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UNT regents approve Wren Baker as new athletic director

Fri, Jul 29, 2016 - 1:31pm

By Brett Vito

A new era in North Texas athletics officially began on Friday, when the North Texas board of regents voted to approve Wren Baker as the school’s new athletic director.

The vote took place in a specially called teleconference.

UNT’s regents are required to approve any employment contract that exceeds $1 million for the duration of the deal.

Baker has served as Missouri’s interim atheltic director since Mack Rhoades left the school to take over as Baylor’s athletic director earlier this month. Baker was previously Missouri’s...

UNT football, tennis fare well on NCAA academic report

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 - 9:32pm

By Brett Vito

Some good news for North Texas slid under the radar the last day or so that I wanted to point out here on the blog. The school’s football and women’s tennis teams received public recognition awards from the NCAA for their performance on the Academic Progress Rate report.

Both programs finished in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.

It’s a fairly complicated process how the NCAA figures up the score. The bottom line is this — what the report showed is that both the UNT football and tennis teams are keeping their athletes in school and eligible.

In college athletics that’s a...

UNT adds David Stenklyft as director of recruiting

Tue, Jul 12, 2016 - 10:14pm

By Brett Vito

The North Texas football program added David Stenklyft as its director of recruiting today.

Stenklyft was the assistant director of player personnel at Fresno State the last four years. He was previously the defensive quality control coach at Texas A&M. Prior to his time at A&M, he was in a recruiting/operations role at Alabama and was a student assistant at A&M 2006-10.

His bio lines up pretty well with UNT special teams coordinator Tommy Perry.

New UNT coach Seth Littrell mentioned this spring that he had a few more hires to make for off-the-field roles. This was one of them...

Basketball: UNT women finalize their nonconference slate for the 2016-17 season

Wed, Jul 6, 2016 - 10:19pm

By Brett Vito

The North Texas women’s basketball team will face Arizona and Indiana in addition to playing in the preseason Women’s NIT during the 2016-17 season.

Those games, plus the Mean Green’s annual showdown with rival SMU, were all a part of UNT’s nonconference schedule released Wednesday.

UNT will host TWU in an exhibition game Nov. 6 before opening the season with its first game in the WNIT at Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 11.

The Mean Green will host Indiana in a premier home game on Dec. 6 and face Arizona on the road Nov. 22. UNT also will travel to SMU on Nov. 30 in its second season under...

UNT coach learned value of work from family business

Sat, Jul 2, 2016 - 10:44pm

By Brett Vito

Seth Littrell forged his professional career on the football field, but his character sprang from a childhood hanging around his family’s car dealership in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Littrell learned the value of hard work under the watchful eye of his father and grandfather, who taught him how to wash cars, work the cash register and treat paying customers.

Those values stayed with Littrell as he grew into a battering ram of a college fullback at the University of Oklahoma and then developed into one of America’s premier offensive coordinators at the University of North Carolina.

Yes, football...