Fertita is #7 and Herman gets Honorable Mention. I continue to loathe Dale Roebrtson:
Fertitta, a man with very deep pockets, seems to have made it his mission to get the Cougars into a Power Five conference, which would ensure the long-term of the school’s athletic program and might even ensure that firebrand football coach Tom Herman will stick around for a good while. Fertitta is also personally putting up $20 million to get the soon-to-be erstwhile Hofheinz Pavilion sufficiently refurbished to give hoops coach Kelvin Sampson a fighting chance. With the two Johns, O’Quinn and Moore, out of the mix, Fertitta represents UH’s last best chance to play with the big boys again.
Herman came to Houston as the Cougars’ last best chance to matter at the national level, then helped them take a tremendous first step in that direction. Any season that ends with a major bowl victory over a Florida State must be judged an unqualified success. But UH’s growth curve remains steep. It still wasn’t enough to lock up a Big 12 invite, the kind of step that could guarantee staying power after Herman leaves, which he will.