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FOR MANY YEARS, THE CAMPUS HAS BEEN GROWING and changing to accommodate it's increased enrollment and expanded programs. For visitors this Homecoming, the completion of the Gateway Center will be the most visible of those changes. And Avenue E, now the official thoroughfare onto campus, may be sporting a new name. Come join us Oct. 12-13 as we remember our past and celebrate our future. We’re sure you’ll enjoy discovering what’s new as well as rediscovering some of your favorite places.



Mean Green Village

You’ll notice the old practice field that was home to the Mean Green Village in years past has become part of the Fouts Field parking lot, which is now the place where Mean Green fans gather before all home football games for tailgating. But, just because the field is gone doesn’t mean the Mean Green Village went with it. This year, the village will be staked out on the intramural field by the Physical Education Building at Chestnut and Avenue E.


Tailgating comes to UNT

The Texas tailgating tradition will park itself at Fouts Field this fall before each Mean Green home game. Here are details: Tailgating may take place in any outdoor area on campus, except public streets. However, alcohol consumption is limited to designated areas: the Fouts Field parking lot; designated areas adjacent to the football practice field; and designated areas immediately adjacent to the Gateway Center.

Setup can begin as early as 8 a.m., but during and after the game, parties involving alcohol must move off campus. And all beverages must be in plastic bottles, aluminum cans or paper or plastic cups. Glass bottles are prohibited for safety reasons.

For complete tailgating guidelines, visit the athletics web site.


2001 Hall of Fame

Here's a closer look at the seven new members of the UNT Athletic Hall of Fame who will be inducted Oct. 13. Each inductee will be honored at the Hall of Fame breakfast and introduced during the football game.

Joe Abbey

Joe Abbey: A two-sport standout in football and basketball, Abbey starred in football in 1947 and 1948, earning All-Lone Star Conference honors in 1947. In 1947, the Mean Green was 10-2, winning the Lone Star Conference title.


Jordan Case

Jordan Case: A quarterback who lettered for Coach Hayden Fry's Mean Green team in 1978 and 1979, Case led teams that finished 9-2 and 5-6 as a Division I-Independent. In his two years at North Texas, he guided teams to victories over Oklahoma State, Southern Mississippi and Memphis State. Case concluded his North Texas career as the all-time leader in completion percentage (.616), ranking fourth in passing efficiency (111.61) and eighth in passing yardage (2,608 yards).


Cedric Hardman

Cedric Hardman: Hardman was an All-Missouri Valley Conference football defensive lineman. He recorded 38 sacks in his two seasons at North Texas and represented UNT in the Blue-Gray all-star game in 1970. He was the first-round NFL draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers and accumulated 120 sacks for the team. He finished his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders in 1981, ending with 135 career sacks.


Iseed Khoury

Iseed Khoury: A two-sport star at North Texas, Khoury played three years on Fry's Mean Green football team as a placekicker and played four years of soccer. In football, Khoury became North Texas' all-time career leader in extra-point conversions (69 of 70, .985), which included a stretch of 60 without a miss. He holds the North Texas record for the longest field goal (62 yards in 1977.) He ranks fourth in UNT school history with 26 career field goals. When the North Texas soccer program earned intercollegiate status in 1976, Khoury was the team's No. 3 scorer with 14 goals and two assists. He led the nation in goals scored (36) in 1974.


Loyd Lowe

Loyd Lowe: A letterman in both football and track in the early 1950s, Lowe played three years of football from 1948 to 1950 and ran track for four years from 1947 to 1950. In 1948, he was a member of the North Texas 440-yard relay team that captured first place at the Lone Star Conference championship meet. He enjoyed his most successful football season as a senior in 1950 when he rushed for 512 yards, caught passes for 207 yards and scored four touchdowns. In 1949, he was a key member of the North Texas team that captured the Lone Star football title.


Paul Patterson

Paul Patterson: Patterson won four letters in track as a sprinter who anchored for the mile and the sprint medley relay teams. As a senior in 1955, he was a member of the Mean Green's sprint medley relay squad that lost just one race. During the same year, the sprint medley relay team set meet records at the Texas Relays and Kansas Relays and established a UNT school record with a time of 3:23.1. The mile relay team also established a meet record at the Border Olympics in 1955. At a dual meet at Shepard Air Force Base, Patterson raced to a North Texas record in the 880-yard dash with a time of 1:52.


Jesse Ratliff

Jesse Ratliff: A basketball standout, Ratliff became the Mean Green's No. 2 career scorer after amassing 2,130 points from 1990 to 1994. He is one of just two players in UNT school history to score more than 2,000 career points. He was named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year in 1990 and earned first team all-conference honors his remaining three seasons. An 18.7 points-per-game career scorer, Ratliff is North Texas' only basketball player to be selected player of the week by Sports Illustrated. He earned the honor Jan. 25, 1992, after scoring 63 points and grabbing 31 rebounds in back-to-back games.


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