This past Saturday was the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The storm ravaged the Gulf Coast and changed many lives forever. This excellent ESPN piece discusses the wider implications of the storm and how many families were relocated and how it’s currently affecting football in the Houston area.
I truly believe college athletics are much more fun than watching the pros! It’s so awesome watching the Houston Cougars. As an alumnus, I feel very connected to the players, students, and other alumni. When the team wins it feels like we’re all part of something special.
Check out this article from Lost Lettermen on why he loves college football more than the pros.
Coach Herman, his staff, and the entire UH Marketing, and Athletics departments (not to mention countless others), have been working extremely hard behind the scenes to make sure 2015 is the start of something huge here at Houston. Will the fans reciprocate and show up this Saturday? Full article from the Houston Press here.
Urban Meyer obviously wasn’t on the market when the Houston Cougars went searching for a new head coach last December to replace Tony Levine. Instead the Cougars decided to hire the closest thing to Meyer as they could: Buckeye offensive coordinator Tom Herman. The Coogs hope Herman can recreate some of that Buckeye magic on Cullen Boulevard. Coach Herman says:
“People can say that I’m just copying Urban Meyer,” Herman said. “You’re damn right I’m copying Urban Meyer!”
An interesting stat from the article:
Herman is the 11th of Meyer’s assistants to become head coach of a major college program, a list that also includes Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham and Charlie Strong of Texas. Nine of those coaches boast winning records and possess a combined win percentage of .613.
The University of Houston is looking to renovate Hofheinz Pavilion. In a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, AD Hunter Yurachek says March 2017 is a realistic start date for the project.
Coach Herman wants to start a new tradition at UH: He wants to add the names of UH students on signs inside the UH locker room inside TDECU Stadium. The players would see the names of the students above a door the leads players onto the football field. Check out this story from the Chronicle.
College football needs a playoff for the Group of Five teams. Right now the College Football Playoff only takes four teams leaving it very unlikely any of schools from the mid-major Group of 5 schools will be able to receive a playoff invite. Why can’t the top four teams in the G5 have their own playoff?
Let’s see who the G5 conference champions were in 2014 (with their rankings):
• MWC – Boise State – #16
• CUSA – Marshall – #23
• AAC – Memphis – #25
• MAC – Northern Illinois – NR
• Sun Belt – Georgia Southern – NR
We could take the top four teams and make a G5 Playoff just like the bigger playoffs. It would make for great TV and would probably bring a lot more money to the schools. We could even crown the Group of Five champions. Right now Boise State can say, “We’ve won three Fiesta Bowls” which is nice but saying, “We’ve won three Group of Five National Championships” sounds a lot better.
What if the CFP expands to eight schools
If the College Football Playoff expands from four to eight schools, we could have the Group of Five playoffs played before the College Football Playoffs. The G5 Playoffs would be to determine which G5 school gets an automatic spot in the eight-seeded playoffs. This is sort of like the “play-in games” with the NCAA basketball tournament.
Some Changes That May Need To Happen:
Having the G5 Playoffs serve as a play-in to an 8 team CFP would cause football teams to add a lot more games on their schedule. And where would all of the games fit? Here’s some ideas on how to fix some problems:
• Start the season earlier – Why does college football have to kickoff on Labor Day weekend? This season Week 1 could easily be tomorrow (August 29th) instead of September 5th.
• Skip the bye weeks, or at least add some consistency – Why do college football teams have such inconsistency in bye weeks? Some teams have had two or even three bye weeks! Check out this article for more info.
• Reduce schedules back to eleven regular season games – College teams used to only play eleven games but for some reason expanded to twelve. Reduce the regular season to eleven games to make room for more playoff games.
These are just some ideas I’ve been playing around with. I’m not sure how feasible everything would be, but I do think that having a Group of Five playoff makes a lot of sense and would be very fun to watch.
The new basketball development center is a key step in the University of Houston’s goal to become a major player on the college athletics scene. Men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson has said the facility will be a game changer. Women’s basketball coach Ronald Hughey said,
“It puts us in the playing field with everybody else when having one of the top facilities in the nation, not along Texas, but in the nation,” Hughey said. “It opens up the door for us to build a Top-25 program.”
Check out more info from the Daily Cougar here.
Bleacher Report has a good article out about Coach Herman and the Coogs. Check it out!
Coach Herman hasn’t even coached his first game yet for the Houston Cougars and is already impressed with how excited the fans are. Herman looks to build on that momentum and challenge for the American West division title and ultimately for the conference championship. Article from the Chronicle here.