Athletics News
2001

JOE ABBEY -- A two-sport standout at North Texas in the late 1940's.  Joe Abbey left his mark in both football and basketball.  A football letterwinner in 1947 and 1948,  Abbey was a receiver who was selected to the All-Lone Star Conference squad after the 1947 season.  Abbey played a key role on that year's North Texas team that defeated Florida during the regular season, won the Lone Star title and finished 10-2 after losing the 1948 Salad Bowl, which later became the Fiesta Bowl.  Abbey also lettered twice in basketball while at North Texas, playing for the 1946-47 and 1947-48 squads.  In 1947-48, the team finished with a 15-10 overall record and captured first place in the Lone Star Conference with a 9-3 league record.

JORDAN CASE -- In his two seasons at the helm of the North Texas Mean Green football team as quarterback in 1978 and 1979, Case established himself as one of the most accurate passers in school history.  Two decades after the end of his career, Case ranks No. 1 in completion percentage (.616, 218 of 354) and No. 4 in passing efficiency (111.6)  Leading teams that went 9-2 and 5-6 as a Division I Independent, Case guided the Mean Green to victories over opponents such as Oklahoma State, Southern Mississippi and Memphis State.  He finished his North Texas career with 2,608 passing yards, which continues to rank in the schools top 10 all-time.

CEDRICK HARDMAN -- It took a while for Cedrick Hardman to settle into his role on the North Texas football team, but by 1968 and 1969 he had become a standout defensive end that opponents both feared and respected.  Hardman originally came to North Texas as a running back prospect.  He then played as a reserve defensive back in 1966 before sitting out the 1967 season.  He moved back to running back briefly in the spring of 1968 before being tried at defensive end in fall drills prior to the 1968 season.  It was a good move, as Hardman utilized his quickness and strength to become a constant threat to opposing quarterbacks.  As a senior in 1969, Hardman recorded 38 QB sacks in 10 games, including an 11-sack performance that season against Tulsa in North Texas' Homecoming game.  Following his senior year, Hardman was honored as a first team All-Missouri Valley Conference player.  He was also selected to play in the Blue-Gray Game and the Senior Bowl, where he was voted defensive Most Valuable Player in both all-star games.

ISEED KHOURY -- Iseed Khoury excelled in two sports during his athletic career at North Texas, first starring in soccer and then becoming a record-setting kicker for the Mean Green football team.  Beginning in 1973, Khoury was a standout scorer for the school's soccer team for four seasons -  the first three as a club sport before soccer became a varsity sport in 1976.  He set the school record for most goals in a game (7) in 1976 and helped North Texas win the Texas Collegiate Soccer League Championship three consecutive seasons:  1974-76.  Khoury was named all-conference and all-state four times, 1973-76, and in 1974 he led the nation in scoring with 36 goals.  He lettered in football for head coach Hayden Fry for three years, 1975-77, and set the school record for extra point conversions (69 of 70, .985) that still stands today.  Khoury set the North Texas record for the longest field goal with a 62-yarder against Richmond in 1977, the same season he connected for four FG's of 50 yards or more (62, 57, 52, 52).  He ranks fourth in school history with 26 career field goals and is second with 60 consecutive extra points made.

LOYD LOWE -- Loyd Lowe was a speedy, versatile athlete who lettered in two sports during his career at North Texas from 1947-51.  He earned four letters in football from 1947-50, where his skills were utilized as a running back, pass receiver, punt returner  and kickoff returner.  He played on two Gulf Coast Conference championship football teams and was named all-conference in 1949 and 1950.  Lowe also earned three letters in track at North Texas as a sprinter and member of several relay teams.  He ran on the 440-yard relay team that won the Lone Star Conference championship in 1948 and also was a member of the North Texas team that won the overall Lone Star Conference championship in 1949.

PAUL PATTERSON -- After asking legendary North Texas track coach "Pop" Noah if he could work out with the team as a freshman in 1951, Paul Robertson not only made the squad but became a standout middle-distance performer that established numerous meet and school records.  A four year letterwinner, Patterson's specialty was the 880-yard run, a race he won 16 out of 22 times he competed in the event during his career.  In both 1953 and 1955 Patterson went undefeated in the 880, setting a new school record at the Texas All-College Meet record with a time of 1:52.  During his four-year career at North Texas, Patterson also competed in 53 relay races, including every Spring Medley, Two Mile and Distance Medley events that the school entered.  Of all the events he competed throughout his career, only in two races did Patterson fail to earn points for his team.

JESSE RATLIFF -- It didn't take long for Jesse Ratliff to find the path to stardom at North Texas, where he lettered in basketball from 1990-91 to 1993-94.  Seven games into his freshman season, Ratliff was inserted into the starting lineup - a role he never relinquished.  Four years and 114 games later, Ratliff left as the school's No. 2 all-time scorer with 2,130 points.  After earning Freshman of the year honors in the Southland Conference, Ratliff was a three-time All-Southland Conference performer in his final three seasons.  Perhaps the greatest stretch in Ratliff's career came during his sophomore season where he combined to score 63 points and grab 31 rebounds in league games against McNeese State and Nicholls Stats, for chi he was named Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated.  Although Ratliff was an explosive scorer, he was also a powerful rebounder who totaled 913 career rebounds, good enough to rank him No. 3 in school history.

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