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  1. Oh the dichotomy of college football. In a game that featured old school vs. new school, triple option vs. air raid, the tried and true method eventually won out. Behind 480 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns, Army wore down the North Texas defense time and time again. And in a rematch from October, where the Mean Green (5-8, 3-5) pummeled the Black Knights (8-5) in West Point, Army knocked off North Texas 38-31 in overtime to win the Heart of Dallas Bowl and get the last laugh. “It’s not an easy offense to defend,” head coach Seth Littrell said. “I thought we prepared for
  2. Turnovers were North Texas’ Achilles heel on Saturday night. The Mean Green (4-4, 2-2) could not overcome two fumbles and two interceptions in a 31-17 road loss to the University of Texas at San Antonio. Freshman quarterback Mason Fine accounted for three of the turnovers, including an ill-advised pass that killed a drive approaching Roadrunner (4-4, 2-2) territory. Junior running back Jeffrey Wilson, who had 160 yards and three touchdowns last week against Army, failed to get anything going against UTSA, and finished with 43 yards on 19 carries. He also had a key fumble on third and
  3. When I looked at North Texas’ schedule before the season started, I remember thinking the game at Army could be a win. Maybe. What happened Saturday, however, was so against the script the producers probably left it on the cutting room floor for being too ridiculous. The now 4-3 North Texas Mean Green marched right into West Point, New York, and took what was rightfully theirs. The Mean Green looked like the better team all afternoon, drubbing the Black Knights, the second best defense in the nation, in a 35-18 win. Before Saturday, some people said this group needed a signature
  4. This is the fan/alumni/donor forum article for you. http://ntdaily.com/unt-consultants-host-open-athletics-forum-as-fresh-start/ Sorry it's late. -AJ
  5. How about the NT Daily and their coverage on the basketball teams! Sidway is really impressing me, he's developing these writers into actually writers unlike a lot of Vito's post. (I never really read the NT Daily before) I liked how the NT Daily recapped the game and posted the same night, like how ESPN does it. Unlike, how Vito's blog was a couple quotes, @FirefightnRick tweet and a CUSA tweet posted the next day at 11:50 AM. I know he was working on a piece for the paper but even the paper version wasn't written as well, it too was mainly quotes. Then, too top it all off he had a negati
  6. Editors Note: The North Texas Daily sports staff analyzed where the football stands now that the spring is over. Look for more roundtables such as this one on various sports throughout the semester. Torie Mosley / Intern Writer The annual Mean Green football spring game resulted in a 48-36 victory for the White team over the Green team. Though every spring scrimmage ends in a victory for someone, the Mean Green have a long way to go to bounce back from a subpar 2014 season. I wont be the first and probably not the last to say this, but the North Texas faithful need to cross their fingers
  7. The words “Touchdown Mean Green!” can often be heard on 88.7 KNTU-FM every Saturday during the Mean Green football season, and the man behind the voice has a lot to say on how he worked his way to where he is today. Head play-by-play caller George Dunham, better known as “The Voice of the Mean Green,” has been with the UNT Radio Network since 1990. While North Texas athletics may not be as elite as other programs, Dunham feels this is where he belongs. Not only does Dunham do play-by-play for UNT athletics, but he also hosts the award winning “Dunham and Miller Show” every morning on
  8. 1. Hard nosed defense: If this game proved anything, it’s that the Mean Green’s defensive performance in the first half against the University of Texas wasn’t a fluke. This defense is one of the best in Conference USA even without Zach Orr and Marcus Trice. Against SMU, the Mean Green defense came up with three sacks, two interceptions, three fumbles and a touchdown. On the season, the Mean Green has scored two defensive touchdowns. They also held SMU to 1-11 on third down conversions. This is a physical defense that isn’t afraid hit hard. They scramble all over the field and have a knack for
  9. The last time the Mean Green football team took the field for an actual game was on New Year’s Day. It was a historic day for the team as they hoisted up the Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy after their 36-14 victory over the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Almost nine months later, the team is ready to take the field to try and top their most successful season in program history. And they will start it all off with a match up against the University of Texas Longhorns at Darrell K. Royal Stadium on Saturday. “I know what Texas has on the field. I know what they have in their coaching staff.
  10. Four quarterbacks are on the Mean Green roster, and none of them are Derek Thompson. Although Thompson had clear limitations, he was a bastion of consistency for the Mean Green offense and missed only one start over the past three seasons. He was never beloved, but he will be missed, if only because theres no clear starter behind him. Junior Andrew McNulty is the favorite, mainly because hes spent three seasons with the program, more than any other quarterback on the roster. Thompson showed the ability to improvise, but he was never a dedicated scrambler. McNulty rushed for more than 1,000 y
  11. The Mean Green will lose seniors Vertrail Vaughns and Brandan Walton. It will also lose its second leading scorer Alzee Williams, who said he thinks the team can improve its end result next season and will leave with fond memories of UNT. “I’m really sad about the season being over, but I’m trying to look at it from a positive side,” Williams said. “Since I’ve been here I’ve been to the [NCAA] tournament, I won a conference championship freshman year and some good things have happened. I wish we could’ve made the tournament this year, but I’m glad we at least came out .500.” Benford sa
  12. After the Mean Green football team won the Heart of Dallas Bowl game on New Year’s Day, head coach Dan McCarney hoisted the trophy and said, “This isn’t the end, it is only the beginning,” building expectations for the team next season and in the future. The team looks to keep up the success moving forward, but the loss of many core players to graduation has challenged the coaching staff to develop its players and recruit to put together another Conference USA championship contender. McCarney spoke of how crucial a role the 22 graduating players had this season. “We’re going to miss th
  13. You were well known for being very involved in UNLV sports. How do you plan to carry that to UNT? [Laughs] Well, obviously I’m a big sports fan. And I also believe that sports are an integral part of the higher education experience. Not everyone wants to go to every game, but they create a certain excitement on campus on Saturdays when there’s a big football game and everyone’s tailgating, students have something to do and it brings them into the campus. The longer students spend on a campus, the more likely they are to do well, and the more likely they are to graduate. So those are re
  14. Major Division-I college football powers like the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University football sustain decades of success and bowl game appearances, but the UNT football team hasn’t reached that level yet. For the first time in nine years, the team is projected to go to a bowl game with hopes of winning one for the second time in school history. The last UNT bowl-winning team comes from 2002, where the Mean Green came out victorious at the New Orleans Bowl. The bowl win came in the midst of four consecutive Sun Belt Conference titles and four New Orleans Bowl appearanc
  15. http://ntdaily.com/summer-volleyball-program-helps-team-captain-improve/
  16. The move to Conference USA brings in-state rivals to all UNT athletic programs, but the Mean Green basketball teams also made it an emphasis to schedule key local rivals in their non-conference schedule. Men’s Basketball For the first time ever, the men’s team will take part in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Tip-Off Showcase, a charity tournament that collaborates between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to raise funds for cancer awareness. One of the teams UNT will take on is tournament host University of Oklahoma, who lost in the firs
  17. The 2013 football season is one of the biggest years in the University of North Texas football program’s history. This year, UNT is celebrating 100 years of football, starting its first year in Conference USA, opening the season at home for the first time in 12 years and playing four of its 12 games on national television. Not to mention, for the first time in head coach Dan McCarney’s three-year stint, the UNT program has 85 scholarship players. “We have to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there because nobody is going to hand you anything,” McCarney said. “It’s re
  18. Men’s basketball The Mean Green men’s basketball team has two unexpected scholarships to fill after freshman guards Clarke Overlander and P.J. Hardwick requested releases. Overlander and Hardwick join more than 260 collegiate players transferring around the nation this offseason. Overlander has already committed to Arkansas Tech University, and Hardwick said he will be taking visits to Arkansas State University, St. Mary’s University, Virginia Tech University and one other school. Hardwick said the coaching system and style of play at UNT didn’t fit his fast-paced style. “It is ha
  19. Although head coach Tony Benford and the men’s basketball team didn’t have the year they wanted, Benford always made sure to maintain a strong relationship with the athletes. Whether it was Benford having his team over to his house for a pre-game dinner or the daily check-ins with his players, he made sure his team was well-rounded so it could function well on the court. “He wants to see us succeed in life,” senior guard Roger Franklin said. “Not just in the classroom, or not just on the basketball court. He’s preparing us to be not boys in the world, but men.” As a child, Benford’
  20. With the conclusion of another spring football season after last Saturday’s Green-White scrimmage, the next significant date for football is the season home opener against the University of Idaho on August 31 – the first home opener for UNT since 2001. Although the coaching staff will have many decisions to make about the starting lineups and depth chart, the spring season helped give an idea of what the team might look like on that opening Saturday in the fall. Some Mean Green athletes helped their stock, while others will have some more work to do if they want to start at the beginni
  21. Currently, workers are in the process of putting in new speakers as part of a new sound system also purchased with money from the private donor drive. The scoreboard has already been raised into place, and installation will be complete by graduation in May. Villarreal said that the project would accomplish numerous goals for the program. I think it does a couple of things, Villarreal said. It shows that were invested in our program, and two, it will create a better atmosphere in the arena. The scoreboard system is integrated with the system at Apogee Stadium, so the entire system can be
  22. 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
  23. For the rest of the Mean Green men’s basketball season, it is win or go home. The single-elimination Sun Belt Conference Tournament starts tomorrow in Hot Springs, Ark. No. 1 Middle Tennessee State University (27-4, 19-1) is the favorite to win the tournament. With only one conference loss and 16 straight wins, the Blue Raiders have a bye to the second round. Three MTSU players were named to all-conference teams including senior guard Bruce Massey – the Sun Belt’s defensive player of the year. Middle Tennessee awaits the winner of the No. 9 Mean Green (12-19, 7-13) versus the No. 8 Uni
  24. After playing three years at UNT and a year in Lviv, Ukraine, former Mean Green forward George Odufuwa has joined the Texas Legends basketball team – the Dallas Mavericks Developmental League affiliate out of Frisco. Odufuwa played for the Mean Green from 2008-2011 after transferring from Arizona State University and sitting out due to transfer rules. During his time at UNT, the former Dallas-Kimball high school star helped lead the Mean Green to an NCAA tournament appearance. Odufuwa has two of the top five rebounding seasons in school history, pulling down 353 and 333 rebounds in his
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