Brett Vito: Offensive big men take charge in protection

Trey Keenan made his way into what amounted to an oversized closet at Michie Stadium on Saturday night for an assignment that is a rarity for players like the former Argyle standout.

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Football: UNT topples Army as 18-point underdog

WEST POINT, N.Y. — North Texas came into its first season under coach Seth Littrell hoping to author one of the more remarkable turnaround tales in program history.

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Football: UNT's Wilson surprises against strong rush defense

WEST POINT, N.Y. — North Texas coach Seth Littrell took a look at what Army’s defense does best heading into the teams’ game on Saturday and came to what seemed like a reasonable conclusion.

Football: UNT defense holds up vs. Army option attack

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Seth Littrell spoke over the last few days about how a fortuitously timed bye could help North Texas prepare for the challenges Army’s option offense would present.The way the Mean Green...

UNT prepared to face unfamiliar option offense

Kishawn McClain knows a thing or two about option offenses. In that way, North Texas’ starting safety will have a jump on his teammates heading into a key game at Army today.

Schoening, UNT shut out Charlotte

There was a lot on the line in Friday’s game between North Texas and Charlotte. The winner would take command of Conference USA. The Mean Green were defending their regular-season title from last year without the help of star forward Rachel Holden.


Brace for impact

Seth Littrell has emphasized a simple task throughout his first season as North Texas’ coach — get a week better every week.

Madness falls upon Super Pit

Shane Tamara leaped over teammate for a thunderous slam to capture the dunk contest and punctuate what both North Texas basketball coaches described as a successful debut Thursday at Mean Green Madness.


Long, hard road

Eric Jenkins envisioned basketball as his ticket to a better life while growing up in New Orleans, where he sometimes went hungry or worried about where he’d find the money for bus fare to school. It wasn’t until Jenkins’ time at Miller-McCoy Academy was coming to an end that he looked around the gym and reconsidered.

UNT notebook: Week off serves UNT well before facing Army

North Texas found out the hard way a year ago just how big a of difference a bye week can make for a team. UNT had an off week during the 2015 season, but it came on the opening Saturday of the year. The Mean Green were forced to plow through 12 games in 12 weeks as a result.

UNT notebook: UNT looks to reclaim conference soccer crown

North Texas isn’t in its familiar spot atop the Conference USA soccer standings heading into the stretch run of the season. The Mean Green have a chance to change that in their last four games before the conference tournament, beginning with a key showdown with Charlotte on Friday at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Florida Atlantic upends UNT

The North Texas volleyball team lost in heartbreaking fashion, dropping a Conference USA match 3-2 to Florida Atlantic. The loss ended the Mean Green’s three-match winning streak.


‘Only a play away’

Brandon Garner’s contributions to North Texas’ surprising start were easy to overlook earlier this season. The sacks that fellow linebacker Joshua Wheeler posted and the interceptions safety Kishawn McClain hauled in overshadowed what Garner accomplished coming off the bench as a reserve.

Navarro QB chooses UNT

Devlin Isadore looked like one of the nation’s best junior college quarterbacks this fall at Navarro before an injury cut his season short.

Mean Green pick up key victory at UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The North Texas soccer team picked up a crucial road victory with a 1-0 win against UAB on Friday at BBVA Compass Field.

UNT continues streak with win over UTEP

North Texas moved its winning streak to three matches with a 25-20, 25-21, 25-11 Conference USA home victory over the UTEP Miners.

Junior helping UNT fill big void

Amanda Chamberlain operated in a supporting role last season with the North Texas volleyball team. All but one of the Mean Green’s players did just that during what amounted to a victory lap for Carnae Dillard, one of the best players in program history. The challenge for UNT this season has been finding a way to fill the void that Dillard left.


UNT request signals desire to build, including indoor practice facility

Seth Littrell already has created a palpable buzz about the direction of North Texas’ football program in his first season as the Mean Green’s head coach. The moves that new athletic director Wren Baker is making off the field are quickly adding steam at a time when UNT’s program appears to be headed in the right direction.

Women’s basketball: Mitchell has UNT poised to move up in C-USA

IRVING — Jalie Mitchell was in a much better place Wednesday when she arrived at Conference USA headquarters for her second go-round as Mean Green coach during the league’s annual media days. UNT was an afterthought at media days a year ago after winning just five games the previous season.

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Benford: UNT will pair talent, experience

IRVING — Over the course of his first four seasons at North Texas, Tony Benford has coached teams with a high talent level and others with a load of experience. Benford says the Mean Green will have the best of both when they open their season next month.

UNT confident it can fill void left by Katenda

North Texas didn’t lose much after last season in terms of players who contributed on a regular basis. The one key player UNT did see depart after his senior season was forward Eric Katenda.

UNT notebook: Media days set to kick off hoops season

The college basketball season will get off to an unofficial start over the next two days, when the head coaches from Conference USA gather for the league’s annual media days.


Brett Vito: UNT’s win against Marshall fosters hope for turnaround

For the past decade or so, there has been lingering skepticism that has accompanied most of North Texas’ big wins.

UNT suffers first C-USA loss

SAN ANTONIO — The North Texas soccer team was handed its first Conference USA loss of the season, losing 3-0 to UTSA on Sunday afternoon.


Fake punt conversion sparks North Texas to 17-point win against Marshall

North Texas punter Eric Keena might not look like the biggest running threat the Mean Green have rolled out on the field this season, especially when compared to star junior Jeffrey Wilson.


Wilson, ground game find success in UNT’s win

North Texas faced no bigger challenge heading into its game against Marshall than finding a way to get its running game rolling.


Fine gets the job done for UNT, knows he can improve

Mason Fine was far from the star of North Texas’ win against Marshall on Saturday night at Apogee Stadium.

Marshall totes another top QB to Denton

One of the top quarterbacks in Conference USA caused North Texas all kinds of problems last week in a loss to Middle Tennessee. The experience of being carved up for 295 yards and two touchdowns by Brent Stockstill wasn’t a pleasant one for UNT, but it could pay dividends today when the Mean Green host Marshall.

Mean Green post road victory at UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala — The North Texas volleyball team won its second consecutive road match Friday with a 25-16, 18-25, 25-15, 25-13 victory over UAB.

UNT blanks UTEP 1-0

EL PASO — For the second straight game, Hailey Sutton scored an early goal for North Texas, and the Mean Green won their fourth straight C-USA game, knocking off Texas-El Paso 1-0 Friday night.


UNT O-line still adjusting

Seth Littrell knew heading into his first season at North Texas that his offensive line probably would need time to adjust. The Mean Green were set to move from a run-first system to a spread attack, all while replacing a few key players.

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Football: UNT just 2-6 since strong start at Apogee Stadium

Former North Texas wide receiver Brelan Chancellor felt like he and his teammates were almost invincible when they lined up at Apogee Stadium just a few years ago. The Mean Green won early and often at home after the venue opened in 2011, leading website Prediction Machine to declare that UNT had the best home-field advantage in college football.


Littrell: Key for UNT is being consistent

Seth Littrell kept coming back to a single issue Tuesday while discussing the problems North Texas has faced offensively this season. The Mean Green’s head coach didn’t single out his offensive line, quarterback, receivers or any other position group. He said UNT’s problems are widespread and all come down to finding a way to be more consistent.

UNT notebook: Freshman standout takes over in net for UNT

North Texas goalkeeper coach Matt Montayne kept telling Miranda Schoening her time would come at some point this season with the Mean Green soccer team. That time arrived on Sunday, when the highly regarded freshman came through with a stellar performance in an unexpected start.

JUCO guard commits to Mean Green basketball

Amaad Wainright is expected to bounce back from a broken foot in a big way this fall at Trinity Valley Community College. North Texas is banking on it after the 6-4 guard committed to continue his career with the Mean Green in the 2017-18 season.


Brett Vito: No. 1 on UNT’s fix-it list has to be its O-line

When Seth Littrell took over as North Texas’ coach back in December and vowed to “tee it high and let it fly,” the immediate question became whether the Mean Green could find a quarterback to make a spread system work.

Mean Green sweep Louisiana Tech

RUSTON, La. — North Texas swept Louisiana Tech on the road Sunday with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-20. The Mean Green (8-11, 2-2 C-USA) received a team effort victory with 14 of their kills being split between five players.


Stuck in the middle

North Texas couldn’t have gotten off to a better start against old rival Middle Tennessee on Saturday in its Conference USA home opener. The Mean Green took the opening kickoff and looked like a fine-tuned machine while marching down the field for a quick touchdown.

Defense holds on as long as it can

North Texas put a whole lot of pressure on its defense to hold one of Conference USA’s top offenses in check while struggling to get anything going offensively Saturday night.


UNT notebook: MTSU keeps Wilson in check

A showdown between two of the top running backs in Conference USA was a stalemate for most of the way in North Texas’ game with Middle Tennessee on Saturday night at Apogee Stadium.

UNT, Middle Tennessee meet as division leaders

North Texas enters its first home game of the Conference USA season coming off a memorable come-from-behind win against Rice to open league play. In that regard, UNT and Middle Tennessee are in a similar position today for a surprising battle between teams atop the league standings in the early going.

UNT hires external affairs executive

North Texas has hired Ryan Peck as its new executive senior associate athletic director for external affairs.

Mean Green rally falls short

SAN ANTONIO — North Texas lost in five sets Friday night at Texas-San Antonio, 25-20, 25-22, 29-31, 16-25, 15-9, after losing the first two sets.

UNT eyes turning point

North Texas finds itself in a familiar situation heading into its game against Middle Tennessee on Saturday at Apogee Stadium. The Mean Green picked up a huge win in their Conference USA opener against Rice and are looking to start stringing wins together.


Report highly critical of UNT athletics

The University of North Texas athletic department is plagued by poor communication, inadequate customer service, dilapidated facilities and lack of funding, according to a report from consultants released Wednesday.

Football: Secondary front and center as UNT enters key stretch

North Texas cornerback Chad Davis has long believed the Mean Green have the makings of an elite secondary this season. The Mean Green have four returning starters and UNT’s only preseason All-Conference USA selection in safety Kishawn McClain.

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UNT notebook: Win shows UNT that practice pays off

Breaking through for a win against Rice last week was significant for North Texas for several reasons. The victory snapped a 14-game road losing streak and came in UNT’s Conference USA opener.

UNT notebook: UNT soccer faces crucial weekend match

The North Texas soccer team will have a long week off to prepare for a key match early in the Conference USA season this weekend.

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Brett Vito: UNT shows newfound grit in comeback win against Rice

There were times not too long ago when North Texas might as well have packed it in and gone home when it found itself in a situation like the one it face Saturday night at Rice.

UNT earns 1st C-USA volleyball win against Florida International

Emma Eakin and Holly Milam led the North Texas volleyball team to its first Conference USA victory of the year, sweeping Florida International on Sunday afternoon.