Saturday, March 18, 2017

UH, TSU negotiating football game in 2018

HOUSTON, Texas -- The University of Houston and Texas Southern are in talks to play a non-conference football game in 2018.

UH vice president for intercollegiate athletics Hunter Yurachek and TSU athletic director Dr. Charles McClelland have been in discussions for several months about the game, which would be held at TDECU Stadium. The payout to TSU would be part of the compensation package for UH's men's and women's basketball teams playing some home games next season on the TSU campus while renovations are underway on what will become the Fertitta Center.

While not finalized, the current plan is for the UH men to play most of its non-conference schedule at TSU's H&PE Arena — site of Wednesday night's NIT opener against Akron — and the majority of its American Athletic Conference schedule at Toyota Center. The UH women would play their entire home schedule at TSU.

Yurachek said TSU has been "very accommodating" in sharing its facility and meeting on the football field would be a "win-win situation."

The two schools are separated by just a few blocks but have only met once in football, a 59-6 win by UH in 2007.

"It'd be great for TSU, " Yurachek said. "It'd be great for the University of Houston to keep that money in the city and allow TSU and Houston to create a one-year rivalry, per se.


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