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    March 5, 2012

    Arsalan Kazemi Chases Refs, Shoves Security Guard: Chaos Reigns Supreme As Coogs Stun Owls

    The Rice Owls didn't just lose a basketball game on Saturday night. They lost a home game by the score of 76-75. They lost to their crosstown rivals, the Houston Cougars (15-14, 7-9 in conference). They lost while having a one-point lead and the ball with 5.2 seconds left and the Cougars having no t ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Cougars Ending Hoops Season On A High Note

    It's been a tough season for senior Houston shooting guard Darian Thibodeaux. The team's been a disappointment. And coming into Wednesday's home finale against the Tulane Green Wave, he'd been mired in a slump that saw him having gone six games without hitting a field goal while having missed his la ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Owls Stage the Comeback and Stun the Coogs in Game That Epitomized Both Teams

    The Houston Cougars dashed off to a 13-0 lead against the Rice Owls on Wednesday night. The offense worked to perfection. There was some decent defense being played. But as the teams went into a timeout only 7:45 into the game, one couldn't help but sense doom hanging over the Hofheinz Pavilion cour ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Deontay Greenberry: UH Sticks It to Notre Dame By Stealing Top Recruit

    We know we said National Signing Day is an overhyped mess, but don't tell that to the keening and wailing Notre Dame fans who are screaming pogue mahone to the UH Cougars. UH swooped in at the last second and stole the coveted wide receiver from the Irish, to whom he had given a verbal commitment w ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    The Cougars Would Like You to Meet Jimmie Jones

    ​Jimmie Jones doesn't yet have his name on the back of his jersey. He's just a walk-on. His stat sheet doesn't look that impressive, and he's played in less than half of the Houston Cougars' basketball games this season. But if Saturday night was any indication, then Jimmie Jones could well ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Owls and Coogs Disappointing Basketball Fans, Dammit

    These guys are turrible!​The Rice Owls (11-8, 2-2) lost a basketball game they should have won on Wednesday night. The Houston Cougars (9-9, 1-4) were blown out yet again. It's turning into another disappointing men's basketball season in Houston, Texas. It's not supposed to have been this ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    UH Football Announces Two More Start Times for 2011 Season

    ​Today, the University of Houston announced two more start times for the football team's highly anticipated run at a Conference USA championship. The September 24 match-up against the Bill Curry-led Georgia State Panthers, which is entering just its second season of competitive football, will ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    UH Baseball: Cougars Engulfed By The Blazers

    John RoyalCodey Morehouse trots home after hitting a home run on Friday​The Houston Cougar baseball team has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride this season. They weren't supposed to be very good, not with the new coach, roster turnover, and a near non-existent pitching staff devastated by ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Oh, SNAP

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Owls Soar Over The Cougars And Continue To Dominate Cross-Town Series

    John RoyalHouston Cougar Ryan Still leaps high for an overthrown ball on a first inning Rice sacrifice bunt​The Houston Cougars (11-11) grabbed the 1-0 lead from the Rice Owls (15-9) in the top of the first inning last night. The Owls scored two runs in the bottom of the first, and the game w ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Mark Taylor, UH Swimming Coach (1961-2011)

    Mark Taylor​Mark Taylor, who helmed University of Houston's swimming program for nearly a decade, died Friday evening of an apparent heart attack in Austin, according to the University of Houston Athletics Department. He was 50 years old. "This is a sad and difficult day. We lost a family me ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Houston and Rice Pray for a Miracle As C-USA Tournament Starts Today

    John RoyalHouston Cougars coach James Dickey​The Houston Cougars and Rice Owls men's basketball teams take to the court again today. Possibly for the last time. Possibly for the start of a miracle run. And while the Owls eagerly look for such a run to happen, using the Cougars of last year ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 28, 2011

    College Basketball: Owls Lose a Heartbreaker While Coogs Appear to Give Up

    John RoyalRice's Arsalan Kazemi battles for position under the Rice basket​No coach wants to have to draw up a play with 2.3 seconds left that, if it works, merely ties the score and sends the game to overtime. But such was the position Rice Owls coach Ben Braun was in last night, his Owls do ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    College Baseball: Rice Sweeps the Trojans While UH Struggles Against the Rebs

    John RoyalRice's Michael Ratterree tags out USC's Matt Foat trying to advance on a sac fly​In the first weekend of the college baseball season, it was the Houston Cougars pulling off the home sweep of UT-Arlington while the Rice Owls were losing two of three to visiting Stanford. The competit ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Cougars and Owls: Hey, What Do You Know? At Least Some Houston Teams Can Win Baseball Games

    John RoyalHouston's Caleb Ramsey knocks a first-inning two-run triple on Friday night​The expectations for the Houston Cougars baseball team are almost nonexistent. Hustle. Stay competitive. Aim toward being better next season. The expectations for the Rice Owls are high. Win Conference U ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    James Dickey Offers Up an Apology As SMU Smacks Down the Coogs

    John RoyalThe Cougar Dolls were about the only things worth cheering at Hofheinz Pavilion last night​James Dickey was not a happy man last night. He prowled the Houston Cougars sidelines like a caged animal, scowling, barking commands, pleading to his players. Shouting out at them to play de ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Cougars Come Close, But Close Isn't Good Enough

    John RoyalZamal Nixon looks for the open guy in the first half​Basketball teams don't win games they let the opponent shoot 50 percent from the floor. They also don't win basketball games when they miss 12 of 31 free throw shots. Or take ill-advised three-point shots when hanging on to a one ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    It's a Brand-New Day for Cougar Baseball

    John RoyalCodey Morehouse throws a pitch during Friday's practice​The sun was bright and high Friday afternoon. The temperature warm. The breeze slight. It was one of those absolutely beautiful days that make one happy to be alive. It was, quite fittingly, the first practice under a new co ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Owls Basketball: Given the Second Chance, Owls Soar Over the Cougars

    John RoyalRice guard Connor Frizzelle awaits a pass in the first half​The Houston Cougars were 11-6 and tied for first place in Conference USA this time last week. The Rice Owls were 8-10 and floundering in last place in C-USA. What a difference a week makes. Now it's the Cougars who are fl ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Houston Cougars Blow Away the Golden Hurricane

    John RoyalKirk Van Slyke tips off against Tulsa to start the game​James Dickey preaches the importance of defense to his players. If the Houston Cougars can't score, the thinking goes, they can still win the game by shutting down the offense of the other team. So when the Tulsa Golden Hurric ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Cougar Basketball: Happy Birthday, Mr. Nixon

    John Royal Maurice McNeil goes strong to the bucket​Have you ever had one of those moments? A flash that this is your day, your time, and that nothing can change that? Houston Cougar point guard Zamal Nixon had one of those moments on Saturday. And when he had that flash, he just knew that ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Cougar Basketball: Thanks for Playing Hillcats, Now Bring On Conference USA

    No. I said Hillcats, not Top Cat​Rogers State University is located just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. They've only been playing basketball for four years. They're part of the NAIA, not the NCAA. They've yet to defeat a Division I NCAA program in their history, and coming into last night's gam ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Cougar Beats Bearkat, Thus UH Beats Sam Houston State

    The Cougars head into Christmas with the win​The Houston Cougars (7-5) don't play very good basketball in the first half. At 12 games into the season, that can be established as a fact. The players know it and admit it. The coaches know it and it admit it. It's something they say they're wor ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Roadrunners Speed Past Cougars

    The Coogs were missing the Slama and the Jama against UTSA​That the Houston Cougars (6-4) played a basketball game on Saturday night was not too surprising. That none of the so-called Cougar fans could be bothered to come by Hofheinz Pavilion for the game was not too surprising either. In ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Phi Slama Dickey Kicks Off The Season

    It's basketball time at the University of Houston​The Houston Cougars officially opened up the basketball season this weekend, and though it wasn't always pretty, especially on Friday night, the team came away with two victories. And while head coach James Dickey and his players weren't alwa ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Believe It Or Not, It's Time For College Basketball

    John Royal Cougars prepare to play basketball​They were just exhibition games, and they tell us that exhibition games are meaningless. They don't count in the standings. They're a chance to test game conditioning. To see how well everyone understands the offense. To see what improvements ne ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Cougar Basketball: Stressing The Fundamentals

    I said dunk it, not Dunkin​Houston Cougar basketball fans might be in for a bit of a shock when basketball season gets underway next month. That's because they'll be seeing something that they haven't seen in a few years: An offense running plays. The Cougars started practice on Friday afte ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    UH Basketball Tries Once Again To Resurrect Phi Slama Jama (And Our List Of The Five Best Basketball Coogs)

    While the University of Houston tries to resurrect its basketball program, we reflect on the glory days. ​Bryan Williams, who was a part of the University of Houston's Phi Slama Jama teams, took pictures for this week's cover story in the Houston Press about the incredible decline of the universit ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Saturday: The Marching Owl Band At Rice Stadium

    Photos by Marco Torres​ For more photos from Saturday's game, see our slideshow here. Saturday was a difficult day for Aftermath on a number of levels. Not only did we have to watch our soon-to-be alma mater get its tail kicked by our crosstown rival, we were also forced to sit through what ... More >>

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    July 5, 2010

    Todd Whitting Takes The Reins As UH Baseball Coach

    Whitting on the basepaths​The University of Houston baseball squad wasn't very good last season.There was some talent on the roster, but too often the team appeared dispirited and just didn't seem to be putting forth a full effort.Though Rayner Noble had been a successful coach, and had won ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Todd Buchanan: Jumping At The Bit to Coach UH Women's Hoops

    He just cannot wait​Meet new Houston Cougars' women's basketball coach Todd Buchanan. He's an excitable guy. He talks fast, in run-on sentences. He goes off on tangents, but always returns to the point of the question. He's got a tight handshake, and he calls you by your first name.He's the kid in ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Mack Rhoades Wants UH Fans To Show Up, Darnit

    No, this is not DURING a Coog game​I got the chance to visit with Houston Cougars athletic director Mack Rhoades last Friday to discuss the school's new stadium plans -- I was just one of the several media members there. And while Rhoades was trying to get out his vision for the future, there was ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    What? Tom Penders' UH Team Had Trouble With Academics?

    Go to class!! If you can​Here's a surprise -- the University of Houston men's basketball program has been warned by the NCAA about poor academic performance, the Houston Chronicle reported. It's not surprising because of the absolute jaw-dropping notion that UH athletes might not be racking up GP ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Rayner Noble Gone After 16 Years As UH Baseball Coach; Who's Next?

    UH is in the market for a baseball coach​When I wrote my wrap-up of the Houston Cougars baseball season last week, I had a change of heart and didn't write something that I actually believed. Instead I went with the conventional wisdom that coach Rayner Noble would return for another season ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Tom Franklin Cements Ties With Cougars

    Franklin will be repping the Coogs​Houston Cougar fans worried last year when Michael Berry dumped Tom Franklin from the then Sports Animal 790. Franklin was the voice of the Cougars, and 790 was the home station of the Cougars.So fans were worried that someone else would be brought in as the sc ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    UH Ends Dismal Season Dismally: Can Coach Rayner Noble Survive?

    Rayner Noble, looking desperately for bullpen help​The Houston Cougars finished their baseball season last Friday, losing 10-6 to the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles team that won the C-USA Tournament championship on Saturday night. It was a game that didn't need to be played. The Cougars had l ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    UH Makes Matters Clear In The Confusing C-USA Tournament: They Suck

    Photo courtesy UHYou had a bad day......​The scoreboard at Cougar Field appeared to suffer a malfunction last night. There was "one" run showing for Rice in the first-inning column, yet under the total runs column, the number was "11."The problem was that the top of the first inning had just ende ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    UH And Rice Improve Their Outlooks In C-USA's Confusing Tournament (We Think)

    Photo courtesy UHGoodnight had all the support a pitcher needs​After yesterday's opening Conference USA tournament baseball games, only one thing is clear: if Southern Miss and Houston win today, then they're playing for the C-USA title on Saturday game and none of Friday's games will matter.But t ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    C-USA's Post-Season Tournament: Kind Of Pointless

    Meaningless exhibition games in the post-season? Great idea​Conference USA has been making a big deal out of the fact that all six teams advancing to its postseason baseball tournament, starting today at Cougar Field, are guaranteed of playing three games. What conference officials fail to point o ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Rice Tops UH, But Both Teams Have Concerns For The Tournament

    Photo courtesy UHRice takes the crosstown series as Coogs keep stumbling​In the ultimate scheme of things, Rice's 15-5 over Houston last night means absolutely nothing. Rice had already clinched the Silver Glove Series, again, which goes to the team that wins the season series between the two team ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Rice, UH Battle Weather And C-USA Rivals As Tournament Looms

    Photo courtesy UHCoogs are hoping for a miracle​The weather caused some major havoc to the Houston-area college baseball season this past weekend as both the Houston Cougars and Rice Owls, playing big series with important post-season implications, waited out rain-outs, delays, and bizarre game ti ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Richard Justice Hates (Hated?) The Coogs In A Disappearing Blog Item

    Justice's post was here one day, gone the next​Let me get my bias out in the open. I'm a UH graduate. Class of 1988. Graduated with membership in the Honors College -- only then it was just the Honors Program. I've attended various UH sporting events from before I started at the school, to the pre ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Coogs Will Host C-USA Tournament, But Probably Won't Play In It

    Photo courtesy UHUH's pitching continues to struggle​The University of Houston will be hosting the Conference-USA Baseball Tournament come the last week of May. But while it may be hosting the event, it's becoming ever more possible that it won't actually be playing in the tournament.Only six team ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Alvin Brooks Gets A Second Chance With UH Hoops

    It may look like a mausoleum, but it's home for the Coogs​The story of the University of Houston men's basketball team can be seen as one of rebirths, second chances, starting over.Head coach James Dickey hasn't been a head coach since losing his job at Texas Tech in 2001. His associate head ... More >>

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