Mack Rhoades

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    May 21, 2014

    UH Football Coach Levine Signs Five-Year Contract Extension

    This season the University of Houston will open a new football stadium and the Cougars' head coach will have a new contract to go with it. It was announced this week that Tony Levine, 41, will enter his third season as head football coach after he signed a five-year contract extension. UH finished ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    Michael Young Tells UH to "Phi Slama Jama This"

    It reads like something from the pages of one of Elmore Leonard's lesser novels. A father running in a park one May morning. He's approached by a stranger who gives him dire warnings about the safety of his son. The father's basically a good man, but he's made some mistakes in his past and worries t ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    UH Hires Developers for New $105 Million Football Stadium

    Look at the University of Houston, acting all grown up and everything. They are so cute at that age. UH, long suffering in grand old Robertson Stadium, particularly in recent years when the football team has been, you know, actually good, finally is moving forward on a much ballyhooed stadium plan ... 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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    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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    May 19, 2011

    Augie Busch Replaces the Late Mark Taylor as UH Swimming Coach

    Courtesy of the University of Houston Athletic DepartmentAugie Busch becomes UH's fourth swim coach.​Late yesterday afternoon, the University of Houston announced the appointment of Augie Busch as its swimming coach. Busch, the son of USA swimming national team director Frank Busch (a six-time ... More >>

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    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 26, 2011

    UH Moves Three Football Games to Thursday Night For TV

    Thursday Night Lights for UH​UH has announced that three of the upcoming season's games will be moved to Thursday nights to get TV exposure, including the Bayou Bucket game Road games at UTEP and Tulane will be on Thursday, and the bragging-rights contest against Rice will be played under th ... 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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    December 28, 2010

    One Guy's Remaining Thoughts On 2010

    Thanks to Tron: Legacy for Olivia Wilde in 3D​As we head into the New Year, I thought I would look back at some of the things in 2010 for which I'm thankful, sports, and non-sports. 1. ESPN's 30 For 30.  ESPN does a lot of things wrong, i.e. the Brett Favre lovefest, The Decision, Col ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Dear Mr. Santa: A Houston Sports Fan's List

    Dear Mr. Santa...​Dear Mr. Claus: I know it is Christmas Eve, and maybe I'm a bit late with sending this little note to you, but I'm sure that with this newfangled internets thing you'll get it in time. I'm also aware that I might have been a bit naughty, and that I've made a few people an ... More >>

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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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    October 21, 2010

    Resurrecting Phi Slama Jama

    Can UH resurrect its basketball glory days?

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    October 5, 2010

    UH's James Dickey Prepares For His Deliverance Sure he's smiling now. But wait until the season starts​It may seem like it's been awhile since Mack Rhoades and the Houston Cougars hired James Dickey to take over the men's basketball program.But in many ways, the time has been flying by as Dickey and his staff have attempted to se ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 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 >>

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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 16, 2010

    Mack Rhoades Talks Up UH's Ambitious Stadium/Arena Plan

    New, improved, expensive​The announcement UH students, alums, and sports fans have been awaiting came late last week when the plans for the school's new football stadium and renovated basketball arena were leaked by Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle. The total expected costs are about $160 m ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Game Time: College Football Realignment: FINAL PRS Ratings (Sort of)

    The Day After...everything was pretty much the same​As the day began on Monday and rumblings of a last-second, desperation effort to keep the Big 12 together were beginning to gain traction, if the various schools involved had Facebook pages, their relationship statuses would have looked like this ... 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 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Exit, Tom Penders; Enter.....To Be Determined

    Photo from wikipedia​It was rather surreal inside the Carl Lewis Auditorium at the University of Houston Athletics/Alumni Center yesterday afternoon. Let's start with members of the Houston media actually showing up for something that didn't involve a free buffet -- there hasn't been that large ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Penders Is Definitely Not Leaving "To Spend More Time With His Family"

    Photo courtesy UH​What has been rumored since even before the basketball season began came true today. There was a press conference at the University of Houston in which it was announced that Tom Penders would not be returning as the head coach of the Houston Cougars.There was a strangeness abou ... More >>

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    March 21, 2010

    Looks Like Penders Is Out As UH Hoops Coach

    ​The stories are trickling out that Tom Penders will not be returning to coach the Houston Cougars next season. Penders was on thin ice for most of the season thanks more to a lack of fan support and general alumni unrest than anything he's done coaching-wise. There were some thoughts that the ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 23, 2010

    NCAA Being Sued By Former Players Who Find Themselves Being Used In Video Games

    ​Not many people remember Ed O'Bannon for his exploits on the basketball court. But if he has his way, his name may end up as one of the most memorable in college sports history, primarily because he could end up being the one who changes college sports history. O'Bannon was a star forward on the ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Catching Up With Tom Franklin, Voice Of the Coogs

    Photo courtesy of​Last December, just on the verge of Christmas, the great minds at Clear Channel decided to dump several of the talent and voices heard on 790 KBME and the 740 KTRH sports segments. One of those so unceremoniously dumped was longtime Houston sportscaster Tom Franklin ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    UH Begins To Look At Renovating Its Football And Basketball Facilities

    Photo by krisandapril​Lost amidst the news of a tuition increase and the "leave of absence" granted to associate basketball coach Marvin Haralson last week at the University of Houston was some big news coming out of the athletic department. That news was the school's retaining of Fortune 500 comp ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 30, 2009

    UH Hoops Still Dreaming Of Making It Back To March Madness

    Photo courtesy UH​Guy V. Lewis last coached the University of Houston men's basketball team in 1986. His last great team lost in the 1984 NCAA title game to the Georgetown Hoyas. He left a legacy of 27 straight winning seasons. Fourteen seasons with 20-plus wins. Fourteen NCAA tournament appearanc ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 18, 2009

    UH Sells Out For Tech, Expects "Largest Crowd" In Stadium History

    ​UH announced this afternoon that Robertson Stadium is officially sold out for next Saturday's game against Texas Tech."This is tremendous and is a testament to our great fan base," director of athletics Mack Rhoades said. "This is only the fourth time in the history of the facility we will have a ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    UH's Choice For New Athletic Director: From USC Or Akron?

    The University of Houston has supposedly narrowed its search for an Athletic Director to replace Dave Maggard down to two choices. The first choice is Brandon Martin, a former college basketball player for USC who is currently the senior associate AD for the Trojans. The second choice is Mack Rhoade ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Akron Reacts To Losing Their AD To UH, With A Shrug Of Its Shoulders

    As we noted below, UH has itself a new athletic director -- Mack Rhoades from the University of Akron, which we are reliably informed is in Ohio. Or somewhere around there.Speaking personally, we only know of the Akron Zips because that is the purgatory Gerry Faust was banished to for running the No ... More >>