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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Staff Editorial

Homecoming a time for students, alumni to connect


Case Keenum and the Cougars are now 6-0 and feeling rested coming off a bye week.

It’s the perfect time for a Homecoming game, and the first time the Cougars get to play as a nationally-ranked team in the AP Poll and USA Today/Coaches Poll.

Some may think Homecoming is an outdated concept, and that it’s for teenagers in high school. In actuality, Homecoming celebrations are for alumni to come back to campus and reconnect with current students; it’s a celebration of a university’s past and its future.

And what a bright future it is for the University — at least for the Athletics Department.

This is the first game the Cougars will play knowing the University has officially received an invitation to join a Bowl Championship Series-qualifying conference.

The Houston Chronicle reported that UH Chancellor and President Renu Khator and Director of Athletics Mack Rhodes met with Big East officials earlier this week. While nothing is official yet, the Big East will have its eyes on the University to see how its selection is panning out.

The invitation is worth celebrating, and the atmosphere of a Homecoming game should fuel a rowdy atmosphere. Less than 2,000 tickets remain for the 66th annual Homecoming.

Don’t expect to get in midway through the third quarter, either — Robertson Stadium is most likely going to be at capacity, meaning come early or run the chance of having to watch elsewhere.

And for those saying Homecoming isn’t worth it? The Cougars are wearing throwback uniforms from the late ’60s and early ’70s for a reason.

Years from now, current students will be proud to tell stories about the Keenum era of UH football. Don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be a historic season.

There’s no reason to stay at home; the only reason the football team is here is because tuition is paying for it. Have pride, wear red and cheer on the home team.

Homecoming celebrations start at 11 a.m. and the game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Robertson Stadium.

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