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Which nickname came first at North Texas? 'Mean Joe' Greene or Mean Green?


LEWISVILLE, Texas — Here are a few theories as to the origin of “Mean Joe” Greene’s nickname.

There’s the story of a middle-school nemesis named “Sleepy,” who once stole the five dollars Greene’s mother had left on the television set to pay the insurance fees her son needed to play on the school’s football team.

“I popped him, knocked him down,” Greene said. “That ended it. He didn’t bother me anymore, and no one else did it. I ended up playing catch-up. I guess I caught...

Apogee stadium: Denton County’s home field advantage

The difference between a win and a loss could be as simple as crowd atmosphere willing your team to victory. The University of North Texas in Denton has enjoyed storied success in its newly-built Apogee Stadium, which opened to fans September 10, 2011.

Winning nearly 70 percent of its games since it opened, the Mean Green football program is hoping for another year where Apogee becomes a Saturday destination for sports fans across Denton County.

“Apogee Stadium and our fans have given us a tremendous home-field advantage,” said head football coach Dan McCarney. “We feel the electricity of the environment when we...

Tags: Athletics

A chat with Eye Candy Boutique owner Elsa Fernandez

By Jessica Elizarraras

Locally owned and plus-size fashion for women who don't want to dress like their Tia Carmen are what's in store at Eye Candy Boutique, the city's first temporary pop-up inside inside the Houston Street Garage's first floor (531 Navarro St.). Hosted by the the Center City Development & Operations Department, the pop-up will run through November 7. "The City received four proposals from vendors and Eye Candy Boutique was selected based on the marketing plan, product mix, and store concept proposed. We are...

Where are they now? Alumna realizes show business dream

 By Shari Goldstein Stern

Name an actor. Any actor. Chances are Peggy Villines has some work history with any number of them. Whether she was promoting them as an actor or director, marketing their films or television series or providing public relations assistance, it was “Hooray for Hollywood!” for this native Texan.With a BA in fine arts from the University of North Texas, (North Texas State), Villines’ career began unfolding when the 1965 Bryan Adams High School (BA) graduate, Peggy Tipton couldn’t wait to get to New York, where all she wanted was a career on Broadway. She lost a bet and ended up in Los Angeles...

Tags: Alumni

UNT not obliged to repay $83M

The University of North Texas is not obligated to repay an estimated $83 million in excess funding revealed in a state audit in 2014, officials have confirmed.The university already has paid $4.7 million to the state, but the remaining balance in excess fees does not have to be repaid because of legislative action this past session.The $83,461,691 originally reported was for excess funding estimated in a state audit examining the university’s finances from 2004 through 2012. In response to the audit’s findings, then-Gov. Rick Perry instructed all...
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