Head coach Tony Levine
June 14, 2012
HOUSTON - For the second straight season, every University of Houston regular-season football game will be broadcast on television in 2012. University of Houston Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades and football Head Coach Tony Levine made the announcement following the release by the Conference USA office.
The Cougars will be seen across the nation several networks including Comcast Sports (CSS), CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports Net and the Pac-12 Networks.
"This is a great opportunity for our football program, and I know Coach Levine, his staff and our student-athletes are looking forward to the start of training camp and the 2012 season," Rhoades said. "The amount of upcoming television coverage is a testament to the growth of the program. We are looking forward to providing Cougar fans with memorable highlights and increasing a growing fan base through this national and regional broadcast exposure."
"Competing in front of a television audience week in and week out spreads the Houston Football name across the nation to future student-athletes," said Levine, who begins his first full year as head coach with the program in 2012. "Our coaches and student-athletes have worked hard in the off-season and will be ready to go when training camp starts in August."
With the release of the television schedule, the Cougars also announced the majority of game times this season. Fans should note that the game times for the UAB (Oct. 13), East Carolina (Nov. 3) and Tulane (Nov. 24) games will not be released by the broadcasting network until 12 days before the game.
Houston will compete on Fox Sports Net five times during the regular season, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 29, when it faces crosstown-rival Rice inside Reliant Stadium during the State Farm Bayou Bucket Game. Additional FSN broadcasts are slated for UAB (time TBA, Oct. 13, Robertson Stadium), at SMU (Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.), at East Carolina (time TBA, Nov. 3) and Tulane (time TBA, Nov. 24, Robertson Stadium).
The Cougars will appear on CSS four times in 2012, starting with the season opener at 7 p.m., Sept. 1, at Robertson Stadium. Other CSS broadcasts include North Texas (time TBA, Oct. 6), UTEP (3:15 p.m., Oct. 27) and at Marshall (11 a.m., Nov. 17).
Houston will appear twice on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 7 p.m., Sept. 8, vs. Louisiana Tech at Robertson Stadium and again vs. Tulsa at 4 p.m., Nov. 10, at Robertson Stadium during the 67th Annual Homecoming Game.
The Cougars will make their first appearance on the Pac-12 Networks when they meet UCLA at 9:30 p.m. (CDT), Sept. 15, in the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. Fans should check their local listings for the specific Pac-12 Network on which the game will be shown.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Fifteen starters and 47 letterwinners return from one of the greatest seasons in Houston Football history. A year ago, the Cougars posted a 13-1 mark to set a school single-season record in wins and capped the campaign with a dominating 30-14 win against No. 22 Penn State during the TicketCity Bowl.
Running back Charles Sims led the Cougars in 2011 with 821 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. The electrifying junior also was a receiving threat out of the backfield, hauling in 51 catches for 575 yards and four scores to rank fourth on the team.
Sophomore linebacker Derrick Mathews finished second among the Cougars with 106 tackles during his first collegiate season, while junior linebacker Phillip Steward led the team with six interceptions and added 77 tackles.
After sitting out as a redshirt a year ago, sophomore quarterback David Piland will take the reins from NCAA record-setting signal-caller Case Keenum. Starting most of the 2010 season, Piland threw for 2,641 yards and 14 touchdowns on 201-of-345 passing during his true freshman season.
Houston Football season tickets are on sale now in the Athletics Ticket Office, and fans have options for as low as $140 when purchasing.
To purchase season 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.
Fans can buy season tickets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by clicking the Red and White Tickets tab at UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.
CHANNEL GUIDE GREATER HOUSTON AREA
CSS - Comcast Sports
Comcast - ch. 129 Not available through Dish Network or DirecTV
CBS SN - CBS Sports Network
DirecTV - ch. 613 Dish Network - ch. 158 Comcast - ch. 175 AT&T - ch. 643
Fox Sports Net
Fox Sports Southwest - DirecTV - ch. 676 (SD/HD)/677 (SD) Dish Network - ch. 416 (SD)/366 (HD) AT&T - ch. 753
Fox Sports Houston - DirecTV - ch. 678 (SD) Dish Network - channels vary by date AT&T - ch. 755
Fans in other areas should check their local listings
SD - Standard definition HD - High definition