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UNT notebook: Hedlund: UNT best in Dallas-Fort Worth
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Tue, Sep 15, 2015 - 11:34pm

by Brett Vito

There were a host of reasons the North Texas soccer team’s win over TCU on Sunday was a milestone for the Mean Green.

For starters, it was a win over a Big 12 team. The Mean Green also improved to 7-1 and further solidified their status as one of the top teams in the region.

What might have been best of all, though, to Mean Green coach John Hedlund was the way it established a pecking order among Dallas-Fort Worth schools in the sport.

“The great thing is that we can honestly say that we are the best team in the metroplex,” Hedlund said. “We beat TCU and were supposed to play SMU early on...

Familiar problems crop up for UNT in loss to SMU
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Sun, Sep 13, 2015 - 1:03am

by Brett Vito

UNIVERSITY PARK -- North Texas entered its season opener at SMU on Saturday hoping a few tweaks would get its offense on track after a tough 2014 campaign.

Those hopes never came to fruition in a 31-13 loss to the Mustangs at Ford Stadium.

UNT didn't crack the SMU goal line until late in the third quarter and squandered several opportunities.

The problems were familiar for UNT, which scored 21 or fewer points in seven games last year. The Mean Green lost six of those games.

UNT finished with just 240 yards of offense while losing the ball twice on interceptions and twice on fumbles...

Four years later, Andrew McNulty officially set to start at quarterback for North Texas
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Wed, Sep 9, 2015 - 8:21pm

By Brett Vito

DENTON – Andrew McNulty took time this week to think back on how far he has come in his time at North Texas.

The Iowa native arrived UNT in 2011 as an unheralded recruit best known for being the son of Jim McNulty, one of Mean Green head coach Dan McCarney’s close friends and former Iowa teammates.

Back then, McNulty’s goal to open a season as UNT’s starting quarterback seemed like a long shot.

That dream will become a reality Saturday, when the Mean Green take on SMU at Ford Stadium. McCarney made the...

UNT flips for Gray’s talent
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Wed, Sep 2, 2015 - 11:33pm

By Brett Vito

James Gray and a few of his North Texas teammates were at Apogee Stadium this summer when they came up with an idea for what they agreed would be a video with viral potential among Mean Green fans.

Gray has only been on campus for a few months and already had established himself as one of the best athletes on the team.

The video they shot that day illustrates that fact.

The 6-foot, 200-pound junior safety stood flat-footed, jumped off the turf and casually turned himself over in a backflip while eying a ball quarterback DaMarcus Smith had fired at him from a few yards away.

Gray...

UNT now works through odd bye week
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Tue, Sep 1, 2015 - 11:29pm

By Bret Vito

North Texas still has a long way to go before its opens the football season at SMU, thanks to an oddly timed bye in the opening week of the season.

UNT won’t head to Dallas until Sept. 12, a date that crept just a bit closer when the Mean Green wrapped up fall camp Saturday with their final full scrimmage.

UNT is in the midst of its bye week, which gave coach Dan McCarney a little time to reflect on how an unusual camp unfolded.

“We don’t have any more or less practices. What we have had is more time,” McCarney said Tuesday. “So far I’ve really liked it. The commitment from the players and...