The North Texan, Volume 43, Number 3, September 1993 Page: 4
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UNT athletes kick off another exciting season
Eagles kick off '93 football season - The
1993 University of North Texas football
schedule features six home games at Fouts
Field, beginning with nonconference oppo-
nent Southwest Missouri State University
on Sept. 18. UNT will play Southwest
Texas State University at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9
in the annual Eagles Homecoming
Game at Fouts Field.
Head coach Dennis Parker
reloaded in the off-season with a her-
alded freshman and junior college
recruiting class. The Eagles, by many
Southland Conference accounts, are
the team to watch out for in late
November in the push for the confer-
ence football title and an NCAA I-AA
national playoff spot.
UNT to play attractive home basket-
ball schedule - UNT head basketball
coach Tim Jankovich will send his first
Eagles team up against one of the most
challenging schedules in recent years.
The Eagles 1993-94 hoops slate is
highlighted by an attractive set of
home games at the fabulous Super Pit.
Jankovich will unveil his team at
the 10,000-seat coliseum with a pair of
exhibition games against the Brisbane,
Australia, Spartans at 7:30 p.m. Nov.
16 and Marathon Oil at 7:30 p.m. Nov.
The regular-season home schedule
features top teams like Tulsa
University on Dec. 1, Southern
Methodist University on Dec. 7 and
the University of Nevada at Reno on
Dec. 9. In addition, the Eagles have
marquee road games to Baylor Eag
University on Nov. 27, the University
of Colorado at Boulder on Nov. 29, the
University of New Mexico Tournament
Dec. 3-4, and Texas Tech University on
Dec. 21. UNT tips off competition in the
Southland Conference in Denton on Dec.
28 against Stephen F. Austin University.
Jankovich says, "I feel that, on paper,
we have the ingredients to have a very com-
petitive team. The two biggest determining
factors to our success will be the speed in
which our players are able to learn a com-
pletely new and different system and the
price our team is willing to pay in terms of
commitment and effort. I am confident that
at some time during the course of the season,
we will have a good basketball team. I hope
this occurs sooner rather than later."
month of December on the road. Following
the opener, the team travels to Irvine,
Calif., to play in the Disneyland
Tournament with the University of
California-Irvine, the University of
Michigan and Sacramento State University.
Then it moves on to the University of
gles and Northwestern State square off at last year's Homecoming game.
Lady Eagles face tough hoops schedule -
Coach Tina Slinker enters her fifth season
as women's basketball coach at UNT and
will be rebuilding a team that lost three
starters from last year's squad. But a talent-
ed recruiting class has supplied Slinker
with added depth for the 1993-94 season
that begins Dec. 1 in Stillwater, Okla.,
against Oklahoma State University.
The Lady Eagles spend most of the
Oklahoma, the University of Texas at El
Paso and the University of New Mexico
before entertaining Texas Christian
University Dec. 21 in the home opener at
the Super Pit.
Soccer team in Sun Belt Conference -
Coach Richard Lowe has produced one of
the most winning athletic programs in UNT
history over the past decade. During that
span, the Eagles soccer team has competed
as an NCAA independent but joins the Sun
Belt Conference for the 1993 season. The
University of Texas-Pan American is host
for the Sun Belt Tournament Nov. 4-6 in
The Eagles' schedule features just five
home games, all in September, against
such opponents as Tulsa on Sept. 14,
UT-Pan American on Sept. 19, Oral
Roberts University on Sept. 23, Texas
Christian on Sept. 26, and Dallas
Baptist University on Sept. 28.
UNT is host for annual cross coun-
try meet - Eagles men's cross coun-
try coach Ken Garland and women's
coach Shag LaPrade have six meets
scheduled for the fall in preparation
for the Southland Conference compe-
tition in Monroe, La., Nov. 1. That
schedule includes the UNT"
Invitational at Eagle Point Golf
Course on Oct. 1. UNT also will be
host for the NCAA Region VI Cross
Country meet on Nov. 13.
Volleyball team to challenge for
SLC crown - Coach Donna Martin
may have the most balanced and tal-
ented team in recent UNT volleyball
history. With two strong recruiting
classes, Martin has assembled a team
that may contend for the league title in
Along the way, the Eagles will
be hosts to such teams as Louisiana
Tech University, the University of
South Alabama, Texas Tech and
Baylor. The team also will host the
annual Radisson Mean Green Classic
Sept. 17-18. The meet will feature the
University of Arkansas-Little Rock,
Mississippi State University and Grambling
State University in Louisiana. UNT begins
Southland Conference match play Oct. 15
against Sam Houston State University.
sports information director
Athletic Director Sloan accepts University of Central Florida position
Steve Sloan, athletic director at UNT
since Feb. 15, 1991, will join the
University of Central
Florida to assist in its
bid to move its foot-
ball program to I-A
status in 1996. >:.
UNT's first women's
athletic director, Tina
Slinker, and spear-
headed UNT's efforts
to attain I-A status in SteveSloan
football. His most
recent hire, basketball coach Tim
Jankovich, came in April.
Under Sloan's direction, the athletics
teams achieved the highest aggregate grade
point average ever. The basketball team
had its highest GPA in the last five years,
and all sports but one showed dramatic
increases in student-athlete aggregate
Sloan also was instrumental in more
than doubling corporate donations to and
sponsorships of UNT athletics.
"Steve has shown us what real quality
means in his area. We will miss him, cer-
tainly, but we are confident that the
groundwork he has laid and his assistance
in the process of locating a successor will
keep us on track in our transition to I-A,"
Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley says. "He has
assembled an excellent team of coaches
here and we will make every effort to sup-
port that team and keep the momentum
Sloan's work at UNT in the weeks
until he moves to UCF in late October will
focus on the presentation of a proposal to
expand the stadium at UNT's Theron J.
"UNT has certainly extended every
possible consideration to me, but I have to
consider my personal interests as well. The
fact that I have family and property in the
Orlando area makes it especially attractive
to me," Sloan says.
Sloan came to UNT from previous
appointments as athletic director at the
University of Alabama and as football
coach at Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, the
University of Mississippi and Duke.
He was born in Austin and grew up in
Cleveland, Tenn. He won numerous hon-
ors, including Academic All-American at
the University of Alabama, where he grad-
uated in 1966. After playing as a profes-
sional for two years with the Atlanta
Falcons, he returned to Alabama as an
assistant coach. He was named
Southeastern Conference coach of the year
in 1974 while at Vanderbilt.
A committee appointed to find Sloan's
successor has begun its search. The univer-
sity hopes to name a successor in October.
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