Football: A little more jingle

Cyril Lemon learned the basics of personal finance long before he arrived at North Texas and developed into a standout offensive lineman.

Football: Top offensive line prospect from Converse commits to UNT

Coaches from across the region were in constant contact over the last few months with Converse Judson offensive lineman Abdul Beecham.

Football: UNT lights to shine tonight on top prospects

D’erren Wilson will make a short trip to Denton today for what is quickly becoming a big night each summer for North Texas.


Football: C-USA looks to boost scholarships

IRVING — Conference USA will move forward with plans to provide athletes with scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance, following the lead of the five major conferences in what commissioner Britton Banowsky described as a challenging time in college athletics during the league’s annual media day Wednesday.

Notebook: Leaders emerge for Mean Green ahead of season

IRVING — At this time a year ago, North Texas felt pretty secure when it came to a few aspects of its team. Linebacker Zach Orr, running back Brandin Byrd and wide receiver Brelan Chancellor all seemed to be locks to start. And while Derek Thompson didn’t nail down the starting quarterback job until right before the Mean Green’s season opener, he had two years of experience as a starter under his belt heading into his senior year.

Football: UNT now looks to be in C-USA spotlight

When North Texas packed up and ventured down the road for its first appearance at Conference USA media day a year ago, it did so knowing that it would be something of an afterthought in its first season in the league.

Football: Keller Central cornerback picks UNT

Taylor Robinson possessed all the information recruits typically have at their disposal when it comes time to select a college at which to continue their football careers.

Football: New rules, same atmosphere

Kevin Sparkman stakes out a spot near the gates at Apogee Stadium each Saturday during football season, searching for that little edge that might mean enjoying a better view at kickoff.

Football: Allen standout Wheeler commits to UNT

The thought of continuing his football career at the college level seemed like a distant goal for Cody Wheeler not too long ago.

UNT hopes to brew revenue

University of North Texas football fans will be able to buy beer in public sections of Apogee Stadium this fall for the first time, a move school officials believe will help grow athletics revenue and ticket sales.

Football: UNT lands four more TV dates

The 2014 season is quickly becoming a weekly television event for North Texas.


Football: UNT tapped to win West

The last time North Texas was in a situation like the one that arrived Wednesday, some of the members of its senior class were in the seventh grade. The 2005 season was set to begin in a few weeks and the Mean Green was a unanimous pick to win the Sun Belt Conference in the preseason coaches poll.

Football: Mean Green standout Patrick Cobbs added to Ryan staff

Patrick Cobbs was looking to further a football career that includes a record-setting tenure at North Texas and five years in the NFL.

Football: Lemon, Y’Barbo make Lombardi watch list

Honors continued to roll in for members of North Texas’ offensive line Monday, when starting guards Cyril Lemon and Mason Y’Barbo were named to the watch list for the Lombardi Award.

Football: Lemon named to Outland watch list

Cyril Lemon, one of the anchors of North Texas’ offensive line, was named to the Outland Trophy watch list Thursday, the latest honor for a player who has been a model of consistency throughout his career.

Coaches’ salaries on rise at UNT

John Hedlund has witnessed the growth of North Texas athletics — not to mention played in a big part in it — during his tenure as the school’s soccer coach.

Basketball: Ex-UNT players head to LSU, ASU

Alexis Hyder and Chris Jones have found new homes after leaving the North Texas basketball programs.

Football: Marcus standout commits to Mean Green

The more Cade Erwin learned about North Texas, the more convinced he became that the program is on the rise.

Senior leadership

Kelsey Hodges didn’t travel far to get to North Texas when it came time to start her college soccer career. A short drive across Denton from where she was a star at Guyer was all that was necessary.

Basketball: Tough first act

Success is often a product of timing in college athletics. There were plenty of instances in North Texas’ debut campaign in Conference USA when the school had perfect timing. UNT won its first bowl game in 11 years when it knocked off UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl behind a senior-laden team loaded with some of the top players in recent school history. UNT’s basketball teams weren’t as fortunate during the Mean Green’s first calendar year in Conference USA that officially wrapped up last Tuesday.

‘What we could be’

Images of a sea of green linger in Rick Villarreal’s memory from arguably the highlight moment of his 13-year tenure as North Texas’ athletic director. UNT emerged from its locker room at halftime of the Heart of Dallas Bowl, as Villarreal looked down the sideline at the Cotton Bowl and thought about the memorable games he attended over the years.

Football: Oklahoma cornerback commits to UNT

Ashton Preston felt good about the situation at North Texas from the moment he started considering signing with the Mean Green months ago.

Football: Ellis, Loving suspended

Two North Texas players who were charged Monday with theft in connection with an incident involving a pair of televisions at a Denton Walmart were suspended from the team indefinitely by coach Dan McCarney on Wednesday.

Two UNT football players charged with theft

Two members of the North Texas football team, including a projected starter, were charged with theft in connection with an incident involving a pair of televisions at a Denton Walmart on Monday and booked into Denton City Jail on Tuesday morning.

Men's basketball: Benford, new guard Reese met years ago

Long before he arrived at North Texas, Tony Benford spent a few days working with some of the top young players in the country at a summer camp run by John Lucas. Current Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon was there, as was Houston guard L.J. Rose, not to mention J-Mychal Reese, one of the most highly regarded players of the bunch.

Men’s basketball: J'Mychal Reese to play at UNT

One of the top high school players in the state from a few years ago is planning to restart his college career at North Texas. J’Mychal Reese, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Bryan who played two seasons at Texas A&M before being dismissed for violations of team rules, announced via Twitter late Wednesday that he had found a new home.

Women's basketball: Guard with basketball DNA picks Mean Green

Basketball is a way of life for the Jolivette family. Brian Jolivette played for Louisiana-Lafayette and passed his love of the game on to his son, Blake, who played at American, and then to his daughter, Brooke. The 5-11 guard became the latest member of the family to excel at the high school level and secure a college scholarship Friday when she committed to North Texas.


Derek Thompson to coach football, basketball at Denton

Derek Thompson knew that if he didn’t play football beyond his days at North Texas he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and coach on the high school level.

Football: DB to join cousin at UNT

Nate Brooks grew up playing football with his cousin Tee Goree in Carthage, throwing the ball around in their yards.

Football: DE from Canton commits to UNT

Sam Miller had a lot to consider before deciding where he would continue his career after his senior season at Canton this fall.

Football: Tyler John Tyler receiver commits to UNT

Tyler John Tyler's Rodney Bendy waited for weeks to meet North Texas coach Dan McCarney and make his commitment to play for the Mean Green official.

Track and field: Collins earns All-America honors

EUGENE, Ore. — North Texas senior Clinton Collins earned All-America honors in the men’s 400 meters on the opening day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Wednesday.

Track and field: Going for it

The late-night hours when Chastity Stewart settles into bed to try to sleep have been the toughest for her to deal with over the last month.

Track and field: Passing grade

Clinton Collins developed a reputation for being one of North Texas’ most determined competitors during his four years with the Mean Green.

Football: Back issues force DB Evans to end career

North Texas’ options for restocking the starting lineup of a defense that helped guide the Mean Green to a breakout season have dwindled slightly.

Football: McCarney goes to camp

North Texas was in the midst of a breakout season when Dan McCarney stopped to talk about the impact the Mean Green’s success would make down the line.

Men’s basketball: UNT’s Jones to transfer

Chris Jones is leaving North Texas after three seasons and will transfer to another school for his senior campaign.

Football: McCarney to speak at AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic clinic

North Texas coach Dan McCarney will speak at a free youth football clinic conducted by the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on June 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Football: UNT begins summer work

When North Texas coach Dan McCarney and his players reflected on a breakout season that ended with a celebration on the turf at the Cotton Bowl, they couldn’t help but think back to the summer.

Track and field: UNT finishes up West prelim meet

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — North Texas concluded Day 3 at the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday with two athletes set to move on to the national finals.

Track and field: Stewart, Collins headed to NCAA championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Chastity Stewart and Clinton Collins qualified for the NCAA championships during Friday’s quarterfinals at the NCAA West preliminary meet.

Football: UNT to have 7 games on TV

When North Texas athletic director Rick Villarreal looked back on the Mean Green’s first year in Conference USA recently, one of the biggest benefits he saw was just how often his teams were seen on television.

Track and field: UNT sends two to quarterfinals

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A pair of North Texas athletes moved one step closer to the national finals on Thursday during the opening day of the NCAA West Preliminary Track and Field Championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark.

Track and field: UNT sees opportunity in meet

The end of the season is in sight for the North Texas track and field team heading into this week’s NCAA West preliminaries.

Football: A cause dear to his heart

Dan McCarney opened his eyes, coming to after undergoing an angiogram last spring, a feeling of apprehension bubbling up inside.

Football: Former UNT coach Moore elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Greg Davidson was set to finish his college football career at North Texas in 1979 when Jerry Moore surprised him.

Volleyball: UNT announces 2014 schedule

The North Texas volleyball team released its schedule for the 2014 season, a slate that features a pair of home tournaments and a trip to Lawrence, Kan., for a tournament featuring the Big 12’s Jayhawks and the SEC’s Arkansas Razorbacks.

Baseball talk kick-starts UNT caravan

North Texas continued a long-standing tradition Monday night when talk centered around an old topic for the athletic department — the long-awaited return of the school’s baseball program.

Women's basketball: Coach confirms Hyder will not return

North Texas added a top junior college player to its backcourt on Monday, when coach Mike Petersen confirmed that one of the Mean Green’s starters from last season has elected to transfer.

Beer, Ellis named year’s top athletes

When Monday night was over and the Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet was done, several area athletes and others in the community were recognized for their achievements on and off the field last season.