Welcome to University of North Texas Mean Green football.
North Texas has played football for more than 100 years, a century that has seen the Mean Green earn 498 victories and 25 conference championships, feature a quarterback who set nine NCAA passing records, boast back-to-back NCAA rushing champions, and spawn the greatest defensive tackle in the history of the game: Mean Joe Greene.
Today, under head coach Seth Littrell, North Texas plays a lightning-war style of football, an aggressive, relentless approach to the game. Attack the opponent, put an him on his heels, don't let up, don't let him take a breath, don't give him a break. Attack and keep attacking.
On offense, we play full-speed tempo. In 2015, Littrell's offense averaged 3.28 plays per minute of possession, the most by any team in the nation. His offense was in the top 20 nationally in points, passing efficiency, total offense, red-zone offense, rushing yards and yards per completion.
On defense, we're not satisfied with stoping the opponent, we want to take the ball away and score. Attack the opponent's quarterback. Come at him from different positions, from different angles, from different formations. Keep the opponent guessing, never sure where the next attack will come from but always certain that the next attack is coming.
This is Mean Green football.
Seth Littrell is regarded as one of the brightest offensive minds in college football, and at each stop along his career path Littrell has crafted some of the best offenses in the nation.
A native of Muskogee, Okla., Littrell played college football at the University of Oklahoma, where he was team captain on the Sooners' 2000 national championship team.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas, then coached running backs for Mike Leach at Texas Tech and ran the offense at Arizona, where he coached tight end Rob Gronkowski.
In 2012, Littrell was hired as offensive coordinator at Indiana and turned the moribund Hoosier offense into the top-ranked passing offense in the Big 10. In 2013, the Hoosiers finished ninth in the nation in total offense at 508.5 yards per game, and was one of only three teams in the country to average more than 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing. Indiana set single-season records in total yards (6,102), points per game (38.4), passing touchdowns (36), total touchdowns (62), and first downs (300). In Littrell's first season at Indiana in 2012, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten and ranked 17th nationally in passing offense (311.2 yards per game) and finished second in the conference in total offense (442.0 ypg) and fourth in scoring (30.8 ppg).
In 2014, Littrell was hired to run North Carolina's offense, and his squad set school records in passing yards and passing touchdowns. In 2015, the Tar Heels went to the ACC Championship game and set school records for most points and touchdowns in a season, and averaged 41.2 points a game, which ranked 11th in the nation. The Tar Heels averaged 7.46 yards per play (second in the nation) and 6.0 yards per rush (third in the nation), and UNC was one of just 11 schools nationally to average more than 200 yards rushing and 250 yards passing. In Littrell's first season in Chapel Hill in 2014, UNC set school records for most passing yards, most passing touchdowns and most first downs, and averaged 429.8 yards per game.
For a complete bio of coach Littrell, click here.
"Seth was a tough and outstanding player for us at Oklahoma, and has rapidly climbed the coaching ladder for good reason. He's got an extremely bright football mind, he's thorough in his preparation and he relates well with players."
Bob Stoops, head coach, Oklahoma
"Seth has been successful everywhere he's gone. He was a young coach when he came to Texas Tech, but he was one of the best recruiters on my staff at Texas Tech. Everyone he interacts with likes him a lot."
Mike Leach, head coach, Washington State
"I love his coaching style. He gets his players to play tough and leave it all out on the field. He's not just a great football coach, he's also a great guy. He is someone who is always there for his players."
Rob Gronkowski, tight end, New England Patriots
"He is an outstanding coach who does a terrific job developing players and building relationships."
Larry Fedora, head coach, North Carolina
"He's a demanding coach who will definitely push players. But the players respond well to him and like him a lot. He connects with people at a personal level, not just a professional level."
Sonny Dykes, head coach, California
"We set most of Indiana's offensive records when he was here. He's led a strong passing offense everywhere he's been, but he's also learned how to run a very balanced and complete offense."
Kevin Wilson, head coach, Indiana
"I really enjoyed playing for Coach Littrell during my time at Arizona, just because of his personality and the energy he brought to the football field. He's a really intelligent coach who knows a lot about football. He played the game himself so he's got that tenacity to really get after it but motivate his players. He’s a players' coach."
Nick Foles, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
"Coach is very funny, outgoing and just down to earth. He is very smart and knew how to put us in the right positions to succeed. He knows how to toss the ball around and get his players in the best situation possible. He's an all-around great guy. He's cool to hang around and talk to if you've got a problem or something."
Cody Latimer, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
Before coming to North Texas, coach Seth Littrell ran the offense at North Carolina in 2014 and 2015 and at Indiana in 2012 and 2013. As shown below, Littrell's guidance resulted in dramatic improvement in points per game, yards per game, and touchdowns.
Harrell was a record-setting quarterback at Ennis High School and Texas Tech, where he played for assistant coach Seth Littrell.
After passing for an NCAA-record 134 career touchdowns at Tech, Harrell played pro football with the Green Bay Packers, where he earned a Super Bowl ring in 2010. He began his coaching career at Washington State, where he coached wide receivers.
For a complete bio of coach Harrell, click here.
Reffett began his collegiate career as a walk-on at UTEP, but went on to earn all-academic and defensive back of the year honors as a player before embarking on a coaching career at Memphis, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico, and UTEP. at Louisiana-Monroe, he built one of the top defenses in the nation.
For a complete bio of coach Reffett, click here.
A graduate of Tarleton State, Mainord has been coaching since 2000 and has worked at five Texas universities. After beginning his career as a graduate assistant at Tarleton, Mainord coached at Sam Houston State, Lamar, and Texas Tech. His most recent stint before coming to North Texas was at Kentucky.
For a complete bio of coach Mainord, click here.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Langston spent four seasons at Lamar from 2013-16, the last as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, where he developed one of the strongest offensive fronts at the Football Championship Subdivision level in 2015. The Cardinals’ front five led the nation in pass protection surrendering less than a half sack per game.
For a complete bio of coach Langston, click here.
Yellock came to UNT after spending six seasons at East Carolina and coaching in the NFL in 2016 with the New Orleans Saints. In 2013-2014, Yellock's East Carolina line was instrumental in the Pirates being ranked 13th nationally in rushing defense.
For a complete bio of coach Yellock, click here.
A graduate of Auburn, Koonz came to North Texas after serving as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Cincinnati.
He has also coached at Louisiana Tech, Texas, Iowa State, and Auburn.
For a complete bio of coach Koonz, click here.
Filani was an all-Big 12 wide receiver at Texas Tech, and played in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Filani began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Boise State, then earned a job with Washington State before coming to North Texas.
For a complete bio of coach Filani, click here.
Brown was a standout defensive back at Louisiana-Monroe, where he earned a masters degree.
He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Louisiana-Monroe, then worked his way up the coaching ranks at Millsaps College, Grambling State, and back to alma mater ULM before coming to North Texas.
For a complete bio of coach Brown, click here.
Biagi joined the Mean Green after working as the special teams analyst at Notre Dame.
A graduate of Marshall, where he was place kicker and punter, Biagi also coached cornerbacks at South Dakota, helping the Coyotes register the program's most wins since 2011, including a 24-21 win at five-time defending national champion North Dakota State.
For a complete bio of coach Biagi, click here.
A certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified coach by USA Weightlifting, Womack worked with Seth Littrell in their two years together at North Carolina.
Womack has also coached strength and conditioning East Central University, Illinois, Florida and Memphis.
For a complete bio of coach Womack, click here.
After graduating from Texas A&M with a master’s degree in sport management, Elder served as the football program’s administrative assistant for recruiting. He then worked at Texas-San Antonio for seven years, first as the director of football operations then assistant athletics director for football and operations.
His duties include coordinating team travel, on-campus recruiting visits, the walk-on program, housing and meal programs, summer camps, and compliance paperwork.
For a complete bio of Elder, click here.
Stenklyft has spent time as a coach and recruiter for Power Five schools.
Before coming to Denton, Stenklyft was director of on-campus recruiting at Fresno State, where he also coached defense as a graduate assistant. He also coached at Texas A&M, and began his collegiate career in recruiting at Alabama in 2010.
Conley has 39 years of coaching experience in various levels of college and high school football.
He began coaching high school football in 1971, which included five years at Plano Senior High, where he won the 1977 4A state championship. He began his college career as running backs coach at Texas A&M, then linebackers coach at Texas. He also coached at Kansas, Tennessee, Rice and Arkansas.
He was a head coach for nine years at Trinity Valley and Texas A&M Commerce, earning a national championship and National Junior College Coach of the Year honors.
For a complete bio of coach Conley, click here.
Baker joined the Mean Green coaching staff in 2016.
Opened in 2011, Apogee Stadium was designed by the same architects that created the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, and they brought some of the same touches to Denton. Apogee features two huge, state-of-the-art video boards, luxury suites, club seats, high-tech facilities for broadcast and print media, banquet rooms and an 1,800-square-foot team gear store.
The stadium is a horseshoe-shaped bowl, putting fans close to the action and offering excellent sight lines from every seat. At the open end of the horseshoe is the giant high-definition scoreboard and videoboard with a display screen measuring 27 feet high and 47 feet wide, directly behind the south end zone and towering over the Mean Green’s tunnel entrance to the field. A second videoboard stands behind the corner of the north end zone.
Behind the north end zone is Apogee's signature feature, giant wing-shaped grandstands which echo the shape of the Mean Green’s eagle logo. The tips of the grandstand’s wings reach 106 feet above the playing field.
When we take the field, we touch the five-foot-tall bronze sculpture called Spiriki, which was commissioned by former North Texas players.
Founded in 1890, North Texas has more than 37,000 students, making it the fourth largest college in Texas. North Texas offers 100 bachelor's, 83 master's and 37 doctoral degree programs, and, in 2016, the school was named a tier one research university.
North Texas is also one of the premier music schools in the world, boasting numerous Grammy-award-winning alums and the Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band, made up of UNT's best jazz students. To learn more about the North Texas campus, visit NorthTexasCampusLife.com. To learn more about the university, visit UNT.edu.
The University of North Texas is located in Denton, which occupies the northernmost portion of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, a 13-county area in north central Texas with a population of over seven million.
Denton is a mix of small-town Texas and a modern urban community. It's population of more than 120,000 is within easy reach of the area's entertainment venues, which include professional sports, live music, plays, festivals, and museums. Like the rest of the metroplex, Denton is home to a diverse shopping options. As for dining, if you can't find someplace to eat in north Texas, you're not trying - the restaurant industry is one of the largest in the metroplex, and every variety of cuisine imaginable can be found here.
To learn more about the Denton area, visit NorthTexasLife.com.
Prospective student-athletes are welcome to contact North Texas coaches, but NCAA rules allow coaches to respond via e-mail only to high-school juniors (after September 1) and seniors, and can only respond by mail to freshmen and sophomores. You can call any North Texas coach, but they cannot return your phone call unless you are a senior in high school.
Coaches can request tickets to North Texas home football games using the links below. A new request must be submitted for each game.