Oral History Archive

  • 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

  • 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 …
  • OTD: Cougars Have Dominated A&M, Baylor
    January 28, 1064: Cougars & Aggies at Sam Houston Coliseum   On this day in 1980, the Cougars lost a road game to Texas A&M, 92-79. It was the most points given up all season by the Aggies. They went on to win the SWC title and the …
  • 5 Of The Craziest Events From The 2010s
    GoCoogs is going through and looking at the best, worst, most memorable, and more from the last decade. Today, we look at the craziest moments for UH and UH fans.   College Gameday Comes To UH Just before the 11th-ranked Cougars got on a plane to play Tulane …
  • OTD: ANDRE WINS THE HEISMAN!
    On this day in 1989, the University of Houston’s Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy. And he did so without the benefit of preseason Heisman hype, games on TV, or ritzy promotional efforts that every modern winner has enjoyed. Andre did it the old fashioned way: he let …
  • 20 Years Ago Today: UH Throttles LSU
      On this day in 1999, Kim Helton and the Houston Cougars beat LSU at Tiger Stadium, 20-7. The win assured UH of their second winning season in Helton’s 7 years. LSU drove 84 yards for a touchdown on their opening possesssion. Rondell Mealey finished it off with …
  • After kicking the game-winner as a walk-on freshman.
    Matt Hogan Reflects On The Kick
    After kicking the game-winner as a walk-on freshman.   I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since my greatest accomplishment! Happy it still lives on in cougar lore. As cliche as this sounds, I did not have a thought in my head other than making great contact and …
  • The Kick: Matt Hogan from 51 yards out
    Stick It In Your Pipe And Smoke It!
      The 2009 Cougars had a big problem.   UH went into Homecoming week struggling with their kickers. Jordan Mannisto had hit 3 big kicks against Texas Tech but had also missed on two. He missed another vs. UTEP the following week and had one blocked vs. Mississippi …
  • Dad's Day Massacre
    OTD In 1976: The Dad’s Day Massacre
    The Memorial Stadium scoreboard after the 30-0 shutout / The Houstonian Yearbook On this day in 1976, the Houston Cougars beat Texas 30-0 at Memorial Stadium in what has become known as the Dad’s Day Massacre. The UH victory ended the Longhorns’ 42-game home winning streak and is, …

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