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  1. The North Texas Mean Green is a curious oddity when it comes to big time college football in the Dallas area. Nestled in Denton, just north of both Dallas and Forth Worth in one of the biggest recruiting hot beds in the state, and yet, they can’t seem to string together any success. They had some success under head coach Darryl Dickey when they first joined the Sun Belt Conference. But since back to back New Orleans bowls, they have not even been able to have a winning season. This year they are hoping to break the losing trend and capture a winning season. Dan McCarney is heading into his
  2. UNT officials say the additional exposure that television games provide is just one of several ways the move to C-USA will help the program improve. “We will be on TV a lot more than we ever have before and have access to more bowl games,” UNT athletic director Rick Villlarreal said about the benefits of moving to C-USA. “Those are all things that are important to coaches and to players.” UNT spent the last 12 seasons as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. UNT also announced kickoff times for five of its games next season, bringing the total number of game times that have been set t
  3. Micah Thompson – a sophomore offensive linesman for UNT – is happy to be playing Division I football, but he, at 21 years old, has experience that many of his teammates do not understand. From the age of four Thompson was without a father, and relied on his coaches to discipline and teach him. Growing up with a single mother of two rowdy boys, the income was low and food stamps became a way of life for a period of time. But with his mother’s guidance, coaches’ wisdom and wife’s love, he was able to sustain a full-ride football scholarship to UNT and is now fathering his own seven-month
  4. Kidsy had 35 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns as a junior, breaking out with 11 touchdowns to go with 669 yards on 33 receptions this past season. He also averaged 33 yards on kickoff returns and 18 yards on punt returns. Kidsy, who plans to study petroleum engineering with a minor in kinesiology, selected North Texas due to a good impression from coach Dan McCarney and the Mean Green’s move to Conference USA in 2013. With his scholarship signed, Kidsy is eager for his future. “It’s a countdown,” Kidsy said. “It’s a grind and I’ve got to stay focused. This isn’t it. Thi
  5. I am down in Miami for the FIU-FIU hoops swing, but I did make a couple of calls on the recruiting front and talked with Omar Tebo, a defensive tackle from Liberty, Texas. Tebo is coming to UNT on an official visit this weekend and said he would like to commit to UNT. The issue is he is a little farther down on UNT’s wish list at this point. Tebo indicated that there is another lineman who is considering an offer from Tulane in front of him on UNT’s recruiting board. UNT only has three scholarships left and several players still on the board. Read more: http://meangreenblog.de
  6. Why should we play North Texas, though?: North Texas is an interesting university to arrange a series with, because although we have played them a number of times in the past we've never shared a conference with the Mean Green. Although it wouldn't have the appeal to the alumni that games against Rice/SMU/Houston and the like, it does have a few perks to it, not the least of it being an easy road trip for fans if the frogs make the trip up to Denton. UNT is located quite near a number of regular high school football powerhouses, and being in the north Texas area is certainly good for business
  7. Craig Robertson almost never left the field when he played football for Stafford High School in suburban Houston. He was a quarterback, running back and go-to wide receiver on third down. He also played defensive back and even served as a punter and place-kicker, too. So which duty was his favorite? “I liked having the ball in my hands really,” Robertson said. Now Robertson is a linebacker for the Browns, and his preference hasn’t changed. His knack for being around the ball has helped him make two interceptions through four games and earn a prominent role as one of two linebackers
  8. Read more: http://www.troytrojans.com/news/2012/9/17/FB_0917124503.aspx?path=football
  9. Mississippi State score 20 points off of four Troy turnovers in the first half. The Trojans fumbled on their last two possessions of the first quarter and threw interception on their first two possessions of the second quarter. “It’s like I told them at halftime when they decide to protect the football, we’re going to have a good football team,” offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield said. “Bottom line is we’ve coached, we’ve harped, we’ve preached on it. We’re going to play the guys who protect the football.” Troy now hits the road to face North Texas. The Trojans fell to UNT last season
  10. North Texas hits the road again today in the face of long odds against a Kansas State team that, in the estimation of Mean Green coach Dan McCarney, is better than its ranking as the 15th best team in the nation. To compete -- and better yet prepare for a Sun Belt Conference schedule that begins next week -- the coach said, the Mean Green (1-1) will need to match the defensive intensity it displayed in a home-opening victory last week against Texas Southern and find a balance on offense that has remained elusive through the first two weeks of the season. While North Texas running backs B
  11. Kansas State last played North Texas on Nov. 27, 2010 – the final game at Fouts Field in Denton before the Mean Green moved across the interstate to $78 million Apogee Stadium. Here’s Kellis Robinett’s article from the Wildcats’ 49-41 shootout victory, a game notable for Daniel Thomas running for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Several current Wildcats played key roles in that game – safety Ty Zimmerman had one interception, wide receiver Chris Harper scored a touchdown on a 7-yard pass from Carson Coffman and Anthony Cantele handled all seven kickoffs for K-State. Collin Klein had five carri
  12. It’s a simple case of cause-and-effect for North Texas quarterback Derek Thompson once he enters Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday. If he can’t show he can throw the ball effectively against No. 15 Kansas State, the Wildcats will, undoubtedly, stack the box on defense. And that could mean trouble for the Mean Green, already four-touchdown underdogs. “I know (Kansas State defensive coordinator) Tom Hayes,” North Texas coach Dan McCarney said. “And he’ll be grinning out the side of his mouth if he sees our passing game isn’t working.” Through two games, the Mean Green’s passing attac
  13. There were not as many bright spots for UNT in its win over TSU in terms of throwing the ball. “DT just misfired on some throws,” McCarney said. “He would be the first one to tell you that. He missed on some throws that he makes every day in seven-on-seven and in situational drills. He has made those throws countless times when we were open.” One way in which UNT will look to adjust this week is finding a way to get Chancellor more involved in the offense again. The junior had four catches for 114 yards against LSU but didn’t have a reception against TSU. McCarney said that UNT’s coach
  14. North Texas is 1-1, losing at LSU and beating Texas Southern. “As I've said to our players,” Snyder said, “it wasn't about Miami, it's not about North Texas and it's not about anybody we play in the future. It's all about our youngsters, our coaches, our team and what we do day in and day out in prepration. “It really is about us. If we don't make the whole-hearted investment to become a better football team now and down the road, then you have no chance. The bottom line is if you play poorly against North Texas, you lose. If you play poorly against Miami, you lose. If you play poorly ag
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