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North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes Class Of 2017

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics
DENTON — The University of North Texas hosted its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the club level at Apogee Stadium Friday night.

Friends, family, administrators and Mean Green supporters attended as North Texas added six members to its hall of fame.

The class of 2017 includes former Mean Green men’s basketball player Josh White (2011), football player Paul Drapper (1967), women’s soccer player Kendall Juett (2010), women’s basketball player Ramona Black (1991) and former North Texas football coach Darrell Dickey (1998-2006).

This year’s Fred McCain honorees are Don and Patty Lovelace. 

Darrell Dickey, football – In 1998, Dickey took over a North Texas team that had not been to a bowl game since 1959 and had not won a bowl since 1946. After two losing seasons, Dickey’s squad turned it around with a 24-21 upset victory over Sun Belt Conference favorite Middle Tennessee. It was the start of a 26-game conference win streak which powered the Mean Green to four-straight league championships and berths in the New Orleans Bowl, highlighted by a 24-19 triumph over Cincinnati in the 2002 New Orleans Bowl. During Dickey’s tenure, North Texas produced back-to-back national rushing champions in Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas and sent seven players to the NFL. Dickey finished his Mean Green career with a record of 42-64, then went on to coach at Utah State, New Mexico and Texas State before becoming offensive coordinator at Memphis. As a player, Dickey was the starting quarterback at Kansas State for four years (1979-1982), setting a school record for most passing yards by a freshman, and is still the only player in K-State history to lead the school in passing and total yards four-consecutive seasons. He spent two years in the NFL with Seattle and New Orleans before beginning his coaching career.

Josh White, men’s basketball – White played at North Texas from the 2007-08 season to 2010-11, and finished his career as the No. 4 scorer in North Texas history with 1,668 career points. Among his school records are most career starts (123), best 3-point percentage in a season (45.8 percent in 2007-08) and best free-throw percentage in a season (90.6 percent in 2008-09). He ranks second in school history with a career free-throw percentage of 84.94, and his 331 career assists trail only Pat Hicks (526) and Walter Johnson (350) on the NT all-time list. White was the first player in NT history to amass 1,600 points and 300 assists, and he notched three of the top-10 free throw seasons in NT history. He connected on 185 career 3-point shots, which ranks fourth in school history, and his 37.2 percent clip from deep ranks 10th. White’s 485 made free throws rank fifth in school history, and his 499 field goals rank ninth. White was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in 2007-08, was a two-time all-conference honoree, and was twice named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team. White was a member of the most recent North Texas team to reach the NCAA Tournament, in 2010.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker with Josh White

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker with Josh White

Kendall Juett, soccer – Juett manned the midfield from 2006 to 2009, and was just the second Mean Green player in school history to be named first-team all-conference all four years at North Texas. She recorded 34 points as a freshman in 2006, which tied for 10th most in a season in school history. Juett finished her career ranked eighth in career points with 89 and third in assists with 29. She also ranks 10th in career goals with 30. She had 10 game-winning goals, tied for eighth best in school history; had 267 career shots, sixth all-time; and had 137 shots on goal, second all-time. Her single-season marks include five game-winning goals, seventh highest at NT; and 12 assists, good for fourth all-time.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker with Kendall Juett

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker with Kendall Juett

Paul Draper, football – Draper was part of North Texas’ powerful 1960s offensive lines, particularly at center, where NT earned first-team all-conference honors six times in seven years. The run of dominance began with two-time all-league center Bob Sanders, who was drafted to the NFL after the 1965 season. Draper stepped into the starting center role in 1966, and, working with all-conference and future NFL quarterbacks Vidal Carlin and Steve Ramsey, was named first-team Missouri Valley all-conference in ’66 and ’67 and Associated Press All-America honorable mention in 1967. Draper was succeeded at center by Willie Parker, who was first-team in 1969. Off the field, Draper was named to the Missouri Valley’s Academic All-Star honor roll three years in a row, then earned a post-graduate scholarship from the NCAA.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Paul Drapper and University President Neal Smatresk

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Paul Drapper and University President Neal Smatresk

Ramona Black, women’s basketball – A two-time all-conference selection, Black ranks third all-time in scoring in program history with 1,452 points. In her four years, from 1987-88 to 1990-91, Black averaged 14 points per game. Her 16.5 points per game as a freshman is the second-highest scoring average in program history for a true freshman, and her 416 career assists ranks second all-time. Black had 263 steals, second all-time in program history, and had 84 career 3-pointer field goals, eight most all-time.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Ramona Black and University President Neal Smatresk

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Ramona Black and University President Neal Smatresk

Don and Patty Lovelace, Fred McCain honorees – The Lovelace lineage can best be described as a family of North Texas supporters. Don and Patty, along with son Dillon, have provided steadfast contributions, both personal and financial, to the campus for decades, including to intercollegiate athletics. The Mean Green softball facility bears their name, as does one of the original suite purchases at Apogee Stadium. The Lovelaces have also been instrumental in the hiring of top tier coaches. Don serves on the President’s Leadership Board, Foundation Board, Murphy Enterprise Center Board and Athletics Advisory Board. He is the founder and owner of Lily of the Desert, a company founded in 1970 that is a grower, processor and manufacturer of aloe-vera based products marketed in more than 50 countries. Patty worked in the wholesale gift industry for 15 years at the World Trade Center in Dallas. She served as a volunteer at Liberty Christian School as Parent Teacher Fellowship president for seven years, Warrior Club co-founder and active supporter for 17 years, and with the Grandparents Association. She was also a volunteer with The American Cancer Society, Denton State School and Serve Denton. Don and Patty are Merit Scholar supporters and lifetime supporters of the UNT Kuehne Speakers series. While attending North Texas, Patty was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and a Golden Heart.

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Patty and Don Lovelace and University President Neal Smatresk

Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker, Patty and Don Lovelace and University President Neal Smatresk

SMU Tailgate and Pep Rally

August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics
Sharpen your talons, alumni! Mean Green football faces off with rival SMU at the first away game of the season, and the Dallas County Alumni Chapter is helping you paint the town green.

Kick-off the action on September 8 at the UNT vs. SMU Alumni Pep Rally. We’ll be at Four Corners Brewery, owned by alumnus George Esquivel (’91), for a sneak-peak of the new facility before it opens to the public. Get in the spirit with $3 brews and appearances by the UNT Spirit Squad and Scrappy. After dark, chill out on the patio with The Southpaw Preacher, a skillful 8-piece soul/funk band born out of UNT’s own Division of Jazz Studies.

On game day, skip the ice run and leave the cooler at home. The UNT Alumni Association is bringing the tailgate celebration to you at UNT vs. SMU!

We’ll be grilling up tailgate favorites right outside of Dallas Hall to announce that the Mean Green have arrived. Get into the groove with 80’s cover band Live 80 and their break dance trio, then pump up the pride with heart-thumping performances by UNT’s Green Brigade marching band and Spirit Squad.  


UNT vs. SMU Alumni Pep Rally Fan Fest
Friday, September 8, 2017
6–9 p.m.
Four Corners Brewery
1311 South Ervay Street, Dallas, TX 75215

FREE ADMISSION

Event includes:

  • $3 craft brews from Four Corners
  • Food truck artisan eats available for purchase on-site
  • Special appearances by the UNT Spirit Squad and Scrappy
  • Live music by The Southpaw Preacher

RSVP here by September 5. The first 250 people to register will receive a UNT/Four Corners branded koozie!


UNT vs. SMU Tailgate and Game
Saturday, September 9, 2017
3-6 p.m. 
SMU Dallas Hall
3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205

Tickets
$20 – Alumni Association members and Mean Green Club members
$30 – Non-members

Event includes:

  • Catered food (hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ beans, chips, tea, and lemonade)
  • Cash bar (beer and wine for $5 each, cash only)
  • Live music and dance by Live 80
  • Special performances by The Green Brigade marching band and Spirit Squad
  • Photos with Scrappy

RSVP here by September 5.

Gear up for game day with your Mean Green Family!

August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics
Join us for our GameDay Grille at the Alumni Pavilion every home football. There will be live music, Mean Green face painting, a catered buffet, and lawn games. Local craft beer and Texas wine is available for purchase at the bar.

The UNT Alumni Pavilion, located at the northeast entrance of Apogee football stadium, serves as a memorable gathering place for food, fun and fellowship among alumni and friends. The pavilion features high-definition TVs and stunning views of the stadium from the outdoor deck.

All current members, and one guest per member, receive free admission. Day passes are available on-site for $10 per person. Kids 12 and under are free.

Alumni GameDay Grille events open two hours prior to each home game kick off, so make plans to attend! We also host a special gathering on the evening of the Homecoming Bonfire for our alumni to enjoy the event!

Fall 2017 Football Schedule:

Date Pavilion Open Kick-Off Opponent
9/2/2017 4:00 PM 6:00 PM Lamar
9/23/2017 3:30 PM 5:30 PM UAB
10/14/2017 3:30 PM 5:30 PM UTSA
10/28/2017 3:30 PM 5:30 PM Old Dominion
11/11/2017 2:00 PM 4:00 PM Homecoming – UTEP
11/18/2017 3:30 PM 5:30 PM Army

Mean Green Mania!

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics

Join us on Wednesday, August 2nd for an exclusive event celebrating one month until Mean Green football returns to Apogee Stadium! Guests in attendance will have the opportunity to interact with North Texas coaches, administrators and student-athletes, all while having a chance to pick-up their 2017 football season tickets and Mean Green Club membership packets.

Mean Green Mania Ticket Pick-Up
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Apogee Stadium
Gate 2 – Ticket Office / Concourse
8:00 a.m. – 8:00pm

Hourly raffle prizes, food, beverages, inflatables, and much more!

For more information, please contact the Mean Green Club at 940-369-7284 or MeanGreenClub@unt.edu.

2017 CUSA Prelim TV Schedule

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics

IRVING – Eight North Texas football games will be broadcast nationally in 2017, Conference USA announced Wednesday. 

National games will be broadcast on ESPN Networks, CBS Sports Network, STADIUM (formerly ASN and Campus Insiders) and beIN SPORTS, with additional games to be added prior to the start of the season.

Additionally, a significant number of games will be available through streaming and social media such as Twitter and Facebook Live.

“C-USA Football will be available this season on a number of platforms through our valued television partners,” said Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod. “We look forward to an exciting conference season that our fans will be able to follow throughout the fall.”

North Texas will kick off the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2, when it hosts Lamar at Apogee Stadium. The Mean Green’s first nationally-televised game will be the following week, Saturday, Sept. 9, when they travel to face Metroplex rival SMU at 6 p.m. on ESPN3. Other nationally-televised games include a Sept. 16 non-conference tilt at Iowa, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2, the C-USA opener against UAB from Apogee Stadium on beIN SPORTS at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, a road contest at Florida Atlantic on Oct. 21 on ESPN3, home dates with Old Dominion on Oct. 28 and UTEP on Nov. 11 on ESPN3, a non-conference game against 2016 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl opponent Army on Nov. 18 in Denton on beIN SPORTS, and the regular season finale at Rice on Nov. 25 on ESPN3.

The 2017 C-USA championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, is scheduled to air on ESPN or ESPN 2. It marks the 13th-straight year that the C-USA championship will air on the ESPN Networks, which will also carry all six bowl games in which C-USA has a guaranteed selection.

Additional Conference USA football television exposures will be released as soon as they are finalized.

Grant McCasland Hired as Men’s Basketball Head Coach

April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics

Grant McCasland has been hired as North Texas men’s basketball head coach, Vice President and director of athletics Wren Baker announced on Monday, March 13, 2017.

“I am excited to welcome Grant McCasland as our 18th head men’s basketball coach,” Baker said. “Coach McCasland is a rising superstar in college basketball and possesses all of the qualities we desired when we began our search. He has been successful at every step of his career. He’s a proven coach and recruiter, but most importantly, he has demonstrated the ability to help young men grow and develop as people. We are fortunate to have a coach of his integrity and caliber leading our men’s basketball program. He and his family are from the area and understand Texas values. They will be tremendous assets to this campus and community.”

McCasland is an 18-year coaching veteran and arrives at North Texas after leading Arkansas State to a 20-win season for only the fourth time in ASU history. McCasland’s career winning percentage is an eye-popping 80 percent.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as the next head basketball coach at the University of North Texas,” McCasland said. “I am honored by the confidence that both Vice President and director of athletics Wren Baker and President Neal Smatresk have demonstrated as we went through this process. Their commitment and vision for men’s basketball at North Texas is inspiring and I look forward to working with them to build champions and prepare leaders with the young men we have in our program. We are going to strive daily for excellence in every aspect of our program, do things the right way, and establish a winning culture that values relationships throughout. Our family looks forward to joining Mean Green nation and I can’t wait to get started in Denton.”

Grant and his wife Cece have four children: daughters Amaris and Jersey and sons Jett and Beckett.

Check out a video recap of McCasland’s First Week at North Texas

CUSA Releases 2017 Football Schedule

February 10th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics

Conference USA released the 2017 football schedule setting the stage for an exciting second season for head coach Seth Littrell and the Mean Green. As in 2016, North Texas will play six home games and six road contests with a midseason bye week.

This year’s non-conference schedule features home dates against Lamar and Army, as well as road games to face Iowa and Metroplex rival, SMU.

The Mean Green’s Conference USA slate will kick off September 23 at Apogee Stadium as they welcome back UAB to conference play. Games against UTSA, Old Dominion and UTEP round out the home conference schedule.

To purchase 2017 season tickets and get the full schedule, visit MeanGreenSports.com or call the ticket office at 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366.

North Texas Football National Signing Day Feb 1

January 25th, 2017 | Posted in Athletics

North Texas Football National Signing Day Feb 1North Texas head coach Seth Littrell, fresh off his first season at the helm of the Mean Green, will ink his 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Early Wednesday evening, all alumni are invited by the Mean Green Club to the Signing Day Celebration meet and greet in Apogee Stadium’s HUB Club. The event is free and open to all Mean Green fans. Coach Littrell and his staff are anticipated to be on hand and attendees can learn more about these future Mean Green student-athletes. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.  Fans will also be able to purchase their 2017 season tickets at this event.

This will be the first full recruiting class for Littrell and his staff, who arrived in Denton following the 2015 season and had only a few weeks to assemble their 2016 class. Nonetheless, that class provided key contributors to the 2016 squad that earned a trip to the Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl.

Throughout the day, signings will be reported on meangreensports.com/signingday with student-athlete bios and highlight videos.  Fans can also follow the day’s developments on Twitter @MeanGreenFB and @MeanGreenSports and on MeanGreenSports‘ Facebook page.

North Texas Basketball

November 21st, 2016 | Posted in Athletics

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