Basketball: League’s best to play UNT early on

Wed, Jul 13, 2016 - 11:49pm

By Brett Vito

The North Texas men’s basketball team won’t have to wait long to find out how it stacks up against the elite teams in Conference USA this season.

UNT will face all four C-USA teams that finished with at least 23 wins a year ago in its first seven conference games this fall. The Mean Green will play five of their first seven conference games on the road after finishing 1-12 away from the Super Pit last season.

That tough early slate for the UNT men was among the highlights of the C-USA men’s and women’s basketball conference schedules that were released Wednesday. The slates mirror each other,...

UNT football, tennis fare well on NCAA academic report

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 - 9:32pm

By Brett Vito

Some good news for North Texas slid under the radar the last day or so that I wanted to point out here on the blog. The school’s football and women’s tennis teams received public recognition awards from the NCAA for their performance on the Academic Progress Rate report.

Both programs finished in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.

It’s a fairly complicated process how the NCAA figures up the score. The bottom line is this — what the report showed is that both the UNT football and tennis teams are keeping their athletes in school and eligible.

In college athletics that’s a...

UNT adds David Stenklyft as director of recruiting

Tue, Jul 12, 2016 - 10:14pm

By Brett Vito

The North Texas football program added David Stenklyft as its director of recruiting today.

Stenklyft was the assistant director of player personnel at Fresno State the last four years. He was previously the defensive quality control coach at Texas A&M. Prior to his time at A&M, he was in a recruiting/operations role at Alabama and was a student assistant at A&M 2006-10.

His bio lines up pretty well with UNT special teams coordinator Tommy Perry.

New UNT coach Seth Littrell mentioned this spring that he had a few more hires to make for off-the-field roles. This was one of them...

Basketball: UNT women finalize their nonconference slate for the 2016-17 season

Wed, Jul 6, 2016 - 10:19pm

By Brett Vito

The North Texas women’s basketball team will face Arizona and Indiana in addition to playing in the preseason Women’s NIT during the 2016-17 season.

Those games, plus the Mean Green’s annual showdown with rival SMU, were all a part of UNT’s nonconference schedule released Wednesday.

UNT will host TWU in an exhibition game Nov. 6 before opening the season with its first game in the WNIT at Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 11.

The Mean Green will host Indiana in a premier home game on Dec. 6 and face Arizona on the road Nov. 22. UNT also will travel to SMU on Nov. 30 in its second season under...

UNT facility renovations underway

Tue, Jun 28, 2016 - 2:33pm

By Brett Vito

Over the course of the last few months, we have mentioned that North Texas was set to begin some renovations to the Mean Green Athletic Center.

Those renovations are now underway.

UNT is revamping its football team room and is also renovating the program’s locker room.

UNT opened the Mean Green Athletic Center in 2004, hasn’t had done much to the building since and fallen behind the times in the process. UNT football coach Seth Littrell and men’s basketball coach Tony...