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Littrell searching for wide receivers

Fri, Apr 8, 2016 - 10:21am

by Brett Vito

One of the key questions for North Texas heading into head coach Seth Littrell’s first season is how the move to a wide-open passing offense will go.

UNT has been known as a run-first team for years. The Mean Green enjoyed great success with that approach during its best seasons in over the last 15 years, including a four-year run as Sun Belt Conference champions from 2001-04 and in 2013, when UNT beat UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The problem was that approach has gone out of style on the college level and on the high school scene in Texas, where the spread is modus operandi these days....

Football: UNT eyes new sources of production

Sat, Apr 2, 2016 - 11:18pm

By Brett Vito -

A second chance at North Texas appears as if it could pay off in a big way for Trey Keenan.

The former Argyle standout began his career at Texas Tech before transferring to UNT and sitting out last season. Keenan is one of a few players who either didn’t play at all or played very little last season and showed breakout potential during the Mean Green’s first scrimmage of spring practice Saturday.

UNT worked out for about two hours at the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility.

“There was a lot of good on both sides of the ball,” UNT coach Seth Littrell said. “The more guys...

Softball: UNT takes series at Toppers

Sat, Mar 26, 2016 - 10:52pm

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — North Texas claimed its first Conference USA series of the season and handed Western Kentucky its first series loss as a C-USA member, powering past the Lady Toppers 9-6 in the weekend finale Saturday.

The Mean Green (18-12, 3-6 C-USA) scored five runs in the top of the third, and junior shortstop Kelli Schkade belted her league-leading 11th home run in the fourth. Junior Jessica Elder (11-4) earned the win in relief, limiting WKU to one run and four hits in four innings.

“It feels good to come out of the weekend with our first league series win,” UNT coach Tracey Kee said. “As soon as they got...

Benford to return as North Texas coach

Sun, Mar 20, 2016 - 8:00am

North Texas coach Tony Benford told the Denton Record-Chronicle late Saturday evening he will return for his fifth season with the Mean Green in the 2016-17 campaign.

There was some question whether UNT would retain Benford after a 12-20 season that concluded with a loss to Western Kentucky in the second round of the Conference USA men’s basketball tournament on March 9.

UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal declined to comment on the program or Benford’s future after the Mean Green’s 84-76 loss to the Hilltoppers.

Days quickly passed since that loss with Benford still in place. Villarreal...

UNT women look to build on recent successes in C-USA tournament opener against FAU

Tue, Mar 8, 2016 - 8:00am

by Brett Vito

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jalie Mitchell spoke of exceeding expectations a few months ago as she prepared for her first season as North Texas’ head coach.

The Mean Green have met that goal in a lot of ways as they head into the Conference USA tournament today.

UNT beat a nationally ranked team for the first time in program history back in November when it toppled Oklahoma and has since doubled its win total from last season.

UNT (10-18, 5-13 C-USA) will look to add another milestone to that list today when it faces Florida Atlantic (14-15, 6-12) in an 11 a.m. first-round game in the Conference...