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Home date with Rice timely for UNT

Sat, Sep 19, 2015 - 12:28am

by Brett Vito

Opportunities to build on its history of success at Apogee Stadium will be few and far between for North Texas this season.

That set of circumstances makes today’s game against Rice all the more important for the Mean Green.

UNT will take on the Owls in its 1:30 p.m. home opener — one of only five games the Mean Green will play at Apogee.

The first of those games appears to have come along at the perfect time for UNT, which fell to SMU in its season opener last week.

The Mean Green need a win with a two-game road trip to Iowa and Southern Mississippi looming and will get their...

How fatherhood is fuelling the desire of Jordan Williams to succeed with Cheshire Phoenix

Wed, Sep 16, 2015 - 5:00am

by Dave Powell

Becoming a father is a life-changing experience at any point in a man's life. That unbreakable bond formed at birth lasts forever and is a big motivator for many to work harder to provide for their children. For new Cheshire Phoenix guard Jordan Williams, that moment came earlier than he expected.

For Williams, who signed for Cheshire this summer, he was already at full throttle as a key player...

North Texas cornerback taking advantage of second chance at football

Thu, Sep 17, 2015 - 12:37am

by Brett Vito

DENTON -- Zac Whitfield spent day after day hoisting cases of Dr Pepper into trucks late this summer, his days playing college football seemingly behind him.

The boring work was a big part of life after football that Whitfield hadn't envisioned when he decided to walk away with one season of eligibility remaining at North Texas following the 2014 season.

It was a tough choice, but the regret Whitfield felt afterward â” and a well-timed phone call from UNT cornerbacks coach LaMarcus Hicks â” helped the former Sherman standout change course and return for one final season with the Mean Green...

UNT notebook: Hedlund: UNT best in Dallas-Fort Worth

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

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...