Nearly $40,000 was raised for student-athlete scholarships through the commemorative black jersey auction.
Dec. 11, 2013
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Football team's new-look black uniforms were a big hit with fans during the 2013 season, and the numbers proved that.
Houston Athletics, Cougar Pride and the University of Houston Alumni Association held a two-week auction for the game-worn jerseys at the time of the unveiling in late October. Fans put in numerous bids throughout the auction and raised nearly $40,000 in revenue for student-athlete scholarships.
`We are grateful to all our fans who participated the auction and to the Houston Alumni Association for their continued support," Houston Associate Athletics Director of External Operations Jeramiah Dickey said. "This event has become an exciting, annual event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans, and we appreciate everyone's help in supporting our student-athletes through Cougar Pride."
"We appreciate our partnership with Houston Athletics and Cougar Pride", Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Mike Pede said. "We are proud we could continue to assist in helping raise significant dollars for scholarships and look forward to future opportunities with Athletics."
The Cougars wore their black uniforms twice in 2013, winning by an average margin of 23.0 points in games against American Athletic Conference rivals USF and SMU inside Reliant Stadium.
The black jerseys featured red numerals with a white outline and a red Houston across the chest. A red camouflage pattern graced the side vent panels on both sides.
In addition to the jerseys, the auction also featured a pair of helmets, signed by the offensive and defensive players, respectively.
As the new year draws closer, Houston fans can still make the most of their 2013 new Football Stadium donations as that deadline has been extended to Dec. 20. Fans can call the Cougar Pride Office at 713-743-GoUH (4684) or email email@example.com. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for the most continually updated information.
BBVA COMPASS BOWL
The Cougars will face Vanderbilt from the SEC in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Played in Birmingham, Ala., the game will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 4, and be carried nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
The BBVA Compass Bowl will mark the first meeting between Houston and Vanderbilt. The Cougars are 40-79-4 all-time vs. SEC opponents and 1-1 in bowl games against the conference. UH defeated Auburn, 36-7, in the 1969 Bluebonnet Bowl while falling to South Carolina, 44-36, in the 2006 Liberty Bowl.
The BBVA Compass Bowl marks Houston's 22nd bowl appearance and its eight bowl game in the last 11 seasons. Houston won its last bowl game, Tony Levine's first game as the head coach of the Cougars, when it defeated Penn State, 30-14, in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012. The Cougars are 9-11-1 all time in their previous 21 bowl appearances.
Houston fans can purchase BBVA Compass Bowl tickets for only $50 by clicking here.
For more information on BBVA Compass Bowl tickets, fans can call 713-Go-COOGS (462-6647) or 877-COUGAR-5 (268-4275) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Travel packages for the BBVA Compass Bowl are available through the University of Houston Alumni Association and can be found by clicking here.
Travel packages may include hotel accommodations at an official Houston hotel, ground transportation to and from the game and other package events, admission to official Houston bowl events, bowl game eve reception, pregame tailgate party, BBVA Compass Bowl ticket and more!