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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1992 - Student Life. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 11, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19684/show/19643.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1992 - Student Life. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19684/show/19643

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1992 - Student Life, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed July 11, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19684/show/19643.

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Title Houstonian 1992
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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Title Student Life
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript new siren begins / he 1991 football season marked his concerns that the siren become a the birth of a new tradition at the lasting symbol of Cougar Football University of Houston. "The Blaze", an and the university as a whole. "In air raid siren, became the symbol of order for the siren to become a strong Cougar football. After the university Cougar tradition, I felt it must have a gained national attention with the charachter of its own," Hruska said, success of the Run and Shoot offense He proposed to Jenkins that a crank originally led by Head Coach Jack siren, purchased and donated by UH Pardee, Offensive Coordinator John Alumni Pleas Doyle, be incorporated Jenkins, and players like David Dacus into the new unit, and Jenkins agreed, and Heisman Trophy winner, Andre This new dual siren unit was deliv- Ware, we felt that the Run and Shoot ered to UH early in the fall of 1990. In deserved a symbol of its own. With the order to honor the efforts of Hruska basic strategy of this offense being an and Doyle, Jenkins placed the care aggressive passing bombardment of and maintenance of the unit with the The brothers of the Sigma Chi Fraternity chose The Blaze as the siren's name. This was in honor of David Carl Blazeck, who died tragically died. Photo courtesty Sigma Chi. Brian Thompson, I lank Fuselier, Mike Hoover display the iu*w Photo by Thomas Nguyen. Rusty I Eruskaand siren, The Blaze. the other team, an air raid siren seemed the most appropriate representative. The acquisition of "The Blaze " was quite a history. The idea originated in 1990 when John Jenkins took over the job of Head Coach at UH. He wanted to use an air raid siren to symbolize Cougar Football, and the Whelen En- Sigma Chi Fraternity, of which both were members. In order for the unit to better represent UH, Hruska convinced Carbon and Alloy Metals and Gowco, Inc. to donate materials necessary to create signs and affix them to the trailer's sides. Now all that remained was to name the siren. David gineering Company generously al- Carl Blazek, a loyal Cougar fan, UH lowed him to borrow one. However, it student, and active member of Sigma was not very attractive and was often Chi tragically passed away the week- hidden behind the end zone bleach- end before the start of the fall semes- ers. Though hidden, its ominous pres- ter, and his fraternity brothers agreed ence was felt every time Cougars to use his nickname, "The Blaze," as a crossed the goal line, and eventually, permanent name for the siren. Cougar fans began to associate vie- "The Blaze," in its completed form, tory with the wailing of its siren. made its first debut during homecom- Both the 1990 football season and ing activities late in October 1991. the new siren proved successful, and During that game "The Blaze" rang out Coach Jenkins felt the time had come as Cougars swept past the SMU Mus- for UH to have a siren that was a tangs. The University of Houston had permanent and visible component of always been an innovative leader in the football program. Jenkins con- collegiate football, and now, this new tacted the UH Taxi Squad, which ea- tradition had found its place along- gerly supported his efforts and pur- side such attractions as the Cougar chased a siren and trailer from Whelen Bell and the Cougar Buggy, and was Engineering Co. in the summer of 1991. expected to represent Cougar football That same summer, UH student for years to come. -Rusty Hruska Rusty Hruska contacted Jenkins with Student Life