Kevin Sumlin is set to enter his fourth season at Houston. Under Sumlin, the Cougars have finished 8-5, 10-4, and 5-7.
Expectations are high in Houston this season with the return of Case Keenum and a defense that enters their second season in the 3-4 under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.
Sumlin, however, doesn’t expect any sort of cake walk to the Conference USA championship.
He told Sports 56 in Memphis during CUSA Media Day, “I said it and people think I’m nuts, but this league is getting better and better every year. You look at the final AP poll last year…two teams in the final Top 25. And there’s one league that didn’t have any, a big six league.”
(Nice work, Big East)
Houston opens the season by hosting UCLA. It’s the middle game in a two-for-one series that sends the Cougars back to Pasadena next season.
Sumlin is hoping it’s the last two-for-one he plays as the head coach at Houston.
He said, “Within a 60-mile radius of campus, we’ve done a study and over the course of the last three signing classes, in that 60-mile radius every year there have been between 100-108 players sign D1 scholarships.”
“Quite honestly, with the 105 players or so in the area, there is a little bit of an incentive for people to come and play in Houston. We try to market that and we try to market our brand of football. We think we ought to play home & home series with just about anybody.”