Challenges, green dots, honorees, volleyball, and bad throws

News and notes from UH including football, Hall of Honor, volleyball, and tickets available for TCU. And the guy that does that thing.

the daily #45 | 9/14/2023 | Archives

Challenge Accepted? Dana Holgorsen had been saying all week that he’s challenged everyone in the program going into TCU week, including himself. Most recently, he said in a radio interview that he challenged Matthew Golden and Joseph Manjack IV to step it up after suboptimal performances against Rice.

The blanket challenge on Monday is fine, but bringing up specific players in the media? I’m not sure. Maybe challenging them and making it public is a good idea, and they’ll respond. Maybe it will backfire. Either way, Golden’s drops are concerning through two weeks.

31 Years! Volleyball had a great Wednesday night in College Station. It was UH’s first win in College Station since 1992 and snapped an 11-match losing streak. UH had 13 blocks (season-high) and dominated three of the four sets.

It was A&M’s second loss, both coming this week at home to Big 12 teams (TCU beat them Saturday). WHOOP!

Clean It Up. Donovan Smith only has one turnover through two weeks, and that’s a good thing. But he’s put several other balls in bad positions, and going forward, those throws will get picked.

This one is the perfect example. He gets a lot of pressure in his face from the right side, dances in the pocket, and escapes. But after starting from near the left hash, he gets out wide past the right numbers and throws back to the left hash. After about 8.5 seconds into the play. Bad, bad, bad.

You can’t throw that late, you can’t throw across your body, especially on the run, and across the middle, with defenders just standing around all over where you’re throwing it.

Honor. The Hall of Honor is tonight with seven people who have made a mark at UH:

Michael Bourn (Baseball)
Mike Booker (Men’s Golf)
Rick Brewer (Baseball)
Sonya Watkins Ellis (Women’s Basketball)
Simon Fletcher (Football)
Sandra Cummings Glover (Women’s Track)
Case Keenum (Football)

Michael Bourn is my favorite player (non-pitcher) at UH ever. His teammate Brad Sullivan is my favorite player ever.

Mike Booker was an All-American and won a national title for UH golf and has had an extraordinary amateur record, and his 2022 book is exceptional.

Rick Brewer pitched UH’s last two wins in the 1967 CWS:

June 17, 1967 via The Kansas City Times

Sonya Watkins Ellis is near the top of the shooting records for WBB, including #2 in shooting percentage in a season and third in a career.

Simon Fletcher starred on UH’s last Cotton Bowl team. He was a second-round pick by Denver and is in their Ring of Fame.

Glover was an All-American hurdler who won the Southwest Conference in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles.

Case Keenum played football and got a stadium built. His name appears 48 times in the NCAA Football Record Book.

Green Dots. UH has over 3,000 tickets on its site left to sell for the TCU game. There are hundreds more on StubHub and SeatGeek, which, from my random sampling, aren’t the same seats.

Section 333, Row 5, seat 1 is purchased. But none of the seats around it are bought. Why?

It’s not the only one. Sometimes a seat is bought in front of two other purchased seats – ok. But in a sea of unbought seats?

Need to find out more. Maybe we discover it’s this guy:

one is the loneliest number

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