"Only a 19-year-old sophomore, Oliver is already the anchor of a rebuilding program in a rebuilding city."
UH is in a state of rebuilding? I don't think you are in a rebuilding mode when 3 of your last 4 coaches are hired away by P5 teams in Texas due to their success and your program just beat two Top 5 teams in the prior season. Transition year due to the new coaches and schemes is what I consider it.
Maybe they needed both the program and city to be rebuilding to make the statement more profound. Anyway, good to have Big Ed recognized for what he does.