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Football: UNT ready to end especially long layoff

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...