first game since struggling in a loss to the Mustangs and looked a whole lot better in a 41-20 win against Bethune-Cookman at Apogee Stadium.

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Mean Green make mark on ground

The idea when Seth Littrell took over as North Texas’ head coach in the offeason was to “let it fly” in the passing game. UNT did just that in its 41-20 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at Apogee Stadium, but it was the Mean Green’s ground game that made the big difference. UNT pounded away for 329 rushing yards.

Pioneers shut out Patriots

Allowing 10 shots in a scoreless opening half against Dallas Baptist, TWU coach Babak Abouzar was quick to get on his players about their play Saturday. But when Abouzar gave his speech at halftime, the message was more of a reminder of just how good they could be playing and how much of their potential remained untapped.

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Sputtering start

Seth Littrell vowed to usher in a new era of success at North Texas after taking over as the Mean Green’s coach back in December. An old rival showed just how far UNT has to go to make that dream a reality at Apogee Stadium on Saturday night.

Chavez, Bradford tally goals in TWU win against Regis

DENVER, Colo. — Goals by Nancy Chavez and Lauren Bradford guided Texas Woman’s University to a 2-1 win against Regis on Saturday afternoon at Regis Match Pitch, allowing the Pioneers to open the season at 2-0.

Mean Green wrap up home tourney

North Texas dropped its final match of the weekend, 25-16, 25-15, 21-25, 25-18 to North Carolina-Wilmington on Saturday at the North Texas Invitational.

UNT looks to avoid FCS repeat

North Texas is in the midst of a new start under coach Seth Littrell and his largely revamped staff. But that doesn’t mean UNT has forgotten recent history, especially not this week as the Mean Green prepare for their game against Bethune-Cookman at 6 tonight at Apogee Stadium. The Wildcats compete on the Football Championship Subdivision level, one step below the Mean Green and the Football Bowl Subdivision.

TWU splits on first day of Classic

LAKELAND, Fla. — TWU opened play at the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic with a 21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 win against Long Island Post but struggled to a 25-16, 25-11, 25-16 loss to No. 23 host Florida Southern on Friday at Jenkins Field House.

UNT soccer routs Texas Southern

North Texas rebounded from its first loss with a dominant win against Texas Southern 7-1.

Fine’s TD drive fuels buzz

The final seconds of North Texas’ game against SMU were bleeding off the clock at Apogee Stadium on Saturday when Seth Littrell approached one of his top young players. UNT’s coach wanted to know if Mason Fine wanted to play at the end of the 34-21 loss. The freshman’s answer changed the course of his career, UNT’s plans for the future and quite possibly a lot more heading into the Mean Green’s game Saturday against Bethune-Cookman.

UNT’s new faces

Tyler Jermstad was busy grilling fajitas Saturday afternoon before North Texas’ season opener against SMU at Apogee Stadium when a couple of unexpected guests dropped by. Jermstad couldn’t believe it when he turned away from his smoker and saw new North Texas athletic director Wren Baker and recently hired right-hand man Jared Mosley standing there in the stadium parking lot — hands extended.

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UNT notebook: UNT looks to keep attacking, limit errors

Part of the idea behind North Texas’ move to a 3-3-5 defense heading into the first season of the Seth Littrell era was the creation of a few more game-changing plays. UNT vowed to attack under new coordinators...