UH Athletics receives $10M pledge from anonymous donor for new Football Development Center
The University of Houston Athletics Department has received an anonymous $10 million pledge to support its planned state-of-the-art Football Development Center (FDC). The gift is part of Houston Rise, the newly launched $150 million fundraising campaign centered on competitive excellence in the Big 12 Conference.
UH men’s basketball pause all team-related activities due to COVID-19 issues
HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Basketball program has paused all team-related activities due to recent positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing, Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman announced Tuesday morning. The Cougars were scheduled to play two games inside the Fertitta Center this week in Sam Houston State (7 p.m., Wednesday) and Rice (1 p.m., Saturday). Both of those games are now postponed. “These are challenging times, but the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans will always remain our main priority.” Pezman said. “As we pause, I encourage all fans to remember to wear masks and socially distance at all times in your daily lives.
These top earners at UH are taking a pay cut to ease the financial pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic
HOUSTON Top University of Houston officials are taking a voluntary pay cut to help ease the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic, the school confirmed to KPRC 2. President Renu Khator, Athletic Director Chris Pezman, head football coach Dana Holgorsen and head basketball coach Kelvin Sampson will all take a 10% salary cut for the next six months, UH officials said. Khator has appointed a Financial Task Force to continue to assess other options at the universitys disposal to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19. While all summer classes will be online only, the school aims to resume face-to-face classes in the fall, according to this reopening plan. UH officials are planning for three scenarios with classes fully online, classes fully face-to-face or a hybrid.
Months after KPRC 2 exposes physical punishment within UH women's soccer, President Khator speaks
HOUSTON - KPRC 2 Investigates first exposed the use of physical punishment within the University of Houston womens soccer program this past April. However, after two investigations were launched following our reports, University President Renu Khator is now opening up. Initially, the university denied requests for interviews with women's soccer coach Diego Bocanegra, Athletic Director Chris Pezman and Khator. When KPRC 2 Investigates asked Khator how something like this happened under her watch, Khator said, "I'm a mother, as well. Months before KPRC 2s investigation, Khator was made aware of the punishment workout in a lengthy email sent by a parent Jan. 29.