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.

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UNT tops Rice in double OT

HOUSTON — Jareid Combs crashed into the middle of Rice’s line and met running back Darik Dillard right at the line of scrimmage Saturday night at Rice Stadium. The Mean Green’s players poured onto the field seconds later to celebrate a dramatic 42-35 double-overtime win and a landmark moment in the first season of coach Seth Littrell’s tenure with the Mean Green.

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Giving ball to Wilson pays off

HOUSTON — North Texas fed Jeffrey Wilson the ball over and over again Saturday night in its game against Rice. The Mean Green figured that strategy would pay off eventually.

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UNT notebook: UNT defense overcomes slow start

HOUSTON — North Texas got off to a rough start defensively in its game against Rice. The Mean Green made the plays they needed to defensively at the end to make up for that slow start.

UNT begins conference quest at Rice

Seth Littrell couldn’t remember the last time he experienced a game quite like the one North Texas played a week ago at Florida. Littrell came to UNT this season with a reputation as an offensive guru after finding success as a coordinator at North Carolina and Indiana, schools better known for their basketball programs. The Mean Green’s new head coach just couldn’t get UNT on track in a shutout loss to the Gators.

C-USA not as strong as past for UNT

North Texas has gotten off to a rough start in its first season under new coach Seth Littrell.The good news for the Mean Green heading into their Conference USA opener against Rice on Saturday is they...

Football: UNT’s Wheeler feels online heat after Florida game

Joshua Wheeler could feel himself losing control after stumbling over a Florida player Saturday as he closed in on Luke Del Rio during North Texas’ game against the Gators. The UNT junior linebacker didn’t know it then, but he was about to become infamous among fans of one of college football’s storied programs.

UNT notebook: Conflict surrounds UNT’s Wheeler after hit

North Texas coach Seth Littrell fired back at Florida coach Jim McElwain and others who criticized Mean Green linebacker Joshua Wheeler following UNT’s loss to Florida during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

UNT falls to Baylor in 3-1 battle

WACO — The North Texas volleyball team fell to the Baylor Bears 25-14, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23 in its final match before beginning Conference USA play on Friday.

UNT notebook: Houston Heights cornerback commits to UNT

The more Cameron Johnson talked to the North Texas football team’s coaches over the past few weeks, the more he felt like a priority in recruiting. The attention UNT and cornerbacks coach Nate Brown gave the Houston Heights cornerback paid off on Sunday when Johnson committed to play for the Mean Green.

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No. 23 Florida smothers UNT offense in 32-0 decision

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — North Texas knew heading into the first season of Seth Littrell’s coaching tenure that its new spread offense would be a work in progress, especially with a freshman quarterback.

UNT soccer opens C-USA play with victory

HOUSTON — The North Texas soccer team began defending its regular-season Conference USA title on the road Sunday night, and it had to overcome a rough start.

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UNT notebook: Mean Green defense shines at times against Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — North Texas knew it was in for a challenge when it came to slowing down a Florida offense that entered Saturday’s game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on a bit of a roll.

Mean Green upend Trojans in four sets

NACOGDOCHES — After splitting its first two matches of the Holiday Inn Express SFA Volleyball Invitational, North Texas ended the weekend in the win column, defeating Arkansas-Little Rock 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 26-24 on Saturday.

UNT takes road slide to Swamp

Fred Scott is one of the last players left on North Texas’ roster who remembers winning away from the confines of Apogee Stadium. Scott was a freshman in 2013 when the Mean Green beat Tulsa 42-10 on the road in their regular-season finale. Two years and 13 road games have passed since that night without UNT tasting victory in a hostile environment.

Own goal sinks UNT in 1-0 loss to Horns

AUSTIN — North Texas went toe-to-toe with Texas but was hurt by an own goal and lost 1-0 Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

UNT splits two at SFA

NACOGDOCHES — North Texas split its matches at the Holiday Inn Express SFA Volleyball Invitational, sweeping Incarnate Word and falling to Stephen F. Austin on Day 1.

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Work pays off for ‘smooth’ Robinson

Willie Robinson had his heart set on playing for North Texas as the days counted down to national signing day in 2015. The former Tyler Junior College standout had a scholarship offer and felt comfortable with the idea of playing for the Mean Green. One call changed the course of his career.

Football: Nonconference slate on table as Baker aims to build UNT program

Wren Baker is sorting through a host of challenges in his new role as North Texas’ athletic director. Football scheduling is near the top of that list as UNT prepares for its game at No. 23 Florida on Saturday.

UNT hires Martin as athletic CFO

North Texas has hired Stacy Martin as deputy director of athletics and chief financial officer. Martin is the CFO of the American Athletic Conference.UNT athletic director Wren Baker announced Wednesday...

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UNT notebook: UNT rolling with current QB arrangement

North Texas’ quarterback situation changed dramatically a week ago. UNT coach Seth Littrell said Tuesday that the Mean Green are sticking with the new status quo heading into a game Saturday at No. 23 Florida. Littrell made a switch last week, elevating freshman Mason Fine to the starting lineup. The Mean Green also continued to use senior Alec Morris.

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UNT notebook: Cedar Hill forward commits to play at North Texas

Zach Simmons spent a whole lot of time planted on the bench at Cedar Hill last season due to a broken leg. That time away from the game made realizing his dream of landing a Division I scholarship all the more rewarding for the 6-foot-9 forward who committed to play for North Texas on Sunday.

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Brett Vito: Fine may be different from former young QBs at UNT

Mason Fine didn’t have time to think a whole lot about the situation after he tucked the ball and took off running during North Texas’ game against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night.

UNT can’t find net in loss to Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Despite a strong performance by the Mean Green defense, the North Texas soccer team could not come up with an equalizer, falling 1-0 to No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday night at Razorback Field.

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Littrell Fine with first win

Seth Littrell has described Mason Fine in glowing terms ever since he arrived at North Texas over the summer. Littrell said the freshman is calm, collected — and most of all — fearless. Those traits were on display during the Mean Green’s 41-20 win against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at Apogee Stadium, especially the fearless part.

UNT defense bounces back

North Texas didn’t need long to recover from a tough night defensively in its season opener against SMU. The Mean Green played their first game since struggling in a loss to the Mustangs and looked a whole lot better in a 41-20 win against Bethune-Cookman at Apogee Stadium.

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Mean Green make mark on ground

The idea when Seth Littrell took over as North Texas’ head coach in the offeason was to “let it fly” in the passing game. UNT did just that in its 41-20 win over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at Apogee Stadium, but it was the Mean Green’s ground game that made the big difference. UNT pounded away for 329 rushing yards.

UNT looks to avoid FCS repeat

North Texas is in the midst of a new start under coach Seth Littrell and his largely revamped staff. But that doesn’t mean UNT has forgotten recent history, especially not this week as the Mean Green prepare for their game against Bethune-Cookman at 6 tonight at Apogee Stadium. The Wildcats compete on the Football Championship Subdivision level, one step below the Mean Green and the Football Bowl Subdivision.

UNT soccer routs Texas Southern

North Texas rebounded from its first loss with a dominant win against Texas Southern 7-1.

Fine’s TD drive fuels buzz

The final seconds of North Texas’ game against SMU were bleeding off the clock at Apogee Stadium on Saturday when Seth Littrell approached one of his top young players. UNT’s coach wanted to know if Mason Fine wanted to play at the end of the 34-21 loss. The freshman’s answer changed the course of his career, UNT’s plans for the future and quite possibly a lot more heading into the Mean Green’s game Saturday against Bethune-Cookman.

UNT’s new faces

Tyler Jermstad was busy grilling fajitas Saturday afternoon before North Texas’ season opener against SMU at Apogee Stadium when a couple of unexpected guests dropped by. Jermstad couldn’t believe it when he turned away from his smoker and saw new North Texas athletic director Wren Baker and recently hired right-hand man Jared Mosley standing there in the stadium parking lot — hands extended.

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UNT notebook: UNT looks to keep attacking, limit errors

Part of the idea behind North Texas’ move to a 3-3-5 defense heading into the first season of the Seth Littrell era was the creation of a few more game-changing plays. UNT vowed to attack under new coordinators...

Fine could see more snaps

North Texas’ quarterback situation changed during a loss to SMU on Saturday. How much it changed is something Seth Littrell will keep a secret until the next time the Mean Green play. UNT’s new coach said heading into the season senior transfer Alec Morris would start, and freshman Mason Fine could see time depending on the way things played out.

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Brett Vito: Saturday’s stumble shows how far UNT has to go

There’s nothing quite like the offseason in college football when it comes to raising expectations.

Trio of second-half goals bury UNT

EUGENE, Ore. — The North Texas soccer team held Oregon scoreless in the first half but could not hold off the Ducks’ offensive pressure in the second period as the Mean Green suffered their first loss of the season, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon.

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Sputtering start

Seth Littrell vowed to usher in a new era of success at North Texas after taking over as the Mean Green’s coach back in December. An old rival showed just how far UNT has to go to make that dream a reality at Apogee Stadium on Saturday night.

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UNT’s defense struggles to limit big plays

North Texas hopes to improve dramatically defensively this season, thanks to the arrival of some talented transfers, not to mention new coordinators Mike Ekeler and Troy Reffett.

Morris up-and-down in first UNT performance

Alec Morris started at quarterback for North Texas on Saturday night in its season-opener against SMU.The opportunity marked the culmination of a long journey for the former Allen standout.Morris signed...

UNT drops two matches

OREM, Utah — The North Texas Mean Green dropped both of its matches on Saturday in Day 2 of the Utah Valley Invitational in Orem, Utah. In match one, North Texas (2-6) opened with the San Jose State Spartans. After a quick turnaround between matches, North Texas struggled to find its rhythm.

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SMU in town for Littrell’s debut

Matt Davis seemed like a one-man show in the fourth quarter of North Texas’ game against rival SMU last season. UNT had a slim lead before Davis got going. First he threw a touchdown pass. Then he broke off a 50-yard touchdown run, then another from 14 yards out to lead the Mustangs by the Mean Green. UNT will be out for revenge for that 31-13 loss tonight in Seth Littrell’s debut as the Mean Green’s coach.

UNT ties host Beavers

CORVALLIS, Ore. — North Texas stayed undefeated after going toe to toe with Oregon State on Friday night. The Mean Green played the Beavers to a double-overtime scoreless draw.

UNT’s Roberts ready to make plays after recovering from injury

One tiny bone turned out to be a pretty big problem for Jarrian Roberts since the end of his junior season last winter. Roberts was one of the few playmakers whom North Texas’ much-maligned defense featured in 2015. The defensive end led the Mean Green with 6 1/2 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

Baker adds COO to department

Wren Baker unveiled plans to add two top-level athletic department officials shortly after he took over as North Texas’ athletic director last month.

Football: K-State grad Hood at UNT to see young son, stuff opponents

Demonte Hood felt like he had reached a crossroads in life a few months ago, following his junior season at Kansas State. The former Arlington Bowie standout had earned a degree and a role as a run-stopping backup defensive tackle with the Wildcats.

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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.