Wren Baker Reflects on First Year as Athletics Director

Mean Green Nation, It is with great enthusiasm I write this letter. August has always been my favorite month of the year. Our campus is buzzing with activity as students return to Denton in droves and our coaches and student-athletes are hard at work preparing for a new season. This year will be an exciting one for North Texas Athletics. One year ago, I officially started in my role as Vice President and Director of Athletics. Much has transpired over the past 365 days. One of our very first initiatives was to develop a new mission statement, “Building Champions and Preparing Leaders

KGAF Interviews from Mean Green Mania

As part of the Mean Green Mania event, KGAF was down from Gainesville to interview several players and coaches. Below are links to podcasts of the interviews. New UNT men's basketball coach Grant McCasland stops by the SportsTalk table. Link Mean Green women's basketball coach Jalie Mitchell and point guard Brittany Smith talk about the upcoming season. Link North Texas Athletics Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jared Mosley and Ryan Beck, Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs talk about various topics. Link Former Muenster Hornets standout Andy Flusche was a guest to talk some football at Mean Green Mania. Link North Texas Mean Green volleyball coach Andrew

North Texas and Learfield Enter Into 10-Year Multimedia Agreement

On Friday, North Texas and Learfield Communications, LLC jointly announced a 10-year multimedia partnership. A team will be created to manage "all aspects of the rights agreement that includes signage, digital, corporate sponsorships, television and radio play-by-play, and coaches’ shows." Hopefully this is just the beginning of a relationship that increases the visibility of the Athletics program while increasing the stature of the academics side of the university as well. While the agreement between the school and Learfield surrounds the multimedia rights, there are other areas of the Athletics that could benefit from an expanded relationship. North Texas fans should expect to

Grant McCasland Completes Staff

After only having been on the job for about a week and a half, Grant McCasland has completed his staff.  He brought all of his assistants from Arkansas State. Head Coach - Grant McCasland (Baylor - 1999) Associate Head Coach - Ross Hodge (Texas A&M Commerce - 2003) Assistant Coach - James Miller (Colorado State) Assistant Coach - Jareem Dowling (Maryland Eastern Shore - 2005) In other news, Amaad Wainright was released from his NLI earlier this week. https://twitter.com/AmaadW/status/844567338745769984 National Signing Day for (men's and women's) basketball recruits is April 12th. It will be interesting to see whether McCasland can move the needle on increasing the recruiting profile of the Men's program in his

Athletics Wren Baker Reflects on His First 150 Days

I apologize for not getting this out sooner but things got a little crazy surrounding athletics and so here is what I think about Wren Baker's young tenure as Athletics Director at the University of North Texas. North Texas Vice President and Athletics Director Wren Baker recently posted a listing of accomplishment over the Fall Semester along with an update of various projects that are currently in flight or were recently completed since he took the reins of the department in August of 2016. It's important to know that not all these improvements are fan/alumni facing, so the concern over there not being

MBB Press Conference Introducing Grant McCasland, Head Coach for Men’s Basketball

Welcome to North Texas to Grant McCasland and his family! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fggVInFbXE https://twitter.com/UNTCoachGMac/status/841739699395923974 5:45 PM Update Mean Green Radio Network henchman John Liddle interviews Grant McCasland: North Texas Daily Article DRC Mean Green Blog Press Conference Recap Interview by ESPN 1660 AM in Waco, TX: http://stationcaster.com/stations/krzi/media/mp3/Grant_McCasland_03_14_17-1489529593.mp3

MBB North Texas Names Grant McCasland Head Coach for the Men’s Basketball Team

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-7nDDRpqgA Letter From Wren Baker, Vice President and Director of Athletics March 13, 2017 Dear Mean Green Family, I am writing today to inform you that we have found the next head coach for your Mean Green men’s basketball program. It is with great excitement that I announce that Coach Grant McCasland will be the 18th Head Men’s Basketball Coach in our history. As you are a loyal supporter of the program, I wanted to share this information with you first. Coach McCasland is an 18-year coaching veteran and arrives at North Texas after leading Arkansas State to a 20-win season for only the fourth time

NT Athletics: Wren Baker Interview Podcast

Wren Baker (Twitter), Athletics Director for the University of North Texas, was recently interviewed by KGAF AM 1580 AM for Cooke County. It's a good listen. First half is about the bowl game against Army in the Heart of Dallas bowl. The second half is about facilities, including a dedicated indoor practice facility for sports like the Football which can be used by other sports like Soccer. Wren also talks about the possibility of bringing baseball back to North Texas and the Conference USA TV package. Overall a good interview and if you're a big Mean Green fan, you feel like Wren

North Texas Athletics Report

Earlier in the year two consultants were brought in to evaluate the University of North Texas Athletics department to identify where the program stands in numerous areas.  Below is the report that was returned to the President of the University of North Texas. Following the report are some personal thoughts from me in addition to what improvements had been made since the report has been published. 394

Rick Villarreal Stepping Down as Athletic’s Director

Embattled Athletic's Director Rick Villarreal is stepping down; he will remain with the university until June 20.  University President Neal Smatresk stated a search for his replacement will begin immediately. Go to the Mean Green Blog for more details on this surprising story. https://twitter.com/brettvito/status/734762366462795780 EDIT: Official announcement from the North Texas Athletics Department: https://twitter.com/MeanGreenSports/status/734775399666745344