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  • 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 21, 2014

    Rice vs. UH: Who Has Musical Bragging Rights?

    Many moons ago, or one or two anyway, our friends over at L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound decided to evaluate Southern California's two main universities, USC and UCLA, using a set of music-oriented criteria and declare a winner. We're not talking matriculation either, though that's certainly part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    University of Houston Welcomes Back Guy V. Lewis

    I was at the last game Guy V. Lewis coached inside Hofheinz Pavilion. A Cougar victory in overtime of 15th-ranked TCU. It was my sophomore year at UH, March 1, 1986. I don't remember much about the game, not much more than shouting "Guy V., Guy V." a lot and banging on the seats. I attended the game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    What Does 2013 Have In Store For The University of Houston Cougars?

    This is a year the Houston Cougars would probably prefer to forget. It started with a bang as the Cougars demolished Penn State on January 2 at the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. But the football team wasn't quite the same after the departure of Case Keenum and his receiving corps. As the Cougars move i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Rest In Peace, Astrodome, You Deserved So Much Better

    From April 1988 through January 2000, I spent a lot of time at the Astrodome. About 100-150 nights a year, each year, more or less. My first job was operating the out-of-town games scoreboard for the Astros. I carried camera cables on the turf during Oiler games, dodged Monster Trucks and cattle. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Guy V. Lewis Snubbed By The Basketball Hall of Fame Again

    ​The Houston Cougars defeated the SMU Mustangs 62-59 on Saturday night. The leading scorer, with 27 points, was Joseph Young, son of UH legend and current director of basketball operations Michael Young. The radio analyst for the game was former Cougar legend, all-time NBA great, and basketbal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Coog Hoops Show Hope; Rice & UH Open Their Baseball Seasons

    It was all right there for the taking. A win and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles would take sole possession of first place in Conference USA. A win and Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy would earn his 400th victory as a head coach. But on a misty, drizzling, miserable Saturday night in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Welcome To The Latest, Greatest Must Win Game For The Cougars

    ​The Cougars are one game short of regular-season perfection. One game short of the team's best win total. Ever. One game short of the Conference USA title game. A BCS Bowl is just over the horizon. Of course, the Cougars haven't played the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Tulsa's overall record ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Checking in with UH AD Mack Rhoades

    ​This has got to be a strange season that's coming up for Houston Cougar Athletic Director Mack Rhoades. His first year was spent settling into the city and the school as the football team went on an amazing ride. Last year saw the school introducing numerous new head coaches, including both ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Another Bio Of Bob Dylan: Not Dark Yet, But Getting There

    ​The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait By Daniel Mark Epstein Harper Books, 512 pp., $27.99 Another biography of Bob Dylan? Does even the most rabid fan at this point need another rehash of Hibbing, Woody Guthrie, folksinger-goes-electric, that "wild, mercury sound," Nashville, Blood on the Tra ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2011

    The Final Play

    After traumatic knee injury, Case Keenum has one more season to prove his talents.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Owls Soar and Coogs Plunge As the Regular Season Ends

    John RoyalThe Cougars and Owls tip off to begin Saturday's game​Maurice McNeil made a lay-up 34 seconds into Houston's Saturday game against the Rice Owls. This shot put the Cougars up 2-0. The Cougars never again led in the game, and except for one brief shining moment when they tied the ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Rice Basketball: Farce? Fiasco? Either Way, the Owls Lose Another

    John RoyalThe malfunctioning shot clock displays Rice's chances of advancing to the NCAA Tournament​What if they played a basketball game and nobody cared? What if it was senior night, but the school was on spring break and not even the band or cheerleaders could be bothered to make even a to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    UH and Rice Attempt to Salvage Their Seasons This Weekend

    John RoyalMaurice McNeil hopes to lead the Cougars out to three more wins​The Houston Cougars and Rice Owls looked to be moving in different directions as the men's basketball season got underway. The Cougars had a new head coach, James Dickey, who hadn't been a head coach since the 1990s. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Owls De-Claw the Tigers, Get First-Ever Win Over Memphis

    John RoyalConnor Frizzelle drives the baseline in the first half​The Memphis Tigers were the number one team in Conference USA Saturday afternoon. In a conference guaranteed only one team in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the Tigers were primed to be that team. They just forgot one th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    James Dickey Ignores His Gut, Cougars Get the Win

    John RoyalZamal Nixon works the offense in the second half against Tulane​Houston Cougars head coach James Dickey tends to coach by his gut. And when point guard Zamal Nixon tried to hit forward Maurice McNeil for the alley-oop late in the second half on Saturday afternoon, Dickey's gut told ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    St. Thomas Student Struggles To Start Campus Music Fest

    Onliad via Flickr​Clinton Kuykendall, a senior at the University of St. Thomas, tried to have an on-campus music festival last spring and ran into a bevy of problems with the university. Concert in the Mall, which was scheduled for March 2010 on UST's Campus Life Mall, a courtyard in the midd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Cougar Basketball: Miners De-Claw the Cougars

    John RoyalAdam Brown prepares to make his move​The largest crowd of the season showed up at Hofheinz Pavilion Saturday night for Houston's game against the UTEP Miners. And what they witnessed was perhaps the most physical game played by the Cougars in several seasons. But the largest crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The So-So Year In Cougar Sports: 25 Things From 2010

    The year in UH sports​Since I'm taking a look at the sports year that is about to come to an end, I thought I would focus on the Houston Cougars, one of the teams that I cover for the Press. So... 1. The men's basketball team shocked the students, alums, administration, fans, C-USA, and the ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Resurrecting Phi Slama Jama

    Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    20 Possible New Names For The UH Bookstore/Merchandise Shop

    What, "Cougar Crap" doesn't work for you?​The University of Houston is having a contest, and you are invited to enter. The Cougar merchandise store inside the Athletics/Alumni Center has been taken over by Barnes & Noble, and will henceforth no longer be known as Cougar Authentic. Thus, the un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    UH Makes An Odd Choice For Its Basketball Program

    ​When Tom Penders resigned last week, University of Houston Athletic Director Mack Rhoades made it clear that he was looking for more than just a head coach of the basketball team. He was looking for a partner. Somebody who would not only turn the team into a winner, but would also grow the pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Game Time: Cheer Up Coogs Fan, There's Still A Chance Mack Rhoades Just Has A Killer Sense Of Humor

    ​Today is the first day of the Shell Houston Open. If you remember, last year the first day had to be postponed because of some nasty winds that had blown into the Houston area. Suffice it to say that if there is a strong breeze in the Houston area on this first day of the Shell Houston Open, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Coogs Off To Good Start In The C-USA Tournament

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougars won their first game in the C-USA men's basketball tournament yesterday, defeating ECU 93-80.The game was close for most of the first half, but the Cougars went on a spurt at the end to take the 50-37 halftime lead. The Cougars continued that spurt in the se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Your Last Shot At Free UH Tickets, And A Chance To Party With Sean Pendergast, Is Almost Here

    Time is running out on the chance to spend some time with blogger extraordinaire and 1560 The Game host Sean Pendergast -- with the added value of free food, drink and college hoops thrown in. (Technically, you can even enjoy the free stuff and ignore Sean all night long.)Sean will be hosting a grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Coog Basketball Fever! Catch It For Free! With Food, Drinks & Sean Pendergast

    The Houston Press has a suite at Hofheinz Pavilion, and we feel like sharing the love.So we're giving away 10 tickets to the UH-UTEP basketball game January 13. You not only get the tickets, you not only get free food and drinks, you not only get to marvel at Tom Penders' hair....You also get to han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Cougar Basketball So Far: Lots Of Offense, Not Much D

    Photo courtesy UH​The question mark for the Houston Cougars basketball team coming into this season was the defense. Head coach Tom Penders noted that when interviewed during practice before the season, and he reiterated it after the first game against Nicholls State.And it's something he reiter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Coog Hoops Has Leaders, Bulk And A Good Shot At March Madness

    Photo courtesy UH​The time has come. The time for Tom Penders and his Cougars basketball team to show their worth. The hopes are that this squad is one that will make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the early 1990s.There are a couple of things working in the team's favor. First and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    A Talk With UH's New Athletic Director: Facilities, Graduation Rates And Selling The Program

    Photo courtesy UH​Mack Rhoades has been on the job as the University of Houston athletic director for a little over five weeks. He's settling in. He's meeting his coaches and the support staff. He's meeting the players. He's touring the facilities.And he's been thinking and analyzing and tryi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    The Best Sports Palaces In Houston History, Ranked For Her Pleasure

    Photo courtesy wikipedia​It's been a few years since Houston's most recent orgy of building new sports arenas for down-on-their-luck franchise owners. There's a new soccer stadium trying to get itself born, but other than that we probably won't be seeing any new facilities being built for a while. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Get Lit: The Clash by the Clash

    Isn’t a lavish, coffee table hardcover book on “The Only Band That Mattered” something of a sell-out, a blatant attempt at a cold cash grab reaching out to middle-aged men whose Mohawks have turned grey or mall kids who think the Ramones are too soft? Apparently so, according to co-autho ... More >>

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    Critic's Choice

    Lovett Again

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