Dec. 7, 2018

Dear UNT community,

Our football team has lived up to the Mean Green Standard this season, playing with heart, working together through adversity and executing creative plays that gained national attention. Our student-athletes have been selfless, tough and disciplined, and now are headed to the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 15 to play the Utah State Aggies.

The bowl game will be a fun finish to an exciting football season that included an upset defeat of Arkansas, the unveiling of the “Mean” Joe Greene statue at Apogee Stadium, record-setting Apogee crowds, and quarterback Mason Fine becoming UNT's all-time leading passer for career yards, passer efficiency, career completions, career pass attempts and 300-yard passing games. Fine also was named Conference USA's Offensive Player of the Year for the second time.

Join the Mean Green family in Albuquerque to support the team as they hope to knock off a top 25 team for the first time since 1974. A variety of fun events like the New Mexico Bowl Pep Rally, Mean Green Night Out, Fan Fest and a Pre-Game Tailgate are planned for those traveling to the game.

New Mexico Bowl Tickets: UNT will be seated on the east side of Dreamstyle Stadium and reserved seating is on sale for $40. Tickets can be purchased from the North Texas Ticket Office online, by phone at 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366, or in person at the North Texas Ticket Office at Apogee Stadium Gate 2. All ticket purchases made through the North Texas Ticket Office, unlike monies paid to other vendors, remain at UNT and support our student-athletes. Student tickets are $20 and must be claimed by visiting the ticket office at Apogee Stadium or by calling 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366.

Alumni Travel Experience: The UNT Alumni Association is offering a travel package for all UNT fans that includes roundtrip charter bus travel from Denton, a one-night stay at the official team hotel and transportation to and from the stadium. Game tickets must be purchased separately. Pricing is available for single, double and quad rooms. All guests must be 21 or older. Buses will depart Denton at 5 a.m. Dec. 14 and return following the game.

Student Travel Experience: Mean Green Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs are offering a $50 student travel experience that includes roundtrip charter bus transportation from Denton to Albuquerque, a shared hotel room, game ticket and commemorative T-shirt. Buses will depart earlyDec. 14 and return to Denton following the game. Students are responsible for the cost of meals and incidentals. Seats are limited and first-come, first-served based on payment date. The deadline to sign up is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 9, so act quickly! If you know of a student with a financial need or hardship that prevents them from participating, please email

Albuquerque Graduation Recognition Event: For students set to graduate on Dec. 14 or 15, UNT will host a graduation celebration and reception in Albuquerque at the Old Town Plaza on Friday, Dec. 14 after the 4 p.m. pep rally. More details will be distributed once arrangements are finalized. Students interested in participating and not traveling on the student charter bus should email by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 11.

Game Watch Parties: If you can't make it to Albuquerque, you still can watch the game with other Mean Green fans! The game will be broadcast on ESPN and will be shown at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Denton. Game sound will be on at East Side in Denton, and Dot's Hop House & Courtyard in Dallas, two venues owned by UNT alumnus John Williams.

The football team is only one of our high-achieving athletic teams — soccer just won its 14th conference championship, cross country runner Florian Lussey clocked the fastest-ever time recorded by a UNT athlete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, men's basketball started the season 9-1 and volleyball advanced deep into the postseason playing in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. These student-athletes deserve our support throughout the year.

Under head football coach Seth Littrell, the Mean Green have made incredible progress and advanced to the postseason the past three years. With a defeat of No. 23 ranked Utah State, UNT would finish the season with 10 wins ­­— something that only has happened twice in Mean Green Sports history. I hope you'll join us in New Mexico for an exciting matchup.

Go Mean Green!

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk