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Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Football and basketball projected to be 6th best in 2016-17


The Cougars’ 13-1 season on the football field and the expectations for next year are playing a big part in the 6th-place projection they received toward next season from College Football News. | File photo/The Cougar

Following a pair of successful seasons for the football and men’s basketball programs, College Football News projected UH to be the 6th-best school for basketball and football during the 2016-2017 seasons.

The Cougars made the list as the only non-Power 5 program among the rankings, with the list citing the high-caliber coaching of head football coach Tom Herman and men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson as the catalyst for the success.

The football team is coming off of a 13-1 season in Herman’s first year, in which it captured its first conference title since 2005, as well as winning the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl over Florida State University.

Men’s basketball had a resurgence in the second year of the Sampson era. The team improved from 13-19 last year to 22-10 this season, including earning a bid to play in the National Invitation Tournament.

UH trail only the University of Oklahoma, the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame University, the University of Southern California and Michigan University on the list.

While basketball recently wrapped up its season, the football team is hard at work in spring practices. The annual Red and White spring game will kickoff at 2 p.m. Saturday inside of TDECU Stadium.

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