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    October 24, 2014

    Kelvin Sampson Takes Over The Coogs (Just Don't Expect A Tourney Visit This Year)

    The Houston Cougars come into this basketball season with a new coach. It has new players, and supposedly a new culture. But some things never change, and just as with last season, the Cougars are going to lose a lot of games. Kelvin Sampson's the new guy in charge. The former assistant coach for ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    UH Basketball Slinking Toward Oblivion

    The Shasta mascot showed up for Tuesday's Houston Cougar basketball against the visiting USF Bulls. It roamed the sidelines, did a half-assed imitation of mascots for other schools, and really didn't do much of anything. And then there's one other minor detail: the mascot showed up for the basketbal ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    UH Basketball Versus the Apathetic Fan Base

    It's easy to jump on the UH fan base and once again belittle the lack of attendance at Hofheinz Pavilion for UH basketball. Yesterday's UH/Rutgers game was a noon tip-off, and the excuses range from church, the marathon, the great weather, and NFL playoffs. But none of that really matters because it ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Cougars Stun UConn While Nobody's Watching

    In days of yore, Hofheinz Pavilion would've been filled to overflowing for a game pitting UH against nationally ranked UConn. In days past students would've been camped out overnight for the chance to spend a New Year's Eve cheering on the Cougars as a national audience watched on ESPN 2. That was ... 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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    July 1, 2013

    UH Fans Need To Step Up And Start Showing Up

    Today is the official first day of the Houston Cougars as members of the American Athletic Conference. And while this isn't quite the conference upgrade the Cougars were hoping when they signed up several years ago, the former Big East is still better than Conference USA. Making the conference leap ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Cougars And Owls Finish Very Disappointing Basketball Seasons

    March Madness begins on Tuesday and gets into full swing on Thursday. And for the first time in probably forever (technically 1977), not one single Texas college was invited to play in the NCAA Tournament. No UT. No A&M. No Baylor. No Rice, UH, Sam Houston State, or SFA. Not one. But not all hope ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Rice Owls Reach the Rarified Air of Basketball Success

    Something a little magical happened at Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse Wednesday night. Something that basketball fans don't see too often. Something Rice fans have never seen. It wasn't just that the Owls (16-12, 7-6 in conference) came back from a 15-point first half deficit to defeat the UCF Knights ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Rice Owls Hit The Jackpot, And A Three-Pointer Or Two

    The Owls are heading to Vegas, baby​The Rice Owls played the first game of the Las Vegas Hoops Classic last night, and the Owls improved their record to 5-4 as they defeated the (6-5) UALR Trojans 65-55. But though the game was part of a Las Vegas basketball tournament, the game was played a ... 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    Coogs Show Sparks, But Are One-And-Done In The NCAAs

    Photo courtesy UH​On Friday, I laid out a series of necessary keys that the Houston Cougars had to meet were they to have any chance of defeating the Maryland Terrapins in Friday night's opening-round NCAA Tournament match. You've seen the final score by now: Maryland 89, Houston 77. But at th ... 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 19, 2010

    Tonight: The Coogs In The Big Dance

    Photo courtesy UH​The improbable post-season run of the Houston Cougars continues tonight as they face the fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins in a first-round Midwest Regional match-up. It's no secret that Maryland, which tied Duke for the regular-season championship of the ACC, is the favorite in ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Cougars Are, At Long Last, A Part Of March Madness Again

    Photo courtesy UH​I owe Tom Penders and his players an apology. I thought that there was no chance of the Houston Cougars running the table in the C-USA men's basketball tournament, and thus making the NCAA Tournament. And I wrote such.Boy was I wrong.The Cougars pulled off the expected defeat ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    UH's Tom Penders, Maybe On The Way Out The Door

    Photo courtesy UH​The Tom Penders radio show has the potential to be rather interesting tonight. Interesting not so much because of the basketball team, but because of the rumors and turmoil currently swirling around the team, primarily those rumors surrounding the coaching staff.The known facts a ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Coogs Hoping For Big Things From Kendrick Washington

    ​One of the main reasons the Cougars have been floundering on the court has been the lack of a consistent, dominating inside presence. When there's no inside game, it's not possible for the Cougars to play their preferred fastbreak type of offense.That's why the recent emergence of freshman Kendr ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Coogs Stay Alive, Beating Marshall

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougars were coming off a two-game losing streak, and they were playing the Marshall Thundering Herd, one of the surprise teams of C-USA (but also coming off a two-game losing streak). With the losing streak, the Cougars were falling out of contention in C-USA, and a ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Players-Only Meeting Helps Inspire Coog Win

    Photo courtesy UH​A glance at the box score from last night's 75-65 Cougar win over the UTEP Miners might make one think that the key to victory was Kelvin Lewis nailing three three-pointers on his way to 13 points and 10 rebounds. Or maybe Maurice McNeil roaming the paint for 12 points and 10 r ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    UH Loses: Fans Tossed From The Game

    Photo by UH​Hofheinz Pavilion was a rather interesting place to be on Saturday night. There was the Houston Cougars playing a conference opponent in front a national television audience. There was a close game that saw the Cougars down by only one point with 1:19 remaining in the game.Oh, yeah, ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Rice Proves To Be Cure For Struggling Coogs

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougars didn't see the old year out in the fashion they wanted, and they sure haven't seen the new year in in the fashion they desired. Coming into last night's battle with the Rice Owls at Tudor Fieldhouse, the Cougars had lost three straight, including a stunning N ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Real Texans Hate The Longhorns

    ​It's an exciting time to be a Longhorn fan. If UT beats Alabama Thursday, it will mark only the second time in the team's storied history that they will be crowned college football champions while having black players on their roster.All of Texas is thrilled with the title chase, with the possibl ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Coogs Come Out Flat-Footed Against La. Tech

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougars (7-4) lost 99-94 to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (12-2) last night in what UH head coach Tom Penders called a "rock-em-sock-em up-and-down great basketball game." And despite the loss, it was one of the more exciting games played inside Hofheinz Pavilion this s ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Coogs Still In Transition As Conference Play Nears

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougar men's basketball team found just the way to go into the Christmas break, with a 105-81 win over the TCU Horned Frogs that was close for the first half of the first half, but then saw the Cougars move into pull-away mode. Kelvin Lewis was hot in the first ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Coogs' Shooting Touch Returns

    Photo courtesy UH​All that it took for the Houston Cougars to recover from their last-minute loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon was a phone call and a little trap. And recover the team did nicely, defeating The Citadel last night 81-58.The phone call in question was place ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Coogs Lost Their Shooting Touch This Weekend

    The bench did not show up for the Houston Cougars Saturday afternoon. Their three-point shooting ability took the afternoon off. Kelvin Lewis and Adam Brown struggled from the field the entire day. And Aubrey Coleman had a flash back to the days of Phi Slama Jama where making a free throw was cause ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Tough Stretch For UH Begins This Weekend

    Photo courtesy UH​The Cougar basketball team is taking on the Mississippi State Bulldogs tomorrow afternoon, and it's this game, probably more than any other non-conference game, that head coach Tom Penders has been pointing his guys toward. This is the game he discussed the most in off-season cha ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Coog Basketball Fever! Catch It For Free! With Food, Drinks & Sean Pendergast

    The Houston Press has a suite at Hofheinz Pavilion, and we feel like sharing the love.So we're giving away 10 tickets to the UH-UTEP basketball game January 13. You not only get the tickets, you not only get free food and drinks, you not only get to marvel at Tom Penders' hair....You also get to han ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    UH Struggles Against Troy, Exam Schedule

    Photo courtesy UH​One of the myriad NCAA justifications for the lack of a Division One football playoff is the distraction that such a playoff would provide to players attempting to write papers, take finals and just get through the end of the semester. ut maybe the NCAA should check with Houston ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Cougar Basketball So Far: Lots Of Offense, Not Much D

    Photo courtesy UH​The question mark for the Houston Cougars basketball team coming into this season was the defense. Head coach Tom Penders noted that when interviewed during practice before the season, and he reiterated it after the first game against Nicholls State.And it's something he reiter ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Coogs Open The Basketball Season With A Solid, If Expected, Win

    Photo courtesy UH​On Monday night, Cal State-Fullerton defeated UCLA in one of those so-called easy basketball openers that so-called major powers are supposed to easily win. Kind of like Houston's Tuesday night opener against Nicholls State was supposed to be one of the easy games for a so-call ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Coog Hoops Has Leaders, Bulk And A Good Shot At March Madness

    Photo courtesy UH​The time has come. The time for Tom Penders and his Cougars basketball team to show their worth. The hopes are that this squad is one that will make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the early 1990s.There are a couple of things working in the team's favor. First and ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    UH Hoops, Battling The Second-Rate Reputation Of Conference USA

    ​Tom Penders has been tasked with returning the Houston Cougar basketball program to relevance. And that's a task at which he feels he's been successful. But he's yet to succeed with the ultimate goal of basketball relevance, and that's getting into the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.Now, the ... 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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    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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    March 19, 2009

    Why Is Everybody Getting Laid Off But Tom Penders?

    You know, as the NCAA Tournament starts today, I can't help but notice that the Houston Cougars have once again failed to gain entry into the field of 65. Sure, they're playing in something called the CBI, but that's really not the same thing, is it? (Especially seeing as how the Cougars lost las ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Why Is Everybody Getting Laid Off But Tom Penders?

    You know, as the NCAA Tournament starts today, I can't help but notice that the Houston Cougars have once again failed to gain entry into the field of 65. Sure, they're playing in something called the CBI, but that's really not the same thing, is it? (Especially seeing as how the Cougars lost las ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Mess With the Owl, Get the Horn-Shaped Tufted Feathers

    I'm not sure what exactly is going on with Houston's college basketball teams, but it does appear that there might be something in the water. First there was Houston's Aubrey Coleman stepping on the face of Arizona's Chase Budinger on Saturday while the Coogs had a big lead, which they then proceed ... More >>

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