Along with president Renu Khator, Fertitta has brought big ideas and a big vision to the school. And he has put his money where his mouth is by funding the renovation of the basketball arena.
The result? When it comes to the two biggest revenue sports, UH has become one of the most successful Group of Five programs, and is better situated than most of the non high profile Power Five programs.
He gained mad props from me after fixing his applewhite fiasco. I’ll be going to a Landry’s restaurant tonight.
Fertitta has been a blessing. Renu and Tilman have saved Athletics and will lead UH to an even more promising future.
Great UHCOUGARS Leadership!
I attribute the recent resurgence of the athletics more to Renu than Tilman but maybe I have the timeframes messed up. Regardless they are a dynamic duo that must concern some of the other ADs in the state.
This was interesting from the article. Something we have already been saying on this forum.
Keep winning, and at some point UH will be valuable to a bigger conference, perhaps the Pac-12, which is lagging behind the other Power Fives. It would bring a major market to help boost a flagging TV Network, as well as a high profile program that will only get better. Or they will simply help build the AAC into something even bigger.
Easier said than done. We’ve talked about winning since the breakup of the SWC and haven’t done it anywhere near consistently.
Just win is the mantra for any program to be good. Boise st did it and has fallen off and missed their opportunity to move up.
I assume Boise State had several coaching changes after their success similar to UH. Unlike UH which has a plethora of talent to pull from in Houston and the south, it’s probably difficult for new Boise State coaches to consistently attract recruits to go up in the cold mountains for school.
I believe the “just win” mantra applies to UH. When the program was “just winning” in 2015 and 2016, it was at the top of the list of schools to join the B12. Our media market also has a lot to do with our potential P5 invite where other G5 schools like Boise State do not have.
Fred Faour is very level headed with compliments too. He calls a spade a spade, so his positive words carry more weight than some local cheerleaders. He’s just as quick to bury a local team as to praise them.
Not really. The foundation of Boise’s success started with Dan Hawkins, who was there from 2001-2005. When Hawkins left for Colorado, Boise promoted the OC, Chris Petersen, who stayed from 2006-2013. When Petersen left for Washington, Boise hired former player and coach Bryan Harsin, who has stayed at Boise from 2014 to now.
So they’ve had three coaches since 2001. That kind of stability goes a long way to explain how Boise has stayed relevant all these years.
People stealing your coaches will do that. We can win consistently if we can keep our good coaches.