Football: Linebacker to join UNT as a graduate transfer

Sun, Jul 3, 2016 - 11:06pm

By Brett Vito

North Texas is on the verge of adding one of the top junior college linebackers from the 2014 recruiting class to its roster.

D’Vonta Derricott, who played at Garden City Community College in Kansas, is in the process of finishing the final class he needs to transfer and enroll at UNT for his final season.

Derricott transferred to Kansas State following his junior college career and spent one season with the Wildcats as a redshirt. He then transferred to Eastern Kentucky, a Football Championship Subdivision school, where he played last season.

Derricott confirmed to the Denton...

Football: Illinois wideout Quinetin Jackson commits to UNT

Sun, Jun 19, 2016 - 11:38pm

By Bret Vito 

North Texas went all the way to Illinois to land College of DuPage quarterback Devin O’Hara earlier this summer.

The Mean Green now has picked up Quinetin Jackson, one of his go-to targets, as a late addition to its 2016 recruiting class.

UNT had been recruiting the wide receiver for the past several weeks. He committed to play for the Mean Green late Saturday night.

“North Texas seemed like it was the best fit as far as the coaching staff, and my quarterback is going there,” Jackson said. “The coaches want to use me as a go-to receiver, someone who can take the top off of a defense...

UNT adds two more FCS foes

Thu, Jun 16, 2016 - 10:14pm

By Brett Vito

North Texas will host a pair of Football Championship Subdivision teams in consecutive seasons beginning in 2020, one from within the state and another located all the way across the country.

Houston Baptist will travel to Apogee Stadium in 2020 before Rhode Island visits Denton the following year.

UNT officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that agreements are in place with both schools.

Those two games round out UNT’s nonconference schedule through the 2021 season. UNT has games scheduled against FCS teams in each of the next six years.

Houston Baptist finished 2-9 last season,...

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...

MU to pay North Texas $1.3 million for 2021 game

Wed, May 11, 2016 - 11:00am

By Blake Toppmeyer

Missouri will pay North Texas $1.3 million in guarantees to play in Columbia in 2021, executive associate athletic director Bryan Maggard said Tuesday. He said the contract with North Texas is being finalized.

The Tigers and Mean Green entered a one-game agreement and are scheduled to play on Oct. 16, 2021.

“They’ve been a program I’ve talked to for some time, and actually when we were trying to get the ’15 schedule finalized, they were somebody I had a lot of conversation with, and we just weren’t able to get it done,” said Maggard, who oversees the Tigers’ football scheduling. “I’ve just...