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  1. Fresno State head coach Justin Hutson has added his fourth commitment for the 2023 recruiting class. North Texas bounce-back recruit Mykell Robinson announced his commitment to the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

    Robinson is a 6-foot-7 wing who spent the past two years at the junior college level. He comes off of a double-digit scoring season with two years of eligibility. Robinson chose Fresno State over reported offers from Alabama State, Charleston Southern, Hampton, Louisiana-Monroe, UW-Milwaukee and Northwestern State.

    Originally out of Missouri City (Texas) Sunrise Christian, Robinson signed with North Texas over reported offers from Tulsa, Minnesota, Wyoming, Austin Peay, UMass, Mississippi Valley State, Mount St. Mary’s and San Diego. He spent one season with the Mean Green, appearing briefly in 13 games as a true freshman during the pandemic-impacted 2020-21 season.

    read more:  https://247sports.com/college/fresno-state/Article/Fresno-State-basketball-Mykell-Robinson-commits-commitment-North-Texas-Ranger-College-Dodge-City-forward--208587195/

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  2. The North Texas Mean Green mascot is one of the more confusing nickname/mascot mismatches in college football, so we attempted to explain it.

    As the North Texas Mean Green prepare for their first season in the AAC, we dive into the history of the Mean Green mascot — one of the more confusing mascot/nickname mismatches in college football.

    What Is the North Texas Mean Green Mascot?

    “Scrappy” is the Mean Green mascot, a larger-than-life eagle with a pointed, ferocious, beak that encapsulates the “mean” element of the program’s moniker. Unlike most eagles you’ll find in a zoo or the wild, the North Texas mascot has an impressive wingspan in a shade of the team’s distinctive green, while sporting the uniform of the sports team it represents.

    We know what you’re thinking. What on earth has an eagle got to do with “Mean Green”? Well, the Mean Green mascot actually refers to the program’s long-held official nickname rather than the current and well-known moniker.

    Although the program was formed in 1913, North Texas spent its first years without a formal mascot. Having been referred to as “the Normal Boys” and “Normalities” early on, it was decided in the early 1920s that the program needed an official mascot.

    Like in-state rivals Texas State, the student body wanted to find a nickname that was unique to the program. The focus for North Texas was discovering a name that would be unique in the state of Texas. As a result, Eagles was chosen over Dragons and Hawks.

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    North Texas was officially known as the Eagles in 1922, but the Mean Green mascot remained absent until 1950, when a live Golden Eagle made an appearance at an October clash with Oklahoma Tech.

    READ MORE:  https://collegefootballnetwork.com/north-texas-mean-green-mascot-history/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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  3. LAS VEGAS – For the first time in program history, the UNT men’s basketball team won the National Invitation Tournament title, taking down UAB 68-61 Thursday night inside Orleans Arena.

    The Mean Green continued its impressive stretch of winning titles as they have now won a championship trophy in four consecutive seasons and will close the season at 31-7 overall, setting a school record for wins in a single-season. The Mean Green also became the first team in Conference USA to win the NIT since 2002.

    “What a remarkable day,” said head coach Grant McCasland. “Such a blessing, and it's God's blessing to be around these guys every day. You get to the end and you always hope you get to play in the last game of a tournament, and the hard work of the staff and these guys is what put them in this position.”

    Senior Tylor Perry once again put on a show as he scored 20+ points for the fourth time in five NIT contests to be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Perry finished the night with 20 points, a season-high five steals and three assists to lead UNT to its third win over the Blazers in four tries this season.

    Kai Huntsberry was also fantastic in the win, scoring a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists.

    “(My team) lifted me up so much throughout the year,” Perry said. “And it didn't stop tonight. I couldn't be more proud of this group.”

    Late in the contest, North Texas found itself down 53-52 but were able to outscore UAB 16-8 over the final 6:22 of the contest to take home the crown.

    UNT hit each of its first four shots of the game to start the contest on a 10-2 run, fueled by five points from Kai Huntsberry, over the first 3:11.

    Trailing 12-4, UAB responded with 11 straight points of their own, nine of which came from Jordan Walker, to take a 15-12 lead at the under-12 timeout in the first half.

    In a first half full of runs, UNT answered with a run of their own as they scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 23-17 lead.

    With the score 28-25 in favor of the Mean Green, UNT finished the first half on a 9-2 run to take a 37-27 edge into the locker room.

    UAB started the second half hot, outscoring North Texas 14-4 to start things off and tie the contest at 41.

    The strong start continued for the Blazers, as they took their first lead since the 11:06 mark in the second half with seven straight points to lead 49-45 at the under-11 timeout in the second half.

    Trailing 53-50 with 7:09 left to play, UNT re-took the lead they would not relinquish with an 11-2 run capped off by back-to-back baskets from Aaron Scott.

    Scott would finish the contest with 14 points and seven rebounds, four of which came on the offensive side of the ball, while going 6 of 10 from the floor.

    After UAB got back within four at 63-59 with less than a minute to play, Perry took over as he hit a step back jump shot with 56 seconds left to push the lead back to six.

    A pair of free throws for the Blazers again cut the lead to just four but Perry made sure the trophy would make its way back to Denton, nailing another step back jumper to give UNT a 67-61 lead with 23 seconds left to essentially clinch the win for the Mean Green.

    Seven of the eight players who saw action for the Mean Green scored at least two points including Moulaye Sissoko who closed the contest with six points and a game-high nine boards.

    UNT has cut down the nets in four straight seasons after winning C-USA Regular Season titles in 2020 and 2022, winning the C-USA Tournament in 2021 and now the NIT championship in 2023.

    “It means everything,” Perry said. “I can't put it into words, this feeling. You can never explain what it feels like, to win a championship, cutting the nets down. And to be able to do it with this group, it's unbelievable. We in the history books forever. Can't take this from us.”

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  4. DENTON, Texas – 2023-24 Tickets for UNT Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball are on sale now with the Mean Green set to transition to the American Athletic Conference this fall.


    Fans can purchase reserved football season tickets for all six 2023 home games for as little as $80. Multiple payment plan options are available for new season-ticket purchases and renewals. Various parking options and chair backs are also available as additions. Season ticket renewal invoices are based on ticket holders' seat locations from the 2022 season.


    UNT season ticket holder and Mean Green Scholarship Fund members support North Texas student-athletes with their purchases and save up to 50 percent over single-game tickets. Season ticket holders also reserve the same seat for all homes (excluding general admission) and have the right to renew the same seats next year.


    Additional benefits include guaranteed seat locations when hosting The American Championship Game along with VIP presale opportunities for away games, bowl games and other events hosted at the stadium. Season ticket patrons also receive discounts on additional single-game tickets purchased and priority points for consecutive years of purchase. Purchasers who renew by the season ticket deadline will also receive an exclusive season ticket holder gift.


    Faculty/Staff and Mean Green for Life letterwinner discounts are also available for general bowl seating.


    Season tickets are also available to renew or purchase for the 2023-24 men’s and women’s basketball seasons at the Super Pit. The deadline to renew is Friday, July 28. Single-game and mini-plan info will be available when schedules are completed.


    Tickets for men’s and women’s basketball can be purchased today for as little as $99 for men and $75 for women.


    Additionally, UNT Athletics and the Mean Green Scholarship Fund have announced an updated seating model for premium seating at football and basketball to bring the department more in line with its peers in The American, state of Texas and DFW marketplace.


    The adjusted strategic approach includes a new per-sport obligation seating model at football and basketball. It eliminates the stadium fund component for access to HUB Club season tickets and adjusts the MGSF per-seat obligation and ticket amounts.


    These changes also allow UNT to better support its student-athletes and sport programs along with simplifying the messaging and communication to those interested in donating to the MGSF and gaining premium seating.


    If you would like to purchase 2023-24 season tickets you can do so today by calling the UNT Athletics Ticket Office during normal business hours at 940-565-2527 or emailing ticketoffice@unt.edu. For questions related to seating model changes or other MGSF related inquiries please call 940-369-7284 or email MGSF@unt.edu.


    Ticketing Timeline:

    • FB Season Renewal Deadline – Friday, April 28
    • FB Seating Improvement Process Begins – Tuesday, May 16
    • MGSF Donation Benefits Deadline – Friday, June 30
    • MBB & WBB Season Renewal Deadline – Friday, July 28
    • MBB & WBB Seating Improvement Process Begins – Monday, August 14
  5. 2023 Football

    DENTON, Texas – UNT Football will host Pac 12 member California to open the season and plays its first game as a member of the American Athletic Conference in early October, the league announced Tuesday.

    New head coach Eric Morris’ first game leading the Mean Green is a Sept. 2 visit from the Cal Bears, the first power-conference opponent to visit Denton since a 24-21 win over Indiana in 2012. UNT continues non-conference play with trips to FIU (Sept. 9) and LA Tech (Sept. 16). ACU visits Denton on Sept. 23.


    UNT makes its debut in The American on Oct. 7 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. North Texas will also make conference road trips to Tulane (Oct. 21), SMU (Nov. 10) and Tulsa (Nov. 18).


    Home conference dates include Temple (Oct. 14), Memphis (Oct. 28), UTSA (Nov. 4) and UAB (Nov. 25).

    Two games will be selected for Black Friday (Nov. 24) among a group of four games in the final week of the regular season. The Black Friday selections will come from Tulsa-East Carolina, Memphis-Temple, UAB-North Texas and UTSA-Tulane. Those selections will be made by Oct. 9.

    The American Athletic Conference Football Championship, which has been broadcast on ABC in each of the last eight years, is scheduled for Dec. 2 and will be televised either on ABC or ESPN.

    Kickoff times and television designations for the first three weeks of the season, as well as the season-long weeknight games, will be finalized by June 1. The rest of the schedule will fall under the customary 12-day and six-day selection processes.

    A minimum of 40 conference-controlled regular-season games will be on ESPN's linear platforms, including at least 20 games on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. A series of games will be available exclusively on ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service which has grown to more than 24.9 million subscribers in less than five years.

    UNT football season ticket renewals for the 2023 season will open through the North Texas Athletics Ticket Office on Wednesday, March 1 at noon. Season ticket holders will be able to log into their account to complete their season ticket & MGSF renewal. Season ticket holders acting fast can utilize 3- to 6-month payment plans. Please note that invoices are based on 2022 season ticket seat locations. Adjustments to seat locations can be made by contacting the North Texas Athletics Ticket Office.

    Mean Green football season ticket holders receive several exclusive benefits including access to the best seats, exclusive presales for home, away, and post-season events, an exclusive season ticket holder gift, and more! Fans interested in becoming new season ticket holders for the 2023 season may online or by calling the North Texas Athletics Ticket Office at (940) 565-2527 during normal business hours.

    2023 UNT Football Schedule


    Sept. 9 - at FIU (Miami, Fla.)

    Sept. 16 - at LA Tech (Ruston, La.)

    Sept. 23 - OPEN

    Sept. 30 - ACU (DENTON)

    Oct. 7 - at Navy* (Annapolis, Md.)

    Oct. 14 - TEMPLE* (DENTON)

    Oct. 21 - at Tulane* (New Orleans, La.)

    Oct. 28 - MEMPHIS* (DENTON)

    Nov. 4 - UTSA* (DENTON)

    Nov. 10 - at SMU* (Dallas, Texas)

    Nov. 18 - at Tulsa* (Tulsa, Okla.)

    Nov. 25 - UAB* % (DENTON)


    Home games in BOLD

    * American Athletic Conference games

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  6. DENTON, Texas (Feb. 16, 2023) – Sophomore Aniyah Johnson produced her second career double-double, but LA Tech used a 17-0 run in the third quarter to pull away and eventually UNT 57-44 Thursday night at the Super Pit.


    Johnson set a new career-high with 11 rebounds and scored 13 points as the Mean Green dropped to 9-16 overall and 6-9 in C-USA play. The Lady Techsters, meanwhile, improved to 15-10 and 8-7 in conference action.


    Quincy Noble also scored in double figures with a team-high 14 points while also pulling down six boards. It is the 22nd time this season Noble has scored at least 10 points.


    Leading 12-10 early in the contest, LA Tech closed the first quarter with four straight points to take a six-point lead into the second.


    The Lady Techsters then swelled the lead to as many as 11 in the first half with a 7-0 run over less than two minutes of gametime and took a 26-18 lead into the break.


    After a Noble jumper opened the second half and cut the deficit to six, LA Tech blew the contest open with 17 consecutive points to take a 43-20 lead, their largest of the game.


    The Mean Green outscored LA Tech 18-10 in the fourth, but it was not enough as they dropped their third straight game.


    As a team, UNT held the Lady Techsters to 37.3 percent from the floor but shot just 33.9 percent on the offensive side of the ball and did not make a 3-pointer in the contest.


    Quoting Coach Mitchell

    “I thought we did enough on the defensive side of the ball to get a win, but we weren’t nearly good enough offensively. The offensive isn’t connecting. We’d get great looks, great shot opportunities, but we’re not finishing at the rate we need to to win. I think sometimes we panic and start taking shots we don’t need to take. We just lack confidence and get in our heads sometimes about the shots we are taking”


    Next Up

    UNT has a quick turnaround as they return to the Super Pit Saturday to take on UTEP at 7:00 p.m. The Mean Green defeated the Miners 74-71 earlier this season.

  7. RUSTON, Louisiana — The UNT men’s basketball team pushed its winning streak to seven in a row with a 72-62 win at Louisiana Tech Thursday night.


    The Mean Green (22-5, 13-3) had four players score in double figures but were led by Abou Ousmane who scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in the 10-point win. It’s his fifth double-double of the year.


    “(LA Tech) plays with a lot of energy no matter the score but our guys played with good composure,” said head coach Grant McCasland. “I thought when things started to get loose, and they started to go on a run we got stops and our composure was where it needed to be. But give them credit. They made it hard for us for sure.”


    With the win, North Texas grabs its 22nd win of the year, which is tied for the second-most in a single season in the McCasland era and fourth-most in Mean Green history. Under the sixth-year head coach, UNT now has twice as many wins (126) as loses (63).


    Thursday was North Texas’ third straight win at the Thomas Assembly Center. LA Tech entered Thursday’s contest having lost just 18 times at home over the last decade. UNT is the only opponent to beat them three or more times at home over the last decade.


    Along with his double-double, Ousmane scored his 700th career point Thursday night.


    Tylor Perry finished with 11 points versus the Bulldogs (13-13, 6-9) and knocked down three 3-pointers in the win. The reigning first team all-conference honoree has now surpassed his scoring total from last season (420 points) and has now made 79 3-pointers this season, which is tied for sixth-most in a single season in program history.


    Senior Kai Huntsberry dropped in 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting against LA Tech and Aaron Scott added 11 points — all in the first half.


    Next up, North Texas travels to UTEP to face the Miners on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and the Mean Green Sports Network, presented by Learfield.

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  8. August 4, 1944 - March 5, 2022 Grand Prairie, TX ? Hubert Ferrell Dark, Jr. (named for his father, who was named for the doctor who delivered him), was born Friday, August 4, 1944, and passed to his Savior, Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, on Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Grand Prairie, Texas. He was the third of four children born to Ellener Nettie Carter and Hubert Ferrell Dark in Tyler, Texas. Hubert Jr. graduated from John Tyler High School, Tyler Junior College, and the University of North Texas.

    He was a he-can-write-the-best-or-can-improve-your-program programmer and computer analyst. This gentle man enjoyed family, music, puns, slap-stick comedy, Mean Green football and travel, especially, family and music (hopefully in that order). An intelligent IT professional, he had a unique, infectious laugh, strong work ethic, and unshakeable faith.

    He was hired by LTV (Dallas) in 1968 when the company developed their computer department. Hubert enjoyed sharing that during their startup, LTV leased time to the Dallas Cowboys for the running of the Cowboys' playbook. He retired from the (formerly LTV) now Northrop-Grumman Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Mississippi in 2012.

    Hubert presented both truth and satire in political postings and expressed concern that many people may not realize that they alone choose where they spend Eternity. He understood that Jesus died for and forgives us and is always bidding us, "Come to Him".

    Hubert is survived by nieces and nephews, cousins, and his sister Faye. He is predeceased by his parents, his siblings Ruth and Dean, and his beloved daughter Beverly June Dark Anguiano of whom he said, "It was an honor to be her Dad".

    This kind man was honored during a private family gathering. Place of interment: Kendrick Cemetery, Tyler, Texas.

    Published by Legacy Remembers from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5, 2023.
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  9. One of the Dallas area’s most prolific passers is headed to Denton.

    Trophy Club Byron Nelson senior quarterback Jake Wilson announced his commitment to North Texas on Wednesday’s national signing day. In just two-and-a-half seasons as Byron Nelson’s full-time starting quarterback, Wilson totaled 8,994 passing yards and 100 touchdowns.

    Wilson passed for 4,147 yards, 50 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions as a senior for Byron Nelson (11-2), which led all Dallas-area 6A teams in total yards of offense per game (561), passing yards per game (342.77) and points per game (49.38). He rushed for 393 yards and 8 touchdowns, too.

    A 6-2, 205 pound signal caller, Wilson broke out as a junior in 2021 with 3,884 yards and 38 touchdowns. He led all Dallas-area 6A quarterbacks in passing yards as a senior, and was second as a junior. He was named the District 4-6A Offensive Player of the Year in 2022, and was the district’s co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2021.

    Read more:    https://www.dallasnews.com/high-school-sports/football/2023/02/01/trophy-club-byron-nelson-quarterback-jake-wilson-commits-to-north-texas/

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