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