Houston Cougars

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The Houston Cougars are the athletic teams representing the University of Houston in Texas. Informally, the Houston Cougars have also been referred to as the Coogs, UH, or simply Houston. Houston's nickname was suggested by early physical education instructor of the university and former head football coach, John R. Bender after one of his former teams, Washington State, later adopted the mascot and nickname. The teams compete in the NCAA's Division I and the Football Bowl Subdivision as members of the American Athletic Conference.

The official school colors of the University of Houston are scarlet red and albino white, and the mascot is a cougar named Shasta. Houston's traditional rival has been Rice, with whom the Cougars shared a conference for thirty-three non-consecutive years.

Football

Houston Cougars college football
First Season
1946
Team History
Houston Cougars (1946-present)
Conference
American Athletic Conference (2013-present)
Conference USA (1996-2021)
Southwest Conference (1976-95)
Independent (1960-75)
Missouri Valley Conference (1951-59)
Gulf Coast Conference (1949-50)
Lone Star Conference (1946-48)
Venue
TDECU Stadium (2014–present)
BBVA Compass Stadium (2013)
Reliant Stadium (2013)
Robertson Stadium (1946-50, 1998-2012)
Astrodome (1965-97)
Rice Stadium (1951-64)
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season

1950s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1952
December 6 vs. Wyoming Rice Stadium
1954
September 18 at Baylor Baylor Stadium
November 6 vs. Tulsa Rice Stadium
1958
October 4 at Cincinnati Nippert Stadium

1960s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1961
October 21 at Cincinnati Nippert Stadium
1963
November 30 at Memphis State Crump Stadium
1965
September 24 vs. Cincinnati Astrodome
1966
November 5 vs. Tulsa Astrodome
1967
September 15 vs. Florida State Astrodome
September 23 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
September 29 vs. Wake Forest Astrodome
October 7 vs. NC State Astrodome
1968
September 14 vs. Tulane Astrodome
October 12 vs. Oklahoma State Astrodome
1969
November 1 vs. Miami Astrodome
November 22 vs. Wyoming Astrodome
December 31 vs. Auburn Astrodome

1970s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1970
September 19 vs. Syracuse Astrodome
October 24 vs. Alabama Astrodome
October 31 vs. Tulsa Astrodome
November 26 at Florida State Tampa Stadium
1971
December 31 vs. Colorado Astro Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1972
October 7 at Virginia Tech Lane Stadium
1973
October 27 at Auburn Jordan-Hare Stadium
December 29 vs. Tulane Astro Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1974
September 7 at Arizona State Sun Devil Stadium
September 28 at Virginia Tech Lane Stadium
October 25 vs. Cincinnati Astrodome
December 23 vs. NC State Astro Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1975
September 13 vs. Rice Astrodome
1976
September 18 at Florida Florida Field
November 27 at Rice Rice Stadium
January 1, 1977 vs. Maryland Cotton Bowl
1978
January 1, 1979 vs. Notre Dame Cotton Bowl
1979
October 27 at Arkansas Razorback Stadium
January 1, 1980 vs. Nebraska Cotton Bowl

1980s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1980
December 14 vs. Navy Giants Stadium
1981
December 26 vs. Oklahoma Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
1983
September 10 vs. Miami Astrodome
1984
January 1, 1985 vs. Boston College Cotton Bowl
1985
October 5 vs. Baylor Astrodome
1986
November 8 at Texas Memorial Stadium
1987
October 10 at Texas A&M Kyle Field
November 7 vs. Texas Astrodome
1988
October 8 vs. Texas A&M Astrodome
December 25 vs. Washington State Aloha Stadium

1990s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1992
September 26 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
1995
September 2 at Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field

2000s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2003
December 25 vs. Hawaii Aloha Stadium
2004
September 23 vs. Miami Robertson Stadium
2006
December 29 vs. South Carolina Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

2010s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2010
October 9 vs. Mississippi State Robertson Stadium

Media guides and yearbooks

Media guides

2000s 2006
2010s 2017 • 2019

Men's Basketball

Houston Cougars men's college basketball
First Season
1946-47
Team History
Houston Cougars (1946-present)
Conference
American Athletic Conference (2013-present)
Conference USA (1996-2021)
Southwest Conference (1976-95)
Independent (1960-75)
Missouri Valley Conference (1951-59)
Gulf Coast Conference (1949-50)
Lone Star Conference (1946-48)
Venue
Fertitta Center (1969-present)
Health and Physical Education Arena (2017–2018)
Delmar Fieldhouse (1966-69)
Jeppesen Gymnasium (1946-66)
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season

1960s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1966-67
March 24, 1967 vs. Dayton Freedom Hall
1967-68
March 22, 1968 vs. UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

1970s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1979-80
February 9, 1980 vs. Arkansas Hofheinz Pavilion

1980s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1981-82
March 27, 1982 vs. North Carolina Louisiana Superdome
1983-84
March 31 & April 2, 1984 vs. Virginia & Georgetown Kingdome

2020s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2020-21
April 3, 2021 vs. Baylor Lucas Oil Stadium


Media guides and yearbooks

Media guides

1990s 1994-95
American Athletic Conference
Full members (all sports) Cincinnati Bearcats • East Carolina Pirates • Houston Cougars • Memphis Tigers • SMU Mustangs • South Florida Bulls • Temple Owls • Tulane Green Wave • Tulsa Golden Hurricane • UCF Knights
Football-only members Navy Midshipmen
Basketball Venues FedExForum
Football Venues Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Lincoln Financial Field • Raymond James Stadium • Yulman Stadium
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Big East Conference • West Coast Conference