The Houston Cougars are no strangers to realignment. They were one of the driving factors in a move from Conference USA to the Big East back in late 2011. Shortly after joining the conference, and before even competing in the Big East, it fell apart with the basketball schools keeping the name and the rest of the teams joining the newly formed American Athletic Conference.
This time around a few things are different and seem to be pointing in the Cougars favor. They have the support of in-state school Texas who has seen it's school and political leaders publicly support the Cougars inclusion into an expanding Big 12 conference. The Cougars also come off of a stellar first campaign under first year head coach Tom Herman who led the team to a 13-1 finish capped off by an impressive win over Florida State in the Chik-fil a Peach Bowl. The continued success on the field and the countless facilities improvements the Cougars have completed over the last five years finally have them in a position that may be too good to say no to.
CougarsDigest has remained plugged into the already winding road that realignment has taken in the two weeks since the Big 12 announced it's intentions to pursue expansion. We first reported late last week that the Cougars had begun steps to negotiate their departure from the AAC and we have also reported and followed other potential options in realignment outside of the Big 12.
As the Cougars hold their first practice for the upcoming 2016 season Thursday morning, there is no better time to be a member of the quickly expanding Cougar Digest premium forum Coogs' House which also has had solid information in both football and basketball recruiting this week.
The Big 12 is operating on a truncated timeline with the season looming just a few weeks away and any movement is expected to be finalized by then. Join today and get the latest developments in realignment as it unfolds.
Cougars head coach Tom Herman at football Media Day 8/3/16: