Case Keenum Coming Back to Coogs for Another Year

Case Keenum: Back in red for 2011
The University of Houston is holding a press conference later this afternoon on the status of QB Case Keenum, and Fox 26's Mark Berman says it's to announce the NCAA has approved him coming back for another year.

Keenum had asked for the extension of his eligibility after going out for the season with an injury in the UCLA game in September.

Before that, he had been touted as a Heisman Trophy candidate, although the few weeks of the season he played this year were dominated by other such candidates. (Not including Cam Newton, who made a late run for the prize.)

The NCAA determined Keenum had not played enough in 2009 to count the season against his college eligibility, gladdening the hearts of Coog fans everywhere, not to mention coach Kevin Sumlin.

"We are extremely happy for Case and his family. He is an exceptional person and his dedication to the University of Houston has been evident through this process," said UH athletics director Mack Rhoades. "I want to thank the NCAA and Conference USA for their assistance in our appeal. There are so many people within the athletic department that worked tirelessly to make this successful, primarily our Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance Kevin Klotz. Without all these people, our efforts wouldn't have had such an exciting result."

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