UNT offers a long tradition of athletics, growing stronger every year. In our first year in Conference USA, our Mean Green Football team won the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and returned in 2016 to play a hard-fought game against Army. UNT’s Apogee Stadium serves as a community rallying point, bringing fans together as they cheer their hometown football team to victory. And whether our student-athletes are on the field or in the classroom earning academic honors, they’re striving for greatness.

Athletic Impact

UNT joined Conference USA in 2013, bringing the university a higher level of competition and better reflecting our academic quality.

  • 16: UNT offers 16 sports as an NCAA Division 1 school — the highest and largest division among colleges and universities.
  • PRIDE: UNT’s Apogee Stadium — a state-of-the-art athletic and entertainment complex with seating for 31,000 fans — is not just home of the Mean Green, Denton's home team, it's also the setting for local events building pride and a sense of community.
  • 123: The Mean Green have won 123 conference championships, including 33 since 2000.
  • TOP 10 PERCENT: The Mean Green football team and women's tennis team ranked in the Top 10 percent in the nation for academic progress in 2014-15.
Dallas Cowboys Football player

Mean Green Pride

Athletic standouts include football legend "Mean" Joe Green, who played with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, and Lance Dunbar, who formally played with the Dallas Cowboys signed this year with the Los Angeles Rams.

Student with Scrappy


  • The Mean Green Machine — a green 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan — helps raise spirit at games and special events.
  • The UNT student body voted in 1922 to name the Eagle as UNT’s mascot — beating out the dragon, hawk and lion. Members of the Mean Green Nation affectionately call our Eagle mascot Scrappy.
  • Boomer the muzzleloader cannon is fired by the UNT Talons at football games to signal scores.
  • After victories by UNT varsity teams, green lights shine on McConnell Tower at the Hurley Administration Building.