About Denton, Texas
Located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Denton is known for its active music life; the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival which attract over 300,000 people to the city each year. A Texas land grant led to the formation of Denton County in 1846, and the city was incorporated in 1866. Both were named after pioneer and Texas militia captain John B. Denton. The arrival of a railroad line in the city in 1881 spurred population, and the establishment of the University of North Texas in 1890 and Texas Woman's University in 1901 distinguished the city from neighboring regions. After the construction of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport finished in 1974, the city saw more rapid growth; as of 2011, Denton was the seventh-fastest growing city with a population over 100,000 in the country. More About the City of Denton
About the football program
The North Texas football program celebrates its first 100 years in existence this fall (they will reach 100-playing seasons in 2016), the Mean Green also nears their landmark 1,000th game in the school's history, which will take place in 2014. In a century of football, North Texas has won conference championships in eight consecutive decades. The Mean Green has amassed 25 conference titles, winning at least one championship in six of the seven leagues in which North Texas has been a member. The football program boasts the likes of "Mean" Joe Green and Ron Shanklin as two of its former players which recently was named to the school's All-Century team.
Head Coach Dan McCarney
UNT head coach Dan McCarney brought more than 30 years of college coaching experience to North Texas when he became the Mean Green head coach in November, 2010. McCarney began as an assistant under Hayden Fry at Iowa, taking a team with no winning seasons in 19 years to eight bowl games. He then became defensive coordinator at Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez, where they turned a losing program into a Big 10 champion and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl. In 1995, McCarney became head coach at Iowa State, leading the Cyclones to their first nine-win season in 94 years and first bowl win. He was Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2004 and remains the winningest coach in Iowa State history. McCarney was also assistant head coach at Florida under Urban Meyer, where he crafted a dominant defensive line that led the Gators to two SEC titles and a national championship.
Opened in 2011, Apogee Stadium was designed by the same team that created the spectacular Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and they brought some of the same touches to Denton. Apogee features two state-of-the-art video boards, 21 luxury suites, 750 club seats, high-tech facilities for broadcast and print media, and a team apparel store. The stadium seats 30,850 in a horseshoe-shaped bowl. At the open end is the giant high-definition scoreboard and videoboard with a screen measuring 27 feet high and 47 feet wide behind the south end zone and towering over the Mean Green's tunnel entrance to the field. A second videoboard, 15 feet high and 27 feet wide, is behind the corner of the north end zone. Behind the north end zone are giant wing-shaped grandstands which echo the shape of the Mean Green's eagle logo and reach 106 feet above the playing field. More about Apogee Stadium
Pat Boone, singer/actor/entertainer; Don Henley, Grammy winning singer and musician/member of The Eagles; Norah Jones, Grammy winning vocalist; Larry McMurtry, Pulitizer Prize winning writer; Bill Moyers, television correspondent; Peter Weller, actor.
Something You May Not Know about North Texas
Ever wonder how the school got its nickname? There are many spoken origins to the name "Mean Green." The oldest written source comes from a 1967 Dallas Morning News article by Randy Galloway entitled "MEAN GREEN ON THE LOOSE! Defense Swallows Foes For NTSU." The article features defensive players; James "steals kids' candy" Ivy, Lindy "cheats at marbles" Endsley, Joe "kicks puppies" Greene, Ret "slugs old ladies" Little, Charles "the hatchet" Beatty, Henry "tears up dolls" Holland, Bob "likes to let air out of wheel chair tires" Tucker. The article describes that around campus, the "Mean Green" phrase originated from Sidney Graham, wife of the Eagles' sports information director in 1966 and soon became a second nickname. One of these players found additional fame in the NFL. "Mean" Joe Greene went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s. Greene is arguably the most dominant defensive lineman to ever play in the NFL and was the cornerstone of the famous "Steel Curtain" defense. He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a four-time Super Bowl champion.
Was the leading rusher for North Texas last season with 875 yards ... Byrd had a season and career-high 85 yard touchdown run against South Alabama, which is tied for the fifth longest run in school history ... Notched three 100-yard rushing games and had two in the final three games of the year.
Orr was named second-team all-conference in 2012 after recording a team-high 108 tackles ... It was a career-high for Orr and the first time in his career that he topped the 100 tackle mark ... The 108 tackles were the third most for North Texas since 2006 ... Had 3.5 tackles for a loss and two interceptions on the year ... Orr had two PBU's, two fumble recoveries and one QBU on the year ... .Orr had six games of double-digit tackles in 2012 ... Had a season-high 12 tackles in the win over South Alabama.
Thompson threw for a career-high 2,649 yards and 14 touchdowns last season ... .The 2,649 passing yards rank fourth all-time in a single season at North Texas ... .He is only the second NT quarterback since 1995 to throw for 2,000 yards in a single season ... Thompson topped the 200-yard passing mark in seven consecutive games, which was the second most in school history ... .Led North Texas in total offense at 222.9 yards a game ... .He tossed for a career-high 333 yards and two TD's at ULM.
Whitfield was named second-team all-conference as a freshman last season ... Whitfield, one of best freshman cornerbacks in the nation, ended the year with 60 tackles and a team-high three interceptions ... He had 12 PBU's last season ... Whitfield was one of only nine freshmen in the nation with three or more interceptions on the year.