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UNT: Can Darrien McNair change fortunes of Mean Green?

By Christian Blood

Following a disappointing 2014 season in which University of North Texas finished just 4-8, a good question is whether or not new outside linebacker recruit Darrien McNair can change the direction of the program.

McNair represents a huge signing for the Mean Green, especially seeing as how the young prospect was apparently headed for Mississippi State for most of this year. After not qualifying academically, the Bulldogs made other plans – and so did McNair.

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2015 Conference USA Football: Who Will Be Bad?

By Jason Jones

Only teams that have been playing football for decades are being looked at in this ugly relapse into football badness. Newcomers to FBS football were spared since they have an excuse: they are building from scratch.

Teams like Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Rice, and UTEP have been around forever so they are fair game. We look back at some of the historically bad seasons that Conference USA teams have been able to put together. Than we take a look at who may join them.


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A fresh start: First-time students move into new dorm

Although most of the perimeter around brand-new Rawlins Hall at the University of North Texas is still blocked off with construction fencing, the freshmen moving in didn’t seem to mind.

Once students and families found the designated sidewalk leading to the entrance of the hall and pushed their bright orange bins over gaps in the concrete, they entered a lobby many likened to a hotel.

Hall director Sky McClure said he wasn’t worried about the dormitory being completed before move-in. The student rooms are ready, and as soon as everyone got inside...

UNT researcher receives Phytochemical Society of North America Lifetime Career Award

Professor Richard Dixon, a research professor at the University of North Texas, has received the Phytochemical Society of North America’s Phytochemical Pioneer Award. This award acknowledges relevant contributions to phytochemical research that Dr. Dixon has made throughout his distinguished career. Dixon received the award on August 11 at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


New Chief Financial Officer hired at Imprimis Group

Imprimis Group, a privately held full service professional staffing firm based in Dallas, Texas, recently welcomed Kevin Beattie to the Executive Team as Chief Financial Officer.Kevin has more than 30 years of finance/accounting experience where he has directed accounting, financial planning and analysis for companies such as Texas Instruments, GAF/ELK Materials Corporation, Armstrong Cabinet Products, and Cornerstone Automation Systems. As Chief Financial Officer at Cornerstone, he helped the company grow more than 200 percent in less than two years. Beattie is active in the finance and accounting community where he is a member...

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