Redshirt frosh QB Joel Armstrong cocks and fires in early
better equipped for
HOUSTON (August 17) "Three-and-0."
That was Rice head coach Ken Hatfields immediate comeback when asked, last
week, by scribes what hed hoped to get out of the Owls first three games of
the season tough matches with Houston, Hawaii, and then at a little
"Now, wait a minute you didnt aske me how, you just asked
me what would I LIKE to have out of it," he was quick to add.
"Weve got a good schedule, and those first three
people are mighty good. Youve got Houston coming off a great season, a bowl team
three bowl teams right away, all of whom had great success last year. With Hawaii,
(senior QB Timmy) Chang has a chance to be the all-time NCAA leader; he presents a
"And Texas? Texas has as good a talent as anybody in the
country," he admitted. "They play Arkansas up there two weeks before us. And
then theyre off a week before they play us. They even have two weeks to get
ready for us, this time. But they will be an outstanding team, I dont think
theres any doubt about it.
SID daily practice reports....
Year of the lineman?
Ben Wiggins nabs pass in Monday's practice action
Owl heavy equipment
set to move some earth
HOUSTON (Aug. 10) Some of you greybeard Owls out there whore even
more venerable than this writer may remember the old, 50s cigarette jingle that started
out, "Its whats up front that counts. If you havent got it there,
you havent got it."
Its been a lament that Owl fans, coaches and players have joined in, pretty much
year in and year out, for it seems eons.
Story.... Opening day snapshots.... Updated
'04 SID Outlook...(pdf)
College teams run poor second
to newspaper coverage of Texans
Editor's note: As a special feature provided this fall to the Webletter by a
neutral source -- guaranteed -- we'll be presenting an occasional update on
coverage of the local football teams, both college and pro, by the Houston
HOUSTON (August 8 -- Special to the Webletter) -- Ah, August! The
time when football fans across the nation begin to peruse the bookstores for their latest
football preview magazines and whet their appetites for the upcoming season.
Despite the sweltering heat, we begin to long for the days to sit in the stands and
watch our gridiron heroes as they prepare for the challenges ahead. Story....
should give Owls impetus
for strong start this year
HOUSTON (July 27) At the halftime of the Navy game in Rice
Stadium last year, things looked about as grim for Rices football prospects as they
had in many a year. Facing a 1-6 record, with what looked to be a blowout home loss to a
team that Rice had beaten on the road the year before, the Owls, used to dealing from a
short deck in the best of times, looked down on their fortunes and down in the
It was a classic time for a gut-check, and head coach Ken Hatfields crew
apparently pulled an abdomen observation quite well, for, although they didnt come
back to win the game, they did go and play Navy on even terms in the second half, shutting
down the Middiesoption attack with a suddenly-jelled defense.
Speaking at the Texas High School Coaches Association annual meeting at the old
Astroworld Hotel earlier this week, an upbeat Ken Hatfield took strength from the
turnaround that began with the second half of last years Navy game. And before
gathered press, he ventured a bit of analysis on the matter.
Story.... Coach Hatfield reviews his offensive unit....
Rice '04 spring practice page....
Rice's 2004 recruits....
'We're far from done'
E-mail, letter campaign
swayed day, Rice AD says
Story.... Board upholds athletics programs.... Owl fans rally for
athletics.... Rally Photos.... Alumni
take on faculty report....
Rice's 2003 season,
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 16)
Briles: 'By far the best group we've ever had'
(CollegeSports.com -- Aug. 16)
For the moment, the outlook is positively cheery
(TexasSportsMagazine.com-- Aug. 13)
motivated to bring home league crown
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 8)
coach hopes '03 momentum carries over
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 8 <photo>)
Jones likes bye before Rice game
(Honolulu Star-Bulletin -- Aug. 8)
Owls hope to end drought
(Del Rio News-Herald -- Aug. 7)
Rice-Navy to be televised on HDTV
(NavySports.com -- Aug. 5)
CUSA eyes '05 title game
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 4)
Transition the topic at CUSA meeting
(Bonesville.net -- Aug. 4)
grow for West, Memphis
(The Clarion-Ledger -- Aug. 4)
Changes coming, but CUSA set for best season yet
(Birmingham News -- Aug. 4)
'Meet the Owls' set for Aug. 20
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 2)
Message to recruits: no more monkey business
(Houston Chronicle -- July 28)
Boise picked first, Rice fifth, in media poll
(San Francisco Chronicle -- July 28)
Austin, Armstong please Hatfield
(Tyler Morning Telegraph -- July 27<scroll down>)
Navy hopes to build on 2003 football success
(Navysports.com -- July 27)
wants to stop 'celeb' recruiting
(Fox Sports.com -- July 21)
Owls' Lott should contend for all-conference honors
(CBS Sportsline -- July 2)
Back-to-basics approach should pay dividend for Rice in '04
(CNN-SI Rice team preview)
Boise should challenge for '04 WAC crown
Owls a team worth watching closely
(JimFeist's College Football)
Experience can help Rice bottle up momentum
(College Football News -- June 2)
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