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Several hundred North Texas fans gathered on Saturday at Apogee Stadium for Mean Green Mania. Several coaches and athletic director Wren Baker spoke at the event that served to build excitement for the upcoming school year in athletics.

North Texas athletic director Wren Baker and several of the school's coaches highlighted the successes of the past while building excitement for the upcoming school year on Saturday during Mean Green Mania at Apogee Stadium.

UNT saw each of its teams post a winning record in the same school year for the first time in 2018-19. UNT's football program recorded its highest home attendance average for the second straight season last fall while drawing 23,255 fans per home game.

Baker encouraged UNT's fans to help the school build on those milestones by reaching out to graduates  who are not currently purchasing season tickets or donating to the program.

"It's time to put pressure on alums to jump on board," Baker said.

UNT will soon complete its latest facility project, a $16 million indoor facility. 

The school will then turn its focus to expanding the Mean Green Athletic Center, the project Baker has long said is next on the school's wish list for facility improvements. School officials believe they need to expand the venue that does not currently meet the needs of its athletes.

Baker also mentioned that UNT plans to relocate its academic center inside  its athletic center.

Baker's appeal was one of several news tidbits that came out of the event that also featured UNT's annual garage sale.

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North Texas fans line up to purchase Mean Green gear, including old helmets and apparel at the program's annual garage sale that took place in conjunction with Mean Green Mania on Saturday at Apogee Stadium.

-- The UNT men's basketball team will host Oklahoma on Dec. 5 at the Super Pit.

-- The side of UNT's new indoor practice facility will have a large "Mean Green" sign that will light up at night and be visible from Interstate 35.

-- UNT has a new assistant coach in women's tennis. Jeff Hamond, who did a terrific job in his time with the Mean Green, retired to spend more time with his family. Rodrigo Almeida has joined the program. Almeida last coached at UTEP.

-- Fouts Field is long gone and was replaced by a parking lot. UNT is working on a way to commemorate its old football venue, Baker said.

UNT's Mean Green Mania event took place after an open practice, where there was some updated information on the status of defensive ends David Sow and Kenneth Dotson, a story we reported on yesterday.

Neither of the highly regarded recruits from the Mean Green's 2019 class has joined the team yet, but UNT's staff is confident Dotson will be with the program within the next few days.

And in other news and observations from practice ...

-- The Los Angeles Rams had a scout at practice today. There will be a host of regional scouts who come through during fall practice. The Rams representative was the first I have spotted this year.

-- Freshman cornerback DeShawn Gaddie certainly looks the part. He's one of UNT's top incoming recruits and is seeing time with the second team.

-- Cam Johnson and Quinn Whitlock are UNT's first-team cornerbacks at this point. South Carolina transfer Nick Harvey is seeing time with Gaddie on the second team.

-- Mason Fine connected on a couple of deep balls, including strikes to Jaelon Darden and Austin Ogunmakin. Johnson was in coverage on Fine's pass to Ogunmakin.

-- Austin Aune continues to hold down the second-team spot at quarterback. Seth Littrell was asked about the backup job during the coaches question-and-answer session at the Mean Green Mania event. He didn't take the bait. 

-- KD Davis and Tyreke Davis continue to hold down the linebacker jobs came open after the departure of E.J. Ejiya and Brandon Garner. 

And finally, a couple of plays that stood out ...

-- Safety Taylor Robinson intercepted a Fine pass. 

-- Greg White made a terrific diving grab in one-on-one drills.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

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