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...

Michael Irvin bringing youth football camp to North Texas

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

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

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...