Well, if this one game sample size is any indication, which it definitely is, the Houston Cougars are going to go undefeated in all athletic competitions in 2021-22. Which is to say that Cougar soccer opened the season with an impressive 3-1 victory over Oklahoma!
And with college football now just a week away, it's time to preview the Houston Cougar defense and special teams! We're taking an in-depth look at what appears to be the deepest and most talented defense since 2016.
Plus Coog alums closed out NBA summer league with a bang! And softball added a former top-60 recruit!
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We're suddenly only hours away from the kickoff to the 2021-22 Houston Cougar athletics year, which means it's time for a season preview of the annual curtain-raisers, UH soccer! We're talking reasons for optimism for a potentially historic season for a Cougar program that hasn't known much success.
Plus we're talking to Pro Football Network's Joe Broback, one of the leading experts on the AAC, about both the Houston Cougars, and their conference competition. Plus Sam and Dustin will give their full team-by-team AAC breakdown, from Cincinnati to Temple!
Not to mention there's a new Houston Cross Country Head Coach in town, and Jarace Walker to Houston may be looking more likely?
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We've now made it to Season 7! And what better way to celebrate than remembering the CUSA championship winning 2006 Houston Cougar football season, on the 15th anniversary of that incredible season. We were privileged to have '06 team members and UH football alums Vincent Marshall and Wade Koehl join us and add insight and perspective to this season recap.
In addition, we also hit on a handful of current UH news items from the early August week that was:
We thought about 2 weeks ago that our final episode of Season 6 was going to be light on current news... and boy were we wrong!
Just in the Houston Cougar sports world, we cover:
And we found a few minutes to discuss a couple of colleges in Norman and Austin kicking off the next round of college sports conference realignment.
In the penultimate episode of season 6, we've got four Cougar sports with some significant news
-Baseball sees Robert Gasser drafted in the 2nd round by the Padres, as well as Kyle Lovelace and Steven Rivas signing pro contracts, but also got some good news on the returning talent front
-Softball reboots its pitching staff, taking in a pair of intriguing D1 transfers with ace potential.
-Women's golf sees one transfer out, one transfer in, and some big news in terms of who's all returning
-Cougar men's hoops saw Brison Gresham transfer across the street to TSU, and is currently in the hunt for several highly-rated recruits
Its here! Bring out the red carpet, A listers and the ghost of Joan Rivers, the 4th annual Pawscars are here!
We dive into our votes, the fan voters and the award nominees/winners from the 2020-21 Houston Cougar athletics year.
PLUS A BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL UPDATE, ONE OF WHICH IS GOOD NEWS AND ONE OF WHICH IS NOT AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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Our first official off-season episode was supposed to be a relatively short one, in which we revisit our bold predictions for Cougar athletics from a year ago, and announce our nominees for the 2020-21 Pawscar Awards, but we ended up having lots of actual UH news to talk about, as well. To wit,
-Quentin Grimes showing off at the NBA combine
-Another big add to the Cougar men's hoops non-conference schedule
-Austin Reily winning the prestigious Texas Amateur
-Baseball adds a hitting coach, loses some transfers, and sees alum Connor Wong make his MLB debut
-Volleyball adds a trio of D1 transfers
-Football roster news
-The NCAA got creamed at the Supreme Court, and the age of NIL rights is upon us
The boys are back in (their separate, respective) town(s) to discuss the last episode of Season 6 with on field UH results to talk about. Naturally, UH track & field and their performance in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championship was the first topic, but the following also came up:
Were we content to just do a preview of UH track & field at the NCAA Outdoor championships and call that enough? HECK NO!
In our penultimate episode of the 2020-2021 athletics calendar year, we've got some major goings on with the Houston Cougars.
First, the Cougar Track & Field program finished up West Prelims and is sending a bus-full of athletes on both the men's and women's side to Outdoor National Championships. We've got your Prelims recap, Natty's preview, and gushing about how bright the future of the program is on both the men's and women's side.
Plus, Cougar swimming and diving has a new head coach in Tanica Jamison! We're talking why the hire makes so much sense on paper, and why Jamison is inheriting unprecented expectations.
Not to mention, Karen Fredgaard earned the highest finish at National Championships in Houston Cougar women's golf program history, while also picking up the program's first all-American nod!
TRACK! TRACK! TRACK! Cougar track & field (with a not small emphasis on the 'field') scored decisive wins on the women's and men's sides in the American Conference Outdoor Track Championship. We break down how the Coogs got there and what things look like for NCAA West Prelims.
And that's not all! We also talked the following:
For the first time in the history of our show, we talk about how the NCAA took unprecedented action in preventing UH and 9 other womens golf programs from competing in the NCAA Baton Rouge regional... and naturally we aren't very happy about it!
But we still had some good Cougar news to talk about:
We're back! And slightly later in the week than we're usually back!
We talked all things Cougars from the past week, including but not limited to:
After a week off, we're back and we've got plenty to talk about, as the Cougar football program saw two transfers in, two transfers out, two Cougar programs competed at conference championships, and women's golf is headed to Baton Rouge for the NCAA postseason.
Oh, and Ryan Wochomurka is leaving Houston, which is a huge bummer, but we did talk about what a huge positive he has been to the Cougar swimming and diving program, and the good place he left it.
This was the 308th episode we've done of this #Pawdcast! How did we celebrate? By talking all things Houston Cougar sports from a busy past week that was both for off-season roster additions AND in-season action, including but not limited to:
Transfers are the name of the game, as the Cougar men's and women's basketball team both picked up impressive senior bigs, while the men also lost Cam Tyson to the portal. We've got a breakdown of how Josh Carlton and Fatou Diagne will look in the red and white.
Plus volleyball bowed out in the AAC semis to end its impressive season, with a slew of postseason awards to show for their effort. Plus the women's track team put up a national top-5 mark in the 4x100 relay (among other impressive performances from the homestanding Coogs), and soccer picked up a dominant conference win.
Lastly, we finally have a long-avoided conversation about the fact that the Cougar bat and ball sports just aren't very good this year.
Sam and Dustin process the incredible 2020-21 Cougar men's basketball season now that its in the past tense and take a quick look at what's ahead.
Not to get lost in all of the Final Four hoopla, plenty of other Cougar programs are making big moves, and we've got a Dustin solo episode to recap it all. Houston volleyball finished up its regular season 9-1 in AAC play, and heads to conference championships this coming weekend. Cougar track and field competed against elite competition in the Texas Relays, and had a number of strong performances, including a 4x100 relay effort for the ages.
Welcome to the third era of Houston Cougar men's basketball greatness. Kelvin Sampson's junkyard dogs have punched a ticket to the 6th Final Four in program history, holding off Oregon State to set up a Lone Star State Showdown with the Baylor Bears. We're doing our best to dole out credit to the many, many people who deserve it, while also discussing the sustainability of the program's success, and of course, break down the win over the Beavers, and the matchup with the Bears.
HOUSTON COUGAR MEN'S BASKETBALL IS PLAYING ELITE EIGHT BASKETBALL!?!?! We're only somewhat sure we can feel our faces, and we talk about:
- How the Cougar's solved civilization's greatest shooter, Buddy Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange zone
- Who are the Oregon State Beavers and how do the Cougars match up with this new foe.
We have some promising Cougar programs finishing up their seasons, the women's basketball team in the NIT, and the swimming & diving team scoring points at NCAA Championships. We're talking big accomplishments, and looking forward to more to come.
The Houston Cougar men's basketball program has found itself in the Sweet 16 for the 2nd time in a row, thanks to no shortage of dramatics in a come from behind Round of 32 win vs Rutgers and a less dramatic opening round win over Cleveland State.
The guys react to ALL of that and look at the challenge presented by the Syracuse Orange in the Sweet 16.
Oh hey Carl Lewis joined the Pawdcast and talked about Cougar track & field- past, present and future, what its like working in Cougar athletics at the moment and much, much more!
PLUS! We talked:
- Women's Basketball postseason snub + lookahead to the WNIT
- Baseball's 3-1 week in Central Texas
- Volleyball's big week against 2 in-state foes
Credit to CBS Sports for the audio during this week's introduction.
The guys managed to find time to talk about Tramon Mark's memorable half court runner to end the Memphis game, and the following topics: