July 24, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston football head coach Tony Levine and senior offensive lineman Jacolby Ashworth will represent the Cougars at Conference USA Media Day later this week.
Head coaches and one student-athlete from every Conference USA team will descend on Irving, Texas, for the league's annual preseason event. Levine and Ashworth will arrive on Tuesday evening and enjoy dinner with their colleagues.
Levine begins his first full season with the Cougars after leading the program to a 30-14 win against nationally ranked Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2. After spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach, Levine was promoted to the top position in mid-December 2011.
Ashworth is a regular starter on the offensive line and was recognized as an All-Conference USA Second-Team honoree in 2011. A year ago, he was the Cougars' starting left tackle for an offense that led the nation in passing yards, total offense and scoring.
Earlier this summer, the senior and three-year letterman was named to the Lombardi Award Watch List, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate lineman.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
On Wednesday, the day begins early with print media interviews with national and local media representatives from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the DFW Airport Marriott, the event's host hotel.
From there, Levine and Ashworth will take a shuttle to the Fox Sports Southwest Studios where they will go through another round of interviews, this time with the league's television partners.
ConferenceUSA.com will present free, live video streaming of interviews with coaches and players on Wednesday. Levine and Ashworth will speak from 1 to 1:10 p.m. (CDT) with other West coaches following until 2 p.m. East Division coaches and student-athletes will be on the stream from 10 to 11 a.m. (CDT). Fans can watch the C-USA Live Video stream by clicking here.
All interviews will also be archived on the conference website.
FOX Sports Southwest will also produce two Football Preview shows set to air in August prior to the start of the season titled The C-USA East Division Football Preview and The C-USA West Division Football Preview. Both shows will be 30 minutes long and will air on select FSN affiliates, debuting at 11 p.m. (CDT), Friday, Aug. 10.
CBS Sports Network and CSS will each have crews in Irving to shoot interviews that will air during several different college football preview shows that both networks will broadcast during the month of August.
Throughout the day, the Cougars will use their social media sites to keep fans informed. Fans can follow live Twitter updates at @UHCougarFB and @UHCougarSports. Fans also can view photos from the event on Houston Football's Facebook page at Facebook.com/HoustonCougarFootball.
UH encourages fans and media to use #GoCoogs or #CUSAFB on Twitter to engage in specific conversation on the Cougars throughout the day.
HURRY HOME, COACH!
While Ashworth will take a leisurely ride back with the Athletics Communications staff on Wednesday evening, Levine will have to hurry to DFW Airport for a quick flight home. He is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Houston Astros game vs. the Cincinnati Reds at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
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.
FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS & PARKING
Houston Football season tickets are on sale now in the Athletics Ticket Office, and fans have options for as low as $140 when purchasing.
As the Cougars prepare for the final season at Robertson Stadium in 2012 , fans are encouraged to purchase their season tickets now. When the Cougars move into their new $105 million facility for the 2014 season, premium seating options will be given first to those fans with a history of purchasing season tickets.
The Cougars are well ahead of last year's record-setting season-ticket sales total, so fans should order their season tickets today and help the Athletics Department reach their goal of 15,000 season-ticket sales.
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.
To secure parking spaces and to support student-athlete scholarships through Cougar Pride for the upcoming season, fans should contact the Cougar Pride Office at 713-743-GOUH or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans also can visit UHCougars.com and click the Cougar Pride tab for more information or click here.