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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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UNT signee putting up big numbers
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By Brett Vito

The UNT men’s basketball team is off to a pretty good start in Conference USA play after winning two out of its first three games in the league season.

The Mean Green also have some help on the way heading into next season in the form of guard A.J. Lawson. He’s putting up some good numbers in high school this year.

On the football front, there are a series of season-in-review pieces that came out today following Alabama’s win over Clemson in the national title game.

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UNT seeking to top C-USA standings
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By Bret Vito

The North Texas men’s basketball team is coming home this week for what looks like it will be a big opportunity to jump into the Conference USA title chase.

The Mean Green picked up a key road win against Texas-San Antonio during a two-game road trip last week and are 1-1 in conference play heading into a three-game home stand that will begin Saturday against Rice.

The Owls (5-10) have lost their first two games in C-USA play. The Mean Green (6-9) will then take on Marshall (5-9) before closing out their home series with a game against Western Kentucky.

The Hilltoppers are 8-6, but have...

Football: UNT transfer follows father’s footsteps
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By Brett Vito

Bryce English was on his way home to Texas a few weeks ago when his phone rang.

The former DeSoto defensive tackle had just decided to leave Kansas State and look for a school close to home where he could continue his career.

North Texas defensive line coach Kevin Patrick was on the other end of the line, ready to make his initial recruiting pitch. That discussion resonated with English, who finalized his decision to transfer to UNT on Tuesday.

“I like the coaches at North Texas,” English said. “They were in my corner the whole way. On my way home, coach Patrick was the first coach to...

UNT adds three more football assistants
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By Brett Vito

New North Texas coach Seth Littrell has added three assistant coaches, bringing him close to completing his staff, a source close to the situation said Sunday morning.

Troy Reffett will join UNT’s staff as Littrell’s assistant head coach and will coach the Mean Green’s safeties. Former Kentucky assistant Tommy Mainord is joining the Mean Green’s staff as associate head coach and will coach UNT’s inside receivers, while former North Carolina strength coach Zack Womack is joining UNT’s staff for the same position.

UNT has one spot left to fill and is looking for a new cornerbacks coach. Littrell...

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