HOUSTON (Nov. 14) - The University of Houston football team returned to practice on Tuesday (November 14) in preparation for this Saturday's Conference USA home game against Louisville. Cougar head coach Dana Dimel's primary concern was the team's effort in a loss at East Carolina last week. Dimel stressed that there are still accomplishments for the football team to be earned.
"I told the team quiet frankly that their effort last week was unsatisfactory and not at the level I am accustomed," Dimel said. "I also said we may not be playing for a championship but we are playing for something that has a distinct value for me and it should for them as well, and that's pride. It's based in a love of football and respect for yourself. I want them to understand that those are some of expectations of them as members of the University of Houston football team and this will continued to be addressed."
Dimel was also concerned about a talented Louisville football team that is currently leading the conference with an 8-2 record overall and a 5-1 C-USA ledger. The final regular season game for both teams will be the first time for the Cougars to face Louisville in the city of Houston in four years. The Cardinals have never played at O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. UH is 6-2 at home the last two years.
"We like playing at home," Dimel added. "We had two exciting wins at home and we also had a chance to beat a very good Southern Miss team that ended with a final score of 6-3. Defeating the current first place team in the conference would be great win. I'm glad we have the chance at home."
Dimel stated that senior quarterback Jason McKinley will make his 41st career start but Dimel said redshirt freshman Bubba Teague (Houston/Cy Fair HS) will again play in series with the first string. Teague completed 18-of-32 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns last week. Senior wide receiver Kendall Williams (Dallas/Roosevelt HS) has a shoulder injury and is listed as probable.
The game will televised in the Louisville area only. Kickoff will be at
2:30 p.m. central Time.