North Texas Mean Green football
First season 1913
Athletic director Rick Villarreal
Head coach Dan McCarney
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
Postseason bowl record 1–5
Conference titles Lone Star: 8
Gulf Coast: 5
Missouri Valley: 5
Southland: 2
Sun Belt: 4
Consensus All-Americans 1
Colors Green and White            
Fight song UNT Fight Song
Mascot Scrappy
Marching band Green Brigade Marching Band
Rivals New Mexico State Aggies
SMU Mustangs

The North Texas Mean Green football team represents the University of North Texas in the sport of American Football. The Mean Green compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and 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.

Modern HistoryEdit

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.[1] In 1982, the university recognized that the athletics program had a deficit of $1.6 million and voted to join the Southland Conference.[1] 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.[1]

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.

On May 4th, 2012, the school held a press conference announcing that they had accepted an invitation to join Conference USA beginning in the 2013 season. Florida International University, Louisiana Tech University, the University of Charlotte, and the University of Texas at San Antonio will begin play in Conference USA in 2013 as well, bringing the conference to 13 members.

Home fieldEdit

Apogee StadiumEdit

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

Fouts FieldEdit

Script error 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.[1]



Conference championshipsEdit

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

College Division/Other Bowl GamesEdit

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
December 21, 1946 Optimist W Pacific 14 13

NCAA Division I FBS bowl gamesEdit

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
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


Retired numbersEdit

College Football Hall of FamersEdit

Pro Football Hall of FamersEdit

Current NFL playersEdit

Head coachesEdit

Years Coach Seasons W L T % CW CL CT % CC Postseason
1913-14J. W. Pender2340.429000.00000-0
1915-19J. W. St. Clair520103.652000.00000-0
1920-24Theron Fouts523142.6151021.84600-0
1925-28John Reid416183.4731082.60000-0
1929-41Jack Sisco13743710.6534488.86770-0
1942Lloyd Russell1350.375120.33300-0
1946-66Odus Mitchell21122859.58643262.63491-2
1967-72Rod Rust629321.47616140.53310-0
1973-78Hayden Fry640233.629642.66710-0
1979-80Jerry Moore211110.500000.00000-0
1981Bob Tyler1290.182000.00000-0
1982-90Corky Nelson948521.48024201.55610-3
1991-93Dennis Parker311211.3487140.33300-0
1994-97Matt Simon418261.4111051.68810-1
1998–06Darrell Dickey942640.39631200.60841-3
2007–10Todd Dodge46370.1393230.11500-0
2010Mike Canales1230.400220.50000-0
2011–PresentDan McCarney1570.417440.50000-0
Total18 Coaches9447545834.50921115217.581242-9

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

Future Non-Conference Opponents[2] Edit

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 TBA
at LSU at Georgia at Texas vs Tulsa vs SMU vs Army at Army at Tennessee
at Kansas State vs Ball State vs SMU at SMU at Florida at Iowa at Arkansas
at Houston at Ohio at Tulsa at Iowa at Army at SMU vs SMU
at Indiana



External linksEdit

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