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Baulkman getting up to speed at UNT
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Thu, Nov 3, 2016 - 11:31pm

By Brett Vito

By the time Dee Baulkman arrived at North Texas over the summer, time was quickly running out before the Mean Green’s season opener.

The former Arizona Western College safety barely had time to figure out where his locker was, let alone learn an entirely new defense.

Baulkman has steadily improved since then and reached a key point in his development in the Mean Green’s loss to Texas-San Antonio last week, when he made his first start.

The junior finished with four tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

UNT is hoping that performance is just the start for the...

UNT topples Army as 18-point underdog
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Sat, Oct 22, 2016 - 11:51pm

By Brett Vito

WEST POINT, N.Y. — North Texas came into its first season under coach Seth Littrell hoping to author one of the more remarkable turnaround tales in program history.

The Mean Green still have a long way to go to finish the story, but added what could end up being a compelling chapter on Saturday with a 35-18 win against Army at Michie Stadium.

UNT came into the day as an 18-point underdog and pulled off the upset to inch closer to becoming bowl-eligible for just the second time in the past dozen years.

The fact UNT (4-3) is still in the bowl hunt is a story in and of itself. The Mean Green...

At old school boxing gym, more members fighting for fitness
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Thu, Oct 6, 2016 - 7:12am

By Harrison Long

Tucked in a parking lot just beyond the Texas Woman’s University campus sits a laboratory that deals in human test subjects.

Testaments to their past experiments are plastered on the walls: pictures with boxing gloves raised, mouth guards in, trophies hoisted high.

The sweet science is alive and well at Jimenez Old School Boxing Gym.

Run by father-and-son duo Joe and Ben Jimenez, the gym is buzzing with activity late on a Wednesday afternoon. The doors are open to better circulate the sweat-lodge-style heat that is beating down early in October, yet the effects of heat are still...

UNT notebook: Win shows UNT that practice pays off
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Tue, Sep 27, 2016 - 11:09pm

By Brett Vito

Breaking through for a win against Rice last week was significant for North Texas for several reasons.

The victory snapped a 14-game road losing streak and came in UNT’s Conference USA opener.

What might have been even more important was the win showed that UNT’s players have bought in to the concept of hard work in practice paying off on game day. UNT coach Seth Littrell harped on that point following a disheartening blowout loss to Florida and saw his players respond.

“It’s huge for the players to see the results,” Littrell said. “Last week was a big week for us for a lot of different...

UNT tops Rice in double OT
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Sat, Sep 24, 2016 - 11:46pm

By Brett Vito

HOUSTON — Jareid Combs crashed into the middle of Rice’s line and met running back Darik Dillard right at the line of scrimmage Saturday night at Rice Stadium.

The Mean Green’s players poured onto the field seconds later to celebrate a dramatic 42-35 double-overtime win and a landmark moment in the first season of coach Seth Littrell’s tenure with the Mean Green.

UNT overcame a 17-point deficit and knocked off the Owls in its Conference USA opener when Combs and linebacker Brandon Garner stuffed Dillard on fourth-and-1 from the Mean Green’s 16-yard line in the second overtime period.

The...