Women’s soccer: Phillips, Holden shine as UNT seeks first C-USA title

Tori Phillips realized just how different life in college would be a few weeks ago when she plopped down in her seat before one of her first classes at North Texas. Phillips took a look around and realized she was one face in a crowd of 700.

Volleyball: Godrey digs in on defense while embracing role

Eboni Godfrey spent a lot of time and energy over the years trying to prove that she was the exception to a rather fundamental rule when it comes to playing volleyball — that it helps to be tall.

UNT notebook: McCarney: McNulty, Williams both to play

Andrew McNulty will enter North Texas’ bye week atop the depth chart, but he won’t be the only quarterback who will see time for the Mean Green when they face Florida Atlantic on Nov. 8.

Men’s basketball: Pantego Christian center commits to UNT

Rickey Brice was looking for more than just a college where he could continue his basketball career when he began sorting through a long list of scholarship offers over the last few months.

Vito: North Texas struggles to fill QB void

Turn back the calendar a few weeks and one could find a time when a reasonable debate could have taken place when it comes to the strength of North Texas’ stable of quarterbacks. UNT had a solid junior college prospect who had arrived in Josh Greer, a talented redshirt freshman in Dajon Williams and a career backup who knew the Mean Green’s system in Andrew McNulty.

Soccer: UNT clinches share of C-USA season title

The North Texas soccer team clinched a share of the regular season conference championship with a 2-0 win against Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Volleyball: UNT sweeps FIU at home

The Mean Green swept Florida International in dominant fashion on Sunday (25-17, 25-17, 27-25), en route to its third consecutive victory.

Football: Four on the floor

HOUSTON — All signs pointed toward North Texas finally breaking out of a debilitating slide Saturday heading into the second half of its game against Rice.

Notebook: Turnovers hinder UNT efforts

HOUSTON — Dan McCarney frequently talks about his plan to win at North Texas that has a significant section on turnovers. UNT continued to struggle to stick to that part of the script Saturday in a 41-21 loss to Rice after excelling at it a year ago.

Football: Woeful second half wastes fast start

HOUSTON — A hot start for North Texas in its game against Rice quickly fizzled Saturday. The Mean Green scored on three of their first five possessions.

Volleyball roundup: Pioneers take final three sets at MSU

North Texas, after dropping the first set, stormed back to defeat Florida Atlantic 23-25. 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 on Friday night.

Football: Red-hot Owls openly seek revenge vs. UNT

North Texas coach Dan McCarney took one look at the challenge the Mean Green will face today when they travel to Rice and equated it to simple math. The Owls are riding a three-game winning streak and had two weeks to rest and prepare for the Mean Green, who have lost three straight and are preparing for their fourth game in four weeks.

Soccer: UNT whips Charlotte to stay in control

The North Texas soccer team inched one step closer to the Conference USA championship with a 5-0 win over visiting Charlotte on Friday.

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Football: Given chance, McClain shines

Kishawn McClain saw his opportunity the moment Southern Mississippi wide receiver Casey Martin cut toward the middle of the field last week at Apogee Stadium.

Basketball: Freshman Combs impresses at hoops preview

Jeremy Combs made quite the impression during his unofficial debut at North Texas on Thursday during the school’s Basketball Madness tipoff event at the Super Pit. The freshman from Dallas Carter made a host of athletic plays during a scrimmage and then won a dunk contest at the end of the night.

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Football: McNulty’s work, wait pay off

The trips to Iowa State are what Andrew McNulty remembers most about the genesis of a relationship that would shape his life in ways he never imagined.

UNT notebook: UNT longs for days of better defense

There was a time not too long ago when North Texas posted its best performance in decades in terms of containing an opponent’s running game.

Football: McNulty cuts down turnovers, likely to keep job

Andrew McNulty didn’t quite manage to lead North Texas out of a late-season slide last week. What the junior did accomplish was making a big enough impression on Dan McCarney to get a second shot at finishing the task.

Soccer: Pineda’s late penalty lifts Mean Green past Florida International

MIAMI — Karla Pineda converted the game-winning penalty in the 88th minute to give the North Texas soccer team a 2-1 victory against Florida International on Sunday afternoon.

Brett Vito: Slide raises question: Why isn’t program capitalizing?

The assumption when North Texas made the move to Conference USA a couple of years ago was that life would get easier for the Mean Green.

Football: Golden Eagles take down UNT

Andrew McNulty has spent most of his career standing on the sideline watching a long line of quarterbacks take their turn guiding North Texas’ offense.

Notebook: Golden Eagles find ground attack

North Texas seemed to have a big edge heading into its game against Southern Mississippi when it came to the Mean Green’s normally stout rushing defense.

Football: Harris keeps Mean Green in game

Carlos Harris faced one-on-one coverage for most of North Texas’ game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday at Apogee Stadium. The junior made the most of it.

Football: Struggling UNT defense faces Southern Miss

Derek Akunne fondly remembers the heights North Texas reached defensively last season, when the Mean Green held pretty much everyone they faced in check. UNT made big play after big play in key spots, which had a lot to do with the Mean Green winning seven of their last eight games, including a victory over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. That experience has made the last two weeks tough on the senior, who wants nothing more than to see UNT return to form, beginning with a Conference USA game tonight against Southern Mississippi (2-4, 0-2 C-USA).

Soccer: UNT suffers first loss in C-USA play

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic scored two early goals to hand North Texas its first conference loss.

Football: QB among questions as UNT hits halfway

Dajon Williams seemed like he might not have any problem at all adjusting to his newfound role as North Texas’ starting quarterback not too long ago.

Basketball: UNT coaches entering key season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala — Tony Benford can sense a difference in North Texas’ men’s program heading into his third season. UNT’s players understand what he wants to accomplish and how he wants to go about getting there. The former Marquette assistant also has had a chance to go shopping when it comes to recruiting.

Basketball notebook: UNT preparing as if Reese will be eligible

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — North Texas isn’t sure if J-Mychal Reese will be able to play this season, but that doesn’t mean the former Texas A&M standout isn’t getting a whole lot of work in preseason practice.

UNT notebook: UNT not ready ‘to throw in the towel’

Little has gone the way North Texas had hoped this football season. The Mean Green have been blown out more than once and blew an opportunity to get off to a quick start in Conference USA play.

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Football: UNT QB situation: Back to drawing board

North Texas is right back where it has spent a whole lot of time since the end of its breakout season of a year ago.

Soccer: Mean Green remains atop C-USA standings

HOUSTON — The North Texas soccer team remains in first place in the Conference USA standings after playing to a 1-1 draw with Rice on Sunday afternoon in Houston.

Brett Vito: Reality setting in for UNT

Through the first five weeks of the season, there always seemed to be a perfectly plausible explanation for what has ailed North Texas, or at least a pretty good reason to feel like the Mean Green could turn their season around.

Football: Blazers burn UNT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Dan McCarney thought back Saturday on the difference North Texas’ breakout season a year ago made for the Mean Green and all the obstacles that toppled thanks to that one winning season.

Notebook: Jimmerson provides spark

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Not much went right for North Texas offensively in its game at UAB on Saturday. Quarterback Dajon Williams struggled and the Mean Green turned the ball over five times in a 56-21 loss that might have been worse had it not been for Antoinne Jimmerson.

Football: UAB plan to neutralize Williams pays off

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Dajon Williams sat alone on the North Texas bench when tight end Marcus Smith walked up, put a hand on his shoulder pads and offered words of encouragement late Saturday afternoon.

Football: UNT in familiar spot with season on line

North Texas’ margin for error has pretty much vanished five games into Dan McCarney’s fourth season. UNT lost its Conference USA opener to Louisiana Tech and dropped under the .500 mark last week with a loss to Indiana, a setback that left the Mean Green teetering on the edge of seeing their season spiral downhill heading into a game today at UAB.

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Football: ‘Z-Ro’ aims to be a standout for UNT

Sir Calvin Wallace is quick to point out, he’s no zero. Never was, even though that common misconception has persisted ever since the former Tyler Chapel Hill defensive tackle arrived at North Texas back in 2012. Not long after, word spread that his colorful nickname is Z-Ro due to his uncanny resemblance to the Houston rapper.

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Football: Harris handles the workload

The wide receiver who is the most vital to his team in Conference USA isn’t the tallest guy in the league and readily admits he is probably not the fastest either. He didn’t even make the preseason all-league team, not that it bothered him.

Women's basketball: Preseason Conference USA polls announced

North Texas was picked to finish in a tie for ninth in Conference USA’s preseason women’s basketball poll that was released on Wednesday. The Mean Green finished in a tie for seventh in their first season in the league last year and will have a largely different team in coach Mike Petersen’s third season.

Basketball: No UNT players named to team

North Texas was noticeably absent when Conference USA released its preseason men’s basketball poll and all-league team on Tuesday.

UNT notebook: Effective run game could be magic bullet

North Texas seems to have all the ingredients to make its running game a potent weapon — especially in Conference USA. The Mean Green have a veteran offensive line with two preseason all-conference picks in Cyril Lemon and Mason Y’Barbo, not to mention a host of experienced running backs.

Football: McCarney: Mean Green ‘not as talented’

There were times last season when North Texas didn’t need to excel in all phases of a game to come out with a win. The Mean Green’s standout defense was perfectly capable of carrying the load. UNT forced turnovers in vital spots and came up with defensive touchdowns in wins over Rice and Louisiana Tech when the Mean Green’s offense struggled. When UNT coach Dan McCarney looks at his team five games into its season, he sees an entirely different situation.

Brett Vito: Football: Williams masking different problems

Ever since he was named North Texas’ starting quarterback a couple of weeks ago, Dajon Williams hasn’t just ranked as a hot topic of conversation when it comes to the Mean Green.

Basketball: Mean Green basketball to begin practice

Jordan Williams was an unlikely candidate to lead North Texas in rebounding last year. The North Texas guard is listed a 6-6 and was far from the tallest, or strongest player on the Mean Green’s roster. That didn’t matter in a season that Williams used quickness and a whole lot of tenacity to pull down a team-best 6.3 rebounds a game.

Soccer: UNT improves to 4-0 in C-USA

Football: Hoosiers soar past UNT, 49-24

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Dajon Williams put on an electric performance in his first North Texas start two weeks ago that pumped life into the Mean Green’s offense, not to mention a whole lot of excitement into their season.

Notebook: UNT run defense sees streak end

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — North Texas entered its game against Indiana having not allowed a running back to clear the 100-yard mark in its last five games, dating back to last season.

Football: Indiana finds success through air

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tevin Coleman ranked No. 1 on the list of concerns for North Texas’ defense heading into its game at Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium — and for good reason.

Roundup: Lady Buffs rally past Pioneers

The North Texas men and women showed at the Chile Pepper Festival that they are able to go toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the country.

Football: UNT hits road for Big Ten test

North Texas has been about as inconsistent as one could possibly imagine through the first four games of its season. The Mean Green have looked great at times, terrible at others and switched starting quarterbacks while leaving one pretty important question unanswered: Just how good — or bad — is this team, anyway? The answer could be a lot easier to discern after the Mean Green’s showdown with Indiana on the road today.