June 27, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - The University of Houston Department of Athletics today announced that it has extended its contract with multi-media partner, ISP Sports, to last through the 2015-16 academic year. The partnership also extended the contract of Tom Franklin, "Voice of the Cougars," for another three seasons.
"Our relationship with ISP continues to get stronger," commented UH Director of Athletics Dave Maggard. "They are doing an outstanding job in representing our program in a whole variety of ways. Having a long-term relationship with ISP bodes well for our future in obtaining sponsorships, and our on-the-air reach of our football, baseball and basketball programs."
Initially forged prior to the 2002-03 season, the partnership between UH and ISP will enter its sixth season this fall. With the elevation of play on the field for the Cougars, ISP has increased the amount of sponsorship dollars in tandem with the UH success; a plus-plus for both parties, according to Ben Sutton, Chairman and CEO of ISP Sports, which is based out of Winston-Salem, N.C.
"We are very pleased with the university's confidence in our company and excited about the extension of our agreement," said Sutton. "Our partnership has unquestionably grown since its inception in 2002, and we look forward to developing an even stronger relationship in the years ahead."
Veteran broadcaster Franklin will be behind the mike for his fourth season when the Cougars kick off against Oregon on Sept. 1. Franklin will be joined again this season with two familiar faces and one newcomer, as both Chuck Brown and David Klingler return to the broadcast team, while Ted Pardee, a former UH player and son of legendary head coach Jack Pardee, joins the crew to work in the booth with Franklin.
Mike Kohler, Assistant Vice President and General Manager of the Houston ISP Sports Network, is pleased that Franklin returns again to anchor a strong broadcast team.
"We're thrilled to have Tom back on board for the next three years," said Kohler. "We believe he is one of the best play-by-play broadcasters in college sports and an exceptional person who loves the University of Houston.
"We have a fantastic 1-2 punch with our color analysts in David Klinger and Ted Pardee. Obviously, Ted has a great football pedigree and our fans will relate to his familiarity with the program. David has a great analytical mind for football and he established himself as one of the best analysts in college football last year during our Championship run."
An UH alumni, Franklin, too, is glad to be back calling the action for three more years.
"I am truly honored to continue in my role as `Voice of the Cougars'," added Franklin. "The past three years have given me not only many exciting moments in the booth or at courtside, but some truly wonderful friendships within the University of Houston community.
"I am looking forward to adding Ted Pardee's perspective to our football broadcasts this season, as I know he is excited to be back with the Cougar family again. And I am delighted that Chuck Brown and David Klingler will be back for another season as well. I can't wait for September 1 to get here so the Cougars can begin defense of their Conference USA championship."
As mentioned, the Cougars embark upon a repeat of its conference championship by traveling to Oregon on Sept. 1 to face the Ducks. Houston has six home games this fall, beginning with the home opener against Colorado State on Sept. 22 at John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.
Cougar fall camp opens on Wednesday, Aug. 1, when both veterans and newcomers report to the UH campus.