HOUSTON RUMORS & GOSSIP

Houston HC Major Applewhite zings Tom Herman during speaking engagement

This past winter, Houston’s football program underwent a few major changes, not the least of which was seeing Tom Herman leave for Texas. That move resulted in Herman’s offensive coordinator, Major Applewhite, being bumped up into the captain’s chair.Another major development was that quarterback Greg Ward Jr., one of the most dangerous dual-threat passers in the nation, left...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Howard Wilson, Houston

Wilson has tremendous upside, and could be a Day 3 steal. Howard Wilson- Cornerback, Houston Cougars HEIGHT: 6’1” WEIGHT: 185 ARM LENGTH: 31 3/8” HANDS: 9 5/8” PROJECTED ROUND: 4th ROUND 40 YD DASH (NFL Combine): 4.57 seconds VERTICAL (NFL Combine): 33.5” BROAD JUMP (NFL Combine): 119” 3 CONE DRILL (NFL Combine): 6.68 seconds 20 YD SHUTTLE (NFL Combine): 3.94 seconds...
Via Underdog Dynasty
April 19, 2017

Lawson's career night lifts Memphis over Houston 70-67 in OT

HOUSTON (AP) KJ Lawson had career highs with 28 points and 16 rebounds, Dedric Lawson had 18 points and 10 boards and Memphis beat Houston 70-67 in overtime Thursday night. Lawson made a pair of free throws 19 seconds into overtime and Memphis (14-5, 4-2 American Athletic) never trailed again. Houston shot 1 for 5 from the field, committed three turnovers and three fouls in the...
Via Associated Press
January 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Lane Kiffin says he was ‘very close’ to going to Houston

There have been a few different stories as to how close Lane Kiffin was to getting the Houston job, but the man himself feels he was not far away. Kiffin told Evan Cohen of ESPN Radio West Palm on Tuesday that he was close with both Houston and Florida Atlantic at the same time. “Yeah, we were very close at the same time,” Kiffin said, via Nick Cole of SEC Country. “And there...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston WR Chance Allen suspended for Las Vegas Bowl for violating curfew

In not so shocking news, a player set to compete in the Las Vegas Bowl violated curfew. Unfortunately for Houston’s Chance Allen, it resulted in being suspended for the team’s bowl game. Houston second-leading receiver Chance Allen suspended for @LasVegasBowl for violation of team rules (curfew violation) pic.twitter.com/KNrKmK8H2O — Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) December...
Via Sportsnaut
December 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston really wanted to face Herman’s Texas team, Texas said no

When Houston football coach Tom Herman took a job at Texas last month, the Longhorns were on the hook for his $2.5 million buy-out. But when Texas went to pay Houston the money it owed for sniping the Cougars’ coach, Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek had another idea: How about a basketball and football home-and-home between the two programs? Texas’ response: No thanks...
Via The Comeback
December 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston regent: Lane Kiffin ‘was not a safe hire’

Lane Kiffin was never as close to the Houston job as it was reported he was. Tilman Fertitta, the chair of Houston’s board of regents, told KILT-AM in Houston on Friday that Kiffin was never that close to getting the job, and the school ultimately saw him as too much of a risk. “Lane Kiffin did not show me anything that Major Applewhite did not show me,” Fertitta told the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Lane Kiffin reportedly believed Houston job was his

Houston has officially named its next head football coach, and many of us were shocked to learn that the job did not go to Lane Kiffin. You have to wonder if Kiffin is just as stunned. Dan Wolken of USA Today reported on Thursday that Houston was finalizing plans to hire Kiffin, pending the approval of school president Renu Khator. The report left open the possibility that Khator...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Third times a charm? Houston to hire Lane Kiffin as head coach

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times? We’re about to find out what happens in that scenario as the Houston Cougars have reportedly decided to hire Lane Kiffin as its next head football coach. BREAKING: Houston has decided on Lane Kiffin, president to OK the hire at a Thursday meeting, @USATODAY has learned https://t.co/DhTeueFIU5 — Dan...
Via The Comeback
December 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Prominent Houston booster unloads on Tom Herman

Tom Herman left Houston for the opportunity to lead a much bigger program in the state of Texas, and at least one prominent booster feels the coach acted with no class on his way out the door. Darryl Schroeder, a booster for the Cougars, unloaded on Herman in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon. In his rant, Schroeder claimed Herman promised Houston that he would not leave the school...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Kiffin, Miles being considered for Houston job

Houston was unable to convince Tom Herman to turn down the opportunity to coach a huge program like Texas, and that has left the Cougars to consider the possibility of replacing Herman with one of the bigger names in college football. According to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, former LSU head coach Les Miles and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin have both emerged...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Tom Herman writes goodbye letter to Houston fans

Houston Cougars football head coach Tom Herman told his players he wasn’t going to leave the team for another school, and then he did. The Texas Longhorns announced that they were parting ways with Charlie Strong on Saturday, and just hours later, we learned that Herman would be taking over for him. Herman, who has strong Texas ties, understands the passion that fans in that...
Via The Sports Daily
November 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Oddsmakers have Houston’s Tom Herman set as lone favorite for Texas head coaching gig

There isn’t a hotter coaching prospect right now then Tom Herman, the former offensive coordinator of Ohio State and the current head coach of Houston. Herman brings enough of a resume and enough new ideas to make him a “good” hire. He is thought of highly enough that he is currently the only person listed as the next possible Texas head coach, according to at least one sports...
Via The Comeback
November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston Cougars Throttle Louisville, prove they can beat anyone

The Houston Cougars throttled Louisville 36-10, proving that they can beat any team in the country. Make no mistake about it: this is an impressive victory for Tom Herman’s squad. Louisville has been one of the most dominant teams in the country this fall, ranking in the top 10 in both total offense (1st) and total defense (6th) heading into Thursday night’s game. Because of...
Via The Comeback
November 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston Shakes Up College Football Playoff Race With Win Vs. Louisville

Thanks for playing, Louisville. The Cardinals probably still have the eventual Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson, but their chances of winning the College Football Playoff likely went up in smoke Thursday night. Louisville, which had received a bump to the No. 5 spot after losses by Michigan, Clemson and Washington over the weekend, will take a dip in the next rankings after...
Via NESN.com
November 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Fox and ESPN will pay Big 12 to not expand

The Big 12 has been rumored to be expanding to 12, 14, or even 16 teams in recent months. A desire for a conference championship game in football has always been the driving force, though stability in numbers has certainly been a factor as well. Now, though, a new report says that any expansion is unlikely, and it’s all thanks to the Big 12’s television partnerships. From SI’s...
Via The Comeback
October 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston is not dead in the College Football Playoff race yet

Believe it or not, the Houston Cougars are not dead in the College Football Playoff race. Make no mistake about it: The Cougars’ hopes of playing for a crystal football took a huge hit with the loss to Navy last weekend. As a result of this crushing defeat, Houston needs for the Midshipmen to lose twice in order to play for the AAC Championship. Without a conference title, the...
Via The Student Section
October 13, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: What a time to be Tom Herman!

Life is good for Tom Herman, as a hefty pay increase is likely coming his way following the season. Many have penciled LSU in to be Herman's next destination, but are the Tigers a lock to acquire his services? Bonta Hill and Eddie Maisonet discuss Herman's future and who should pursue the gold-grill wearing head coach.
Via Yardbarker Video
October 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston Avenges Last Year’s Loss; Can Anyone Upset the Cougars this Year?

Last year, the UConn Huskies shocked Houston and the college football world with a major upset. Houston was favored by more than a touchdown, and the line was only that close because quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. had rolled his ankle the week before against Memphis and was questionable for that game. That game remains Tom Herman’s only loss as a head coach. It won’t be repeated...
Via The Student Section
September 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Houston Cougars whip UConn, move closer to potential CFP berth

The Houston Cougars defeated UConn 42-14, moving one step closer to a potential berth in the College Football Playoff. Make no mistake about it: this was an impressive win by Tom Herman’s squad. Remember, UConn handed the Cougars their only loss of the season last year. The Huskies returned 15 starters from that squad, including Jamar Summers, who ranked second in the nation in...
Via The Student Section
September 30, 2016  |  Discuss

No. 6 Houston rising behind stingy, hard-hitting defense

While dazzling quarterback Greg Ward Jr. has gotten the lion's share of the attention during Houston's rise to prominence, the sixth-ranked Cougars have dominated this season behind one of the nation's top defenses. That unit, led by linebacker Steven Taylor and freshman lineman Ed Oliver, has capitalized on turnovers and kept opponents out of the end zone. Houston (3-0) ranks...
Via Associated Press
September 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Houston ices game with back-to-back INT’s for TD

With Cincinnati driving in the fourth quarter and looking to get back into game, it all changed with one play. Cincinnati’s Hayden Moore threw it over the middle and Houston’s Steven Taylor got the pick and took it to the house to ice the game for the Houston Cougars as they took a 33-16 lead……. INT return for TD! https://t.co/9orAlHyxjS — Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) September...
Via The Student Section
September 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin receives significant raise

Alabama’s offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is making a pretty penny for his job. The university trustees’ compensation committee approved Kiffin’s new $1.4 million deal Friday. It runs until February 2017. Just last season, Kiffin was earning $714,000 under a three-year deal. This season he’s making double the money for all his work helping lead the Alabama offense and...
Via Gamedayr
September 10, 2016  |  Discuss

No. 6 Houston’s QB Out Of Game With Injured Shoulder

Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. will not play this weekend. The school announced Ward will have to sit out against Lamar due to an injury to his throwing arm. Kyle Postma will make his second career start in place of Ward. Ward had a stellar performance last week in No. 6 Houston’s 33-23 win over then-No. 3 Oklahoma. He threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns. The senior had to...
Via Gamedayr
September 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Week 1 CFP Implications: Houston States Its Case

The much-hyped Week 1 lived up to its expectations and then some, providing upsets and close games galore. It’s still too early to really map out a Playoff picture, but Week 1 does contain a lot of jockeying for position. It’s always too early to tell what the results from this week will mean, but the basics always stay true. Those teams that survived, no matter how ugly they...
Via The Student Section
September 07, 2016  |  Discuss
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