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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/18976.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1993 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19121/show/18976

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Transcript r irst Athletic Director Harry Fouke put UH in the map. Besides bringing our teams to the Southwest Conference and hiring many of our most successful coaches. Fouke was the first Golf Coach at UH. Here Fouke. far right, seated, discusses plans with Publicity Director Ted Nance and secretary Margret Standard. Houstonian file photo, (top center) Wilson Whitley (number 78) prepares to take on a Maryland quarterback, in Houston's first Cotton Bowl, way back in 1977. Wilson was named the Southwest Conference's defensive player of the decade, although he played in the SWC for just one year. Houstonian file photo (lower center) Liombardi Trophy winner Wilson Whitley was one of the key ingredients to a victorious season in 1976. He and coach Bill Yeoman took the Cougars to the Cotton Bowl their first year in the Southwest Conference, surprising many. Whitley died of a hart attack in 1992, he was 37. Photo courtesy Sports Information (below) UH's legendary athletic program "architect" died at age 78 after a long illness. Former UH Athletic Director Harry Fouke started his tenure in 1945 as the first AD in Cougar history. Four decades later, Fouke retired in 1979 as the most remembered individual in the school's rise to prominence in the sporting world. His list of achievements is long. •Led UH into the Lone Star Conference (1946), the Gulf Coast Conference (1949), the Missouri Valley Conference (1951), as an independent from 1960-75, and into the Southwest Conference in 1976. •Moved UH'shomefield from Rice stadium in 1966 to the Astrodome. The move distinguished Houston as the first college team to play indoors on artificial turf. • Hired four of UH's most successful coaches: basketball coach Guy V. Lewis, football coach Bill Yeoman, golf coach Dave Williams and track coach Tom Tellez. • Put UH on the national Basketball scene by scheduling the "Game of the Century" in 1968 between Houston and UCLA in the Astrodome. The Cougars were successful in the contest that pitted Elvin Hayes against Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Fouke graduated from Rice University in 1935. In that '35 season, he helped the Owls win the SWC football championship as a halfback. He also won the school's highest scholar-athlete honor, the Bob Quin Award. Because of his service, UH named the athletic office building after Fouke. He was also named to the University of Houston Hall of Honor and was recognized as Mr. Sportsman by the City of Houston.-Keith Rollins UH loses two of Ihe best Mfadsg^^ TLe year was 1976. The Cougar football team had amassed a dismal 2-8 record the year before. Houston had just entered a tough Southwest Conference League and the season was bleak from everyone's standpoint, but one. Wilson Whitley, already a three-year letterman on the squad, stood up before the teams after spring training one day. Everyone grew silent out of respect for the huge defensive lineman. "He said that this was going to be the best year the University of Houston has ever had, we are going to put the Houston Cougars on the map," Danny Davis, the quarterback in 1976, said. A Cougar legend was born. Whitley eclipsed all expectations. He won the most prestigious award given to a defensive player, the Lombardi Award. "Everyone knew that Wilson was the best player in college football that year. The reason why I played at the University of Houston was so I didn't have to play against Wilson Whitley," Davis said. Although he was portrayed as a "wild man on the field, off the field he didn't show it. He was caring and would listen to problems,: Davis said. Whitley led a defense that year which helped the Cougars to their first Cotton Bowl victory over Maryland. Before the game, the undefeated Terrapins had already drawn up plans for their national championship rings. Whitley was instrumental in changing the outcome. He was also named— opposite Earl Campbell—as the SWC Defensive Player of the Decade in the' 70s, despite playing only one year in the conference. Whitley went on to play six years in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and one for the Houston Oilers. He started all 16 games in the Bengals' '81 season which ended in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI. Whitley retired from football in 1983. On October 25, 1993, the 3 7-year old Whitley died of a heart attack. He was survived by his wife Norma and daughters Wynter and Jordan. In his memory, the Athletic Department announced the establishment of the Wilson Whitley Memorial Scholarship Fund. After his last season as a Cougar, Whitley wanted to keep in touch with his teammates. He spearheaded the start of the Spirit of '76, an informal club that would attend Cougar football games and participate in alumni functions. The club was still intact, and Davis said, "it will continue in the spirit of Wilson Whitley as their leader. "- Keith Rollins 144 Sports Obituaries 145