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Houston Cougars (Football)

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    September 1, 2014

    Texans Trade For QB Ryan Mallett, Case Keenum Era Over

    Waiver wire time in the NFL is like fishing through the discounted $4.99 DVD bin in your local Wal-Mart. One by one, you pick up, glance at, and summarily toss aside classic time wasters like A Fish Called Wanda, Can'T Buy Me Love, or any of the 90's superhero movies involving a protagonist other ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    The Cougars Are Ready To Play Some Football

    The Houston Cougars of 2013 were a bit different than the more recent iterations of the Cougar football team. The offense still scored lots and lots of points behind a flashy quarterback and a quick moving offense. But there was a noted focus on the improved, physical running game. And where once th ... 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 26, 2013

    Kevin Sumlin and the Texans: Buyer Beware

    Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin may one day be a great NFL coach. He's a strong leader with an innovative offense, glowing personality and enormous local buzz -- all at only 49 years old. It's easy to see where the hype comes from. There's also the concern, however, that Sumlin isn't even among the curre ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    For The Cougars, A Win Is Indeed A Win

    A win is a win is a win. That's what they always say. That it is not how they play that matters, but the final result. And luckily for the Houston Cougars (7-1, 4-0 in conference), a win is a win. Even if last night's win was an ugly 35-23 win over a bad USF Bulls (2-5, 2-2 in conference) football t ... 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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    October 21, 2013

    UH Loses Battle of Cougars to BYU

    The Houston Cougars (5-1) scored points in every way imaginable on Saturday afternoon. There was a kick return, and an interception return. The defense collected a safety. The quarterbacks tossed four TD passes. There was even a field goal. But in the end, after a marathon of a game that lasted over ... 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 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 6, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Spaghetti and Meatballs Special, Midtown Bar Pub Crawl & More

    Spaghetti & Meatballs Friday @ Damian's Cucina Italiana Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 3011 Smith St. In honor of Damian's Cucina Italiana's 30th anniversary, the restaurant has brought back the month-long spaghetti and meatballs special for $8.30. Starting today and every Friday for the month of September ... 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 8, 2013

    Houston Cougars Employ The Defense of Kings

    Is it game, set, and match for Michael Young? Is the University of Houston out of the woods? Does anybody but the parties involved (and the NCAA) really give a damn? Young sued the university in early July, seeking to rescind an employment contract he had signed but then wanted out of. UH claimed t ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Cougars Prepping For The Big Time

    The Houston Cougars will have a laser-like focus as they start practice. A focus on the University of Houston. A day by day focus of the team getting better. Improving as a program. Improving individually. Of making up for last season's disaster. Of proving they belong on the so-called national stag ... 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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    February 25, 2013

    Cougars Making Uniform Changes Just to Make Changes

    Photos have been leaking out for the past month or so of new helmets and uniforms for the University of Houston. As an alum, I'd like to offer up an opinion on the proposed new looks -- yes, looks, as in multiple looks. And my basic opinion is, enough already. The Cougars just got new uniforms, hel ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Proud UH Alum Larry Gatlin: If You Don't Like His Songs, "I Still Wrote Them"

    Rocks Off reached native West Texan and proud UH alumnus Larry Gatlin, of 97.1 Country Legends mainstays Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band, first by phone at his hotel in Colorado, then again by phone the next day in San Antonio. Gatlin plays the Dosey Doe's "Big Barn" in The Woodlands Sunda ... 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 12, 2012

    Cougars Crash And Burn Against Tulsa

    Many times, when sports teams must deal with devastating injuries, they rise to the occasion. They might not get the win, but the game is closer than it should be. Then there are the Houston Cougars. The Cougars dealt with the tragic, freakish loss of cornerback D.J. Hayden much as if they were ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    UH, Rice: Is College Football Season Over Yet?

    The Houston Cougars were destroyed on Thursday night. The Rice Owls blew a game they should have won on Saturday. The Owls loss is not surprising. The Cougars loss isn't really surprising, either, though the magnitude of the loss is. The Cougars (3-5) lost to the SMU Mustangs by a 72-42 score on Th ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Just Another Record Breaking Day As UH Defeats UAB

    The thing about this current Houston Cougars football squad is that you never know who the hero's going to be. One week it's running back Charles Sims, putting up awe-inducing numbers and jaw-dropping runs. Then it's David Piland continuing the UH QB tradition with big passing numbers. The Houston ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Welcome To The Charles Sims Show

    Houston Cougar running back Charles Sims is probably one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He's quiet, and getting more than a sentence or two from him in a media setting just isn't going to happen. In fact, when dealing with the press, Sims looks as if he'd rather face an entire opposing defe ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    And Charles Sims Shall Lead The Cougars To Victory: UH Tops Rice For Bayou Bucket

    Maybe it was the weather outside of Reliant Stadium that had something to do with the sluggishness of Saturday's Bayou Bucket. The grayness. The wetness. The dreariness. Maybe all of that worked against a football game being played inside of a gigantic aircraft hanger before a crowd that didn't even ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Football Fans Beware: It's Bayou Bucket Time

    What did Houston-based college football fans do to deserve the torture being inflicted upon them this season? Why is that neither of the two major college football teams in the city can make a tackle? Or even look like they're interested in making a tackle? The Houston Cougars (0-3) and the Rice O ... 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 17, 2012

    Maybe The Cougars Should Just Forget About Playing Games In The Rose Bowl

    The Houston Cougars last started a season 0-3 in 2001. They also failed to win any games in 2001. But one would think that with both UAB and Tulane still on this season's schedule, the Cougars will at least win one game this season. But hoping and praying for wins against the likes of UAB and Tulane ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Cougars Looking for Clues But Finding None

    University of Houston offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt "resigned" last Monday morning, just a little more than a day after the Cougars' embarrassing 30-13 opening game defeat to Texas State. Thus it stands to reason that, sometime this morning, the Houston Cougars will be holding a press conferenc ... 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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    August 10, 2012

    The New-Look Cougars Prep For A New Day In The Sun

    It's a new day for Houston Cougars football. A new coach and a new coaching staff. A new quarterback. New receivers. New helmets. New uniforms. New logo. They're going to a new conference next season. They've got one year left in the old stadium. But all of the newness brings questions. Questions l ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    New Baylor Stadium: Now Texas Can Actually Have a Good College Football Venue

    On Friday, Baylor regents gave a thumbs-up to the construction of a new $250-million stadium that will post up on the Waco campus and alongside the Brazos River. If Waco City Council green lights the $35 million tax increment financing zone funds that would be needed, then the 45,000-seat venue coul ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Is This The Dawning of A Cougars Renaissance? Don't Be Too Sure

    The Houston Chronicle's Sam Khan, Jr. had a good story on Houston Cougars athletics yesterday. It's called a story of a renaissance, and it looks back at the last 10 months of the program. It's told through the eyes of the football program, going through the incredible season the Coogs had as they m ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Terrible? Great? Seven Rap Videos About Texas Colleges

    Rap is a universal language, except for most old people. So it's natural that college students would use rap to express their love for their school. Sometimes this is done well, others....not so well. True to form are these Texas schools, be they oh-so-white or not so white. How well do they succe ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    10 College-Related Thoughts On The NFL Draft, Including Case Keenum

    I'm not the draft expert that some of my Press colleagues are. Yet I do watch a lot of football, especially college football, and like every football fan, I have a few thoughts about some of the things that happened over this past weekend. 10. There are probably a bunch of Houston Cougar fans that ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    UH Getting New Logo: Our Five Suggestions

    Later this morning the University of Houston will be announcing what it's calling its "new logo and marks." The old "logo and marks" weren't exactly worn out from use, but we guess an update was needed. UH, of course, is trying to pump life into its football program as they begin construction on a ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Cougars Dominate Penn State and Run Away with the TicketCity Bowl

    The Houston Cougars didn't just win a football game yesterday. They didn't just win a bowl game yesterday. The Houston Cougars went out and defeated a ranked team from the almighty Big 10, and they did so in a convincing fashion, downing the Penn State Nittany Lions 30-14. The Cougars put 17 poin ... 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 >>

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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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    December 5, 2011

    Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over, the Coogs' BCS Dreams Are No More

    Dandy Don was singing in the third quarter.​It's easy to blame the dual distractions of the BCS and Kevin Sumlin's future when trying to explain the Houston Cougars' (12-1) 49-28 loss to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (11-2) in the C-USA Title Game on Saturday. It's easy, but it's wrong. It ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Coogs Versus Southern Miss for All the Marbles

    One more win and the Coogs are BCS-bound.​The distractions are there for the 12-0 Houston Cougars, the number six team in the BCS standings. Distractions like which BCS bowl game they're playing. Distractions like which team they're playing in that BCS bowl -- current projections being Michi ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Kevin Sumlin Has Been Contacted by Arizona State, No Wait, He Hasn't...

    The Internet is awesome. Only on Twitter can you get a reporter (in this case, Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic) to definitively state that University of Houston coach Kevin Sumlin has been offered the Arizona State head coaching job, and then have literally dozens of other journalists line up ... 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 28, 2011

    Coog Fever: Students Grab Those C-USA Championship Tickets

    This was the ticket line at the University of Houston this morning, as students lined up to get tickets for the Conference USA title game this weekend that, Coog fans fervently hope, will send the team to its first BCS bowl. Robertson Stadium should be sold out for the game against Southern Miss, t ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Cougars and Mustangs, Orange and Sugar, BCS Comes Calling

    See pics from ESPN GameDay at UH in our slideshow. Maybe it was the stadium packed to the gills before kickoff. Maybe it was the excitement and energy of Senior Day. Maybe it was ESPN's Lee Corso letting loose with a profanity as he picked the Cougars to defeat SMU. Maybe it was the representati ... 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 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 15, 2011

    5 Things You Shouldn't Do When ESPN's GameDay Visits UH

    This stopped being funny 200-plus episodes ago. ​It's a big deal that ESPN's traveling college-football preview show GameDay is posting up at the University of Houston's Cullen Circle in advance of the Cougars' game against the SMU Mustangs. (Who saw this coming, especially after quarterback C ... 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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    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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