Athletics

Michael Irvin bringing youth football camp to North Texas
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Mon, Jun 27, 2016 - 4:52pm

The Playmaker is coming to town.

The Michael Irvin Playmakers Academy will be held July 8-11 at the University of North Texas in Denton.

The camp is for youths ages 7-18. Players are grouped by age, size, experience, and athletic ability.

Irvin, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys great, and second-year Cowboys lineman La’el Collins are confirmed to attend.

Several other former and current members of the Cowboys have been invited, including safety Barry Church.

Tuition is $769.97 for overnight participants and $689.97 for commuter participants. The total tuition must be paid...

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UNT basketball camps coming up
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Sun, Jun 19, 2016 - 1:54pm

By Brett Vito

The North Texas men’s and women’s basketball summer camps are coming up in the next few days.

I have been meaning to give both Tony Benford and Jalie Mitchell a plug here on the blog, where we get the largest audience as far as readership goes. The news kind of got lost in the shuffle of the Rick Villarreal stepping down and the football recruiting rush of the last few days.

There is still time to get kids into the camps that are the big attraction. Here’s more …

Benford’s Little Eagle Camp runs Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to players in grades 1-3 and...

Rick Villarreal steps down as UNT athletic director
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Mon, May 23, 2016 - 10:01am

by Brett Vito

Rick Villarreal stepped down as the athletic director at the University of North Texas on Monday, ending his tenure of nearly 15 years at the school.

Villarreal will stay in his role until June 20, when he will officially leave the school he led through a time growth in athletics.

Villarreal has just less than two years remaining on his contract that is set to expire on Feb. 28, 2018, and will receive a buyout.

“UNT President Neal Smatresk and I recently have been in discussions about the future of the...

Tac on another win
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By Brett Vito

Acheil Tac stared nervously at the rim after hoisting a shot as the final seconds ran off the clock in North Texas’ game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday at the Super Pit.

Terra Ellison cocked her head and leaned to the side, hoping to will her teammate’s last-ditch attempt into the net.

The ball bounced, bounced again and again before finally dropping through with 0.4 seconds left to give the Mean Green a thrilling 57-55 win against the Golden Eagles.

“I was lucky coach gave me the opportunity,” Tac said. “It was up there for a while before it went in. It felt good.”

Tac...

New found defense set to lead UNT
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By Brett Vito

Tony Benford didn’t see a good reason North Texas gave up points like it was handing out candy on Halloween heading into a two-game homestand last week.

UNT’s coach believed he had a team capable of playing far better than it did while allowing 87.4 points per game while losing five straight and decided to do something about it during practice.

Benford had his team focus on defense and saw that approach pay big dividends last week when UNT knocked off Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech in back-to-back games. The Mean Green posted their best defensive performance of the season in a 70-54 win...

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