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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1998 - Spring. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 10, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5473/show/5374.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1998 - Spring. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5473/show/5374

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1998 - Spring, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed July 10, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/5473/show/5374.

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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Do Ryan Nonceaux Cylde Drexler is seen here explaining why he took the UH job and how he plans to bring the school back to it's glory. Photo by Matt Rogers 92 April Coach ©r< has strug However Cougars looking u n what could have been the worst kept secret in UH Athletics history Clyde Drexler became the new men's basketball head coach, effective immediately after he finished his day job with the Houston Rockets. The announcement came at a press conference that broke out into a love fest pep rally. With former Coogs Reid Gettys and George Walker as his bench coaches, Drexler will embark on the toughest challenge in his life: to return the UH basketball program to the height and notariety it sustained during Drexler s playing days of the early 1980's. "In college, you have a chance to shape, to mold the future of these great young men. That really appeals to me," explained Drexler. Drexler is expected to turn around the basketball program that fell from grace during the five year stint of Alvin Brooks. While Drexler and Gettys commented on their respect for Brooks, they both agreed that the program had fallen from the focus that it needed. There was no plan in place to carry the men's team into the next century, and Gettys echoed Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk's sentiments that leadership starts from the top, and it had been lacking in recent years. "It is clear that there is a need at this time to engage new leadership to revitalize interest and national competitiveness in our basketball program," said Gladchuck. The hype surrounding Drexler's return to UH was amazing. The press conference was carried live by all Houston network affiliates, as well as nationally by CNN and ESPN. Also, over three hundred supporters came to help usher in a new era in Cougar basketball, one they all hoped carries the prestige that the Phi Slamma Jama years did in the early 1980's. Coach Drexler's hiring created a ripple effect across the university and the city. Ticket sales in the week after his hiring essentially paid for his first year's salary, which was $150,000. Luxury suites in Hofheinz Pavillion became a hot commodity due to the Clyde-mania that errupted on campus. The community also came out to support their hometown hero as he stayed in Houston to coach the city's university. Businessmen such as Mattress Mac came out in support of Drexler's decision to coach at his alma mater. Drexler was not in the position where he had to win immediately. The administration realized that it takes time to put together a solid program and they are willing to give Clyde a chance, as noted in his five year contract. He will fill seats in Ins This is the reception that greeted Drexler upon his return to UH at the "pep rally/press conference." Also on display were 15-year-old polyester shirts emblazed with Phi Slama Jama logos. Photo by Matt Rogers first year on the bench, but questions remain as to whether he can coach or not. tier inherits a program that lied throughout the decade, with a renewed sense of irit on campus, things are for the men's program. Clyde Drexler IOI