Houston Cougars (Football)

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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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    October 28, 2011

    Oh Yeah, And The Cougars Win Back The Bayou Bucket

    Photo by Aaron SprecherJust another record-breaking night for the Cougars.​Check out our slideshow of last night's rainy Bayou Bucket game. Houston's Tyron Carrier took the opening kickoff 100-yards for the touchdown to quickly put the Cougars up 7-0. Then the rain hit and the Rice Owls came ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    In Which The Cougars Deliver A Very Special Message

    The Cougars have a little message for Marshall​Here's a little hint for the Marshall Thundering Herd. If you're going to talk trash, make sure you can back it up. Like last week, when the Marshall defense kept talking about its intentions to knock Houston Cougars QB Case Keenum out of the ga ... 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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    October 7, 2011

    UH: Big 12, Big East, Some Newly Created Conference Or Oblivion?

    TCU has deservedly gotten the bid to join the Big 12 that the University of Houston was so desperately hoping for. So what's next for the Coogs? Four scenarios: 4. The Big 12 Some supporters, like State Rep Bill Callegari of Katy, are still holding out hope for entry into the Big 12. The Katy rep ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Cougars, Owls, and Memories of Buddy Ryan

    One of the most memorable images for any Houston Oilers fan is of Buddy Ryan throwing a punch at Kevin Gilbride on the sidelines of a Sunday night football game. Ryan, the Oilers defensive coordinator, had been critical of offensive coordinator Gilbride's playcalling the entire season, and as the h ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    UH Preps for UTEP While Rice Takes on Southern Miss

    It's no secret that the Houston Cougars (4-0) have problems when it comes to playing the UTEP Miners (2-2). No matter how good the Coogs might be, or how bad the Miners might be, the game is a struggle. They've played eight times, and each team has won four times. The Coogs are 2-1 for the past thr ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    C-USA Considers Merger With Mountain West in Search of BCS Bid

    Could the blue turf of Boise State and other MWC schools align themselves with Rice, UH and C-USA?​In what seems both inspired and crazy, Conference USA, which includes University of Houston and Rice, is considering a football-only merger with the Mountain West Conference that would create a m ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    The Scrubs Get Major Playing Time As Coogs Glide To Easy Victory

    J.D., Turk, and the gang didn't get to play, but the rest of the Cougars bench got plenty of playing time​As the Cougars trotted off of the field after the first half on Saturday night, the question wasn't whether the Cougars would be in need of another second half comeback. That wasn't the q ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Cougars Pull Off the Huge Comeback Against Louisiana Tech, But Problems Linger

    Also known as the story of the Houston Cougars.​The Houston Cougars got the 35-34 win over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday night. They had to come from behind to do so, battling back from a 20-point third quarter deficit and scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter. And despite failin ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Cougars Looking to Cage the Bulldogs

    The UH coaching staff hopes the team shows up for the complete game against Louisiana Tech.​The Houston Cougars don't want to start off another game like they did last week. A start where the opposition, a clearly lesser school, jumps off to a lead. A start that finds the team struggling to ... 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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    September 5, 2011

    Cougars Dominate First Half Against UCLA, Set Table For Perfect Season

    The UCLA cheerleaders probably weren't too happy after Saturday's game​The Houston Cougars did their best impersonation of the Houston Texans on Saturday. They dominated the first half, playing a fantastic two quarters that masterfully mixed their passing and running games. Case Keenum showe ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    August 15, 2011

    UH Scrimmage Recap: The Return of Case Keenum to Patrick Edwards

    Steve JansenThere are high hopes in Cougarland, thanks to Case Keenum​(Note: The University of Houston athletic staff, citing potential game-planning advantages by opponents, did not allow photography during the scrimmage.) The Houston Cougars' scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Robertson Sta ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    UH To The Big 12? Five Reasons It Would Be A Huge Boost

    Home sweet home for the Coogs?​Everyone's reporting that Texas A&M has all but decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, and the San Antonio Express-News adds an Aggie official says the Big 12 told the school the University of Houston would be a viable replacement. UH had been talking/hoping/t ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Case Keenum and the Favre Rules: Notes from UH Media Day

    The Cougars would like Case Keenum to be a bit more like Brett Favre this season.​It's safe to say that the 2010 football season didn't pan out the way the Houston Cougars imagined it would. That team, to be paced by senior QB Case Keenum, was poised to take UH football to the next level with ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Top 5 Best C-USA Football Games of 2011 (With Predictions)

    Case Keenum's comeback attempt starts September 3. ​Last week, Hair Balls broke down some of the best (as well as the worst) games of the 2011 football season involving Big 12 teams. Now, Conference USA, which just wrapped up its media days in Memphis, gets a similar treatment. Houston, tha ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Case Keenum: Preseason C-USA Offensive Player of the Year

    C-USA coaches think he does​Case Keenum's big comeback attempt, which we chronicled as spring practice began in April, is apparently destined for success if the coaches of COnference USA are right. They chose the UH quarterback as pre-season Offensive Player of the Year as part of the media d ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    C.J. McElroy Ditches UH, Signs Professional-Baseball Contract

    www.maxpreps.comC.J. McElroy​C.J. McElroy, a Clear Creek High graduate who had committed to the University of Houston, has instead decided to give it a go at professional baseball. "We have learned from the McElroy family that C.J. will be signing a contract to play professional baseball full ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2011

    The Final Play

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

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    April 27, 2011

    Cover Story: Case Keenum's Comeback Attempt

    ​The underdog role is a familiar one for Case Keenum. The University of Houston star quarterback won the 2004 Texas Class 3A Division I state championship, but only received barely-audible buzz from recruiters. Then, when he arrived at UH in 2006, he was buried deep on the depth chart behind ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    The NCAA Title Game: Forget One Shining Moment, Try a Brick House Instead

    John RoyalAnd so begins one of the worst championship games in NCAA Tournament history.​Houston is the home city of two Conference USA basketball teams. That means that there's been some really bad basketball played in this city the last several years. So perhaps it was the lingering stench ... More >>

  • News

    January 27, 2011

    Drink Up, Texas

    Sunday liquor sales to close budget gap.

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    January 20, 2011

    Playing Favorites

    HISD partners with the Chronicle on magnet report

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    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 >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Texas Bowl Gets Baylor! And, Ummm, Illinois

    Texas Bowl 2010: The return of Art Briles​The 2010 Texas Bowl will give Houston a look at the surprisingly successful Baylor Bears, headed by former UH coach Art Briles. The good news: Baylor is breaking a 16-year bowl drought. The semi-bad news, in terms of the chances for a compelling footb ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Cougar Football Is All Over Now

    The Cougar season is all over now​The Houston Cougars spoke about the importance of having a good game on Saturday. Not only would a victory over Texas Tech guarantee a bowl game for the Coogs, but it would allow the seniors to go out on a high note.So of course, in a season that has turned ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Houston Cougar Football: Definitely Maybe Ending Tomorrow Night

    This may, or may not, be the Cougars last game of the season​When Texas Tech and Houston met in September of last year, it was a truly magical moment for the Cougars. The Red Raiders were seen as one of the top teams in the country and head coach Mike Leach was one of those names mentioned ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Houston Cougars: It's Almost All Over Now

    The Cougars looked hopeless​One could sense things were going to go wrong for the Houston Cougars from the very first. On their second offense play, David Piland hit a streaking Justin Johnson down the middle of the field.Normally, when a Cougar receiver gets the ball in the middle of the fi ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Cougars Prepare To Battle The Golden Eagles

    Last week the Golden Hurricane, this week the Golden Eagles, what next, the Golden Slumbers?​It's been a tough season for the 5-5 Houston Cougars. They lost their starting quarterback, Case Keenum, to an ACL injury in the season's third game, a loss to UCLA. They lost his back-up, Cotton Turner, ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Rice Owls: Beware The Plundering Pirates

    Rice is playing the Pirates of East Carolina, not the Pirates of the Caribbean​The Rice Owls are hosting the East Carolina Pirates this weekend, and if the Owls had any bounty left, then the Pirates would be plundering it. But this season being this season, the Owls have already had their tr ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Houston Cougars: Still Knocking On The Bowl-Game Door

    Forget Heaven, the Cougars would be happy with a bowl game​The much-maligned Houston Cougar defense held the high-octane offense of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to only 28 points on Saturday night. But that wasn't enough because the high-octane Houston Cougar offense misfired throughout the ga ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Cougars Focus On The Cougars

    Cougars seek to go 1-0 this weekend​The Houston Cougars don't focus on the big picture. They're not looking at having three games left in the season, or two games left in conference. They're not focusing on bowl eligibility. All that matters is Saturday night and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane ( ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Houston Anything But Cougar Town, Lose To UCF 40-33

    Houston was anything but Cougar Town on Friday​The Houston Cougars can walk away and talk about how they exposed the University of Central Florida's defense as a fraud. They can talk about another explosive game from receiver Patrick Edwards who seems to draw David Piland's passes to him lik ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Cougars Duel The Knights Tonight The Cougars need to watch their focus when playing UCF​The University of Central Florida Knights are, perhaps, the best team in Conference USA. They definitely have the best defense, and their offense is one of those bone-crushing, time-consuming rush-oriented games that dra ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    UH Plays It Very Coy With Questions About A Big East Conference Move

    Please let it be so, UH (essentially) says​We noted yesterday that rumors are swirling about the Big East Conference inviting TCU and UH into its arms.The conference presidents have been meeting, and while they're not making any big public announcements, they are being pretty free indicating that ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Houston Cougars Demolish the Memphis Tigers

    ​The Houston Cougars did what they were supposed to do on Saturday night. They stormed into the Liberty Bowl and dominated the Memphis Tigers, easily winning the game 56-17 to go to 5-3 on the season. How easy was the win? So easy that the Cougars didn't need to rely on Bryce Beall, who left ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Is UH About To Dump Conference USA For The Big East?

    Will UH be heading east?​Presidents of Big East schools meet tomorrow and will discuss extending invitations to the University of Houston and TCU to join, the New York Post reports today."By adding TCU and Houston, the Big East would gain TV viewership in two significant markets (Dallas/Fort Worth ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Coogs: And The Running Game Shall Save Them

    Photo by Stephen Pinchback, UH Athletics CommunicationsBryce Beall needs to deliver​Everybody knows how the Houston Cougar offense works. Pass on first down. Pass on second down. Pass on third down. Keep passing until you score or you have to punt. Yes, that's how the Cougars spread offense works, ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Cougars Battle SMU And The Weather, Get The Win

    Cougars battled SMU and the weather​The Houston Cougars stopped the SMU Mustangs on their first drive. The Cougars then took the ball and scored a touchdown to go up 7-0 with about half of the first quarter left to play.Then came the thunder and lightning to join the rain and, just like that ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Cougars Seeking To Fill A Void Against SMU

    ​Heading into tomorrow's game with the 4-3 SMU Mustangs, it needs to be pointed out that the 3-3 Houston Cougars have some issues that need to be addressed. Real issues like the leadership void on the field since Case Keenum's season-ending injury. And a defense that has problem making tackles ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Resurrecting Phi Slama Jama

    Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?

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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 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 >>

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