Legends of the Mean Green : 1980s

The demotion to Division I-AA status in the late 1970s due to attendence and financial woes served as the catalyst for North Texas to move into the Southland Conference becoming its eighth member in 1982.  Coach Corky Nelson led the Eagles to victory in the Southland Conference Championships in 1983, 1987, and 1983 before falling in the NCAA I-AA playoffs in each of those years.      

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Photograph of North Texas Eagle James Wilson (#73) stopping Shawn Jones (#3) of Oklahoma State University in 1981.

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Photograph of the North Texas Eagles carrying Coach Clark "Corky" Nelson after winning the Southland Conference Championship in 1983. Coach Nelson was named SLC Coach of the Year.

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Photograph of the North Texas Eagles player Mike Rhone (#13) avoiding a tackle while moving the ball down the field in 1985.

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Photograph of North Texas Eagle David McGinty (#33) catching the ball in mid-air as a UNT Longhorn charges towards him.