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.

Football: Williams, Mean Green took advantage of bye

Running up and down the field in the first start of his college career boosted the confidence of North Texas quarterback Dajon Williams.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

Football: Corbin Fanning named captain

Corbin Fanning shuffled to fields at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility on Monday with his parents and friends, ready to begin a week he’ll never forget. Corbin won’t ever have the opportunity to play football because he suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but he is receiving an up-close view of the game while spending time with North Texas’ players and coaches as part of the Coach to Cure MD program.

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.

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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.

Football: North Texas makes change at quarterback

Redshirt freshman Dajon Williams will start at quarterback for UNT on Saturday when the Mean Green host Nicholls State.

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: 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.

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: 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.

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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.

Football: O-line answers call in victory

North Texas players and coaches crowded into a hotel meeting room on Friday night when Dan McCarney issued one last challenge to the unsung heroes who made the Mean Green so successful a year ago.

Football: Entrepreneurship helps win over OL

Creighton Barr had whittled a considerable list of options down to two when it came to where to continue his career on the college level.

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.

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Football: Behind strong defense UNT blows out SMU

Debate raged in the days leading up to North Texas’ game Saturday against SMU on the nature of one of the longest running series in Mean Green history.

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Football: Greer tightens grip on position

North Texas ran even more quarterbacks into its game against SMU on Saturday at Apogee Stadium than it did in its season opener against Texas last week.

Football: Defense getting back to form

North Texas coach Dan McCarney saw signs that a young defense possessed the potential to build on a standout 2013 campaign in the Mean Green’s season-opening loss to Texas last week, even if the final score didn’t show it.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.