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North Texas Mean Green football
Current season Current season
North Texas Solid Green Diving Eagle Left.png North Texas.png
First season 1913
Athletic director Rick Villarreal
Head coach Todd Dodge
3rd year, 5–31  (.139)
Home stadium Fouts Field
Stadium capacity 30,000[1]
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Denton, TX
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 SMU Mustangs
MTSU Blue Raiders
New Mexico State Aggies
Website www.meangreensports.com

The North Texas Mean Green football team represents the University of North Texas in NCAA Division I-FBS (formerly known as I-A) college football, competing as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Mean Green have attained several conference championships; most recently, four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships.[2]

Since 1951, the North Texas Mean Green has played its home games at Fouts Field, a stadium with a current capacity of 30,000 on the campus in Denton, Texas. It has long been argued that antiquated facilities have stunted the growth of the Mean Green football program, with Fouts Fields being the most cited example. (Ground has been broken and New North Texas Mean Green Stadium located within the Mean Green Village is scheduled to be ready to host games by the start of the 2011 season.)

A small handful of UNT's head coaches have gone on to have quite notable careers. Rod Rust became an elite NFL defensive coordinator and eventually an NFL head coach. Hayden Fry eventually would be voted into the College Football Hall of Fame after a long career at Iowa. Jerry Moore left UNT for Texas Tech where he coached for a few years before starting a long and very successful run at Appalachian State, where he lead that school to become the first FCS school to win 3 straight FCS national titles.

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 .419 winning percentage. From 1991 to 2005, the Mean Green had a .390 winning percentage.

On December 12, 2006, Todd Dodge was announced as the latest Mean Green head coach to attempt to turn this trend. He replaced former coach Darrell Dickey, who was fired on November 8 after going 2-9 and 3-9 in his eighth and ninth seasons at the school.

Dodge (offensive coordinator at UNT from 1991-92) was 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 ---the only loss being a 1 point loss in the state title game in 2003. The high profile hire was designed to generate the fan, student, and alumni enthusiasm to deliver a new stadium and to open recruiting doors to replenish a talent base that had noticeably withered under Dickey.

While ground has been broken on the new stadium, Dodge's Mean Green teams have struggled on the field, compiling a 5-31 record as the staff has been forced to play a number of freshmen and sophomores at most positions over that period. The Mean Green is scheduled to have a large senior class in 2010.

In June 2009, North Texas accepted to play the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium to open the 2013 season. Georgia will pay North Texas $975,000—the most UGA has ever guaranteed a visiting team.[3]

Contents

History

Fouts Field stadium west grandstand
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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

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
1998-2006 Darrell Dickey 9 42 64 0 .396 31 20 0 .608 4 1-3
2007-Present Todd Dodge 3 5 31 0 .139 2 20 0 .091 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

Facilities

Since 1952, the Mean Green have played their home football games at Fouts Field.

Ground has been broken on a replacement playing field, New North Texas Mean Green Stadium. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2011 season. It will be part of the new Mean Green Village, which is being constructed in several stages.

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