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Big East Conference (Football)

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    November 18, 2013

    College Football Recap: The Reverse Jinx And The Return Of Coach O

    The dirty little secret about college football in 2013 is that it hasn't been all that great a season. Yeah, it's college football, and even ho hum college football is still better than 80 percent of what sports has to offer. And yeah, we have the usual tasty controversy brewing with four undefeat ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Is This The Weekend UH And Rice Clinch Bowl Spots?

    The Texans season might just about be over, but there are still several reasons to care about football in Houston. That is if you don't mind switching your attention to Saturday afternoons. Because with the college football season at the halfway mark, the Houston Cougars (5-1) and Rice Owls (5-2) ar ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Mike Aresco, Commissioner Of The Conference Stew That U of H Is In Now, Speaks

    On the college football calendar nowadays, everything seemingly has its own season. Years ago, before social media, before a thousand television channels, before those channels shelling out billions of dollars for broadcasting rights, there were essentially two college football seasons: the regular ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Will UH and Rice Play in The Dubai Bowl?

    Very few people have ever said that there are not enough college football games. Yet if the smaller, minor conferences have their way, then more college bowl games we'll be getting. And these bowl games won't just be in any minor location like Phoenix or New Orleans, they'll be in Dubai and Dublin a ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    March Madness Elite 8: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    And then there were four! (I know, on the list of lame, cliched, bloggy catchphrases "And then there was (however many are left)" is right behind "Houston, we have a problem." but I'm still a little rattled from falling for the Dream Shake's April Fool's Day prank. I'm running simple plays here, n ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Crystal Ball Part Deux: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Astros/Dynamo/UH/Rice Edition

    Yesterday, we took a look at the futures of the Texans and Rockets. Predictions were made. Accusations were tossed about. But no one is Carnac the Magnificent. All we can really do is guess...except when it comes to the Astros.

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    December 17, 2012

    What Does The Future Hold For The Rice Owls?

    It's been a so-so year for Rice sports. The baseball team didn't make it past the NCAA Regionals. The men's basketball team self-destructed. And at one point the football team was 1-5. But then in mid-October the football team took off, and they won five of their six games to finish the season at 6- ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Trail Of Slime: Tommy Tuberville Bolts Texas Tech For Cincinnati, Skips Out On Dinner Tab

    This past Saturday night at the Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony in New York, ESPN host Chris Fowler was interviewing Notre Dame senior linebacker and Heisman finalist Manti Te'o about his mostly amazing, sometimes tragic senior season. Ever the positive thinker, Te'o at one point in the convers ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets -- "College Football Playoff, Get Here Soon" Edition

    It's the first weekend of December, and you know what that means -- a slew of college football conference championship games that, to the average college football fan, mean virtually nothing. Sure, will some teams win their way into automatic bids to BCS bowls? Yes. In the spirit of...well, spirit, ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Five Things Learned About Rice and UH Football This Season

    The college football season ended last week, and it's safe to say that the season didn't exactly go as Rice (6-6) and the University of Houston (5-7) wanted. For Rice, things went a bit better. For the Cougars, things went a lot worse. So here are five things we learned about the Owls and Cougars th ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    College Football BCS Race: And Then There Were Six

    As a Notre Dame alum and reinvigorated Notre Dame football fan, this November feels awfully strange. For the first time since I got into radio in 2007, the Irish matter in November. For the first time since 1993, the Irish are 9-0. It's been a long, slow trip back to late season relevance, to be sur ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast

    Through the first few weeks of the football season, I had been combining my foremost thoughts and remembrances of the weekend that was in football -- Texans, college, and general NFL -- into the ever popular "4 Winners, 4 Losers" post. However, now we've got three weeks of college football in the b ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Taking The Escalator" Edition (Also, Praise For UConn's Jim Calhoun)

    Sitting and watching Jim Calhoun's retirement press conference as I type this post, and I got to thinking....it's nice to build something. In 1986, Jim Calhoun inherited a UConn men's basketball program that was 12-16 the year before and to that point had won just four NCAA tournament games in its ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Notre Dame (Kind Of) Joins The ACC -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Times change, and in the constantly evolving (or if you're the Big East, constantly imploding) landscape of college conference affiliation, they can change at the drop of a hat. We found that out once again on Wednesday. In the last two years, with conference realignment effecting virtually every ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    College Football Week 1: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Among Coaches, Heisman Candidates, QBs

    Thursday night college football is fun. The Friday night ESPN game, at least under the magical watch of Joe Tessitore, has become somewhat sneaky over the years. But the college football season truly begins on that first Saturday. So when I fired up the television Saturday morning, then and only th ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Death To The BCS. Finally.

    In the world of sports and entertainment, sometimes the teams or performers that we love are altered drastically and detrimentally in some way, but in an effort to try and brainwash us into thinking the new version is as good as the old one, they keep the name the same and hope we will just believe ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    NFL Draft 1st Round by the Numbers: Ranking High School Ratings, Conferences

    The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books, and now we spend today overanalyzing the selections the teams made last night (complete with the inane letter-grade report cards for a bunch of players that have not yet even had their first press conferences with their new teams) and preparing for t ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    TCU Football Players Are in a Drug Ring -- "Big Time" Football Hits Fort Worth

    Ladies and gentlemen, your TCU Stoned Frogs​In January 2010, TCU finally made it to a BCS bowl game when they played the Boise State Broncos. The Horned Frogs lost that game 17-10, so any feeling that they hit the "big time" had to be somewhat muted. So the next season, not only did the Horne ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Cougars and Lions and Cats and Aggies: Oh My, It's Time for a Little Bowl Action

    There's probably nobody happier to see this college football season come to an end than the players for the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3), unless, of course, it's the players for the Texas A&M Aggies (6-6). Then again, with the way their hopes and dreams came crashing down to the ground at the sta ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: The Year Just Past In Cougar Sports

    John RoyalCase Keenum was the Man of the Year for the Cougars​Yes, it's that time of year. That time of year when I take a look back at the year just past. On Friday, I looked back at the sports year for the Rice Owls. Today, let's take a look at the top 25 events, in no particular order, f ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011

    Bowling for Chumps

    How insiders use the college bowl system to loot American universities.

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    December 9, 2011

    Watch Out Big East, Here Come the Cougars

    The Cougars are going to have a new home starting in 2013.​The expansion of the Big East has been a long-expected announcement, especially seeing as how several members of the conference are on the verge of departure. And one of the long-rumored names of this expansion has been the University ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    A Very Special BCS Edition of 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    For the first time in the history of my Texans fandom, their bye week left me with a palpable void. Sure, I love having NFL football in this city, even bad football is better than no football, so the bye week always feels a little weird. However, this season's team is a little different. If the Te ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Texans/Bucs -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers (The "Goddammit, NOT Schaub!" Edition)

    Born under a bad sign.​So, I was thisclose to hitting "SEND" on a post that would have openly discussed the Texans going 13-3 and getting home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. And then this: Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has a significant foot injury that will force him to mi ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Did The Cougars Run Up The Score On Rice? Does It Really Matter?

    Photo by Fred TraskRun it up, says Case​I've got a friend who is just starting out as a sports agent. His sport is football. It appears that there's this pre-season list of college players that is put together by scouts that can be purchased by agents. And this list provides the pre-season ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    Tim Tebow, in the act of Tebowing​So I said last weekend that we were in the midst of one of the most dominant, and in turn most predictable streaks in college football. The top ten teams each week were crushing the books to the tune of covering the number about 80 percent of their games. Two ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    UH Strives for Perfection as Rice Struggles to Stay Close

    ​The Houston Cougars SID office sent the media an e-mail on Wednesday morning. An e-mail warning that Houston athletes are prohibited by NCAA rules from promoting outside media events and individual media outlets, including specific shows and stations. And this is the first time since I've b ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    The Intergalactic Planetary Super Football Conference

    ​It's got no name, this football-only alliance of Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference. It's supposedly been in the planning stages for over a year, but nobody involved has a clue to any actual details of how the thing's going to work. And once the Big East finishes acting -- mayb ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    The Coogs Go 13-0. Does Anyone Notice?

    Don't get your hopes up, Coogs.​After their impressive win over East Carolina this weekend, talk in Cougar Town is that the team is set to run the table and go undefeated. Such talk has occurred before, of course, like in 2009 when it beat Oklahoma State and a strong Texas Tech team early in ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    UH: Big 12, Big East, Some Newly Created Conference Or Oblivion?

    TCU has deservedly gotten the bid to join the Big 12 that the University of Houston was so desperately hoping for. So what's next for the Coogs? Four scenarios: 4. The Big 12 Some supporters, like State Rep Bill Callegari of Katy, are still holding out hope for entry into the Big 12. The Katy rep ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Football! Weekend's Best Bets (No, Really!)

    I realized something in the last 48 hours. I am a big fan of the Boston Red Sox, which means by sports fan definition, I should be on suicide watch right now. I mean, "my team" just pulled off the biggest September choke in MLB history with a soul-crushing ninth inning loss. The thing is, I'm not e ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    C-USA Considers Merger With Mountain West in Search of BCS Bid

    Could the blue turf of Boise State and other MWC schools align themselves with Rice, UH and C-USA?​In what seems both inspired and crazy, Conference USA, which includes University of Houston and Rice, is considering a football-only merger with the Mountain West Conference that would create a m ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Can UH Save the Big 12 Despite UT's Best Attempts to Kill It?

    Can the Cougars save the Big 12?​When I spoke to UH Athletic Director Mack Rhoades at the football media day a couple of weeks ago, the talk of Texas A&M possibly jumping to the SEC was just something being whispered around, and something not being taken seriously. So I didn't ask about reali ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Rocks Off's Musical 2011 Texas Football Preview

    buckaroosfunnypictures.comHook 'em Horns...​You wouldn't know it from walking around outdoors, but fall is just around the corner, and in Texas that means two things: We no longer have to consume our body weight in water for shows at the Pavilion, and it's almost time for college football. An ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    UH To The Big 12? Five Reasons It Would Be A Huge Boost

    Home sweet home for the Coogs?​Everyone's reporting that Texas A&M has all but decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, and the San Antonio Express-News adds an Aggie official says the Big 12 told the school the University of Houston would be a viable replacement. UH had been talking/hoping/t ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    NCAA Tournament -- Four Winners, Four Losers

    Jim Calhoun reboots once again​Well, if a Final Four of a three, four, eight and eleven seed wasn't a metaphor for Houston sports in 2011, then Connecticut and Butler establishing a watchability bar that the women's final may actually surpass tonight (ok,ay I am totally joking, but still...) m ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Final Four -- R.I.P. College Basketball Regular Season

    It's Cinderella overload in Houston​"See, BCS! This is how it's done! College basketball, baby!!" -- Any number of random tweeters after Virginia Commonwealth and Butler punched their tickets to the Final Four this weekend Yes, in a world plagued by war, unemployment, and earthquakes, the m ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Your Heinous Co-Workers

    Their ten most annoying habits

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    November 3, 2010

    UH Plays It Very Coy With Questions About A Big East Conference Move

    Please let it be so, UH (essentially) says​We noted yesterday that rumors are swirling about the Big East Conference inviting TCU and UH into its arms.The conference presidents have been meeting, and while they're not making any big public announcements, they are being pretty free indicating that ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Is UH About To Dump Conference USA For The Big East?

    Will UH be heading east?​Presidents of Big East schools meet tomorrow and will discuss extending invitations to the University of Houston and TCU to join, the New York Post reports today."By adding TCU and Houston, the Big East would gain TV viewership in two significant markets (Dallas/Fort Worth ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    This Weekend's Best Football Bets: Live From The East Coast

    UConn football: It's like LSU-Bama, except for EVERYTHING​So my vacation rolls on and I just landed in the sports mecca -- Hartford, CT. Tonight I will be taking my talents to Rentschler Field (or as I like to call it, The House Orlovsky Built) for UConn against West Virginia.So I land at 12:45 p. ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Big 12 Conference Madness: The Winners & Losers

    "UT's Bitch" is such a nice conference name​So Texas has decided to stay put, and the Big 12, oops, Big 10, lives another day.Good for it, I guess.Let's just say that it's been an interesting couple of weeks that, despite what others think, is far from over. But let's take a look at the Winners ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Game Time: College Football Realignment: FINAL PRS Ratings (Sort of)

    The Day After...everything was pretty much the same​As the day began on Monday and rumblings of a last-second, desperation effort to keep the Big 12 together were beginning to gain traction, if the various schools involved had Facebook pages, their relationship statuses would have looked like this ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Game Time: New Pac-10 ALREADY Making Southwest Conference Look Like The Ivy League (...and revised PRS rankings!)

    Welcome to the Big Ten!​The winds of change yesterday went from cool breeze to Hurricane Tom (as in Osborne, as in "adios", as in "How's that taste, Kansas?"), with Nebraska apparently accepting an invitation from the Big Ten to become its twelfth member.It remains to be seen if Nebraska is ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Game Time: Longhorns & Notre Dame -- The Last Two Independents

    Irish & Longhorns, together again​"in·de·pen·dent (nd-pndnt) - adj. Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant"For 123 years, the adjective "independent" has been as intertwined with Notre Dame football as the word "Catholic" has been to describe the u ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Game Time: College Football Realignment: A 2003 History Lesson

    Big East fever: Possibly catchable (Not shown: South Florida)​To sit down and type up a piece about college football realignment, specifically the (choose one) maintaining of/realignment of/annihilation of the Big 12, knowing that said piece would be set to run nearly 24 hours from now feels almos ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Game Time: "I've Done Some Pretty Bad Things"

    ​"I've done some pretty bad things..." -- Tiger Woods, 3.21.10That makes two of us, Tiger. Of course, while the bad things you did were decidedly more kinky and homewrecking than my transgressions, it doesn't make me feel any less remorseful than you. Hey, by the way, saw your texts to Joslyn ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Game Time: Realignment's "Seven Year Itch" Sending Longhorns Up North?

    ​Well, it's about to happen again. Collegiate athletics are getting that "seven year itch," more specifically college football, which let's face it, is the petroleum that makes the whole athletics engine go. For it was in 2003 that the last real salvo of college football realignment was fired when ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Why Notre Dame Will Win The BCS And Texas Won't, Part 8

    ​We didn't watch the Longhorns this weekend, we have to admit. Subjecting the country to a prime-time match-up of UT and Missouri seemed unnecessarily cruel, but such is the heartless world we live in these days.But we're assuming two things: First, UT won, because come on, it's Missouri. And seco ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    College Bowl Preview: Picks By A Real Expert, The Finale

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

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