D. Ryan Monceaux
UH football picked 5th
In a none too surprising move, Conference USA's Sports Information directors have chosen UH to finish among the worst football teams in the conference.
Southern Miss, with a program that is turning into a legitimate national contender, was chosen to be the best team in C-USA. The Golden Eagles received seven of the eight possible first-place votes. Tulane, which finished second, garnered the other first place tally.
East Carolina finished third in the poll, drafted earlier this month at the SID's annual meetings held in Tampa, Fla. Cincinnati finished fourth, followed by Houston, Memphis, and Louisville. Army, in its first year playing C-USA football, was chosen to finish dead last in 1998. The season kicks off Labor Day weekend.
Skrehot the only draftee
In this month's major league baseball draft, shortstop Shaun Skrehot was the only player taken from UH. He was chosen in the 38th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Other Houston hopefuls that were not drafted include senior pitcher Jon McDonald, sophomores Bruce Rios and Mike Medrano. Since 1976, only twice has UH had less than one player drafted. In 1996 and 1990, no Cougar players were drafted. Last season, three Cougars were drafted, including Goefrey Tomlinson, who was taken in the fourth round.
C-USA had a respectable draft overall, with 15 players selected in the 50-round draft. However, no one was taken before the 15th round.
Cougar golf finishes 5th in nation
Coach Mike Dirks' golf team finished the 1997-98 season ranked fifth in the nation, according to the Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings. UH finished the year in a tie for eighth place at the NCAA Championships.
UNLV, which won the NCAAs, solidified the No. 1 ranking that it has held all season. UH has been in the Top 10 all season, but its finishing fifth is the highest in Mike Dirks' four-year tenure at UH.
"We played well this season, but we didn't accomplish all of our goals. But this just puts us in a position for next year's run," a confident Dirks said recently.
The 1998-99 golf season will begin in September.
Rumors floating around say that UH is talking to WAC officials to possibly become part of the new-look WAC, which will be cut in half in June, 1999.
The Honolulu Advertiser has reported that UH has had secret talks with Karl Benson, the commissioner of the WAC. Also being included in the talks (allegedly) is the University of Nevada-Reno.