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Football: UNT defense shows progress in scrimmage
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Sat, Aug 22, 2015 - 11:10pm

Austin Orr likes what he sees when he’s on the field with the North Texas defense.

Some of the familiar faces the senior defensive tackle was used to seeing are gone, especially when it comes to the Mean Green’s front seven. In their place are a few newcomers and a new defensive coordinator in Chris Cosh.

That group made strides in terms of meshing Saturday during the Mean Green’s second full scrimmage of fall camp. UNT ran 110 plays in a workout closed to media and fans at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility, where the Mean Green’s players and coaches said their defense put together one of its best...

Football: Long preseason could aid North Texas
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Tue, Aug 11, 2015 - 11:28pm

Since North Texas’ schedule was released a few weeks ago, talk has centered on the challenges that slate presents.

The Mean Green will play 12 games in 12 weeks beginning with their season opener at SMU on Sept. 12 and includes just five home games with trips to Iowa and Tennessee.

Not every aspect of UNT’s slate is all that bad, though, including one key aspect coach Dan McCarney pointed to during his preseason press conference on Monday. Over the next few weeks, the Mean Green have a lot of time at their disposal.

UNT has just two weeks for fall camp in the traditional sense before classes begin Aug. 24,...

Highly rated linebacker enrolls at UNT
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Wed, Jul 8, 2015 - 11:14pm

Darrien McNair, a highly regarded outside linebacker from Trinity Catholic in Ocala, Florida, has enrolled at North Texas and will be eligible to play for the Mean Green this fall.

McNair told the Denton Record-Chronicle late Friday afternoon that he has elected to continue his career at UNT. A source close to the situation confirmed that he will be added to the roster in the next few days.

UNT starts practice Monday in advance of its Sept. 12 season opener at SMU.

“I feel good about it,” McNair said. “It’s a great program and has great coaches.”

McNair was committed to Mississippi...

Football: UNT ready to end especially long layoff
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Sat, Aug 1, 2015 - 11:30pm

The starting line for a host of college football teams across the country is hours away — at least when it comes to the opening of fall practice.

North Texas will have to wait a little bit longer, thanks to a Week 1 bye before its Sept. 12 season opener at SMU. Add in the effect of being left at home during the bowl season following a 4-8 finish in 2014, and the Mean Green will experience one of the longer offseasons in recent program history.

By the time UNT heads to Dallas to play the Mustangs, 286 days will have passed.

UNT’s coaches and players say they have capitalized on that long layoff as the days...