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  1. https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201831372819704&id=1644081244&set=p.10201831372819704
  2. To all Mean Green fans who live in Austin and are not going to the game- I called the Silo on 7th and they confirmed they will be showing the game. If anyone wants to come join me at 11 am on the East Side, I will be in my green SOW t shirt cheering the Mean Green on (with my computer open to do a game recap obviously). If anyone would like to join and support a UNT bar, please let me know. Thanks.
  3. DENTON, TEXAS North Texas made a big breakthrough last season winning nine games, including a bowl on New Year's Day. Now comes a significant test for coach Dan McCarney and the Mean Green after their first winning record in nine seasons. They will be trying to do it again while replacing so many starters. "It's fun, it's exciting, it's nerve-wracking when you have so many guys that you don't know who your best guy's going to be, don't know who your starters are going to be," McCarney said. Four of the Mean Green's five returning offensive starters are linemen, three of them seniors wit
  4. There has been a lot of talk about quarterback play over the last few weeks, and justifiably so in a season UNT must replace one of the better ones in recent Mean Green history. I bring it up because Dan McCarney talked a little bit about what he is looking for in a new starting quarterback this week during his annual State of the Green Two-A-Days Edition Address. “Our system, our identity and how we do it is to take care of the football on offense first. You have heard me say it before — a punt is a hell of a lot better than a turnover. We have a really good punter and good special t
  5. 1 Who will play QB? With Derek Thompson graduating, Head Coach Dan McCarney needs to figure out who will take over. Mac says it's wide open but said junior Andrew McNulty and sophomore Josh Greer will run mostly with the first teams. Look for one of those two to get the nod in the opener against Texas and have the best chance to take over the reigns early. 2 Will the defense stay strong? North Texas lost some key contributors from last seasons top notch defense in linebackers Zach Orr, Will Wright and safety Marcus Trice. Orr and Trice are competing in NFL camps now. The defensive line
  6. The on-going saga of who will be on the field when UNT travels to Austin to face Texas took another turn over the weekend that we have to yet to mention here on the blog. We’ll get to that, but first UNT QB target Chris Riddle posted a photo on his Instagram account of both him and a teammate at Central Florida for media day. Riddle is a good prospect and was high on UNT when I talked to him a while back for our on-going UNT recruiting target series. Riddle has visited UCF multiple times. He’ll land somewhere. Read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2014/07/monday-morning-n
  7. One of the more important dates on the UNT football calender has arrived. The Mean Green’s Friday Night Lights camp is tongiht. UNT’s football staff travels the state and sees a host of the best players in Texas high school football at its satellite camps. The best of the best are often invited to Denton for the final camp in the series — Friday Night Lights. The concept is pretty common in college football. Schools often have select camps for their top prospects. The format UNT follows is a bit different. Friday Night Lights is open to any high school player who wants to come. Players c
  8. After banging out a few stories for the tomorrow’s papers, I’m back with some follow-up thoughts from Conference USA media day. I wrote a main story and a notebook for tomorrow’s DRC (buy the newspaper), so there isn’t much I didn’t get in, but here’s one tidbit I omitted. Dan McCarney talked a little about opening against Texas and facing SMU early in the season … “North Texas has never beaten Texas and is 4-28 against SMU [actually, it's 4-28-1, but who's counting?],” McCarney said. “Rivalry? Rivalry at 4-28? We had better establish one where we have a chance and they have a chance.
  9. 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. UNT will have a little less certainty when it opens fall practice Aug. 5 in advance of its Aug. 30 season opener at Texas, especially at skill positions. Wha
  10. REGINA — Is it cooler to be a professional football player or an Olympic bobsledder? “They’re two different things,” says Johnny Quinn, a former Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver and a member of the United States’ 2014 Olympic bobsled team. “Walking into Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football, having my first reception on Monday Night Football — what a special moment. And walking in the opening ceremony, representing the United States, wearing the red, white and blue, competing on Olympic ice — what a special and unbelievable moment. “They’re different but both still so special.”
  11. An Offer is Not an Offer Until the LOI is Signed It’s an instant-information, instant-gratification recruiting world we live in, and nothing has proven to be more ambiguous than the scholarship offer. Prospects get lost in coach-speak and half-hearted overtures, oftentimes confusing interest for a concrete, all-expenses-paid invitation to join the program. In taking steps to avoid misinterpretation, assistant coaches Mark Elder and Darrell Dickey say they try to be as crystal-clear as humanly possible. “We don’t deal in committable vs. non-committable,” Elder says. “We’re not offering so
  12. MGB: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2014/05/unt-picks-up-first-commitment.html/
  13. Two of the best linebackers in recent North Texas history met just a few weeks ago during the Mean Green’s spring game and the festivities that surrounded it. Cody Spencer was back in town to be inducted into the UNT Athletic Hall of Fame and met Zach Orr, who followed in his footsteps during his career with the Mean Green. The hope for UNT is that the parallels between the two will continue sometime in the next few days during the NFL draft. Spencer began a his five-year NFL career after being selected in the sixth round of the 2004 draft. UNT has been waiting for its next player
  14. 4. Expect big things from North Texas, MTSU The Buzz: Conference USA saw six schools land into postseason bowls, two of those – East Carolina and Tulane – will no longer be a part of the league in 2014. North Texas and Middle Tennessee State also qualified and played for the postseason after terrific seasons in 2013. North Texas returns 17 starters from a squad that won nine games – it’s best season since moving up to the FBS. Middle Tennessee State won eight games for the second straight season. Both programs were ranked first and second in Conference USA in turnover margins. Read mor
  15. Q: Can you talk about the state of the North Texas football program as it comes to recruiting? A: I actually think that things are certainly on the rise there or at the very least trending in a more positive direction here recently. They have a nice new stadium and had a very good season on the field in 2013, which spurred the best signing class that I have seen them have in my time covering the region. The Class of 2014 commitment list is littered with prospects who I recall being very solid high school talents Read more: http://recruiting.scout.com/2/1396284.html
  16. Championships arrive with regularity in Denton, judging by recent history. Before the calendar flipped to 2013, Ryan had won state titles football and basketball and Guyer in football not all that long ago. North Texas won a bowl game back in 2002 —and that was just for starters. What made 2013 special in Denton-area sports is the string of championships that seemed to come one right after another. Read more: http://www.dentonrc.com/sports/sports-headlines/20140105-destined-to-happen.ece
  17. For the last eight years there’s been a slumbering giant in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex that has finally stretched its arms, let out a big yawn and started stomping around a little. The North Texas Mean Green, led by former Iowa State Cylcones head coach Dan McCarney, took home an impressive 36-14 win over the UNLV Rebels on Wednesday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, showing they’re back on the map in the Lone Star State. In the early 2000s North Texas had a solid run of success under former head coach Darrell Dickey, winning four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships from 2001-200
  18. I stopped by practice to talk to Dan McCarney and his players a couple of days ago and picked up a tidbit that has been talked about briefly and made its rounds a bit on Twitter. I hung on to it for a dead day — and this would qualify — to talk about it on the blog a little bit more. UNT had 51 players who finished with a 3.0 GPA or better and everyone on the Mean Green’s roster is eligible for the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2013/12/unt-shines-academically-under-mccarney.html/
  19. For the last two seasons, the man handed the responsibility of carrying the Mean Green offense has been senior quarterback Derek Thompson. That could no longer be the case, as head coach Dan McCarney opened competition at the position this offseason, giving the four eligible quarterbacks on the depth chart the opportunity to compete to start week one when the University of Idaho comes to town. “Even though we started preparing for Idaho earlier this week, we still take about three fourths of the practice to compete and evaluate the position,” McCarney said. “It’s fun to see because the
  20. We will be streaming live audio so you can participate with us in the GoMeanGreen.com Chatroom starting tonight at 9:05PM. This is our preseason edition and will start our weekly march through the Mean Green Football 2013 season. Make sure to join in on the fun tonight. Just 10 days away from the opener so there is a lot to talk about. You must be registered on the site to participate in the chat but it is simple and easy to do as we accept email, facebook and gmail accounts . Just click here to register. GoMeanGreen.com Chatroom Link GMG!
  21. One of the infamous statements about the state of the UNT football program last season came late in the year when head coach Dan McCarney said that he and his staff didn’t feel comfortable running a nickle package due to the fact the team didn’t have enough defensive backs it was comfortable rolling out there in a game. I bring it up because times have changed. UNT brought in a key cornerback recruit or two and continued to develop a walk-on now on scholarship who is getting a long look in fall practice. We will have a story on that former walk-on in tomorrow’s paper and on our website
  22. Brandon Garner heard from UNT’s coaches on a regular basis up until he committed to Purdue during his junior season. Once he backed out of that pledge, Mean Green’s staff picked up its efforts again and saw them pay off Wednesday afternoon when the Mansfield Timberview linebacker committed to play for the Mean Green. Garner decommitted from Purdue three weeks ago. read more: http://meangreenblog.dentonrc.com/2013/07/brandon-garner-talks-unt.html/
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