The University of Houston (UH) is a Division one school in the recently formed American Athletic Conference (AAC). The school began playing football in 1946 and throughout the Cougars' history, the team has won 10 conference championships and has several players as members of the College Football Hall of Fame, including a Heisman Trophy winner.
In 1945, UH announced that they would field a football team for the first time. Following the announcement, the Lone Star Conference, spearheaded by Theron J. Fouts of North Texas University and Puny Wilson of Sam Houston State, extended an invitation for Houston to join the conference. The very first game was against Rice institute, now known as Rice University. In what was supposed to be a scrimmage, Houston showed up to a full stadium of 11,000 fans, referees, and a prepared Rice team who beat them badly. The first official game was against the school that is now Louisiana Lafayette, in which they lost 13-7. Houston has had 12 head coaches in their history, including greats such as Bill Yeoman, and Jack Pardee. Houston has played in 6 different conferences, seven if you count the fact that they joined the Big East, before the conference dismantled and is now strictly a basketball league.
Location, info, Records
The UH campus is located in downtown Houston Texas, and they play their home games in TDECU Stadium, which was completed in 2014, and boasts a seating capacity of 40,000 strong. They are currently led by former Ohio State Offensive Corodinator Tom Herman and are 2-0.
The name of Tom Herman should sound familiar to Texas State fans. Herman was the young, up and coming offensive mastermind who was responsible for play calling under former TXST Head Coach David Baliff. He helped architecht an offense that would lead the Southland Conference in total yards during his two seasons (2005-2006) in San Marcos and help guide the Bobcats to a playoff run into the D-1AA playoffs.
Houston has an all-time record of 404-351-15, and is 10-12-1 in Bowl games. They have 10 Conference titles, 18 All-Americans, and 1 Heisman winner in Andre Ware, in 1989. Case Keenum, won the Sammy Baugh trophy in 2009 and 2011, and David Klingler won it in 1990.
It was during the mid to late 70's, when UH was most prominent on the field. Bill Yeoman, would direct the program from 1962, until his retirement in 1986. He would introduce the "Veer" option to UH, and in a span of eight years (1976-1984), would guide the Cougs to a share or outright title of the Southwest Conference (SWC). His retirment was forced amid various recruiting scandals and allegations of payments to players. At the time a very common action in the SWC.
The School has a current enrollment of around 41,000, and is growing each year. The teams’ mascot is Shasta the cougar, who can be seen strolling the sidelines in the schools colors white, silver, and Red at all UH games. One Game specific piece of information for you, Texas State and Houston have met 5 times on the field, with Texas State winning 4 of those matchups, most recently in 2012 by a score of 30-13. The Largest win of the series belongs to Houston however, with a 68-28 romp in 2010.
UH Basketball "Phi Slama Jama"
We'd be remiss not to mention the success that the Cougs had on the hardwood during the early to mid 80's. With future NBA greats leading the way in Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, UH would revolutionize the way the college game was played. High flying, dazzling, rim rocking dunks, that would lead to the eventual nickname of "Phi Slama Jama." The Cougs would make it to three consecutive Final Fours, with Head Coach Guy Lewis, but would fall just short of winning an NCAA Championship.
Houston has produced some great talents in players and coaches.
On the gridiron, UH has 2 players and 2 coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Andre Ware, and Wilson Whitley on the player side, Jack Pardee, and Bill Yeoman on the coaches side of things. The school has had 166 players drafted into the NFL, some more notable names being Antwan Smith, Andre Ware, Case Keenum, Lamar Smith, Riley Odoms, Robert Newhouse, and Marshall Johnson who played 24 years in the league.
The Cougars have a nice list of Rivals, including Baylor, Rice, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, and SMU. Houston plays Rice for the Bayou Bucket, and won last time they played in 2013, 31-26, no future games dates between the teams are set right now.
The series with Tech, Texas, Baylor, and A&M Date back to the 1950’s, the series with Baylor is at a record of 14-13, in favor of Baylor, with A&M its 19-12 in favor of A&M, and the Texas Longhorns lead their series 16-7 all time. Of the rivals, UH does hold the advantage over Texas Tech with a count of 18-11. Houston meets Tech again in 2017, and will reignite their series with SMU later this season.