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Monday, September 25, 2023

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Letter: UH deserves a more public effort from Athletics Department

The Cougars are now ranked #22/#25 in the nation. In the past five seasons, the Cougars have a record of 41-24 and are now 6-0 this season. Houston boasts one of the most prolific offenses in FBS college football in the passing game.

While I am the first to lament about Houston’s poor attendance, especially in basketball, for the last nine home football games, students and Alumni have packed Robertson to 30,000 or more.

So the question remains: why Houston is still in Conference USA and not looking into realignment options.

An article published on today by Andrea Adelson brings to the surface the rumors about the Big East’s expansion. The Big East now looks to expand with six new teams, those teams in the running included East Carolina and Central Florida.

While geographically they make sense, geography is irrelevant in today’s football landscape. SMU has also publicly addressed their desire to move to the Big 12 conference. However, with the recent addition of TCU, this seems unlikely.

Besides rumors, I have not read any public announcement about the desire of Houston to move on to a bigger and better conference. While attendance could be better and facilities should be upgraded, the Cougars deserve the chance to be in the national spotlight on a weekly basis.

The athletic department should be actively pursuing ways to improve Houston’s position in college football.

There was once a time when Houston was nationally relevant. Now is the time to make a move and return to those days.

— Peyton Hill, graduate student

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