Battle Of The Third Ward: Possible UH, TSU Football Game In 2018

Talks are underway for the University of Houston and Texas Southern to play in a non-conference football game in 2018.


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Talks are underway for the University of Houston and Texas Southern to play in a non-conference football game in 2018.

Athletics leaders of both schools have been in preliminary discussions for the past few months about the match-up tentatively slated for September of 2018 at TDECU Stadium.

TSU's Vice President of Athletics, Dr. Charles McClelland, says it's part of a financial package for UH's men's and women's basketball teams that are playing home games next season at TSU's Health & Physical Education Arena, while UH's Fertitta Center undergoes renovation.

"Some of the games were going to be off campus, some would be here on-campus, both on the men and women's side,” says McClelland. “And just through those talks from a compensation standpoint, it made sense for us to try and get the two football teams together."

Though no terms of agreements or contracts have been drawn up yet, UH Athletics Vice President, Hunter Yurachek, says a scheduling issue turned into an opportunity for both schools to consider.

"We have an opening in 2018 for a home game that we have not been able to fill, and we're getting to a point where we really need to sure that game up,” says Yurachek. “And Texas Southern has an opening on the comparable date in 2018 for a road game. And as Charles and I continued to talk about this, it just really made sense for the University of Houston/Texas Southern to compete in this football game."

Both McClelland and Yurachek plan to revisit the discussion at the end of Spring.

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