If' you're confused about how UNT can be the Mean Green and the Eagles at the same time, it's really a simple concept. One is a longtime mascot and the other is a favorite nickname that has been revived. Both are being used to describe UNT.
In 1922, North Texas students chose the eagle as the school mascot over the dragon and the lion. A costumed eagle named Scrappy began appearing at UNT games in the 1960s. Students voted to change Scrappy's name to Eppy in 1974, then voted in 1995 to change it back to Scrappy.The Mean Green nickname originated in the 1960s to describe North Texas football's Joe Greene-led defense. This year, Athletic Director Rick Villarreal has revived the nickname as the primary moniker for UNT teams, including football and men's basketball. The eagle remains UNT's official mascot and some teams will continue to use Eagle or North Texas in their names. For example, the women's basketball team will continue to be known as the Lady Eagles.