Legends of the Mean Green : 1940s

Due to the number of male students fighting in World War II, North Texas was unable to field a football team during the war years.  The postwar seasons however sparked a UNT record with North Texas enjoying six consecutive winning seasons under the coaching of Odus Mitchell from 1946 to 1952.  North Texas also enjoyed its first bowl win in the 1946 Optimist Bowl due to a last minute play.

Image of game

Photograph of a football game with North Texas State Teachers College vs. East Texas State Teachers College in 1942.

Image of players on sideline

Photograph of North Texas football team on the sidelines in the 1940s.

Image of yearbook page
December 21, 1946

North Texas wins the first bowl game in school history with a 9-yard pass from Billy Dinkle to Louis Reinzi in the last minute of play to win the Optimist Bowl

Image of yearbook page
December 21, 1946

North Texas wins the first bowl game in school history with a 9-yard pass from Billy Dinkle to Louis Reinzi in the last minute of play to win the Optimist Bowl