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Volume 68, Issue 46, Tuesday, October 29, 2002


Rumors kept quiet as Memphis looms

Cougar Sports Services

Aside from letting the team rest, the bye week gave the Cougars a respite from the rumor mill as they prepare to play Conference USA rival Memphis in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday.

The Cougars improved to 3-4 (1-3 in C-USA) after a 56-42 win over Army on Oct. 19, but head coach Dana Dimel has been dealing with rumors since Oct. 18, when 610 KILT AM reported that sources within the Athletics department said the third-year coach would be dismissed after the current season. Athletics Director Dave Maggard denied the report, stating "no decision has been made."

Dimel is 6-23 in two and one-half years at UH. Prior to beating Army at home, the Cougars had dropped 14 consecutive games against C-USA opponents.

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After 14 days in between games, senior safety Hanik Milligan and the 3-4 Cougars will travel to Memphis, Tenn., to take on Conference USA rival Memphis on Saturday. The Cougars have not played since beating Army 56-42 on Oct. 19.

While the last five games of the season will give UH a chance to move up in the league standings (four are against C-USA teams), the Cougars may have to play without junior center Al James. James was reportedly injured during a scrimmage early in the week and may be out for the rest of the season. It is too late to grant a medical redshirt.

The Cougars will look to more success running the ball after piling up 280 rushing yards against the Army. 

But while the offense scored 56 points, the defense was lit up by 0-8 Army for more than 350 passing yards.

Three of the Cougarsi remaining games will be at Robertson Stadium, including a Nov. 9 Homecoming game against East Carolina. Kick-off against Memphis is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.

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