All it took was an over 7,000 mile round trip to the Hawaiian island of Oahu for Houston Cougar men's basketball to get the signature win/moment they desperately needed to close out non-conference play. The guys go in depth on the 3 wins from the Cougars' capture of the Diamond Head Classic championship.
On the subject of basketball, with the looming start of AAC play we look at our pre-season tiers and take an individual look at the 11 other schools ostensibly vying for the AAC crown. Plus, Cougar women's basketball closes out athletics in the 2010s with 2 games at the Empire Classic in the Bronx.
Finally, we take a look back at the high points of the 2010s and Houston Cougar athletics, what we've seen and where we hope Cougar athletics can be in the coming decade.
Everything kinda happened this week, y'all:
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No football, no problem, we had a very exciting week that saw the men's basketball team find its footing, behind a plethora of Chris Harris blocks, Quentin Grimes points, and so many rebounds. Plus, why UH may be catching its next two opponents at the right time.
Plus, TRACK SEASON IS UPON US!! The much-awaited return of Houston Cougar Track & Field began this weekend in Aggieland, with the Cougars looking strongest in the field events for a change of pace. (The track athletes did well, too.) We've got first-hand observations from College Station we're dying to share with you.
We've finally made it to the end of the 2019 Houston Cougar football season, and would you believe the season ended on a game where Houston fought hard, but ultimately came up short against a good team? On the bright side, there were some nice things on display from Houston in the season finale, we highlighted the individuals who stood out in a tough season, and the next time we watch the Coogs, Eyabi Anoma and friends will be on the field.
With Dustin made unavailable by a psychotic work schedule, Sam previews this week's Cougar football opponent: the Naval Academy Midshipmen with help from Mike James of TheMidReport.com
Cougar men's basketball beating the snot out of HBU gets mentioned... and that's it, that's the show!
The Houston Cougar football team earned a hard-fought victory, with the help of a pair of non-offensive touchdowns. We're cataloging what's all to like after dispatching Tulsa on the road.
Fresh off a stomach turning, but triumphant win over the crosstown Rice Owls we're back to talk Houston Cougar men's basketball's latest exploits, including the challenge of facing the Oregon Ducks in a true road setting.
We also made some new friends and talked with excellent Tulsa podcast: The Golden Hurricast, about Golden Hurricane football and learned about *someone else's* gut wrenching 2019 football season.
AND THERE'S EVEN MORE AWESOME CONTENT FOR YOUR EARS!
It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. The hits kept on coming all weekend, as Cougar men's basketball, football, and volleyball all suffered frustrating losses. We're here to tell you why hoops will be just fine, football can't be expected to compete with what's left of a decimated roster, and volleyball has been the year's most pleasant surprise.
Women's hoops also split a pair, and cross country ended its season with an improved performance.
It's that week again, the week we all remember how much we hate Memphis football. At least one of your Pawdcast hosts sees a path to a potential UH upset victory, and we both did our best to figure out what that winning gameplan looks like.
Plus, MEN'S HOOPS IS FINALLY UNDERWAY! Kelvin Sampson's bunch opened the season with a cakewalk over Alabama State. We've got your isntant react to that game, plus a good look at Houston's next foe, the significantly more challenging BYU.
Not to mention, Cougar volleyball is heading into the final week of the regular season, still jostling for tournament seeding, and hoping to win the AAC West.
For almost 8 months we have all patiently waited for the return of Houston Cougar men's basketball and we take an in-depth look at Kelvin Sampson's 6th team: who's who and what this team's 2019-20 season could look like.
We also take a look at what should be an unbelievably exciting 2019-20 American Athletic Conference men's basketball season.
There's also Cougar women's basketball's first 2 games, Cougar Volleyball's weekend AND an exciting week 11 of AAC/college football.
The Cougars played arguably their best half of the 2019 season in the first 2 quarters last Saturday in Orlando, yet all good things (at least in this 2019 season) must come to an end and our favorite team dropped another tough conference game. We recap the game & your 4 Word Reviews of Saturday's contest.
Cougar women's basketball starts this week and we talk an in-depth look at the 2019-20 Cougar lady hoopers and what they could be after back to back WNIT appearances.
After another respectable performance (albeit in defeat) vs SMU the Cougars' challenges don't lessen this week as they try to figure out how to beat the UCF Knights in Orlando. In previewing the Knights we also talked to good friend and Managing Editor of Black & Gold Banneret's Jeff Sharon.
Despite the worst possible outcome occuring this week (Houston losing to SMU at anything) it wasn't all bad, as the Cougars showed plenty of reason for optimism. Between Marquez Stevenson's 1,024 yards after catch (pretty sure that number is correct), Clayton Tune braving the SMU pass rush to pile up 400 yards passing, and the Cougar defense holding SMU to a seaosn-low point total, we're feeling pretty optimistic.
Speaking of reasons for optimism, Quentin Grimes was ruled immediately eligible for Cougar men's hoops this week. We giddily broke down what that means for this year's team, and why you should be over-the-moon excited.
Plus Cougar swimming and diving got some SMU-related revenge by clobbering the Mustangs in the pool. We've got you covered on that, plus volleyball and soccer coming down the home stretch.
With a compressed football week comes a compressed Pawdcast week.
The guys look at the daunting task that awaits Cougar football on Thursday night for an ESPN audience: the undefeated #16 SMU Mustangs, their high octane offense and swarming defense. No stone is un turned as we try to find any weaknesses in one of the country's few 7-0 teams.
Cougar volleyball and soccer get some road tests against that we also take a look at, along with Women's golf continuing their fall season.
The boys are back in tooooooooooooooooooooowwn to discuss a frighteningly competitive trip up to Hartford, Connecticut featuring the Cougars and nutmeg state flagship UConn Huskies. We try to find the positives and calmly discuss the negatives in what was undeniably, a much better result than certain teams from Missouri, Wisconsin and South Florida got this weekend.
Cougar volleyball had its biggest weekend in many years with ECU and fellow league leader Cincy on tap, which featured 2 dramatic contests with a high level of Volleyball throughout. Soccer bounced back and emphatically swept their final home weekend of the season.
And finally, we take a trip to a far away land to discuss Cougar basketball alums AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.
Like a multi-car pile up on the interstate or the eternally burning Darvaza gas crater in the Turkmenistan desert, we are horrified and somewhat transfixed by the depths University of [REDACTED] Huskies football program has reached. We bring on our longtime internet friend Aman Kidwai of TheUConnBlog.com to better understand this week's opponent and their uncertain future.
Houston Cougar volleyball has its biggest weekend in a long time as ECU and AAC juggernaut Cincy come to the Fertitta Center to challenge the red hot Cougars.
There's also week 8 AAC/college football talk, Cougar baseball's 2020 schedule getting announced and Cougar soccer's last home weekend of the season.
UH football's loss to Cincinnati leaves the Cougars with a 2-4 record, and leaves your favorite Pawdcasters feeling philosophical. We're not just recapping the 38-23 defeat, we're asking what it all means for 2020, including reasons why the outlook is better than you may fear.
Plus, have you caught volleyball mania yet??! The Cougars continued to roll, winning a pair of road matches to improve to 6-0 in AAC play and take a 2-game lead in the division!
We also have your full fall sports recap, and if you stick with us all the way to the end, ugh, yes, we'll give you our Justin Murphy hot takes.
A major fork in the road of the season approaches, as the Cougars are finally playing an FBS opponent in TDECU Stadium for the first time this year. We broke down a huge game against Cincinnati with some help from Enquirer beat reporter Fletcher Page.
Plus, Cougar volleyball can't stop and won't stop winning 5-set matches. We're gushing about Houston's run to a 4-0 conference record and sole possession of 1st place in the AAC West.
Not to mention Rob Gray and Corey Davis Jr are off to hot starts to their pro careers in Europe! We've got all that and your full fall sports recap.
There's no Houston Cougar football this week, but if you thought that'd stop us from recording some more Cougar content you're sorely mistaken!
We talked with Houston Cougar men's basketball Director of Sports Performance Alan Bishop about the current Cougar team, how he got into coaching, basketball-specific strength & conditioning philosophy and much, much more!
What a difference a week makes! After seeing the Cougars finally play a game with a full week of rest, we're feeling a lot better! Clayton Tune, Patrick Carr, the special teams, and Grant Stuard and the defense all gave us reasons for optimism up in Denton. And as always, we included your #FourWordReviews, and surveyed the rest of the AAC.
After an absolute whirlwind of a Monday afternoon, we finally caught our breath long enough to record. Are D'Eriq King and Keith Corbin really coming back next year? Will anybody else follow them on the redshirt route? Will Houston begin a new college football trend of redshirt tanking? You best believe we're wildly speculating about all that and more.
And then, oh, hey, there's an actual football game to talk about this coming week, so we spoke with Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle to get an expert analysis of the challenge the Mean Green present.
Plus we are in a celebratory mood, as the Cougar women's golf team staged a dramatic 3rd-round comeback to open their fall season with a tournament championship! And you know we had a rundown of all the other fall sports in action this coming week.
We can't avoid it any longer, we talk in detail about the Coogs' conference opening loss to Tulane, along with YOUR Four Word Reviews.
There's also Cougar volleyball talk, AAC/general college football week 3 talk AND Cougar women's golf makes their season debut!
Cougar football is less than 48 hours away from opening American Athletic Conference play, so we're diving into the Green Wave, talking to our old friend JP from Fear The Wave to get the scoop on Tulane. We also discussed why we're both feeling cautiously optimistic about a game in which Houston is the underdog.
Plus, Cougar volleyball closes up non-conference play, soccer hits the road to face a Big 12 foe, and men's golf opened up its fall season with its most encouraging result in years.
But most importantly of all, when is Cougar tennis coverage going to improve on UHCougars.com and/or the team twitter account? THE PEOPLE ARE DYING TO KNOW.
It was a frustrating game, but one with lots of interesting points to chew on (not all of them negative) as Cougar football came up short Friday night to the Washington State Cougars at NRG Stadium.
We talk over that game in depth, your 4 word reviews from the WSU game, plus updates around the week that was in week 3 for AAC and general college football.
ALSO a couple big tests for Volleyball against Baylor and Tennessee, PLUS updates from Cougar Soccer AND Cross Country!
We roll on through this challenging Cougar football non-conference schedule, taking an in-depth look at this week's opponent: the Washington State Cougars.
To better understand the Cougs of southeastern Washington, we enlisted the help of Michael Preston of CougCenter.com who gave us his thoughts on the Crimson & Gray through 2 weeks.
In addition, we gave our own thoughts about WSU and how they match up with our Coogs on Friday.