December is an Active Month for the Coogs

Here we are on the eve of the Hawaii Bowl having not played a game in 29 days. Even so, it’s been an active December 2017 for the Houston Cougars. How active? I have a top 10 list! (Plus a few other semi-relevant notes).


1). December 1st: Case Keenum named NFL Offensive Player of the Month for November. Case threw 7 TDs while leading the Vikings to a 3-0 month.

2). December 3 –  AD Hunter Yurachek announces that Cougar Football is headed to the 808:

3). December 4th – Yurachek makes another announcement just 2 days after Arkansas Chancellor flew to Houston to take in Arkansas/UH in MBB:

4). December 7 –  Ed Oliver becomes the first-ever Cougar to win the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in the sport.

5). December 10 – Cougar OC Brian Johnson, an “up-and-coming” coach, takes a demotion to head to Florida:

6). December 12 – President Khator and Tilman Fertitta reel in former football team captain and current Cal Athletics COO Chris Pezman as the new AD.

7). December 14 – Ed Oliver makes history again, becoming 8th Consensus All-American in UH history.

8). December 20 – At 3:01 Hawaiian time, the Coogs begin the process of signing 21 recruits in the first-ever early signing period.

9). December 21 – Major Applewhite became a viral sensation for his smooth dance moves.
10). December 24 – The University of Houston battles California State University, Fresno in the Hawaii Bowl. It will mark UH’s 3rd game in the islands and first since Christmas night 2003.


And a few other December 2017 Cougar-related notes:

  • Former UH QB and current USC head coach Clay Helton led his Trojans to the Pac-12 Championship and a match-up with Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl.
  • His brother, former UH QB Tyson Helton, has been named the Offensive Coordinator at Tennessee.
  • Former UH head coach Dana Dimel was hired as the new head coach at UTEP.


UH really needs a win in the Hawaii Bowl. A 7-5 season would look like a regression to the Tony Levine years. Here’s to ending December 2017 with a win and onto a happy 2018.

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