With injuries to starter Kenneth Farrow and backup Ryan Jackson, the Houston Cougars turned to cornerback Brandon Wilson to switch to running back last weekend against Navy. Wilson looked like a veteran at his new position adding 111 yards on 22 carries and 2 touchdowns. Full story here.
Former Houston Cougars offensive lineman SirVincent Rogers now plays for the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL and was just named the CFL’s top lineman of the 2015 season. Congrats SirVincent!
Former Houston Cougars offensive coordinator Doug Meacham
has been hired as the newest head coach of the North Texas Mean Green will not be taking the North Texas job after all. North Texas has hired North Carolina’s Seth Littrell for the job.
Meacham was Houston’s oc during the 2013 season before becoming TCU’s co-offensive coordinator in 2014. Meacham joins Art Briles, Kevin Sumlin, Clay Helton, Kliff Kingsbury, Philip Montgomery, and Dana Holgorsen as former Houston coaches (either head coaches or assistants) who are now head coaches at other schools.
[Article edited 12/12 to update the story]
USC interim head coach Clay Helton just had his “interim tag” removed and is now the newest head coach of the Trojans. The former Houston Cougars quarterback (1993-94) and running backs coach (2000-02) is the son of former Houston football coach Kim Helton. The younger Helton has gone 5-2 this season since taking over for Steve Sarkisian. Congrats Clay!
The Houston Chronicle’s Joseph Duarte is reporting that Coach Herman has agreed in principle on a new contract to remain at Houston. WOOT!
Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman will reportedly become the new head coach of the Miami Sharks of the AFFA after Houston’s conference championship game against Temple this Saturday, December 5th.
The Sharks are reportedly looking to fire longtime head coach Tony D’Amato who seems well past his prime and has been known more lately for random outbursts than the string of successes he had in the seventies and eighties. Sharks owner Christina Pagniacci, who recently inherited the team, has been long rumored to want a young, up-and-coming head coach to guide the team into the future.
Houston’s Tom Herman seems to be a perfect fit for the Sharks’ need of a “quarterback guru” to mentor the Sharks’ young, hot-headed quarterback Willie Beamen. Beamen was the Sharks third-string quarterback and recently took over the starting qb slot when starter Cap Rooney and backup Tyler Cherubini both went down with season ending injuries.
Herman had a strong level of success with mentoring J. T. Barrett, Braxton Miller, and Cardale Jones while at Ohio State and Greg Ward, Jr. and Kyle Postma this season at Houston. Herman looks to bring his reputation of a “quarterback whisperer” to Miami to hopefully have the same level of success with Beamen and looks to guide the Sharks to the Pantheon Cup in the near future.
[Note: In case any Rice fans are reading this article and it isn’t completely obvious, this is another poor attempt at satire. There’s rumors floating out there on the internet every day about Tom Herman and unless the Houston Chronicle’s Joseph Duarte is writing about it or it’s posted on CardiacCoogs, it’s probably bullshit.]
The Houston Chronicle has an excellent article on the resurgence of the University of Houston in both athletics and academics. Check it out here!
Former Houston Cougar linebacker and defensive end Phillip Hunt. Full scoop here.
Houston head coach Tom Herman is the hottest coaching prospect in college football but is 100% focused on the AAC title game next Saturday. Full scoop from SB Nation here.
Greg Ward Jr. was back under center for Houston as the Coogs rolled up 555 yards of total offense for a 52-31 win over Navy to capture the American Athletic Conference west division title. Ward Jr. accounted for three passing touchdowns and added two more on the ground. Ward Jr. was 26 for 35 passing with 308 yards and also carried the ball 14 times for 83 yards. Watch one of Ward’s incredible runs below:
Greg Ward and his spin and in (the end zone). pic.twitter.com/ErM79GvPjp
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Houston wide receiver Demarcuys Ayers added eight receptions for 161 yards and one touchdown while also passing for a 29-yard touchdown pass. His total yardage for the day was 224. Check out this incredible catch Ayers made:
With the win over Navy the Cougars won their first division title since winning the Conference USA west division in 2011. That season the Coogs would later lose the conference title game against Southern Miss. This coming Saturday, December 5th the Coogs look to win their first conference championship since 2006 and will host either Temple or South Florida in the inaugural AAC championship game.
Houston cornerback Brandon Wilson was moved to running back in place of the injured Kenneth Farrow and Ryan Jackson and accounted for 22 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cougars punted only once the entire game as their offense went 16-19 on third downs and 2-2 on fourth down conversions.
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