Now that the Houston Cougars have made the NCAA Tournament, I just want to welcome my fellow media members. And I want to ask: where in the hell have you been all season?
You sure as hell haven't been at the actual games.
Steve Campbell's made the games for the Houston Chronicle. The Daily Cougar has had someone there. The Houston Roundball Review has had someone there. But any of the TV stations? Nope. I can't recall seeing any of the TV anchors around Hofheniz this season. I sure don't recall seeing any of the radio people around. And Richard Justice and Jerome Solomon sure couldn't be bothered to actually attend any of the games this season. Yet, despite their absence, they're now experts on all things Houston Cougar basketball.
I've attended all of the home games this season. I've spoken with the players and the coaches. I was there for games when they shot under 30 percent from the floor. I'm more an expert on Houston Cougars basketball, and I can say that I have no idea what to expect from this team on a game-to-game basis.
So if any of these new experts tell you what to expect this weekend, then you should know that they have no idea of what they're talking about.
(That said, we're hoping to hear again from our special correspondent, Tom Franklin. And if anybody know this team, then he's the one. And I'll throw out some thoughts later this week.)
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But it is nice to see the big boys in the media finally paying some attention to the Cougars. Paying some attention, that is, that doesn't involve speculation about a new coach or how downtrodden the school is.
I know the Cougars aren't a glamorous team like the Longhorns. They don't have the story of redemption that Baylor has. The facilities aren't the greatest. The student support is nearly nonexistent.
So maybe the big shots of the media hanging around campus and giving the school and the team some respect for a change will be a improvement. Of course, seeing as how the media disappeared after the football team lost to UTEP, I don't anticipate them hanging around much after the Cougars are defeated in the NCAA tournament.
So Cougar fans, enjoy the positive attention while you can. It won't last. Come this time next month, Justice will probably be back to his insulting the school when he's not ignoring UH in favor of Texas. But for now, all's good.