Ex-UNLV president leads Texas university to Tier-1 status

Fri, Feb 5, 2016 - 8:00am

by Ian Whitaker

UNLV is still not on the coveted list of top research institutions commonly known as Tier-1 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

But guess which university is? The University of North Texas, where former UNLV President Neal Smatresk took over as president afterleaving Las Vegas in 2013.

According to the latest Carnegie rankings, released this week, North Texas joined 114 other public and private...

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New North Texas coach Littrell plans high-powered offense

By Stephen Hawkins

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A few minutes after Seth Littrell slipped on a North Texas cap and thanked a long list of people for helping him be in position for his first head coaching job, he started talking about his plans for the offense.

"We're going to run the triple option," Littrell said.

As laughter filled the club area in the stadium where Littrell was being formally introduced Monday, athletic director Rick Villarreal said, "Let's start this press conference over."

No worries, the Mean Green are going to get what they want. Littrell expects to have the same kind of high-powered...

New UNT coach Seth Littrell returns home

Mon, Dec 7, 2015 - 6:11am

By Brett Vito

DENTON - Every step Seth Littrell made while pursuing his dream of becoming a head coach took him a little father from home over the last few years.

The Muskogee, Oklahoma, native and former Oklahoma running back worked as an assistant at Arizona, Indiana and finally North Carolina before North Texas stepped in.

Littrell suffered through a few sleepless nights during a protracted coaching search before coming to terms with UNT and returning to his old stomping grounds. UNT officials introduced Littrell as the school's new coach during a press conference on Monday at Apogee Stadium, where...

Lease signed for UNT Frisco

By Jenna Duncan

The University of North Texas will pay nearly $1 million next year to rent space for a new satellite campus in Frisco, set to open in January.

According to the lease agreement obtained by the Denton Record-Chronicle, the 36,600 square feet of office space will cost $25.50 a square foot, and each year until June 2021 the rent will go up by 50 cents per square foot. Next year, the university will pay about $933,300, and for the final year of the lease, from mid-2020 to mid-2021, UNT will pay just over $1 million.

The building, owned by Hall Financial Group, was built in 2003 and has a...

McNatts give University of North Texas $2.61 million

By Holly Haber

Jim and Linda McNatt of Corinth have given $2.61 million in grants to the University of North Texas to support academic and athletic initiatives.

The gifts include $1.36 million to establish endowments for logistics research, autism studies and the Kuehne Speaker Series and to fund grants to National Merit Scholars. The other $1.25 million will be used to enhance Mean Green Athletics.

Some of the grants are eligible for matching funds from Texas, which could augment the donations by $790,000, according to university officials.