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    March 18, 2014

    Rice Basketball Hits The Reset Button, Starts Search for New Coach

    Ben Braun resigned as Rice's head basketball coach on Thursday morning. Braun was a good man, a good coach, who had previously taken Cal to five NCAA tournaments and who won a NIT. He's got 615 career wins, 12th best among active coaches, 41st all-time among all coaches. But he had just one winning ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Auburn's Gus Malzahn Wins Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

    College football turnarounds are not easy, especially in the SEC West. At the beginning of the year, we pencil our teams in, expectations shaped by experts and the results of the season before and we jump headlong into college football. In 2013, the names were pretty familiar. Alabama, Oregon, Ohi ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Start Your Morning Off Right With This Video Of Rice Accepting A Liberty Bowl Bid

    To college football fans and media members, looking at the list of bowl games in early December each year, can be a rather impersonal exercise wherein we get lost in making snarky remarks about the sponsors or faux lamenting the lack of intrigue in several of the matchups. The truth of the matter i ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    It's Liberty Time For The Rice Owls

    The Rice Owls went out Saturday on a cold, dreary afternoon and demolished the Marshall Thundering Herd, capturing the Conference USA title with a 41-24. Rice stormed out to the lead, didn't let up on the gas, and controlled the action for the entire 60 minutes of the game. It was the best game the ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    It's Back To The Future As The Rice Owls Seek A Conference Title

    The Americans had yet to get into space the last time the Rice Owls football team won an outright conference championship. Ike had yet to warn the world of the menace of the military-industrial complex. JFK was just another senator. U.S. tourists could still travel to Cuba. The Astrodome was just a ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    And The Defenses Shall Lead Them As UH And Rice Go Bowling

    The Houston Cougars (8-4) and Rice Owls (9-3) won their football games this weekend on the backs of their defenses. While that's not the way past UH and Rice football teams won games, it's been how they did it this season. It's been strange to watch, and an entirely different experience, but it's al ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Rice Owls Demolish Louisiana Tech While Erasing Thoughts of Seasons Past

    The Rice Owls (7-3) stomped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-6) on Saturday night. Demolished them by a score of 52-14. The Owls were up 24-0 at the half, but showed no mercy, going for the kill like few Rice teams have done in recent years. But it was a maddening win, one of those wins that leaves e ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    UH Quarterback's Career Over Due To Concussions

    PBS aired a pretty damning and devastating documentary Tuesday night dealing with the NFL, concussions, and the impact of those concussions on the players. The NFL didn't want this documentary seen. It refused to cooperate with the reporters and producers, and strong armed ESPN into backing out of i ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    And The Defense Shall Lead Them: Rice Defeats FAU

    There's bad football. There's awful football. Then there's what the Rice Owls played on Saturday night. But here's the thing, as bad as the Rice Owls played on Saturday night, as bafflingly as some of the coaching decisions, as mind-numbingly stupid as some of the officiating, the Rice Owls still wo ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Is This the End of the Bayou Bucket? Rice and UH Playing For Possibly the Last Time

    The 2-0 Houston Cougars face the 1-1 Rice Owls at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow at Reliant Stadium. To the victor goes the Bayou Bucket, and the victor might get to hold onto the trophy for a long while because this is the last scheduled game of the series. Now that both teams are in different conferences, the ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Owls Get The Ugly Win, Shutdown Kansas

    The Rice football team that all Rice fans know and loathe showed up at Rice Stadium on Saturday night. In years past this would have meant a Rice lost. But luckily, the Owls were hosting the Kansas Jayhawks, and the Jayhawks are an awful football team. It was an ugly game, a largely boring game, pun ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Rice Seeks To De-Hawk The Jayhawks

    The Rice Owls played valiantly in losing to the Texas Aggies. But losing valiantly just doesn't cut it. Not anymore. The coaches want to win games. The players want to win games. What few fans there are want games won. And the brand new, just named Athletic Director wants the football team to play a ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    Aggies Demolish Owls As Johnny Manziel Returns From His Half Game Exile

    So the Rice Owls went up to Kyle Field and took on the Texas Aggies on Saturday. And of course it didn't go too well, with the Owls losing 52-31 before 86,686 Aggies. Just looking at the score you wouldn't know that the Owls led 14-7 after the first quarter and looked to be in control of the game, t ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    The Owls And Cougars Are Ready For Some Football

    Tonight's the start of a new college football season. The Houston Cougars hosting Southern at Reliant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. as the Coogs try to erase the horrors of last season by moving into a bright shiny new conference. But the media spotlight's about 90 minutes away in College Station where the t ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    College Football Christmas Morning Is Here! My Best Season Win Total Bets

    Anytime some marquee date on the sports calendar arrives, we always seem to want to make a "Christmas morning" analogy (admittedly ignoring that it's probably slightly offensive to some of the folks out there who value religion). Revealing the brackets for March Madness, the day before any trip to ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    It's College Football Quiz Time (for Houston and Texas)

    Another college football season kicks off this weekend. The national media focus, as always, is on Alabama, LSU, and the schools of the SEC. There's a bunch of interest just up in the road in College Station, with the Aggies being relevant to the world of college football for the first time since R. ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Optimistic Owls Aiming For Continued Success

    It's not going to be an easy start of the season for the Rice Owls, traveling to College Station and taking on Johnny Football and the Aggies. But then again, the Rice Owls don't take the easy way out when it comes to starting the football season. While it's a new season for the Owls, it's not nec ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    The Owls Aim To Soar Into The New Year

    The minor bowl games are usually boring. These games often feature not-so-epic battles between two teams who finished sixth or seventh in their respective conferences and who usually don't even have a winning record. These games generally exist as nothing but programming for ESPN and in which the st ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    20 Fun Facts About College Football's Final Regular Season Coach's Poll

    College football's methodology for selecting its championship game participants (and its marquee four bowls outside of the title game, for that matter), the BCS, is cloaked in numerous flaws that when all is said and done, more often than not give us a title game shrouded in controversy over who act ... 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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    December 16, 2011

    The Top Moments In 2011 Rice Owls Sports

    John RoyalRice's Anthony Rendon became a very rich baseball player this summer​It's that time of year. The time for end-of-year lists and bests of, etc. And I'm not immune to tossing off an easy post. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the Top 25 Events in Rice Ow ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Coogs Whip Tulsa, Now One Game Away from the BCS

    It's the same story that's been written six other times about the Cougars this season. Team goes on the road. Struggles in the first half. Explodes in the third quarter. Buries opposition in the fourth quarter. It's the same story, but this time it's different. This time the Cougars were vis ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Coogs Should Beat SMU; Rice Should Top Tulane

    Hey kids, College GameDay is coming to town​The season has come to this. Two weeks for the Houston Cougars to continue with perfection and reach a goal set this summer. Two weeks for the Rice Owls to gain some redemption for a season gone very wrong. The Cougars acknowledged their possible ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Owls Defeat The Miners While The Cougars Remain Perfect

    ​If the Rice Owls only played football in November at home and against non-BCS conference schools, they'd be an unstoppable force. Like on Saturday when they played their most complete of the season in defeating UTEP 41-37. Unfortunately for the Owls (3-6, 2-4 in conference), they also have ... 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 10, 2011

    Cougars Near Perfection While Owls Stumble to Victory

    The Rice Owls hosted the Memphis Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The Houston Cougars hosted the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday night. It was a doubleheader of football action that saw the Houston Cougars play perhaps their best all-around football game since the Jack Pardee era while the Owls got ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    This Weekend in College Football: The Coogs Should Get the Easy Win While The Owls Look to Lose Again

    The Pink Panther would probably provide tougher competition to UH than the Georgia State Panthers will​While the Rice Owls (1-1) struggle with the Baylor Bears this weekend, the Houston Cougars (3-0) will be struggling with themselves. It might seem that the Owls have the harder struggle, wha ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Owls Go for the Drama and Come Out with the Win

    Rice Owls deliver the perfect birthday gift.​So close yet so far away. Nobody beats Rice but Rice. There they go again. Playing not to lose instead of playing to win. Just a few of the thoughts going through the head of Rice Owls fans as the Purdue Boilermakers sent the kicking team out fo ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Rice Seeks Win Number One Tomorrow While UH Aims for 2-0

    Purdue storms into Rice Stadium tomorrow.​Welcome to week two of the college football season. The Cougars go on the road to North Texas for what should be a sure win while the Owls host Purdue in an attempt for win number one. And if there's ever a week where the Owls are going to defeat a p ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Rice Scrimmage Recap: The Owls Out to Kick The Longhorns' @%#

    Steve JansenDavid Bailiff addresses his team following Saturday's scrimmage. ​"What are you dreaming about? What are you dreaming about? You should be dreaming about whuppin' Texas' ass." That's Rice head football coach David Bailiff, who is gathered in front of his entire team at midfield of ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Blue Hair and Mohawks: Notes From the Rice Owls Media Day

    Pity the fool who mocks the Mohawk.​The Rice Owls' media day on Saturday was a bit looser than the media day held by the Houston Cougars on Friday afternoon. There were more players available. There was more laughter. The coaches mingled with the press. Spirits were high. It's not that th ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Rice Football: Owls End Season With A Win Streak

    The Owls soared to another win​The Rice Owls were losing to UAB late in the third quarter on Saturday. The Owls fielded a punt at their own 17. Nineteen plays later, nine-and-half minutes later, 83 yards later, quarterback Taylor McHargue found tight end Vance McDonald in the end zone and wi ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010

    Rice Owls Hope To Go Out In A Blaze Of Glory

    Rice's season prepares to set with the sun​This is not the season the Rice Owls intended to have. The plan was to have a winning season. The plan was to go a bowl game. The plan was to be competitive. The plan wasn't to come into the last game of the season with a 3-8 record. The plan wasn ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    The Rice Owls: An Avalanche of Destruction

    The Owls season resembles a natural disaster​The season didn't start out this way for Rice. Sure they lost to Texas, but they were competitive and they stayed close for most of the game. They struggled against North Texas, but still got the win. The loss to Northwestern stung, but once again ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    The Knights Slay The Owls via Deadspin Perhaps the Owls were distracted​The Rice Owls played about as perfect a football game as they could last week. Even then, they needed a UH fumble on fourth-and-one to preserve a 34-31 win.This weekend, the Owls traveled to the land of Disney to take on the UCF Knig ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    The Owls Prepare To Slay The Knights

    The Owls are led by their Ray Guy Award nominee punter Kyle Martens​The Rice Owls (2-5) aren't going to out-physical most football teams. They usually don't have the talent of other teams. So for the Rice Owls to win football games, they need outstanding game plans, solid execution, and they ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Owls Focusing, Dammit, On The Cougars

    The Owls are working on their focus this week​This post about Saturday's football game between the Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars is brought to you by the word "focus," as in the Rice Owls need to focus on making their plays. And as in the word "focus" is the current term of choice for th ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    The Rice Owls Go Mining For A Victory

    The Owls hope to mine UTEP for a win​If you ask the Rice Owls, they'll tell you that they're doing just about everything right. That they're one or two plays from turning around the season. They'll tell you about the improvement they're seeing in this year's team when compared to last year's ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Rice Owls Blind Sided By The Mustangs

    Not Even Sandra Bullock Could Have Saved The Owls This Time​Before the season began, the Rice Owls were confident that they would get the six wins needed to qualify for a bowl game. Five games into the season, with the Owls record at 1-4, the question isn't so much whether the Owls will get ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Rice Owls Battle The Little Things

    neilfein If only the football team was this fearsome​I've got a confession to make. I've got this thing for mediocre mid-`90s alt-rock, specifically, Bush. I mention this because whenever I attend a Rice press conference, or do the interview thing after the games, the one thing I hear over ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Rice-Baylor: Lightning Dulls Owls' Thunder

    Photo by John Royal A nearly empty Rice Stadium as the rain descended​The Rice Owl fans must have sniffed something in the air. There can really be no other explanation.The score was only 7-3, Baylor over Rice, when the football game was delayed due to lightning in the area. It wasn't raini ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Rice Faces Improving Baylor, Hoping To Cut Down On Key Mistakes

    Art Briles comes back to Houston with a good QB​The Rice Owls and Baylor Bears used to play each other every season. Then the Southwest Conference imploded. The Bears used some political clout to get into the Big 12, a conference where they've been outclassed every season. The Owls have bounced ar ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Rice Faces Northwestern In Battle Of The Brainiacs

    The Rice of the north meets the Northwestern of the south​The Rice Owls (1-1) open the Rice Stadium portion of their home schedule on Saturday night when they host the Big 10's Northwestern Wildcats (2-0). But despite last week's 32-31 come from behind win over North Texas, the Owls know that they ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Rice Struggles But Gets Out Of Denton With A Win

    Hot, muggy day in North Texas​The Rice Owls didn't get their first victory until November last season, starting off at 0-8. That's not going to be the case this season as, on Saturday night, the Owls something they never accomplished last season.They hit the .500 mark as their come from behind 3 ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Rice Hopes To Keep Momentum Against North Texas

    Owls take on Mean Green, or whatever North Texas is calling itself these days​The Rice Owls played a hell of a football game last Saturday. They played a game that nobody, except for themselves, thought they were capable of playing. They shut down the Texas Longhorn running game, and they even sho ... More >>

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    September 6, 2010

    Rice Scares The Longhorns, But Can't Pull Off The Upset

    Almost the scene of a big upset​The word coming out of Austin was that the Texas Longhorns were planning on stressing the running game this season, especially in their opening game against the Rice Owls.And if Saturday's 34-17 win over Rice was any indication, then it's going to be another long se ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Rice-Longhorns Preview: Owls Lose Key Player, But Still Have Upset Hopes

    Fear the Owl....FEAR IT​The Rice Owls have played six football games at Reliant Stadium. They've won three of those games, including the Texas Bowl two years ago. But of the three games the Owls have lost, two of them have been to this week's opponent, the Texas Longhorns. And those losses to the ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Rice Coach David Bailiff: Optimism On South Main

    Bowl expectations for the Owls​It's hard to know what to expect from the Rice Owls football team. In days gone by, it would have been pretty simple. Just expect them to lose.But things have slowly started to change over at Rice Stadium. The Owls have actually been to two bowl games in the past fou ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Sam McGuffie, Ready To Fly At Rice

    Sam McGuffie was a HS YouTube sensation​Sam McGuffie wasn't very comfortable while playing football at Michigan. He suffered several concussions. He was a bit of a loner. He missed his family. He was a long way from home. All of this was written in various stories after the 2008 college football s ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Rice Will Get A Chance To Make A Bang In This Year's First Game (Against The Longhorns)

    Sam McGuffie can finally play for Rice​Two seasons ago, the Rice Owls went 10-3 and won the Texas Bowl. Last year, the Owls went 2-10, including 0-9 to start the season. Saturday, the Owls got down to business for this season, and the question lingers: is this going to be like 2008, or 2009?"We ha ... More >>

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