- Houston Cougars
Infobox college athletics
name = Houston Cougars
university = University of Houston
city = Houston
state = Texas
stateabb = TX
teams = 16
stadium = John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium
mascot = Shasta
nickname = Cougars
fightsong = Cougar Fight Song
color1 = Scarlet
hex1 = FF2400
color2 = Albino
hex2 = FFFFFF
pageurl = http://uhcougars.cstv.com/
pagename = Cougars Athletics
Houston Cougars is the name given to the sports teams of the
University of Houston. Informally, the Houston Cougars have also been referred to as the Coogs, UH, or simply Houston. After the dissolution of the Southwest Conferencein 1996, in which these teams were a member, the Cougars joined Conference USAas a part of the West Division. Also in the West Division of Conference USA is Houston's major sports rival, the cross-town Rice University. University of Houston's colors are Scarlet red and Albino white and the mascot is a cougar named Shasta. The athletic director for the Cougars is Dave Maggard. Houston has had notable sports teams in its history including Phi Slama Jama.
The University of Houston competes with teams in the following sports:
*Track & Field
*Track & Field
*Swimming & Diving
UH fielded its first varsity intercollegiate football team in 1946. The Houston Cougars football team currently competes in the
NCAA Division IFootball Bowl Subdivision as a member of Conference USA. The team plays its games in Robertson Stadiumand will begin the 2008 season with a new head coach, Kevin Sumlin.
The Houston Cougars men's basketball team represents the University of Houston in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition. The Cougars Men's basketball team plays in
Conference USA. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 1992. The Cougars are currently coached by Tom Pendersand play in Hofheinz Pavilion.
Notable players for the UH Men's basketball team include
Hakeem Olajuwonand Clyde Drexler, who were part of the legendary Phi Slama Jama, as well as Otis Birdsongand Elvin Hayes. Each of these players has had their number retired. Notable coaches for the Cougars are Guy Lewisand Clyde Drexler. Notable games for the Cougars include the first nationally syndicated NCAA basketball game, the Game of the Century.
Along with the university's other athletic teams, the baseball team is a member of the Conference USA as a Division I team. They play their home games at
Cougar Fieldand have been coached by Rayner Noblesince 1994. The Houston Cougars baseball program has appeared in numerous NCAA Regionals, Super Regionals, and College World Series.
Houston's most meaningful current rivalry is with cross-town
Rice University, which is also a member of Conference USA. The Cougars and Rice Owlscompete in football annually for trophy named the " Bayou Bucket," referencing one of the city of Houston's nicknames as the "Bayou City." The Cougars currently possess the trophy after defeating Rice 56-48 at Robertson Stadium.
University of Texas at Austinwas one of Houston's principal rivals, especially after Houston joined the now-defunct Southwest Conference. This rivalry gave rise to the Houston Cougar Paw tradition. [http://uhcougars.cstv.com/trads/hou-trads.html Houston Cougars Traditions] . UH Athletics. Retrieved 13 October 2007.]
Most of the university's major sports facilities are located along Cullen Boulevard, a the central traffic artery through the campus. At times in the past, some of the university's teams have played their home games at off-campus venues such as the
Astrodomeand Rice Stadium. The men's golf program competes off campus because it does not have a dedicated golf course on campus. University of Houston's current sports facilities include the following [http://uhcougars.cstv.com/facilities/hou-facilities.html Facilities] , UH Athletics, Retrieved 19 August 2007.] :
Robertson Stadium- Football
Hofheinz Pavilion- Basketball
Cougar Field- Baseball
* Cougar Softball Stadium - Softball
Tom Tellez Track at Carl Lewis International Complex- Outdoor Track & Field
* John E. Hoff Courts - Tennis
* CRWC Natatorium - Swimming
* Athletics/Alumni Center - All Sports
**Yeoman Field House - Indoor Track & Field
Houston Cougars men's golf
* List of notable Houston Cougars
* [http://uhcougars.cstv.com/index-main.html#00 UH Cougars]
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