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Conference USA

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Cougars Declaw The Tigers, Get A Much-Needed Win

    The Houston Cougars have seemingly operated without a plan when on offense this season. There's been the running play. There's been a passing play and/or the QB running for his life depending on whether if the offensive line was able to make any blocks. Then there's generally been the punt on fourth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    A 5-1 week of prognosticating is like an elite quarterback in the NFL. It can cover up a lot of future mistakes. Two weeks ago, I put up a nice 5-1 week, and began feeling pretty good about myself, like maybe I was turning the corner and shaking a slump that had gone back to the end of the 2012 sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Fan Fighting League 2014 Is Underway! Texas Tech And UTEP Fans Brawl

    Beauty is probably in the eye of the beholder when it comes to the proliferation of cameras (security, cell phone, or otherwise) in public places. I mean, I'm guessing right about now, Ray Rice (and to a "walls are closing in" extent, Roger Goodell) probably longs for the days where to take a pictu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Houston Cougars Devour Grambling State Tigers

    Another week, another football game for the Houston Cougars. But instead of upstart UTSA, the Cougars faced downtrodden Grambling State, a former small college powerhouse struggling to stay afloat. The Cougars scored on the game's first offensive series and didn't look back. The Cougars were up 10-0 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Cougars Embarrass UH On Supposed Glorious Night For New Stadium

    Stop me if this sounds familiar. The heavily favored Houston Cougars open up the season at home against a team from Central Texas. But instead of winning the game by double digits, the Cougars are upset by double digits. Just replace Texas State with UTSA and make the final score 27-7. But there's o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    For Houston Cougar Baseball, the Future Is Very Bright

    Perhaps it was the rigged bidding process that allowed the Texas Longhorns to host the games despite a worse record than UH's. Perhaps it was playing its last 17 games of the season on the road. Perhaps it was just the final result of playing one of the country's toughest schedules. Perhaps it was n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Say Hello (And Goodbye) to the George Mason Patriots, the Sacrificial Lambs of the Rice Regional

    When you're the fourth seed in a four-team regional, nothing but fodder for the bigger boys on their way to Omaha, it's not about winning the games. Winning the games would be awesome, but being huge underdogs in a strange ballpark far, far away from the home fans, it's about being competitive. Abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Rice, UH Hope to Take the First Step to Winning NCAA Regionals

    The cliche is one game at a time. That nothing matters but for the current play, the next pitch. And for the Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars, nothing this weekend matters more than the one game being played. The Owls and Cougars are among the 64 teams partaking in the NCAA Regionals this weekend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    UH Football Coach Levine Signs Five-Year Contract Extension

    This season the University of Houston will open a new football stadium and the Cougars' head coach will have a new contract to go with it. It was announced this week that Tony Levine, 41, will enter his third season as head football coach after he signed a five-year contract extension. UH finished ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Owls and Cougars Looking Good for Postseason Success

    The regular season's over for the Rice Owls and Houston Cougars baseball teams. Both teams are poised at or near the top of their conferences, riding hot streaks into their respective conference tournaments starting Wednesday. And if things go right this week, both teams are primed to host regionals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Rice Baseball Trends Down, But UH Flies High

    Sunday morning starts with a chill. The air's heavy with fog and mist. There's not much of a crowd at Reckling Park, but none of this is stopping the Rice Owls and East Carolina Pirates from playing baseball. The Owls are up 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning when the skies open, stopping play fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Cougars Go All In On Rocket's Kelvin Sampson Despite NCAA Issue

    The University of Houston announced last night that Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been named as the ninth head coach in the history of the men's basketball team. Sampson's the former head coach at Washington State, Oklahoma, and Indiana. He got all of those schools into the NCAA ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Pomp and Circumstance

    Rice vs. UH: the battle for musical bragging rights.

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    UH Basketball Slinking Toward Oblivion

    The Shasta mascot showed up for Tuesday's Houston Cougar basketball against the visiting USF Bulls. It roamed the sidelines, did a half-assed imitation of mascots for other schools, and really didn't do much of anything. And then there's one other minor detail: the mascot showed up for the basketbal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Cougars Stun Memphis, Quiet Doubters For a Bit

    The Houston Cougars had no business being on the same court with the Memphis Tigers. The Cougars had no business leading at the half. The Cougars shouldn't have been leading at the midway point of the second half. But most of all, the Cougars really should not have been the one's protecting a lead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Wait, What, SMU Breaking The Rules?

    Are you the Sports Information Director for a major college athletic program? Do the sports programs at that school have a reputation for bending NCAA rules? Do you like your job, like traveling the country and being involved with sports? Then here's a little hint: don't let your Hall of Fame basket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    It's Time For UH Fans To Shut Up and Start Showing Up

    Dear UH football fans. I realize the Cougars lost to Vanderbilt by 41-24 on Saturday. I realize that 8-5 appears to be a more disappoint keg season than 9-4. I realize that AAC football is really nothing more than C-USA 2.0. But that aside, the time for excuses is over. Not excuses for the team's p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Cougars Stun UConn While Nobody's Watching

    In days of yore, Hofheinz Pavilion would've been filled to overflowing for a game pitting UH against nationally ranked UConn. In days past students would've been camped out overnight for the chance to spend a New Year's Eve cheering on the Cougars as a national audience watched on ESPN 2. That was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Cougars Lose Third Straight Under Awful Field Conditions

    The field conditions at BBVA Compass Stadium were atrocious on Saturday. Huge portions of the field were flooded before the game started with puddles of water evident at the start of the game. By the time Cincinnati had finished defeating UH 24-17, the middle of the field was a nothing but mud. Pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Cougars Devour Tigers To Stay Undefeated

    They played a football game at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday morning. But for most of the UH-Memphis game, there was confusion as to whether it was American football being played, or soccer. Houston was up 18-15 after the third quarter, and all 15 of Memphis' points had come off of field goals. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Yes, It's Early, But Seriously, UH and Rice Could Go Bowling

    This college football season is still early, but early though it might be, it's becoming increasingly evident that both the Rice Owls and Houston Cougars are going bowling. Each team still has some obstacles to overcome, but both teams are fast approaching the needed number of wins for bowl qualific ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Rice Kicker Chris Boswell Makes Viral Legend Bid With Crazy Onsides Kick

    If you know anything about the culture of a football team, then you know that the specialists (kicker, punter, long snapper) on any team, MOST of the time, are on a bit of an island. Hey, it's only natural, after all, most of them are the same size and body type (what up, Sebastian Janikowski?) as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Cougars Beat Owls to Earn Possession of the Bayou Bucket

    Saturday's Bayou Bucket might have been the last of the series for a long time. But if that's how it turns out, then Houston's 31-26 win might go down as one of the most memorable in the series. The game featured just about everything: incredible onside kicks, bombs, trick plays, blocked kicks and q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Cougars Overcome Fear of Red Zone to Defeat Temple

    It wasn't easy. It wasn't pretty. But the Houston Cougars defeated the Temple Owls 22-13 Saturday afternoon to go 2-0 on the season. They overcame a 13-9 halftime deficit and scored a touchdown at the end of the game to put away the win. The positives were easy to see: the offense has discovered the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Cougars Throttle Southern, Wipe Away Some Memories of Last Season

    The Houston Cougars got the 2013 football season off to a nice start on Friday night, defeating Southern 62-13 before 26,205 inside Reliant Stadium. It's hard to really tell much about a team after a game like this - teams like Southern are brought in for the guaranteed win, after all. But after UH ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Are Rice Fans Too Smart For Their Own Good?

    A strange thing happened during the late innings of the C-USA baseball championship game. The Rice fans cheered. Not the polite hand clap saved for a departing pitcher. Not applause for scoring a run. The fans cheered, and they cheered loudly. But, not for the reasons you think. Goaded by visiting S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    The Coogs Stuff Michael Young

    The University of Houston has been quiet since the Michael Young divorce from the basketball program at the end of May. Young accused the school of NCAA violations. His son Joseph, the basketball team's leading scorer, quit and has transferred to Oregon. Allegations of physical threats against Josep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Michael Young Tells UH to "Phi Slama Jama This"

    It reads like something from the pages of one of Elmore Leonard's lesser novels. A father running in a park one May morning. He's approached by a stranger who gives him dire warnings about the safety of his son. The father's basically a good man, but he's made some mistakes in his past and worries t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    UH Fans Need To Step Up And Start Showing Up

    Today is the official first day of the Houston Cougars as members of the American Athletic Conference. And while this isn't quite the conference upgrade the Cougars were hoping when they signed up several years ago, the former Big East is still better than Conference USA. Making the conference leap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Arrested Development: On and Off Field Issues Plague UH Athletics

    The University of Houston looks nice, shiny and new when viewed from the outside. There's a new stadium being constructed, additions being made to the University Center. New buildings dominate the rapidly expanding perimeter of the campus. Enrollment is up. Admission standards are up. It's a Tier On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    The Rice Owls Are Two Wins from the College World Series

    This is not the best baseball team that Wayne Graham's coached in his years at Rice. This isn't the best of the 19 straight Rice teams to advance into the NCAA postseason, or the best Owls team to go to its tenth Super Regional since 1999, the first year of the Super Regionals. And this team definit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Touchdown Club of Houston Names 2013 Spring Scholar-Athletes

    On the heels of a week where I put together a Dwyane Wade dirty play video anthology on Tuesday, skewered a Georgia safety for smoking weed in his dorm room on Thursday and updated the 2013 Crimesman Trophy standings, I need to write about something positive. I basically need the "faith in mankind" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Rice's Road to Omaha Begins in Oregon

    It's just kind of another ho-hum season for Rice Owl baseball fans. The team won the regular season C-USA title, and the team once again won the C-USA conference tournament. For the 19th consecutive season, the 41-17 Owls are taking part in the NCAA postseason. It's all something to which Rice fans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    Rice Owls Win C-USA Tournament

    Rice's Keenan Cook connected on the fastball over the plate from Southern Miss's Nick Johnson. He took a step toward first base, then raised his fist high in the sky with jubilation as his shot landed in short center field. Ford Stainback sprinted home from third base and the Rice Owls were the vict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Rice and UH Pitchers Do a Little Showing Off at C-USA Tourney

    The college baseball season is a marathon. It's nice to sprint out to a lead at the start, but the finishing kick at the end is just as important. And with seven games left in the Conference USA baseball tournament at Rice's Reckling Park, eight teams are kicking into full sprints. The most impress ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    ESPN's Keith Law's Goes for the Jugular, Calls Rice's Wayne Graham a Pitcher Killer

    Philip Humber was designated for assignment by the Astros yesterday. This came after his disastrous relief performance against the Rangers on Saturday night. And with that the feel good story about the Rice pitching star coming back to Houston to rejuvenate his career is over. Humber, one of the ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Astros, Cougars, Owls and Problems with Starting Pitching

    It's always about the pitching. No matter how good the offense, no matter how good the defense, if the pitching lets down, a team will eventually start to lose. Because offenses will cool down and defenses will miss plays. But if the pitching is solid, a team can overcome the other deficiencies. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Houston's Years Of Saying "WTF?" Finally End: Guy V. Lewis Gets Into The Hall Of Fame

    Legendary Houston Cougar basketball coach Guy V. Lewis has been selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame. It is a very well-deserved honor for one of the finest basketball coaches ever involved with the game. It is also an honor that should have been bestowed long, long ago. Fans of the Cougars, fa ... More >>

  • News

    April 4, 2013

    Poverty at UH

    Teaching fellows looking for raises.

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Without Pay Raise in Twenty Years, UH Grad Students Take Petition to Masses

    One month before your friends began painting their Facebook profile pictures red in support of gay rights, a group of University of Houston English Teaching Fellows swapped their main photos to something of the same color: a shot of the Cougars' mascot, blazing red, with a bit of text underneath it: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    The Texas Longhorn Guide To Winning Friends And Influencing Enemies, Rick Barnes Edition

    The Houston Cougars play George Mason tonight in the second round of the CBI Tournament. The CBI is a third-rate tournament that takes the schools that aren't even good enough for the NIT. And the Cougars are, at this moment, one of those schools. But mock the CBI all you want, mock the Cougars al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Who Needs The Astros When You Have The Cougars And Owls?

    Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is tired of fan complaints about the crappiness of the Houston Astros. Give him $10 million and he'll gladly listen, but otherwise, just pay the team's highly inflated prices for Opening Day and shut up. It's not a very fan-friendly approach to take, especially when he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Cougars And Owls Finish Very Disappointing Basketball Seasons

    March Madness begins on Tuesday and gets into full swing on Thursday. And for the first time in probably forever (technically 1977), not one single Texas college was invited to play in the NCAA Tournament. No UT. No A&M. No Baylor. No Rice, UH, Sam Houston State, or SFA. Not one. But not all hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Foul Balls, Philosophy and Baseball Gods: Notes from the Houston College Classic

    Six teams. Three days. Nine games. Seventy-one innings, give or take a couple here and there. So was The Astros Foundation 2013 College Classic. And after sitting through all nine games and three days, it's safe to say that this weekend was anything but a classic of college baseball. Most of the ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Revisiting Robertson Stadium's Forgotten Concert History

    After years of dreaming, planning and even a little begging, the University of Houston broke ground on a new on-campus football stadium this month. It's a pretty darn exciting development for the Cougars that marks the beginning of a new era of UH athletics: The program will play its first season in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Stanford's Mark Appel Gets the Attention, But Rice Pitchers Get the Wins

    Stanford's Mark Appel was the focus of Friday's pre-Rice/Stanford season opening talk. But while Appel showed some of the electric stuff that made him the number one choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer, his thunder was stolen by the performance of the Rice Owls pitching staff. The Owls def ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Depleted Owls Stun Cougars

    The Rice Owls defeating the Houston Cougars 79-69 on Wednesday night wasn't surprising. Or rather, it shouldn't have been surprising. Not to anybody who has actually watched both teams play this season. The Cougars are the more talented team. They're more athletic. They have speed, size, and length ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Rice Owls Play The Game of "What If?"

    The story is not that the Memphis Tigers defeated the Rice Owls 77-51 on Wednesday night. That was to be expected. The story's not that Rice struggled shooting the ball. That's a season-long pattern. The story's not really about the game the two teams played on Wednesday night. The story's more ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Cougars Stage Reunion With the Aggies, Then Lose

    The arena was crowded. The fans were loud. Two old foes prepared to face off on the court. Close your eyes and you could almost swear you were back in the 1980s and the Southwest Conference still existed. Such was Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday night as the Houston Cougars hosted the Texas A&M Aggie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Freakish Practice Injury Nearly Kills Houston Cougars' D.J. Hayden

    Football is a violent, dangerous sport. But when watching a running back break free of the line of scrimmage and bust into the open and sprint 40 yards for a touchdown, the violence and danger can be forgotten. The perfect spiral into the outstretched arms of a receiver sprinting down the sideline b ... More >>

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