North Texas Mean Green football

North Texas Mean Green football
Current season
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First season 1913
Athletic director Rick Villarreal
Head coach Dan McCarney
1st year, 3–5  (.375)
Home stadium Apogee Stadium
Stadium capacity 30,850[1]
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Denton, Texas
Conference Sun Belt
All-time record 467–442–34 (.513)
Postseason bowl record 2–5–0
Conference titles Lone Star: 8
Gulf Coast: 5
Missouri Valley: 5
Southland: 2
Sun Belt: 4
Colors Green and White            
Fight song UNT Fight Song
Mascot Scrappy
Marching band Green Brigade Marching Band
Rivals MTSU Blue Raiders
New Mexico State Aggies
SMU Mustangs
Website www.meangreensports.com

The North Texas Mean Green football team represents the University of North Texas in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-FBS (formerly known as I-A) college football and competes as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Mean Green have attained several conference championships, including four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships.[2] UNT has a 51.7% winning percentage in school history, but since Hall of Fame Coach Hayden Fry left after the 1978 season, UNT's winning percentage has trended downward. From 1978 until 2005, UNT had a 41.9% winning percentage. From 1991 to 2005, the Mean Green had a 39% winning percentage. From 2005 to 2010, the team went 13-56, a 19% winning percentage.

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Modern History

Though coach Hayden Fry left the school in 1978 with a 9-3 season, he also left it with a mounting athletics debts.[3] The team was subsequently demoted to Division I-AA status by the NCAA.[4] In 1982, the university recognized that the athletics program had a deficit of $1.6 million and voted to join the Southland Conference.[5] The program experienced little success in subsequent years, but in 1995, a coordinated campaign by donors to purchase large blocks of seats at Fouts Field spiked the average attendance enough for the school to enter Division I-A once again in 1995.[4]

After the school joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2001, Darrell Dickey briefly revived fortunes in Denton, winning four straight conference championships. The team played in the 2001 New Orleans Bowl despite having a losing record. After he went 2-9 and 3-9 in his eighth and ninth seasons, the athletic department fired Dickey on November 8, 2006.

The school then hired Todd Dodge, who had been offensive coordinator at UNT from 1991-1992, on December 12, 2006. Dodge had been one of the nation’s most successful high school football coaches, amassing a 98-11 record overall at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, including a 79-1 record over his last 5 years. His teams at UNT struggled to win, however, compiling a 6-37 record overall and a 3-23 record in conference play. After a 1-6 start to the 2010 season, the school fired Dodge. He was replaced by offensive coordinator Mike Canales as interim head coach. In 2011, the university hired Dan McCarney as head coach.

Home field

A rendering of Apogee Stadium

Apogee Stadium

Since 2011, the Mean Green have played at Apogee Stadium, formerly named Mean Green Stadium. The stadium seats 31,000.

Fouts Field

From 1952 to 2010, the team played its home games at Fouts Field. The first game was a 55–0 win over the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in 1952. The final Mean Green game was a 41–49 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats in 2010. The Mean Green posted a final record at Fouts Field of 155–100–7. From 1971 through 2001, the Mean Green played 21 home games at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, 32 miles away from the university's campus in Denton. The Mean Green posted a 9-12 record while playing select home games at the off-campus stadium. Only one season, 1972, saw the Mean Green play more games at Texas Stadium than their home field in Denton.[6]

Rivalries

  • SMU Mustangs, in the Safeway Bowl.

Achievements

Conference Championships

Year Conference Coach
1932 Lone Star Jack Sisco
1935 Lone Star Jack Sisco
1936 Lone Star Jack Sisco
1939 Lone Star Jack Sisco
1940 Lone Star Jack Sisco
1941 Lone Star Jack Sisco
1946 Lone Star Odus Mitchell
1947 Lone Star Odus Mitchell
1950 Gulf Coast Odus Mitchell
1951 Gulf Coast Odus Mitchell
1952 Gulf Coast Odus Mitchell
1955 Gulf Coast Odus Mitchell
1956 Gulf Coast Odus Mitchell
1958 Missouri Valley Odus Mitchell
1959 Missouri Valley Odus Mitchell
1966 Missouri Valley Odus Mitchell
1967 Missouri Valley Rod Rust
1973 Missouri Valley Hayden Fry
1983 Southland Corky Nelson
1994 Southland Matt Simon
2001 Sun Belt Darrell Dickey
2002 Sun Belt Darrell Dickey
2003 Sun Belt Darrell Dickey
2004 Sun Belt Darrell Dickey

Bowl Games

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
December 21, 1946 Optimist W Pacific 14 13
January 1, 1948 Salad L Nevada 6 13
December 31, 1959 Sun L New Mexico State 8 28
December 17, 2001 New Orleans L Colorado State 20 45
December 17, 2002 New Orleans W Cincinnati 24 19
December 16, 2003 New Orleans L Memphis 17 27
December 14, 2004 New Orleans L Southern Miss 10 31

Players

Retired Numbers

College Football Hall of Famers

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Current NFL players

Head coaches

Years Coach Seasons W L T % CW CL CT % CC Postseason
1913-14 J. W. Pender 2 3 4 0 .429 0 0 0 .000 0 0-0
1915-19 J. W. St. Clair 5 20 10 3 .652 0 0 0 .000 0 0-0
1920-24 Theron Fouts 5 23 14 2 .615 10 2 1 .846 0 0-0
1925-28 John Reid 4 16 18 3 .473 10 8 2 .600 0 0-0
1929-41 Jack Sisco 13 74 37 10 .653 44 8 8 .867 7 0-0
1942 Lloyd Russell 1 3 5 0 .375 1 2 0 .333 0 0-0
1946-66 Odus Mitchell 21 122 85 9 .586 43 26 2 .634 9 1-2
1967-72 Rod Rust 6 29 32 1 .476 16 14 0 .533 1 0-0
1973-78 Hayden Fry 6 40 23 3 .629 6 4 2 .667 1 0-0
1979-80 Jerry Moore 2 11 11 0 .500 0 0 0 .000 0 0-0
1981 Bob Tyler 1 2 9 0 .182 0 0 0 .000 0 0-0
1982-90 Corky Nelson 9 48 52 1 .480 24 20 1 .556 1 0-3
1991-93 Dennis Parker 3 11 21 1 .348 7 14 0 .333 0 0-0
1994-97 Matt Simon 4 18 26 1 .411 10 5 1 .688 1 0-1
1998–06 Darrell Dickey 9 42 64 0 .396 31 20 0 .608 4 1-3
2007–10 Todd Dodge 4 5 31 0 .139 2 20 0 .091 0 0-0
2010 Mike Canales 1 2 3 0 .400 2 2 0 .500 0 0-0
Total 16 Coaches 94 467 442 34 .514 204 143 17 .588 24 2-9

CW=Conference Wins, CL=Conference Losses, CT=Conference Ties, CC=Conference Championships

Notes

  1. ^ admin.xosn.com
  2. ^ "North Texas Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/sunbelt/north_texas/championships.php. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  3. ^ Rogers 2002, p. 482.
  4. ^ a b Rogers 2002, p. 617.
  5. ^ Rogers 2002, p. 618.
  6. ^ North Texas Mean Green Football Media Guide. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas. 2010. p. 93. 

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