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.

Soccer: Pineda’s penalty kick takes down UTEP

EL PASO — The North Texas soccer team used a big stop on defense and then converted a penalty kick on the other end of the field to come up with a 1-0 overtime victory at UTEP on Friday night.

Volleyball: UNT sweeps Louisiana Tech

North Texas soared past a struggling Louisiana Tech squad 25-22, 25-14, 25-9, improving to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in Conference USA.

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Football: ‘White Mamba’ gets it done

There was a time in college football just a few years ago when players in the mold of North Texas junior Jarrod Lynn were a vital part of offenses. Oklahoma, Texas and most every other team around would line up a fullback and ask him to produce nothing more than the old cliche “three yards and a cloud of dust.”

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Football: Safeties first

Even now, as he stalks the sidelines of practice fields at Indiana, Noah Joseph has a reminder of one of the highlights of his coaching career strapped to his wrist.

Volleyball: Rice knocks off host Mean Green in four sets

North Texas jumped out to a quick lead but dropped three straight sets to fall 14-25, 32-30, 25-21, 25-20 at home to Rice on Wednesday.

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.