the daily: hoops win, new suites at TDECU, and Coach

Basketball goes wild in Melbourne, a tour of the new seating areas at TDECU Stadium, and thinking about Coach Bill Yeoman three years after his passing.

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Spreading The Love. UH Basketball won 109-64 over the Frankston Blues Saturday morning in Seaford, a suburb of Melbourne.

Nine players logged at least 16 minutes, eight between 19-28 minutes. Sampson wanted everyone to play extended time in this one.

Stats that pop: Nine boards for Terrance Arceneaux, eight for JoJo Tugler (four offensive), and seven for Francis (4 offensive). Emanuel Sharp was 6/13 from three, a nice bounceback after the National game.

Frankston scored nearly 40% of their points from the line (23/25), while UH made 12/13 from the line.

Here are the box score and the overall stats from the three Aussie games so far. The Coogs play again at 3 a.m. (CDT) Sunday against an Australian Select Team.

Kelvin Quips. Some quotes from Kelvin Sampson after the Saturday game:

“I just like our attitude from the jump,” he said. “We just ran some motion that we like. We played like a normal game. We directed the ball to people.”

“I thought J’Wan really played good. You can tell J’Wan has improved. I thought Ja’Vier really played well tonight…Damian Dunn had his best game.”

“I thought the most valuable player for us was Jamal. And everything starts with his attitude. He played like one of the best point guards in America.”

“The game the other day really helped us. I’m so glad we played that game. There’s nothing about that game I’d want any different. Failure is always the first step on the ladder to success.”

Eyesores Gone. The ratty-looking fabric covers are gone from TDECU Stadium, with premium seating in their place. What was called the redzone decks have been fashioned into new suites.

out with the old
in with the new

I took a look inside the suites on Friday, and they’re much like the other suites in the stadium:

Inside is still being worked on but is mostly compete
outdoor seating
view of the field from the furthest suite

Above them, the new terrace club section is available in the 300 level. Workers were present in the terrace club area, so I did not go inspect. Those seats, presumably without any covering, will go for $1060 this year, the same annual cost as the Yeoman Club.

Terrace club from the west end zone


Coach. Three years ago today, Bill Yeoman passed away. Yeoman was a College Football Hall of Fame member, the inventer of the Veer offense, the coach that integrated college football in Texas by recruiting and signing Warren McVea, winner of four SWC championships, and a father to hundreds of young men that came through his program. He was the face of UH football for generations of fans.

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