Women's soccer: Kerestine, rest of Mean Green ‘excited’ she’s back

Jackie Kerestine felt completely out of place at times over the last year while firmly planted on the North Texas bench, her leg swollen and wrapped in a brace.

2014 College Football digital preview

College football is nearly upon us. The Dallas Morning News and Denton Record-Chronicle have teamed up to provide a digital-only college football primer, including all the highlights (and lowlights) of the offseason, bold predictions for the eight area schools, key storylines and, of course, final predictions.

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Football: Young UNT line out to be ‘the baddest’

Jarrian Roberts watched carefully during his first two seasons at North Texas, picking up the tricks of the trade from some of the better defensive players in recent Mean Green history.

Football: Mean Green QB battle enters second scrimmage

Andrew McNulty and Josh Greer have seen opportunities come and go during their competition to take over as North Texas’ starting quarterback.

Football: Lineman chooses UNT

R.D. Wegmann felt a little nervous during Wichita Falls’ annual Fan Fest on Thursday night, when he was scheduled to speak to a crowd of fans, parents and friends.

Thompson takes lead in compensation suit against NCAA

Derek Thompson, North Texas’ former starting quarterback, has agreed to be the lead plaintiff in a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that the NCAA and its member conferences have conspired to deny college athletes adequate compensation for their performances.

Football: UNT safety dashes toward reaching goal

The course of Matthew Dash’s football career has been anything but conventional. The safety has gone from the East Coast to the West Coast, made a stop in junior college and watched national signing day pass him by this year with no destination in sight.


Football: McCarney says UNT closing in on decision time

Dan McCarney talked a whole lot about the questions North Texas faces at the Mean Green’s annual media day on Monday at Apogee Stadium.

Football: McNulty, Greer ‘top two’ after scrimmage

The hunt for a new starting quarterback has been the talk of the first week of North Texas fall practice, and rightly so.

Notebook: UNT eyes QBs entering scrimmage

UNT’s on-again, off-again rivalry with Texas-Arlington in men’s basketball is back on.

Football: Smiley capitalizing on early opportunity

The first few weeks of fall practice represent one of the grand opportunities in the world of college football. Seniors have long since departed and at least a few jobs are typically up for grabs as the days dwindle before teams’ season openers.

Men's basketball: Mean Green conference schedule released

North Texas will find out pretty quickly where it ranks among the Texas teams in Conference USA in its second men’s basketball season in the league this fall.

Women's soccer: Holden scores preseason award

Conference USA coaches got their first look at North Texas forward Rachel Holden last season. The latest indication of how impressed they were arrived Tuesday, when Holden was named the league’s preseason offensive player of the year.

Football: Former Cedar Hill standout transfers to UNT

Aderius Epps, a former Cedar Hill offensive lineman who spent the first two years of his college career at Kansas State, confirmed Tuesday morning that he plans to transfer to North Texas.

Football: Call to Fry now part of UNT preparations

North Texas began fall practice Monday talking a lot about change, just as it has since the end of a milestone season. Several of the standouts who helped lead the Mean Green to a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl were long since gone when UNT’s returning players sprinted onto the field at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility.


Football: UNT has more questions than answers

At this time a year ago, Dan McCarney took a look at what he had to work with in his third season as the Mean Green’s coach and found a long list of certainties.

Women's volleyball: UNT picked fourth in C-USA poll

The North Texas volleyball team was picked to finish fourth in Conference USA’s preseason coaches poll that was released Thursday, when two of UNT’s top players were named to the league’s preseason all-conference team.

Football: New friend helps draw lineman to UNT

One of the ideas behind North Texas’ efforts to bring its top recruiting targets to Denton in June for a series of events was so that they could become familiar with the school, its coaches and current players long before national signing day.

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.