Dustin and Sam talk all things Houston Cougars sports, with a smattering of American Athletic Conference, general college sports talk and bad puns from time to time.
We imagine you're here, either to comiserate about yet another frustrating Houston Cougar football loss (this week to the Tulane Green Wave) or in perhaps a few cases, delight in the program favored to be this year's G5 darling continuing to go off the rails. Whatever your underlying reasons: we talked about the general and specific takeaways from Friday night's ESPN-televised loss, which provided the same general questions and no satisfactory answers to what ails the Coogs on the gridiron.
We're back, with a football conference opener to discuss and no shortage of other Houston Cougar topics on the menu for this particular pawdcast: The no good, terrible news of Derek Parish's 2022 season ending, 4 games in Volleyball's continued strong start to conference play, with a couple of need-to-win roadies on the immediate horizon Soccer has another fruitless roadie, short on offensive chances and looks ahead to another tough one Women's Golf gets a record-setting performance from Natalie Saint Germain and good rounds from fellow frosh at OU Top 100 big man Jacob McFarland commits to Cougar men's basketball Oh yeah and we found time for Houston vs Tulane and week 5 CFB thoughts
We're back, and thank goodness we're talking about a Cougar victory over the Rice Owls, to extend the longest winning streak in Bayou Bucket history to 7 games. And yes, we did talk about some of the things we liked from Houston's 34-27 win. But we also didn't dance around some of the larger issues surrounding the football program. Basically, if you just won a rivalry game, and everybody from the head coach to the players to the fans seems to be frustrated, you might have some issues! So let's dig into those! After giving the Rice game a thorough post mortem, including your #FourWordReviews, we also gave our thoughts on what was a wild, noteworthy week 4 of the college football season.
We're back and ready to face the nerds across town, as Houston and Rice face off for the Bayou Bucket. We talk about why the Cougars are and should be favored to take their 7th straight win over their cross-town rival, but why the Owls may not be the pushovers they've been previously under Mike Bloomgren. Plus we're in a happy mood talking non-football Cougar fall sports! Cougar volleyball had an impressive close to non-conference play, and opened up their final AAC campaign with a road win, while Cougar soccer opened up conference play by beating reigning AAC champs USF! Not to mention UH women's golf opened their fall slate with an impressive showing from a trio of freshmen!
The 2022 Houston vs Kansas football game won't be one remembered positively by the UH faithful, but we sure did talk about it along with your Four Word Reviews and some week 3 college football thoughts. HOMEFIELD APPAREL DOT COM! PROMO CODE: HOLMAN12! SEO STUFF GOES HERE!
If nothing else, we have quite the conflicting feelings about an eventful week that was and is to come in the world of Cougar sports, including the following topics: With the help of our Ten12 Network pal Andy from the Rock Chalk Podcast, we preview the newly competent and very intriguing home opening opponent: the Kansas Jayhawks Volleyball's big 3-0 weekend, which included a signature resume win over Mississippi State on their home court Soccer's very frustrating trip to Lubbock and looking ahead to conference play Men's Golf and Cross Country updates!
For the second week in a row, the Houston Cougar football team went on the road against an in-state foe and saw the game go to overtime, this time with a decidedly less enjoyable end result. We're back talking the many weird through-lines from week 1 to week 2 for the Coogs, things we're officially concerned about after 2 games, and even the positives to take away from the defeat. Plus we're talking everything week 2 in college football, from UT-Austin's almost-win, to A&M and Notre Dame suffering shocking and hilarious losses, to Scott Frost becoming the season's first coaching casualty, and which AAC teams impressed us.
We're back to review a heaping helping of Houston Cougar topics from the week that was and will be, including: The immaculate vibes of a 3-0 Volleyball weekend at the Fertitta Center Soccer scoring a crosstown rivalry win (with a GOLAZO from Cece Cross) + looking ahead to a future Big 12 opponent Cross Country opens up their season in Lake Charles Football travels up to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders and we enlist the help of multi time guest Albie Shore of our network friends Tortillas & Takes to preview this week's opposition Week 2 CFB and brief CFP expansion thoughts!
Hey before I talk about this episode, don't forget you can get treated to 15% off your first order at homefieldapparel.com with the promo code HOLMAN12 at checkout. And speaking of treated, the Houston Cougar football team treated us to an exciting, frustrating and almost indescribable 3OT win over the UTSA Roadrunners in week 1 of the college football season. We look at how we got there and how we think the team played in its first 60 minutes of on field action. Plus, four word reviews and week 1 CFB thoughts!
Cougar. Football. Is. Back. That's right, ladies and gentlefolk, it's game week for Houston Cougar football. The boys in scarlet and albino are headed west to take on the Roadrunners of UTSA. To better know Houston's opponent, we brought in Jared and Adrian from Alamodome Audible to talk UTSA's potent offense, areas of concern after the best season in program history, and where to get life-changing carnitas in San Antonio. Plus for the first time this year we've got Houston Cougar victories to talk about, and in multiple sports! We're breaking down the wins for the volleyball and soccer programs, and the expectations for the coming week. Not to mention, Cougar Cross Country is opening its campaign this week, and Cougar football picked up a couple of newcomers for 2023
The guys return once again, discussing the following Houston Cougar topics, of recent import: Previewing Cougar volleyball, a team looking to take that next step up to being an NCAA postseason caliber team in David Rehr's 4th season in charge. Looking at UH's conference and conference opponents, with an in depth look at the AAC football season Evaluating Cougar soccer's opening week of games and reevaluating expectations.
We're previewing actual Houston Cougar sporting events in the 2022-23 year, as UH Soccer is now mere hours away from kicking off the season at Oklahoma. We've got your full soccer preview, setting the scene for year 1 of the Jaime Frias era. Plus, we're continuing our series previewing the 2022 Cougar football season, this time talking all things offense. We're talking Clayton Tune climbing the program leaderboards, our biggest questions, and what the ceiling for this offense can be. Plus, Cougar women's hoops released their non-conference schedule, and you best believe we have some thoughts!
We're beginning our Cougar football preview series, as always, by talking about Houston's defense and special teams. And since four heads are better than two, we brought on Andy and Da'Yon from Pawd Slama Jama to help us break down Doug Belk's 2022 squad. We're also talking a new addition for Cougar men's basketball, and Cougar football getting verbal commitments from the two highest-rated recruits in their 2023 class so far.
Hey you, before you read the episode description of our fantastic sponsors Homefield Apparel at https://www.homefieldapparel.com/ and use the promo code HOLMAN12 to save 15% off your first order. As for the episode, though, we kicked our 8th (!!!) season off with a bang by bringing on Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle to talk all things Houston Cougars! We also addressed the current Cougar news of the past week or so AND gave our bold predictions for every Cougar sport for the 2022-23 season (while reviewing our 2021-22 predictions).
In our Season 7 finale, we're back to talk the latest Cougar goings-on, with Carl Lewis being promoted to Head Coach of Cougar Track and Field, Cougar baseball seeing a trio of players drafted and confirming some exciting returnees, and Cougar softball adding a pair of intriguing transfers. And then we took a look at each of Houston's 13 athletics programs and asked ourselves, how Big 12-ready is this program? We're breaking down who is ready to compete for a conference championship, who will find themselves in the middle of the pack, and who has the furthest to go to be competitive.
While lesser podcasts might have taken the mid-July dead period off, Dustin and Sam return to talk with Cougar baseball assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ross Kivett joined the Pawdcast to discuss a number of topics including, but not limited to: What Kivett took to UH from his time at Tennessee Houston Cougar baseball in the Big 12 Everything that went into major hitting/defensive improvements in the 2022 season Motivation for athletes now vs 10 years ago Kivett's favorite Houston area restaurants
Last week saw the bombshell annoucement that USC and UCLA were leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, with the shockwaves continuing to reverberate throughout college athletics. We're piecing together what this means for your Houston Cougars, the Big 12, and college sports as a whole. Plus, we announce the winners of the 5th annual Paw-scar Awards! Sam, Dustin, and you the Pawdcast listener put our collective heads together and recognized the best and most impressive from the 2021-22 Cougar Athletics year. And for some added good news, Cougar baseball added a trio of intriguing transfers! Do we have a full breakdown of the new additions? I think you know that we do.
VOTE HERE FOR THE 2021-22 PAW-SCAR AWARDS: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyG2Is39dgdmLOyFhYDCt0FY0DgD22FpyfX2cj6hn189h6vg/viewform In addition to revealing our award nominations, we tackled the following Houston Cougar/Cougar adjacent topics: The surprising, but completely understandable departure of Leroy Burrell to take over at Auburn 'Houston Rise' begins the task of fundraising for the Coogs' imminent Big 12 move A favorite emerges for Big 12 commish Soccer releases its full schedule and MBB's non-conference schedule takes shape Football recruiting picks up for 2023 & one more portal add for 2022 and beyond
For the pawd's (semi or so ) annual off topic episode, Sam brought on long time in real life friends, and friends of the show: Bobby and Bill to discuss the following topics from Formula 1 auto racing: Introducing the 10 F1 teams and their respective driver pairings The race weekend format & Championships Favorite/Least Favorite Race from '22 calendar year Contracts & possible future driver movement Opening the 'time capsule' on our early season predictions Thoughts on the most recent season of the Netflix F1 smash hit "Drive to Survive"
It was an exciting week in Cougar athletics, as men's track & field put together a top-20 team finish at Outdoor Nationals, and because Outdoor Nationals signified the final event of the 2021-22 Cougar athletics calendar. And since the past week also saw *official* confirmation that UH will be joining the Big 12 next summer, we are officially in our last off-season as a member of the American Athletic Conference. So we're back and we're talking track, and we're talking Big 12, and we're also talking baseball players in the transfer portal.
You didn't think we (the royal 'we') wouldn't have an instant react on the return of Cougar men's basketball star Marcus Sasser? Then you were sadly mistaken. Sasser wasn't the only Cougar men's hoops topic as a 2023 local recruit committed *and* the first D1 transfer of the offseason joined. PLUS! Cougar baseball makes a run in the conference tournament (+ big picture end of season thoughts) and Cougar track & field goes to Prelims and sends athletes/relays to NCAA Outdoors.