Oral History Archive

  • Oral History: Matt Hogan On The 2011 Season
    Crawford Jones (13) and Matt Hogan (46). In this episode of Cougar History Conversations, Ryan Monceaux and Brad Towns chat with UH great Matt Hogan. The conversation covers quite a bit: the injuries to Case Keenum and Cotton Turner in 2010, finding out that Case would be back …
  • Former OL Remembers Coach Yeoman & Tom Wilson
    UH trainer Tom Wilson carried off the field at Rice in 1979 / Photo courtesy of The Houstonian. In this edition of the Cougar History Project, former UH OL Mike Wharton (’82, ’84) discusses his impressions of Coach Bill Yeoman and legendary head trainer Tom Wilson. Coach Yeoman …
  • Oral History: Tulsa Fan Attacked Matt Hogan In 2009
    Former UH kicker Matt Hogan shares a couple of stories about unruly Tulsa fans during the 2009 game that he won with a 51-yard field goal. To our knowledge, he’s never shared these stories publicly. Matt is a contributor for GoCoogs and we thank him for his help …
  • An Oral History: The 1984 SWC Champions
    Coach Bill Yeoman and QB Gerald Landry. Cougars Overcome A Slow Start To The Season This is a Cougar History Conversation with UH offensive lineman Mike Wharton (Football ’82, ’84). Mike remembers the 1984 season when UH surprised the entire league and won their 4th SWC crown. To …
  • Remembering the QB Shuffle in ’74 & Baylor Game in ’84
    Chuck Fairbanks Jr at Arizona State – September 7, 1974 Cougars Struggle To Hold Onto The Football In The Desert Heading into 1974, Coach Yeoman lamented that, “Anytime you lose your triggerman, you’re in a little bit of a bind.” After going 11-1 in 1973, the Cougars lost …
  • Cougar History: Anecdotes About Coach Yeoman
    Coach Yeoman carried off the field after the 1969 Bluebonnet Bowl   GoCoogs.com is proud to introduce our newest project – Cougar History: The Oral History Podcast. Cougar History can be found in the top navigation at GoCoogs.com or from its permanent home at CougarHistory.com. We will gather …

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Articles Archive

  • Coach Yeoman has passed away
    Coach Bill Yeoman has died. Perhaps no person in the University of Houston’s 93-year history has touched more lives in more ways than Coach. He was 92. For nearly six decades, Yeoman has played an outsized role at the University of Houston. Known simply as Coach to the …
  • Warren McVea
    Wondrous Warren McVea Chooses Houston
    Warren McVea signs with Houston: San Antonio Express-News McVea Broke The Color Barrier In Texas Football There were gasps all over the Shamrock Hilton. Did he just say that? These prominent black doctors, lawyers, and businessmen couldn’t believe it. Did this white football coach just say that?   …
  • Pre- And Post- Game Video & Headlines: 1980 Cotton Bowl
    Terry Elston hands off in the 1980 Cotton Bowl / The Houstonian The 1980 Cotton Bowl is perhaps the greatest bowl win in school history. The #8 Cougars beat #7 Nebraska on a fourth-down touchdown pass from Terry Elston to Eric Herring with 12 seconds left. “I guess …
  • Video: Golf Coach Dave Williams Discusses His Career
    1967 Champions – Frank Wharton, Bob Pratt, Coach Dave Williams, Stan Binion, Jim Hiskey, Rex Baxter / The Houstonian In 1984, Dave Williams sat down for this 30-minute interview with former Abilene Christian VP and Abilene mayor Gary McCaleb. A short preview: “People always say, ‘how’d you win …
  • Cougars Win! Early 70s UH Promotional Video
    This is an early 70s promotional film that would likely have been sent to high schools. It focuses on the UH campus, great athletes from before that period, and following the (1970?) team from the Sheraton Astrodome to the Dome. It was also aired on KUHT. Cougars win! …
  • Video Highlights: 1965 Means Grass In The Dome & The Veer
    Coach Yeoman and 1965 team captain Charles Guerrant / University of Houston Libraries Special Collections   The invention of the Veer was one of Bill Yeoman’s lasting marks on college football. In 1965, Yeoman rolled out his Veer midway through the season after his team had struggled to …
  • Tennessee ’65: The Turning Point In UH Football History
    Bo Burris eludes the rush at Neyland Stadium / The Houstonian Yearbook   The Cougars began the 1965 season in the sparkling-new Houston Astrodome. But after running onto the field against Tulsa in the opener, nothing else seemed to go right. Shut out at home by the Hurricane …
  • Billy Ray Brown
    OTD: Billy Ray Brown Wins The NCAA
    Billy Ray Brown – 1982 NCAA Champion 19 year old freshman Billy Ray Brown wins the NCAA Championship. It had been four years.   For any other coach, going four years without a national title isn’t a big deal. For most, even one national title is a dream …
  • 1947: A Season Of Bad Luck & Bad Offense
    UH QB Boyd Tingle lets it fly. The 1947 Cougar team was, perhaps, the worst the program has ever fielded. In its second year of existence, the team took a big step back from 1946. In Jewell Wallace’s second season, UH’s 1947 team was held to 96 points …
  • Photos & Articles: The 1984 SWC Champions
    The Cougars forced 9 turnovers by the Longhorns The Houston Cougars overcame home losses to Arkansas and TCU to win the 1984 Southwest Conference title. UH went undefeated in four road games in the league and was the first-ever two-loss team to represent the SWC in the Cotton …
  • 1948: A Season Of Modifications & Mischief
    Cougar great Max Clark takes it around the left side vs. West Texas State. New Coach Clyde Lee Transforms The Program The 1948 season meant a lot of changes for the fledgling Cougar program. The program’s first-ever head coach, Jewel Wallace, left after going 1-10 in Lone Star …
  • UH Completes The 1st College Building With AC
    Roy G. Cullen Building The Cullen Family’s First Major Donation To The University On this day in 1939, the Roy G. Cullen Building was completed. It was the first permanent building on the brand new University of Houston campus. Officially named the Roy Gustav Cullen Memorial Building, it …
  • The Early Days Of UH’s Cullen Rifles
    The original Cullen Rifles – 1948-1949 In the late 1940s and 50s, before the University of Houston had achieved much in terms of athletics success, the school was known across the country thanks to the Cullen Rifles. The Rifles were a precision military drill team founded by Hugh …
  • Fred Couples 1992
    Fred Couples Wins The Masters
    University of Houston legend Fred Couples went into the 1992 Masters as the undisputed #1 player in the world. In the weeks leading up to Augusta, Couples won the LA Open and, two events later lost a playoff to Corey Pavin at the Honda Classic. The next week, …
  • OTD: Phi Slama Jama Beats UVA In Final Four
    On this day in 1984, the Houston Cougars outlasted Virginia 49-47 in overtime to advance to their second-straight national title game. The weekend at the Kingdome in Seattle was Guy V. Lewis’ 5th Final Four. “I don’t think you ever get over the thrill of the Final Four,” …
  • UH Advances To The Sweet 16 For The 1st Time In 35 …
    One year ago today, the Houston Cougars rolled past Ohio State to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984. Corey Davis scored 21 and had 6 rebounds in the 74-59 win while Galen Robinson had 13 points and six steals, a career-high. “I saw …
  • OTD: Phi Slama Jama Beats Memphis State In The Sweet 16. Again.
    On March 23, 1984, the #5 Houston Cougars took care of #16 Memphis State in the Sweet 16, 78-71, in the Midwest Regional. Two days later, UH would become the first team ever to win the Midwest Regional three years in a row. It was the second year …
  • Guy V. Lewis Was Undefeated On His Birthday
    Today would have been Guy V. Lewis’ 98th birthday. The father of Cougar basketball, college basketball on national television, playing in domed stadiums, and Phi Slama Jama passed away in 2015. But that doesn’t mean we stop celebrating his accomplishments. Today, we look back at the 3 UH …
  • OTD: Coogs Upset #3 Kansas In Sweet 16
    On this day in 1967, Houston beat third-ranked Kansas, 66-53, at historic Allen Fieldhouse in the Midwest Regional Semifinal. The win pushed the Cougars into the Regional Final to face SMU, who beat #2 Louisville the same day. The winner would advance to the Final Four. UH’s future …
  • OTD: The Big E Explodes In Elite 8
    On this day in 1968, the #1-ranked and undefeated Houston Cougars routed TCU, 103-68, in the Midwest Region Final in Wichita. Elvin Hayes scored 39 points and pulled down 25 rebounds in the game that sent the Coogs to their second-straight Final Four. Ken Spain had 16 and …

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