Monday, August 2, 2010

1986-87 Fax-Pax #7 Nick Faldo

Today's player is a little controversial, Nick Faldo. Faldo is one of the greatest golfers of all time and he did play golf for the University of Houston. So where's the controversy?

He attended the University of Houston for only 10 weeks. As far as I can tell, he only participated in one tournament as a Cougar. He became frustrated that going to class was cutting into his golf practice time. So he left UH to focus on golf full time.

So what do you do with a player like Faldo? Do you claim him as a Cougar?

How about players like Randy Brown in basketball or Barrick Nealy in football who transferred out? I've included them in my checklists so my list will be as complete as possible. They did play for UH so I think they belong.

What about coaches of UH athletes who didn't play at UH? Coaches like head coaches Bill Yeoman and Jack Pardee or current assistant coach Jim Jeffcoat. Should those be included?

Or even more of a disconnect from UH athletics: what about someone who has a degree from UH, but who never played or coached for UH? Tom Landry falls into that category even though he is usually associated with UT because he played football there.

I've been hit and miss on these, including Yeoman and Pardee, but excluding Jeffcoat and Landry. I think I should list them all to be fully comprehensive.

What do you think? I'd love to get your feedback so PLEASE COMMENT.


Commish said...

He's not a Cougar to me. 10 weeks is not a commitment. I know guys from other schools who took two summer classes here and put in more than 10 weeks. I like the guy, but he's no Coog.

Anonymous said...

If they wore the uniform or coached for UH then they are Cougars period. I would collect the guys if they played one day at UH.

NTXCoog said...

I kind of agree that if they were the UH uniform or coached, they're part of the Cougar family. They may not be my favorite players, but I still count them especially to consider my lists to be comprehensive.