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The announcement Tom Herman was headed to Texas mere hours after the Longhorns officially dismissed Charlie Strong from the same position was crushing for University of Houston fans.

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Houston Cougars tight end Tyler McCloskey said he and his fellow teammates believe their head coach, Tom Herman, is different.

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The two officials weren’t the only ones in the Big 12 Conference to have a rough weekend. Several of the league's teams also had rough days Saturday, as the Big 12 limped to a 4-5 mark despite being favored in seven of nine games.

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Those fans who followed this year’s College World Series likely became familiar with the story of Micah Ahern. The 7-year-old boy from Arlington was not only the TCU Horned Frogs biggest supporter, but he also was an adopted member of the team.

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Thursday’s attack in Dallas, in which five police officers were killed and seven others injured, hit too close to home for many residents across the state of Texas. For Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo, the news from Dallas was especially harrowing.

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Last season, the Houston Astros rode their pitching staff to their first playoff appearance since 2005, but if the Astros are going to make a return trip to the postseason this year, the offense will likely need to carry the load for the long-haul.

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Wins against opposing Big 12 schools didn’t always come as regularly for TCU. While the Horned Frogs made nine straight postseason appearances to start the Jim Schlossnagle era, the first five ended in the regionals.

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Like a carton of milk gone sour, the Texas Rangers are prepared to trash their home ballpark, Globe Life Park. On Friday, the Rangers and city of Arlington announced plans for a new $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium, expected to be completed by 2021.

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Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Thursday that he still intended to use Ken Giles in a late-inning role despite the reliever’s early season struggles.

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With scouts and team representatives from 31 organizations present at the Cougars’ NFL Pro Day, Thursday’s event was Trevon Stewart’s opportunity to impress potential suitors and convince one to select him in next month’s draft.

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The University of Houston head baseball coach has been in the process of meeting with architects to finalize plans for the program’s new 20,000-plus square-foot development facility and clubhouse.

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Optimism is universal in Major League Baseball this time of year as teams officially begin full-squad workouts in spring training camps across Florida and Arizona.

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The NBA returns to action Thursday following its weeklong All-Star break, but as the league enters its stretch run, it’s the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and everyone else.

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If you have ever been to Denver, or Colorado in general, you understand the meaning of the phrase “United in Orange,” as well as all of the Denver Broncos references in “South Park.”

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Wednesday is college football’s National Signing Day which means all eyes will be on the state of Texas, and not just for its prep football prospects.

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For many, the most noteworthy decision made by representatives from the Power Five conferences at the NCAA convention held earlier this month in San Antonio was approving a rule change that would allow the 10-member Big 12 Conference the opportunity to hold a conference championship game.

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Tom Herman enjoyed unprecedented success in his first season as the Houston Cougars head coach. As much praise as Herman has received for returning the Coogs to national prominence, he should also be lauded for the coaching staff he assembled.

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Several days before kickoff of Thursday’s Peach Bowl in Atlanta, and the Houston Cougars already have an edge over the Florida State Seminoles.

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Trades and free agent signings typically steal the headlines at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, but those aren’t the only acquisitions taking place that shape rosters and careers.

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After entering Saturday’s American Athletic Conference championship ranked as the highest Group of Five team, the Cougars knew all they needed to do was beat Temple, and they would be playing in one of the coveted, high-profile New Year’s Six bowl games.