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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2004 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 10, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/16858/show/16801.

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Transcript COUGARS BASKETBALL OUTOF Cougar guard Lanny Smith looks down court under pressure from a Marquette Golden Eagles defernder. Smith, a freshman, led his teammates in assists with more than three per game. NATHAN LINDSTROM PHOTOS The Cougar basketball team had high enough hopes. The year before, they closed the season with a 8-20 record, which paled in comparision to 200 1 -2002s record of 18-15, when they ranked second in Conference USA's national division and made it to the National Invitation Tournament. Hoping for a turnaround, coaches and players alike expected to shock the conference in the 2003-2004 season with a top-notch performance. What they ended with was a less than shocking 9-1 8 record. The team showed improvement overall but still gave up an average of 1 4 turnovers per game. The Cougars scored nearly 60 points per game but allowed an average of almost 65 points against them. Thanks to key players like junior guard Andre Owens, senior guard Marcus Oliver, freshman guard Lanny Smith and senior center Anwar Ferguson, the Cougars kept up a strong offensive attack. Those four players contributed a combined 42 points per game. Ferguson and Owens also had a combined average of 1 3 rebounds per game.The Cougars now look to a new season with a new coach, Tom Penders, who takes on the task of bringing the Cougars back into national prominence, but also a season in which they lose several graduating seniors, like Oliver and Ferguson. It will be up to the next generation of Cougars to push harder and reach farther. Season at a Glance Houston Texas Blue Chips *W-81 77 Houston East Carolina W-55 53 Houston East Tennessee State L-51 65 Houston Centenary L-57 63 Houston Rice L-52 61 Houston Memphis L-48 64 Houston Cougars Lamar W-68 62 Houston Louisville Houston USF Houston Southern Miss L-48 64 Houston UTEP L-61 88 W-65 53 Houston Bethune Cookman W-56 45 W-79 64 W-71 65 W-70 61 W-60 52 L-72 75 Houston Washington Houston Cincinnati L-51 54 Houston Chicago State Houston Tulane L-63 77 Houston Texas A&M Houston DePaul L-54 66 Houston LSU Houston Southern Miss L-48 70 Houston Louisiana-Lafayette L-67 81 Houston USF W-53 52 Houston Marquette L-52 65 Houston TCU L-65 71 Houston UAB L-42 64 Houston Charlotte L-61 82 Houston TCU L-54 55 Houston Saint Louis W-72 69 — A preseason game. Even at 6-3, Cougar guard Bryan Shelton struggles to block a Cincinnati Bearkat. The Cougars fell to the Bearkats, 54-5 1. . COACH WITH TOM PENDERS, NEW MEN'S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH 202 Sports The following is an edited interview with UH men s basketball coach Tom Penders. Penders was named head coach March 23, replacing Ray McCallum. Penders is 527-36J in 30 seasons as a college head coach. Christian Schmidt: Why come here? Why was this job the one you took? Tom Penders: Why not? CS: OK. Any more than that? TP: I wasn't out seeking a job. I have a philosophy that jobs find you. I just wanted to make sure that I wanted to get back into coaching. I took my time. This isn't the first job offer I've had. I've had numerous opportunities. But the University of Houston was a job that I always looked at as one of the best basketball situations in the country. Houston was a great program, with Elvin Hayes, and the rare times college basketball was on TV back in the (1960s), it was the Houston Cougars. I had a perception as a player and a coach of a great basketball program. CS: Let me reverse the question. Why do you think UH was looking for someone like you? Tp' Well, they haven't played uptempo basketball since (former Somebody figured out that that's key- Often when schools are successful and a coach retires or leaves, they think it wasn't the coach or his style of play, but that it *J the school. I think the University of Houston was guilty of that. The up-tempo style set the L°ugars apart during their great ™tos. They got away from that, but when you're in a city with so much c°mpetition for the entertainment d0,lar, you have to be a high-wire act to draw people, to draw attention, to draw the media. That's how Dave Maggard presented it to CS: Everybody talks about your up-tempo style. What else do you bring as a coach? TP: When I was at Columbia and Fordham, I learned to run Princeton's offense, play match-up zones, use the clock. That was just to win, to be competitive. To win at that level, you do what you have to do. I always felt if I had more talent than my opponent we were going to get the gameup-tempo and get more possessions than our opponents, whether its through defense, offensive rebounding or not turning the ball over. We'll be sound fundamentally on offense and we'll be aggressive on defense. CS: You've cultivated a reputation as a rebuilder of programs. Do you ever think you'd like to take a job where you don't have to rebuild? TP: No. I did that once and I didn't like it. I didn't like people saying 'this is how we've been doing it and why should we change?' It's much more fun when the program is at rock-bottom and things turn around than to take something that's already there. Some guys are good at that. I'm not, I didn't like it. Life is about that. I tell kids that a lot. If they can find a job they would do in their leisure time for nothing and get paid for it, then you're not really working — it's a passion, a love. I love doing that. It's not easy, but there is a tremendous amount of satisfaction when you do turn the This interview is an edited version of one that appeared in The Daily Cougar on April 14, 2004. Sports 203