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UNT notebook: Win shows UNT that practice pays off
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Tue, Sep 27, 2016 - 11:09pm

By Brett Vito

Breaking through for a win against Rice last week was significant for North Texas for several reasons.

The victory snapped a 14-game road losing streak and came in UNT’s Conference USA opener.

What might have been even more important was the win showed that UNT’s players have bought in to the concept of hard work in practice paying off on game day. UNT coach Seth Littrell harped on that point following a disheartening blowout loss to Florida and saw his players respond.

“It’s huge for the players to see the results,” Littrell said. “Last week was a big week for us for a lot of different...

UNT tops Rice in double OT
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Sat, Sep 24, 2016 - 11:46pm

By Brett Vito

HOUSTON — Jareid Combs crashed into the middle of Rice’s line and met running back Darik Dillard right at the line of scrimmage Saturday night at Rice Stadium.

The Mean Green’s players poured onto the field seconds later to celebrate a dramatic 42-35 double-overtime win and a landmark moment in the first season of coach Seth Littrell’s tenure with the Mean Green.

UNT overcame a 17-point deficit and knocked off the Owls in its Conference USA opener when Combs and linebacker Brandon Garner stuffed Dillard on fourth-and-1 from the Mean Green’s 16-yard line in the second overtime period.

The...

UNT soccer opens C-USA play with victory
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Mon, Sep 19, 2016 - 6:25am

HOUSTON — The North Texas soccer team began defending its regular-season Conference USA title on the road Sunday night, and it had to overcome a rough start.

The Mean Green gave up an early goal to Rice, but Rachel Holden scored the next two goals to give UNT a 2-1 victory.

North Texas was down early after Jenny Fichera converted a penalty kick for Rice in the eighth minute.

“We have so much respect for Rice. Usually, these two programs collide at the end of the year with a title on the line, so it was a little strange to open up conference with them,” UNT coach John Hedlund said. “I’m really proud...

UNT hires Martin as athletic CFO
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Thu, Sep 15, 2016 - 6:06am

By Brett Vito

North Texas has hired Stacy Martin as deputy director of athletics and chief financial officer.

Martin is the CFO of the American Athletic Conference.

UNT athletic director Wren Baker announced Wednesday that Martin in joining his staff.

“Stacy Martin is one of the brightest leaders and one of the finest collegiate athletics finance people in the country,” Baker said in a statement. “She is tremendous when it comes to strategic planning and critical thinking. I worked with her at Memphis and watched her play a vital role in making the department the most efficient organization possible...

Littrell Fine with first win
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Sat, Sep 10, 2016 - 11:56pm

By Brett Vito 

Seth Littrell has described Mason Fine in glowing terms ever since he arrived at North Texas over the summer.

Littrell said the freshman is calm, collected — and most of all — fearless.

Those traits were on display during the Mean Green’s 41-20 win against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday at Apogee Stadium, especially the fearless part.

Littrell gave Fine the first start of his college career against the Wildcats and saw him respond by leading the Mean Green (1-1) to the first win of the Littrell era. Fine threw for 108 yards and rushed for an additional 46, stats that don’t do justice...