Press conference notebook: UNT hoping for big turnout

Seth Littrell didn't wait long to make his appeal to North Texas supporters to show up for what will be one of the bigger games in recent program history.

UNT's coach started off his weekly press conference with it Tuesday.

The Mean Green (3-2) enter the week alone atop the Conference USA West Division standings at 2-0 and will host Texas-San Antonio at 6 p.m. Saturday at Apogee Stadium.

The Roadrunners (3-1) lost their conference opener last week at home to Southern Mississippi but beat Baylor this year and are considered one of the other contenders for the division title.

"We have...

UNT announces multimedia rights deal with Learfield

Fri, Apr 7, 2017

By Brett Vito

North Texas announced a 10-year media rights partnership with Learfield, one of the premier companies in the field, on Friday.  

Learfield will manage UNT's signage, digital endeavors, corporate sponsorships, television and radio play-by-play broadcasts and coach shows.

UNT athletic director Wren Baker made the announcement in conjunction with Learfield president and CEO Greg Brown.

The deal marks the first time UNT has outsourced its multimedia rights. Joe Domingos of Learfield will manage the newly formed Mean Green Sports Properties.

Domingos ...

UNT hires Arkansas State's Grant McCasland as next men's basketball coach

Tue, Mar 14, 2017

By Brett Vito

Wren Baker vowed just a few days ago to find a proven head coach to take over North Texas' men's basketball program.

UNT's athletic director came through on that promise Monday, when the school announced Grant McCasland has been hired to replace Tony Benford.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported early Monday afternoon that UNT was close to finalizing a deal to hire Arkansas State's head coach to take over its program.

UNT announced McCasland had been hired a a short time later.

McCasland, 40,  spent just one season at Arkansas State. He was previously...

UNT gains confidence in blowout

Sat, Dec 10, 2016 - 11:15pm

By Brett Vito

North Texas coach Jalie Mitchell saw an opportunity coming after a tough loss to Indiana on Tuesday.

The Mean Green had three games remaining before the opening of Conference USA play, a series that offered the opportunity to pick up a little steam.

UNT took the first step toward reaching that goal on Saturday in the form of an 84-61 win against Incarnate Word at the Super Pit.

Terra Ellison scored a career-high 19 points and hit just about every shot she took on a day there were plenty of positive signs for the Mean Green. UNT (3-6) had three other players finish in double figures and...

Tweaks help Mean Green get upper hand against Delaware St.

Thu, Dec 8, 2016 - 11:41pm

By Brett Vito

North Texas coach Tony Benford vowed to shake things up after the Mean Green struggled offensively in a loss to UTA over the weekend.

That is just what Benford did heading into UNT’s game against Delaware State on Thursday.

Allante Holston moved into the starting lineup, while A.J. Lawson came off the bench. That switch and some crisp ball movement helped UNT come out of its funk in a 73-40 win over the Hornets at the Super Pit.

“We played together and shared the ball,” Benford said. “We didn’t want to settle, mixed it up and got paint touches. We got the ball inside almost every...