Hall Of Fame Coach To Return For Troy Game

DENTON (9/29/05) - Legendary former North Texas coach Hayden Fry is returning to Denton to be honored during the Oct. 4 ESPN2 nationally televised game against Troy.


The Hall of Fame coach will be recognized during the game for his many accomplishments while at the helm of the Mean Green football team from 1973-1978.


Fry registered 40 wins at North Texas, ranking him fourth in school history in only six seasons. Aside from leading North Texas to the 1973 Missouri Valley Conference championship, Fry powered the Mean Green to the 1975 upset of national powerhouse Tennessee, considered by many to be one of the biggest wins in school history.


Fry went on to coach at Iowa for 20 seasons, guiding the Hawkeyes to three Big Ten titles and 14 bowl appearances. The Odessa, Texas native ranks 10th in all-time coaching victories with 232 wins, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.


The Oct. 4 game against the Trojans will be the first nationally televised game in the 54-year history of Fouts Field.


Former players from the Fry era will receive two complimentary tickets to the game and will be invited to the Coors Light & Rudy's BBQ Lettermen's Tailgate Tent to join in the pregame festivities with Coach Fry.


For more information, contact Ryan Barnhart at (940) 369-8627 or at rbarnhart@unt.edu.



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