Man in the middle

Alec Morris came to North Texas with simple dreams just a few months ago. UNT coach Seth Littrell confirmed on Monday those dreams are about to come to true for the former Alabama quarterback. Morris has been named the Mean Green’s starter for their season opener Saturday against rival SMU.

Women’s soccer: Mean Green rally past Abilene Christian

The North Texas soccer team faced its first adversity of the season Sunday against Abilene Christian. Down two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the game on a hot, muggy afternoon, the Mean Green rallied to score three goals and take a 3-2 win over the visiting Wildcats.

Former tight end could boost passing attack

North Texas searched far and wide over the past few months for wide receivers who could help it transition successfully to a spread offense.

Preston looks to be key in UNT defense

Ashton Preston never imagined his role on the field changing once he arrived at North Texas last season. The Oklahoma native had played cornerback his entire football career, and he was pretty good at it. One recruiting service rated Preston as the second-best player at the position in Oklahoma during his senior season.

Mean Green split first matches of season

Excitement was high at North Texas on Friday as the Mean Green kicked off the volleyball season with two matches. The home squad secured a victory over Nevada but came up short against No. 15 Ohio State.

Mean Green soccer blanls Texas A&M-CC

The Mean Green scored three goals in the opening eight minutes of the second half to jump ahead of visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi after a tepid first half, and North Texas won its third straight game, 4-0.

UNT out to prove worth without Dillard

The North Texas volleyball program had one heck of a place to start when it came to building a successful team over the last four years. Carnae Dillard was just that good.

Football: Two more players join UNT on field

The long wait is over for a pair of junior college players who arrived at North Texas this summer. Darius Turner, a cornerback from Arizona Western, and Quinetin Jackson, a wide receiver from College of DuPage in Illinois, were cleared to join the Mean Green for practice Wednesday.

UNT touts renewed confidence at media day

North Texas went through one of college football’s annual rites of passage on Monday.

UNT bolsters offense with recent addition

Anthony Wyche has spent a whole lot of time since he arrived at North Texas this summer hunkered down in a film room.

Hedlund picks up 300th win

North Texas soccer coach John Hedlund always finds a way to win.

UNT leaning on Holden as season begins

There were times during North Texas’ record-setting season a year ago when Rachel Holden would blend into a cast of standout veteran players.

Defense atop challenges UNT faces this season

One of the biggest challenges North Texas faces heading into its first season under new coach Seth Littrell is improving on the defensive side of the ball — specifically at linebacker.

UNT regents to meet regarding the future of Fouts Field for 2017

The North Texas board of regents will consider a capital improvement plan for 2017 on Thursday that includes the demolition of the remaining half of Fouts Field and the construction of a new track venue at the school.

UNT taps LA Valley pipeline for safety

Michael Sewell Jr. thought he would be in the midst of fall camp at Cal at this point in his career just a few weeks ago. Those plans changed quickly and led to the LA Valley College safety to commit to North Texas late Sunday night.


Ivery back, ready to make impact for UNT

Being back out on the field at Apogee Stadium never felt so good for Willy Ivery, even if it was for only a scrimmage on Saturday morning. The junior running back broke off a 30-yard run and was a key component of UNT’s running back rotation throughout the its first scrimmage of fall workouts.

UNT defense has solid day at practice

A lot has changed for North Texas in terms of the look of its defense from what was expected a few weeks ago before the start of fall camp.


Former UNT golfer Cazaubon tees off this morning in Rio

Former North Texas golfer Rodolfo Cazaubon will tee off in the Olympics this morning.

UNT junior college transfer Baulkman cleared to practice with team

Dontavious Baulkman, a safety from Arizona Western College, is cleared to join UNT in fall practice after meeting NCAA academic qualifying standards, a school spokesman said Wednesday.

UNT men’s team releases non-conference schedule

The North Texas men’s basketball team released the non-conference portion of the 2016-17 its schedule Wednesday. The slate features home games against UT-Arlington, San Diego and road contests at Texas Tech, Rutgers and Sam Houston State.

‘Bigger, stronger’ Mean Green handle heat

The early stages of fall practice present a host of challenges for any college football team preparing for the new season.

Football: Some UNT transfers waiting on grades

North Texas will open fall practice today a little short-handed. The Mean Green signed a large group of junior college transfers who were working to become academically eligible during the summer.


UNT players to report

Seth Littrell realized pretty quickly when he arrived at North Texas just how big a challenge he faced in his first job as a head coach. Littrell had to install his new offense, find a defensive staff to revamp that side of the ball and motivate a whole new batch of players.

QB Smith part of UNT Hall of Fame class

North Texas announced a 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame class Friday that includes Andrew Smith, a former Mean Green quarterback who died in a car crash just before the 2004 season.

UNT lands lineman from Bell

Hurst L.D. Bell offensive lineman Brendon Weatherspoon knew all about what North Texas has to offer as a school and as a football program long before the Mean Green started recruiting him over the last few months.


UNT’s new AD deal richer than its last

New North Texas athletic director Wren Baker has signed a five-year contract with the school that will pay him a base salary of $375,000. The Denton Record-Chronicle obtained a copy of the contract Wednesday morning.

Women's soccer: Coaches pick UNT to win C-USA

The North Texas women’s soccer team is undergoing a pretty significant overhaul after advancing to the NCAA tournament last season.


UNT’s Baker to build program from ground up

Wren Baker spent years working his way from the bottom up in the world of college athletics. Baker vowed to build a winning program the same way on Monday, when he was introduced as the new athletic director at the University of North Texas.

New AD not afraid to make changes if he sees problem

Wren Baker talked extensively about the assets he will have at his disposal now that he officially has taken over as North Texas’ athletic director following his introductory press conference Monday at Apogee Stadium.

Smiley to sit for SMU game after DWI arrest

Turner Smiley, North Texas’ lead returning wide receiver, has been suspended from the team’s season opener against SMU following his arrest last week on DWI charges.


Eye on realignment

One after another, Conference USA’s coaches addressed what everyone knew would be a hot topic this week at the league’s annual football media days. C-USA commissioner Judy MacLeod listened in most of the day and then held court in Irving, where she was peppered with questions about conference realignment.

UNT regents approve Wren Baker as new athletic director

A new era in North Texas athletics officially began on Friday, when the North Texas board of regents voted to approve Wren Baker as the school’s new athletic director. The vote took place in a specially called teleconference.

Football: UNT receiver Smiley arrested on DWI charge

Turner Smiley, a key member of the North Texas football team, was arrested on a DWI charge early Wednesday.

UNT could introduce new AD next week

North Texas likely will wait until next week to hold a press conference to introduce its new athletic director, a school spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

C-USA seeks plan for more TV revenue

IRVING — Conference USA didn’t come away with the financial package it had hoped for in terms of its new television contracts earlier this year. A deal that fell short of expectations has C-USA searching for ways to boost television revenue.

Sources: Baker UNT’s leading AD choice

Wren Baker, the interim athletic director at Missouri, is the leading candidate for the North Texas athletic director’s job, multiple sources have confirmed to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Texas revival sought in C-USA

IRVING — Fred Scott is like a lot of Texas-bred players when it comes to the sense of pride he feels, not just for his own team but for football across the state.

Lack of offensive line depth concerns UNT coach

North Texas was expected to have a few key members of its offensive line returning when the Mean Green finished off their 2015 campaign.

Littrell playing numbers game

IRVING — Most coaches put the finishing touches on their recruiting classes about the time national signing day arrives in early February.

New AD expected to be chosen on Friday

North Texas is expected to have a new athletic director in place by Friday afternoon, when the school will usher in a new era in program history.

Mesquite Horn DT commits to UNT

Mesquite Horn defensive tackle Junius King was planning to hold off a bit longer before deciding where he would continue his football career in college.

UNT paying $20,000 for evaluation

North Texas is paying a pair of Dallas-Fort Worth businessmen $20,000 to evaluate the school’s athletic program. Trip Kuehne and Michael Sicuro signed contracts with UNT on June 7 for $10,000 apiece. Their deals included nondisclosure agreements and stipulated that they report their findings to UNT President Neal Smatresk no later than Aug. 31.


C-USA football media days kick off Monday in Irving

Irving will become the center of the Conference USA football universe for the next two days.

UNT last in C-USA preseason media poll

North Texas will face a huge challenge in its first season under coach Seth Littrell. Just how big that challenge will be came into a little better focus Thursday, when Conference USA released its preseason media poll.

McClain named preseason All-C-USA

Kishawn McClain flew under the radar last season, despite being one of the most productive players in Conference USA. The North Texas safety racked up 110 tackles in 12 games and made play after play for the Mean Green.


A time of transition

Longtime North Texas fan Tony Barone can’t help but feel nervous — and at the same time hopeful — about the future of the North Texas football program following the departure of Rick Villarreal this summer.


Ambivalence at Apogee: UNT’s attendance falters as hopes of success go unrealized

Steven King was among thousands of North Texas fans who banded together to help make the dream of a new football stadium at the school a reality five years ago.

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The race is on

Optimism about North Texas’ athletic program reached new heights on a warm summer afternoon in 2011 when the school announced a naming rights deal for its brand-new football stadium.

Rentfro leaving UNT line

North Texas’ already thin offensive line has taken another hit. Ryan Rentfro, a senior who was listed as UNT’s starting left guard on its post-spring two-deep depth chart, has decided to leave the program.

Basketball: League’s best to play UNT early on

The North Texas men’s basketball team won’t have to wait long to find out how it stacks up against the elite teams in Conference USA this season. UNT will face all four C-USA teams that finished with at least 23 wins a year ago in its first seven conference games this fall.