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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1979 - Campus Life. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 30, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20342/show/20019.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1979 - Campus Life. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20342/show/20019

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1979 - Campus Life, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed July 30, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20342/show/20019.

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Title Houstonian 1979
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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Title Campus Life
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript After serving for 34 years as UH's first and only athletic director, the longest continuous tenure for any university athletic director in the country, Harry Fouke decided to make the 1978-79 school year his last. Fouke said he was going to hit the golf course and travel around the country, "to see things for real." That should be easy for Fouke, the man who made things "real" for UH athletics. Fouke came to UH in 1945 at the request of then- president Edison Oberholtzer. There was not very much at UH to work with. Back then, the athletic department consisted of three small buildings and a tin maintenance shack. But it did not take long for Fouke to get things going. UH got a chance to play in the Lone Star Basketball Conference that year, and even though the department did not have equipment, he decided to take a shot at it. UH won the conference and went on to play in the national tournament. "That first team I'll always remember," Fouke recollects. Fouke was born in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1913 and graduated from Main High School in San Antonio. An athlete himself, Fouke quarterbacked the Rice Owls to their first Southwest Conference championship in 1934. After a varied athletic career in San Antonio, the UH job came along in 1945, and the athletic program here began a meteoric rise under the steady guidance of Fouke. Since those early days, UH sports teams have gained in respectability and quality. The football team, which played in Jeppesen Stadium, now has a home in the Astrodome and has won the Southwest Conference championship twice since joining the SWC in 1976. "Our football coaches and teams are prime examples of what everyone has contributed to our success," Fouke said, "We started from scratch and gradually improved the level of competition and ourselves." It is not just the football program that Fouke is proud of either. "I feel all our teams have contributed to our athletic greatness," he said. Fouke said the 1968 UH-UCLA basketball game was the biggest in terms of national exposure. UH edged UCLA 71-69 before the largest crowd to ever see a basketball game. Fouke gives credit to his coaches for UH's winning ways and competitive spirit. "Every coach here is a good example of how people can teach and instill in their players the ability to play at an emotional peak," he said. As for his own job, Fouke believes an athletic director must have a good concept and appreciation of the entire athletic program and must work extra hard. "I believe the true mark of a great program is whether or not it will stay competitive," he said. Hopefully, UH's second athletic director will have these qualities and be as successful as the first one. "At UH, we have always been fortunate to be a winner and hopefully always will be," Fouke said, "The winning tradition I don't think will ever end for UH." — Mark Langford 63