The University of North Texas once had baseball, men’s soccer and men’s tennis programs in addition to a club gymnastics team.
Those teams were gradually disbanded over the years, partly because of Title IX, the landmark 1972 federal law that mandates equal opportunities for men and women in federally funded education programs. UNT needed to increase the number of female athletes in its athletic programs to adhere to the law and address budget concerns.
The university's club baseball team was elevated to full varsity status in 1984. The program lasted just five seasons before it was discontinued in 1988.
The UNT men’s soccer team began fielding a varsity team in 1976 after five seasons as a club sport. UNT made its first NCAA tournament berth in any sport in 1981 and posted an opening round win. The sport was discontinued after the 1994 season.
UNT’s men’s tennis team dates to the earliest days of the school’s athletics program. The program was discontinued in the early 1970s after scholarships for the program were cut due to budget concerns.
UNT also once fielded a men’s gymnastics team, which competed from 1966-74 and participated in the Southwest AAU Championships.