Houston Cougars (Football)

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Resurrecting Phi Slama Jama

    Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Pink Power Propels Rice Over Houston

    Perhaps it had something to do with Rice's pink logo​Saturday was a tale of two halves. The Rice Owls dominated the first, playing easily their best half of football this year. The Houston Cougars came out and took over most of the second half. But for the Cougars, winning the second half wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Aeros Crashed And Burned This Weekend

    Peoria sunk Houston on Saturday night​The Aeros came into this weekend's games at Toyota Center riding high. They'd won their first two games of the season, beating Oklahoma City twice in Oklahoma City. Sure, there were 78 games still to go, but the offense seemed to be clicking, the defense ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Cougars Want To Get Physical, Physical

    The Cougars aim to get physical against Rice​Here's the thing about that Houston Cougars loss to Mississippi State last week. The defense was often in the right place, at the right time, to be able to make the play.They just didn't make the plays. They whiffed on tackles. They got blocked at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Cougars Go The Wile E. Coyote Route

    Nope, Wile's not the new UH quarterback​Watching the Houston Cougars lose 47-24 to the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday night was a bit like watching a Wile E. Coyote cartoon. Things got off to a great start as the Cougars got the kick and drove 64 yards in eight plays behind the pinpo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Rice Owls Lose Again

    Owls bowl chances are as extinct as the bowl​The Rice Owls were full of talk before the season started about how they were going to a bowl game this season. Talk of how people were underestimating them. Of about how they would surprise people.And the Owls are surprising ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    The Coogs Prep For The SEC's Mississippi State Bulldogs

    ​The Houston Cougars (3-1) won't be changing their offensive identity to suit whoever starts at quarterback this weekend. They are the team they were at game one. Or so said head coach Kevin Sumlin earlier this week. Never mind that a freshman will be starting the game. Never mind that the C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    The Houston Cougars In Search Of A Back-Up Plan

    Nope, not the J-Lo kind of Back-Up Plan​The Houston Cougars are on their bye week. For most teams, this would be a chance to get some rest. To heal some injuries. To relax. To start focusing on the rest of the season. Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin isn't thinking this way, and his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Case Keenum Faces The Future

    Photo by Red Rooster Facing down a defense is the easy thing now​The Houston Cougars knew they were going to have to eventually make the transition. They just weren't counting on that transition coming during the middle of this season's third game. But it was during the second quarter of the Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    UH-Tulane: Beall Overwhelms Waves

    Photo by John Royal What if they played a football game and nobody cared?​Early last week, Houston Cougars junior running back Bryce Beall said that it was up to him and the other playmakers to step up in the absence of injured QB Case Keenum and to ease the burden on freshman quarterback ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    UH Takes On Tulane With Some Very Untested QBs

    The Green Wave is not expected to bring much storm surge​The Houston Cougars might have lost 31-13 to the UCLA Bruins last week. And they might have lost quarterbacks Case Keenum and Cotton Turner for the season. But as they prepare for Saturday afternoon's home contest versus the Tulane Green Wav ... More >>

  • News

    September 23, 2010

    Ring Toss

    Fratboy fracas has Aggies on edge.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    UH Tries To Avoid Its History

    Deja vu all over again​A long time ago, in a football universe far, far away, the Houston Cougars were a dominant offensive force. Their run-and-shoot offense was putting up huge numbers on college teams nationwide. The team was regularly ranked in the Top 20, and though they had been on a probati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Cougars Get Good Old-Fahioned Ass-Whipping From UCLA, Keenum Out For Year

    Where UH's BCS dreams go to die​The final score from the Rose Bowl on Saturday night was only 31-13, UCLA over Houston. But the loss was much, much worse than the final score, or the stat sheet, indicate. Sure the Cougars lost the game, but they lost more than just the game, they might have lost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Houston Texans Turn The Corner -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Neil Rackers -- He's no Kris Brown​I shouldn't enjoy carnage as much as I do, but I have to admit that a few hours after Neil Rackers' 35-yard field goal sailed through the uprights, sending the Houston Texans to an improbable 30-27 overtime win over the Washington Redskins yesterday afternoon, My ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    UH Takes On UCLA And Emphasizes Line Play

    The big uglies up front will be butting heads​The Houston Cougars have gotten the reputation, undeserved or not, of being a soft, finesse football team. When you pass the football, when you play the spread and go with one-back backfields, that can happen.  The Cougar players don't like this r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Cougars Not Getting Respect From ESPN -- Or Their Own Flagship Station (Updated)

    Is this where they got their UH-UTEP announcers from?​I've got an idea for the Houston Cougars. Instead of wasting time going after beat writers for trying to find out health information on players, maybe they should instead use that valuable time for more important things. Like making sure the TV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Coogs Win...With A Running Game?

    Bryce Beall ran wild​Football is a game of adjustments. The team that makes the proper adjustments at the right time is usually going to be the team that wins when things are otherwise more or less equal. So it was obvious when, come the start of Friday's Houston/UTEP game, UTEP drove the field ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    UH Looking For Lots Of Crowd Noise For Tonight's ESPN Game

    Bring the noise to Robertson Stadium for ESPN​Strange as it may seem, if things had gone a bit differently in the college career of Drew Bledsoe, Kevin Sumlin might not have ended up in Houston. But strange as it may seem, that's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.Sumlin's first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    UH Opens Season Like It Should, And In Front Of A Sellout Crowd

    Case Keenum gets off to a hot start​Playing a school like Texas State to open up a football season is never quite as easy as it looks. Just ask Michigan and Ole Miss.The Houston Cougars were very aware of the upset possibilities, and they were very aware of the opposite danger, that they could a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Coogs Ready To Hit Someone Besides Each Other

    Case Keenum, media darling, is ready to hit the field​There has been talk this off-season of the Houston Cougars being a BCS-buster, putting them in some of the same conversations as Boise State and TCU.With those kind of discussions, one would think that the Cougars would have to worry about gett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Cougar Football Opens With High Hopes For The...Defense?

    Case Keenum, your Heisman Trophy is waiting​The Houston Cougars got their 2010 football season underway on Friday, meeting for photos and their first practice while the team held its annual media day. \ Despite a successful 2009 season, the Cougars come into this season wanting to forget las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    One Man's Entry For Five Worst Houston Sports Moments -- Where Are Yours?

    A UH lowlight, an ND legend​I couldn't help but notice that the bosses are soliciting suggestions for the best and worst sports moments in Houston history.So I thought I would make a few suggestions.I'll do my top 10 moments when the issue comes out with the winners, but here are my five worst mom ... More >>

  • 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

    June 17, 2010

    The Facebook Push Is On To Get UH In The Big 12

    Pay attention, Big 12​The Big 12, she ain't what she used to be. Nebraska and Colorado have left.One of them should be replaced by the University of Houston, say two dozen Texas legislators in a letter to the Big 12 Commissioner.Not only that -- State Rep. Garnett Coleman has started a Faceb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    UH's Achilles Heel: No One Goes To The Games

    cutline​I was sitting next to one of my fellow reporters at a UH football game last fall. I think the opponent was SMU, though it might have been Southern Miss. The Coogs were highly ranked, and they were getting lots of national attention. Yet Robertson Stadium was nowhere close to being sold ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    UH Fans Welcome (To A Degree) New Hoops Coach James Dickey

    Photo courtesy UH​Well, Houston Cougar basketball fans. It's official. The new head coach of the men's basketball is James Dickey, former head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and for most of this past decade, either an assistant coach to Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State or doing TV analysis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    UH, Rice Football Schedules Offer Some Intrigue, But Will They Attract Fans?

    ​Lost amidst the hoopla of the upcoming NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was the release on Tuesday of the football schedules of the Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls. And knowing Cougar fans the way I do, I'm sure they're already starting to form their excuses for failing to sell out the stadiu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Coogs Lose...Is The Clock Ticking On Tom Penders?

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougar football and basketball teams have one thing in common: neither can defeat the University of Central Florida.But whereas football coach Kevin Sumlin just received a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract extension, it might well be that this 78-71 Cougar lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    UH Steps Up With Sumlin Contract Extension; Will The Fans Do Their Part?

    Photo courtesy UH​Let's hear it for UH Athletic Director Mack Rhoades. He got one of the nation's hottest coaches, Kevin Sumlin, to put his signature to a new six-year contract which is a rather a good deal for the Sumlin and the Cougars. The deal is for six years and $6.8 million with another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Game Time: 2009 Bear Bryant Award, Chalk One Up For The Good Guys

    ​I'm not sure if any of you have noticed, but the last few weeks have not been all that kind to the perception of the college football coaching profession. If it's not Jim Leavitt getting fired from South Florida for allegedly slapping around a special teams player at halftime of a game, then it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Game Time: The Five Most Dominant Performances In A College Football Title Game

    The time for talking is almost over, and tonight we'll find out if the shrinking spread on this season's BCS Title game and the last minute rush by some to the Texas Longhorn bandwagon is a harbinger of things to come. Me personally, I think Nick Saban dials up some exotic blitz packages that give ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Cougars Take The Easy Way Out With Next Year's Football Schedule

    Photo courtesy UH​If there's one thing I really hate about college football, it's when schools like Texas schedule FCS teams as part of their non-conference schedule instead of taking on some legitimate, top-flight competition. It's my belief that schools like Texas (you can toss in Florida, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    The Triple Option: 2-For-2 Against Disinterested Bowl Teams

    Photo by John RoyalThe not-so-filled stands at the Texas Bowl.​The Texas Bowl and the Armed Forces Bowl featured two teams in Houston and Missouri who felt they should have been playing in better games going up against two teams who employing the triple-option run offense.The Cougars have had trou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Today's Bowl Menu: UH And The Texas Bowl, Both With Teams Wishing They Were Elsewhere

    ​Two of what should be more of the entertaining non-BCS Bowl games should be played this afternoon. They'll be entertaining because of the teams involved and because of similarities among all four teams. Both games feature teams that don't want to be playing that game and have chips on their shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Kevin Sumlin Didn't Leave (This Time), But Unlike His Players, He Could

    ​There was much panic among the Houston Cougar faithful when head coach Kevin Sumlin's name was mentioned in regards to the open University of Cincinnati coaching job. And that same panic was seen as well at Stanford when coach Jim Harbaugh's name was mentioned in connection with the Kansas job. & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    In Praise Of The Cougars And Kevin Sumlin

    ​There have been a lot of rumors circulating about Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin. Mostly rumors about him leaving the Cougars to take over as head coach of another, more high-profile college football team. But according to Steve Campbell at the Houston Chronicle, Sumlin is close to signi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Coogs Basketball's Three-Headed Monster, And How They Had To Go To Alaska To Play Oklahoma

    Photo courtesy UH​Lost amidst the anxiety over the Houston Cougar football team and possible bowl game scenarios, the men's basketball team took to the court at Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday afternoon and engaged the Texas A&M-Corpus Christ Islanders in a fast-paced game that saw the Cougars eme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    One More Visit To The Armed Forces Bowl For The Oh-So-Close Coogs

    Photo courtesy UH​Fifty-two seconds remaining on the clock and Cougar ball on the East Carolina 32-yard line. The Cougars were down by six points, but they were driving. ECU had just been penalized, again, for an illegal substitution. It was just going to be like so many other Cougars games this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Coogs' Shot At A C-USA Title On The Line In Front Of A National Audience, Hostile Crowd

    Photo courtesy UH​Tomorrow is the day the Cougars have pointed toward since they won the Armed Forces Bowl back on New Year's Eve 2008. Tomorrow is the Conference USA Title Game, and all this season, the Cougar coaches and players have talked of playing in this game and winning the conference.And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Coogs Roll Over Rice And Get Ready For The C-USA Title Game

    Photo courtesy UH​The Cougars had only one option on Saturday night. To advance to the C-USA title game, the Cougars had to defeat Rice. In 2008, the Cougars also had only option to take in order to advance to advance to the title game:  beat Rice. The Cougars went on to suffer an embar ... More >>

  • Music

    November 26, 2009

    Red Blooded Fans

    Win or lose, the mood is always congenial in U of H watering hole The Den.

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    UH Football And Basketball Have Big Weekends On Tap

    ​One season is ending. One season is just beginning. But for the Houston Cougars, it's a big Thanksgiving weekend either way with the football team playing for the C-USA West title, and the basketball team up in Alaska playing against Big 12 power Oklahoma in the Great Alaska Shootout on Thurs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Coogs Roll Easily, Still Have Title Shot

    Photo courtesy UH​According to Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin, his team has yet to play a perfect game. Saturday, the Cougars defeated the Memphis Tigers 55-14 in what was easily their most dominating performance of the season.So, coach, was this game perfect?"Now looking at it, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Title Dreams Are Likely Gone, But Coogs Try To Regroup

    Photo courtesy UH​Nobody needs to tell the Houston Cougars that they messed up last Saturday. They're well aware of that fact on their own.But they're now trying to forget about what happened last week while they attempt to do the most important thing in the world: concentrate on Saturday's gam ... More >>

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