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UNT’s Johnson finds hot hand, confidence from 3-point range

Wed, Feb 24, 2016 - 8:00am

There were still three hours remaining before North Texas’ shootaround the day of the Mean Green’s game against Florida International last week when Eric Katenda arrived at the Super Pit.

The senior forward wanted to get some extra shots up and was greeted with a familiar sight: Deckie Johnson firing away.

Johnson took 3-pointers from the top of the key, the corner and just about everywhere else.

Not much had changed a few hours later when UNT was clawing its way back from a 12-point deficit late against FIU. Johnson was shooting from those same spots — and hitting — to help lead the Mean Green to a slump-...

UNT notebook: Tourney victories earn UNT votes in poll

Tue, Feb 23, 2016 - 10:55pm

By Brett Vito

Just standing there never felt so nerve-racking for North Texas outfielder Danielle Gregory.

The junior went to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning against Baylor in the championship game of the Getterman Classic on Sunday with the score tied.

Gregory worked the count to 3-1 and was given the “take” sign by UNT coach Tracey Kee.

Gregory watched as ball four sailed by, giving UNT a 7-6 win and the tournament championship.

UNT beat then-No. 21 Baylor twice over the weekend, both times in extra innings.

“Getting the take sign made it easier,”...

Football: Littrell completes UNT coaching staff

Thu, Feb 18, 2016 - 8:00am

by Brett Vito

New North Texas coach Seth Littrell has decided fixing all that ails the Mean Green defense is going to be a two-man job — at least when it comes to coordinators.

Mike Ekeler and Troy Reffett will serve as co-coordinators for UNT, Littrell announced Wednesday, when he officially revealed the final additions to his coaching staff.

Ekeler spent the last two seasons as the inside linebackers coach at Georgia, while Reffett was the cornerbacks coach at Memphis last season. Both have prior experience as defensive coordinators.

Ekeler was the co-defensive coordinator at Indiana in 2011 and ’12...

New North Texas coach salvages class with late surge

Wed, Feb 3, 2016 - 10:43am

Following the worst record in program history (1-11) and a mid-season firing of former head coach Dan McCarney, the North Texas Mean Green is beginning a rebuilding project under new head coach Seth Littrell. The former UNC offensive assistant coach is bringing in a spread offense where he promises to “let it fly,” so the Mean Green expect to have a new look in 2016.

North Texas has already signed four mid-term transfers that are all currently enrolled at the school: Senior quarterback Alec Morris (Alabama), Freshman defensive tackle Bryce English (Kansas State), offensive lineman T.J Henson (Trinity Valley CC) and...

North Texas Tops TCU

Fri, Jan 29, 2016 - 4:48pm

The North Texas swimming and diving team sent its eight seniors out in style, downing Metroplex rival TCU by a score of 180-120 in Friday’s home dual meet. The Mean Green never trailed in the meet, winning each of the first 10 swimming events and winning 12 of the 16 events overall.

With the win, North Texas improves to 7-3 in dual meets this season, its best start in school history, and the seven dual-meet wins are the second-most in school history. The win over TCU was also just the fourth in 23 meetings all-time.

“We’re really happy for our seniors,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “We wanted our seniors to go out...