North Texas Mean Green

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
North Texas Mean Green
Logo
University University of North Texas
Conference Conference USA
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Rick Villarreal
Location Denton, TX
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Apogee Stadium
Basketball arena The Super Pit
Mascot Scrappy
Nickname Mean Green
Website www.meangreensports.com

North Texas Mean Green (variously UNT or Eagles) refers to the students, graduates, and sports teams of the University of North Texas.The teams compete in Division I of NCAA sports. North Texas competed in the Sun Belt Conference until joining Conference USA (C-USA) on July 1, 2013. UNT's official school colors are green, white and black. North Texas athletes are known as the "Mean Green" and the mascot is an eagle named Scrappy .

Origin of the name "Mean Green"[edit]

The name "Mean Green" was adopted by fans and media in 1966 for a North Texas football defensive squad that finished the season second in the nation against the rush.[1] That school year, Joe Greene,[2] then a sophomore at North Texas, played left defensive tackle on the football team and competed in track and field (shot put). The nickname "Mean Joe Greene" caught on during his first year with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 when the fan base mistakenly assumed that "Mean Green" was derived from a nickname they thought he had inherited while at North Texas.[citation needed] The athletic department, media, and fans loved the novelty of a young standout's surname being a homophone of the university's school color.[citation needed] By 1968, "Mean Green" was on the back of shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, and the cover of the North Texas football brochure. Even the band became identified as the "Mean Green Marching Machine."[3]

Teams[edit]

Baseball[edit]

In 1984, the university fielded a varsity baseball team until it was discontinued after the 1988 season.[4] The team competed as a member of the Southland Conference.[5] After starting the program's inaugural season with a 0–19 record, the Eagles won their first game against the Emporia State Hornets, 4–1.[6] The team played their home games at Mack Park in Denton.[7]

The university had planned to revive the program and build an on-campus ballpark. The ballpark would have been home field of both the Mean Green, and Denton Outlaws. The program's revival failed to happen and the Denton Outlaws disbanded after the 2007 season.[8]

The 2014 UNT fiscal budget included $600,000 in start up costs for reviving the Mean Green baseball program. The university plans to construct a new on campus ballpark within the Mean Green Village.[9] Decade long accounting errors by the UNT System have led to the baseball program to be placed on hold indefinitely. The earliest the program could be revived is in time for the 2016 season, dependent on the facilities' construction beginning in early 2015.[10]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southland Conference (1984–1988)
1984 Phil Price 6–48 2–15 7th
1985 Phil Price 14–53 3–15 7th
1986 Phil Price 8–47 2–13 7th
1987 Phil Price 12–48 2–14 3rd (West)
1988 Phil Price 14–38 8–13 8th
Phil Price: 54–234 17–70

Source:[11]

Total: 54–234

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Football[edit]

Founded in 1913, the Mean Green has won eight Lone Star Conference championships, five Gulf Coast Conference championships, five Missouri Valley Conference championships, two Southland Conference championships and most recently, four consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships.[12] The team has also appeared in eight bowl games, winning three, most recently the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl. From 1952 until the 2010 season, home football games were played at Fouts Field. A new 30,850-seat stadium, Apogee Stadium opened for the 2011 season.

Basketball[edit]

Since 1973, the school's teams for men's and women's basketball have played their home games in the Super Pit. From 2001 to 2012, the men's team experienced relative success under head coach Johnny Jones. During the 2006-2007 season, North Texas won its first Sun Belt Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. North Texas won the Sun Belt Conference title again during the 2009-2010 season to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years.[13]

School spirit[edit]

The school's colors are green, white and black. The music for the alma mater, "Glory to the Green and White," (originally titled "Our College")[14] was composed by Julia Smith in 1919 and adopted by the school in 1922. The lyrics are were written by Charles Langford, then a third-year letterman on the football team.[15] The school's fight song, Fight, North Texas, composed by Francis Stroup, was adopted in 1939. The school mascot is an eagle named Scrappy. The 400-member Green Brigade Marching Band performs at every home game, both pregame and halftime, for the crowd.

Facilities[edit]

The school's football team plays its home games at Apogee Stadium. The men's and women's basketball programs play at the UNT Coliseum.

Many of the school's athletic facilities are located at the Mean Green Village, which opened for the 2006-07 athletic season.[16] The athletic village area includes:

  • Mean Green Soccer Complex
  • Warnach Tennis Pavilion
  • Lovelace Softball Stadium
  • Mean Green Volleyball Center
  • Ernie Kuehne Basketball Practice Facility

Alumni[edit]

Golf
The era of collegiate prominence in Texas golf began with North Texas winning four consecutive NCAA Division I Championships from 1949 to 1952. Intercollegiate golf had until then been dominated by the Ivy League, which — since 1897 when intercollegiate golf began — had won 36 national titles. North Texas students Don January, who later won the PGA Championship, and 1951 U.S. Amateur champion Billy Maxwell, were members of the team. Fred Cobb (1899–1954), the coach, launched the team in 1945.[17] Sixty-two years since winning its fourth consecutive Championship, only one other team in the nation — the Houston Cougars — has surpassed four consecutive titles. In the 117-year history of intercollegiate golf, North Texas is one of only nine with more than one national title.[18]

Football
On September 1, 1956, Abner Haynes and his high school classmate Leon A. King (born 1938), became the first African American students to participate on the North Texas football team.[19] In the larger picture, Haynes and King were the first to break the color barrier for intercollegiate sports in Texas — seven years before anyone was authorized to break it at a Southwest Conference school.[20] Haynes quickly became an offensive and defensive star on the team. Despite his athletic leadership and fan popularity, Haynes experienced painful encounters with Jim Crow — including not being allowed to live on campus. Perhaps the worst was when Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Chattanooga discontinued scheduling North Texas after 1956, citing state laws. Haynes went on to play with the Dallas Texans (1960–1963), earning the American Football League MVP in 1961, and continued playing when the team became the Kansas City Chiefs (1963–1964). Then he played for the Denver Broncos (1965–1966), the Miami Dolphins (1967), and the New York Jets. Haynes is in the Halls of Fame of North Texas (1986), Kansas City Chiefs (1991), and Texas Sports (2007). Haynes, who now lives in Denton, is one of a few athletes who was able to play high school, college, and professional football in North Texas.

Mean Joe Greene, in 1968, was selected as a College Football Consensus All American, the only alumnus in the 100-year history of football at North Texas to win the honor. He went on to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he anchored the Steel Curtain defense that led Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl titles. In 1976, North Texas inducted Greene as a Distinguished Alumnus, an honor bestowed only to twenty-nine others during the then ten-year history of the award. On August 1, 1983, Governor Mark White appointed Greene to the Board of Regents of North Texas, making him the first African American to serve as a regent of any Texas state university.[21] In 1987, Greene was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the only alumnus ever to become a member. In 1988, he was named to the North Texas Hall of Fame.

Championship history[edit]

National titles[edit]

Men's golf (4)
  • 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952

Conference titles[edit]

Football (24)
Lone Star Conference
  • 1932, 1935*, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1947
Gulf Coast Conference
  • 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956
Missouri Valley Conference
  • 1958, 1959*, 1966*, 1967, 1973*
Southland Conference
  • 1983*, 1994
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2001*, 2002, 2003, 2004
Men's basketball (3)
Southland Conference
  • Tournament: 1988
Sun Belt Conference
  • Tournament: 2007, 2010
Men's outdoor track and field (18)
Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • 1923
Lone Star Conference
  • 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1949
Missouri Valley Conference
  • 1967, 1970, 1973, 1974
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2000, 2002
Men's cross country (9)
Lone Star Conference
  • 1932, 1934
Southland Conference
  • 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2000
Men's golf (29)[22]
Lone Star Conference
  • 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
Gulf Coast Conference
  • 1950, 1956
Missouri Valley Conference
  • 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975
Southland Conference
  • 1984, 1993, 1996
Big West Conference
  • 1999
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2003, 2012, 2013[23]
Women's soccer (3)
Sun Belt Conference
  • Regular Season: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012
  • Tournament: 2004, 2005, 2012
Women's indoor track and field (1)
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2005
Women's outdoor track and field (3)
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2003, 2012, 2013[24]
Women's cross country (1)
Southland Conference
  • 1989
Women's tennis (4)
Southland Conference
  • 1990
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2010, 2012, 2013
Volleyball (1)
Southland Conference
  • 1995
* denotes shared conference title

Division titles[edit]

Men's basketball (1)
Sun Belt Conference (West Division)
  • 2009-10
Volleyball (2)
Sun Belt Conference (West Division)
  • 2010*, 2012

Bowl titles[edit]

Optimist Bowl
  • 1946
New Orleans Bowl
  • 2002
Heart of Dallas Bowl
  • 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eagles are 19-Point Favorite", Denton Record-Chronicle, Sep 21, 1967, pg 10
  2. ^ ""Mean" Joe Greene". 
  3. ^ Mike Cochran (AP), "Mean Green Same as Nickname", The Abilene Reporter-News, Sep. 1, 1968
  4. ^ Vito, Brett (2012-03-14). "Baseball: North Texas exploring addition of baseball program". Denton Record-Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  5. ^ http://www.southland.org/documents/2014/1/10/Baseball2014.pdf
  6. ^ The Aerie 3. North Texas State University. 1984. pp. 222–224. 
  7. ^ The Aerie 3. North Texas State University. 1984. pp. 222–224. 
  8. ^ http://www.dentonrc.com/sports/colleges/north-texas-headlines/20140419-baseball-unts-financial-issues-put-baseball-on-hold.ece
  9. ^ http://www.dentonrc.com/sports/colleges/north-texas-headlines/20130917-notebook-unt-budget-includes-600000-for-baseball.ece
  10. ^ http://www.dentonrc.com/sports/colleges/north-texas-headlines/20140419-baseball-unts-financial-issues-put-baseball-on-hold.ece
  11. ^ http://www.southland.org/documents/2014/1/10/Baseball2014.pdf
  12. ^ "North Texas Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  13. ^ http://www.meangreensports.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=1800&SPID=564&SPSID=9106.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "NTSU Honors International Composer," The Dallas Morning News, May 9, 1970
  15. ^ "Pianist Will Play Works of Copland", Denton Record-Chronicle, pg 2, Oct. 6, 1957
  16. ^ http://www.meangreenmap.com/home.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Paul Maranto, Maxwell Leading Off as Eagle Golfers Shoot for Fourth NCAA Title, Denton Record-Chronicle, Section 5, pg. 5
  18. ^ J.C. King and Frances G. Trimble (married to John F. Trimble; née Dorothy Frances Guerra; born 1945), Golf, Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association, accessed October 15, 2012
  19. ^ Denton Record-Chronicle
  20. ^ Ronald E. Marcello, The Integration of Intercollegiate Athletics in Texas: North Texas State College as a Test Case, 1956, Journal of Sport History, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Winter, 1987)
  21. ^ Biographical Sketches, The North Texan, Volume 33, Number 4, Fall 1983
  22. ^ http://www.meangreensports.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=1800&SPID=575&SPSID=9363.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ http://www.meangreensports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=1800&ATCLID=207413760&SPID=575&SPSID=9376.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ http://www.meangreensports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=1800&ATCLID=207642361&SPID=572&SPSID=9307