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Next game:
Notre
Dame

Saturday, Aug. 30
South Bend, IN
TV: NBC
2:30 p.m. Central


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First practice photos...

Caravan snapshots....


Spring photos...

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2013: That champ- ionship season...


 The 2012 season...
 
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The 2011 season....

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The 2010 season...

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The '09 season...

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'08: A season to remember...


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The '07 season...

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The '06 season....



HOUSTON (Aug. 28) – Ever since Notre Dame officials last fall confirmed this season-opening matchup between Rice and their Fighting Irish, the Owls and their fans have been able to revel in the eventuality.
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For the last eleven months, Rice has stood toe-to-toe with the vaunted Irish -- giving up nary a point, conceding no disadvantage. Thoughts of an idyllic football weekend, crowds, bands, a national stage, even the real possibility of an epic upset – all have been as music to the ears of die hard supporters of our fair Institute.

Now it’s time to pay the piper.

It’s Catholics versus Carbohydrates, they say, as the Rice Owls tee it up with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Notre Dame Stadium, 3:30 p.m. (2:30 central time) Saturday on a game to be televised nationally by NBC.
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Jowan Davis,   Larry Edmondson interviews....
Sammy says he's ready; are you?


 
Cartoon by Charles Straub from Oct. 13, 1973, Rice-Notre Dame program...



Jordan Taylor:  Will he or won't he? (PTH photo)
HOUSTON (Aug. 25) – There’s an awfully big dog looming on the Rice Owl football schedule, ready to be taken on within the week. But first, before trekking up to South Bend to deal with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, players and coaches alike said it was a relief just to have completed the three-weeks-long preseason camp with a feeling of readiness, of organization, and without having any major mishaps having occurred.

Rice head coach David Bailiff told a relatively large gathering of press at Monday’s inaugural weekly luncheon that the players, while focusing hard on their upcoming season opener, needed to  catch their collective breaths after fall camp adjournment. And then, too, there’s the sound of that school bell a’ringing.
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Little news good news
on Rice fall camp front

HOUSTON (Aug. 11) – Routine has pervaded early fall camp workouts, but for Rice Owl fans, a paucity of news is good news as the team goes through its preparatory procedures in anticipation of its Aug. 30 season inaugural at Notre Dame.

On tap for today is the first scrimmage on the schedule, one in which fundamentals will continue to be emphasized and special situationals will be teed up for both offense, defense and special teams.

Rice head coach David Bailiff consistently has made his preferences known for minimalist, low-key publicity, although nothing in the way of an actual media blackout, during the tedious and physically draining four-week practice period leading into opening day.
Continues...  Parliament message board reports on fall practice....


Latest headlines:

Owls look to put more pressure on opposing QBs this season
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 27)
In attempt to push ND forward, Brian Kelly looked back
(OwlsInsider -- Aug. 27)

Irish to be young, depleted on defense
(Fox Sports -- Aug. 27)
Four things Irish need to know about Rice
(Bleacher Report/Notre Dame -- Aug. 27)
Notre Dame will try to overcome distractions, Rice
(WPTZ.com -- Aug. 27)
Rice, ND two teams eager to prove themselves
(TSN/Merced Sun-Star -- Aug. 27)
What to watch for in the season opener
(Notre Dame Fighting Irish -- Aug. 26)
ND to open season under cloud of uncertainty
(Chicago Sun-Times -- Aug. 26)
Owls ready to take fight to the Irish
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 26)
The ugly record: one TD in four previous games against ND
(Bleacher Report/Notre Dame -- Aug. 26)
Notre Dame ready to take on Rice Saturday
(ABC57.com -- Aug. 26)
Irish playing lots of freshman on defense
(SBNation/Notre Dame -- Aug. 26)
Golson: 'I had to grow up...I had to mature'
(CSNChicago -- Aug. 26)
Kelly will have to fill holes after suspensions
(The Elkhart Truth -- Aug. 26)
Owls are just good enough to give ND some trouble
(College Spun -- Aug. 25)

Rice prepares for formidable foe in Notre Dame
(Click2Houston -- Aug. 25)
Notre Dame vs. Rice -- Key Matchups
(uhnd.com -- Aug. 25)
Gabe Baker, Matt Simonette named captains
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 25)
'Gabe and I are going to bust it and do the best we can'
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 25)
Jordan Taylor questionable for season opener
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 25)
Owls no longer flying under the radar
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 24)

'Rocket' Ismail's career blasted off against Owls in '88
(uhnd.com -- Aug. 24)
Rice seeks continuation of 2013's success
(KPRC Click2Houston -- Aug. 22)
DB on DJ:  'He's a total package for us'
(Miami Herald --Aug. 22)
N
D final camp stock report
 Bleacher  Report/Notre Dame -- Aug. 22)
Reigning conference champs have some retooling to do

(Athlon Sports -- Aug. 22)
Owls return some key pieces in quest for repeat
(KHOU.com -- Aug. 20)
Rice game Aggies' cupcake of the year:  A&M by 39
(BleacherReport.com -- Aug. 20)
Taylor named to Earl Campbell watch list
(BCSNN.com -- Aug. 20)

It'll be long road back to repeat for Rice
(The Sports Network/NewsandObserver.com -- Aug. 19)
Defending conference champs seek to repeat
(Rice News -- Aug. 19)
BC schadenfreude over ND academic scandal
(WBZ/CBS Boston -- Aug. 19)
Mister Christian gets another watch list kudo
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 19)
Using Duke as model, Rice will speed up offense at times
(Rice Examiner -- Aug. 18)

Another year, another scandal at South Bend
(Chicago Tribune -- Aug. 18)
Kenny Hill right choice at QB for Aggies
(Rant Sports -- Aug. 18)
Rice not exactly a light approach for ND's opener
(UHND.com -- Aug. 18)
Owls help frosh class move in
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 17)

NOLA area athlete commits, calls Rice 'perfect fit'
(New Orleans Times-Picayune -- Aug. 17)
Another stain on Brian Kelly's ND watch
(Chicago Tribune -- Aug. 16)
Rice second scrimmage highlights
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 16)

ND fans should refrain from entering apocalyptic mode

(Bleacher Report/Notre Dame -- Aug. 16)
'No one has been dismissed...no sanctions have been imposed'
(Sauk Valley/Chicago Tribune -- Aug. 16)
Chron:  Rice has made devil's bargain with big-time sports
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug.15)
Suspensions will impact 2014 season for ND
(CBSSports.com -- Aug. 15)
Notre Dame suspends four amid academic fraud probe
(Wall Street Journal -- Aug. 15)


A little talk before the action commences...

Several key Rice Owl players kibbitz around at lunch time Monday before subjecting themselves to a round of R-Room media interviews; after that, First Practice at 5:00 p.m. (PTH photo)

Coaches' Caravan tour:  Houston
Coaches, admins pump enthusiasm into Owl fans
$12 million new cash in hand doesn't hurt


Jordan Taylor returns to torment Aggies, Herd this year once more (PTH photo)
HOUSTON (July 31) -- The upcoming football season began to generate buzz in earnest Wednesday evening, as a decent, but could-have-been-better, crowd occupied the Tap Room at St. Arnold Brewery to hear glad tidings from Rice football coaches and administrators while the yeasty brew lubricated proceedings at a relaxing clip.

Perhaps the most refreshing cheer of all came from an announcement by Senior Executive AD Rick Mello that the old Institute has just received a $12 million gift toward construction of the oft-announced, but continually evasive, end zone facility at Rice Stadium, which apparently now is in the cards for real.

"We recently got an elite gift," Mello told the crowd, "and as a result we're 80 per cent of the way there, 80 per cent."

"There" is apparently $30 million, an amount necessary to complete a multi-phase reworking of the North End Zone of HRS, together with a spruce-up of what remains.
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Caravan rolls to successful close....


Rice head coach David Bailiff chats with attendees at Wednesday evening's Coaches' Caravan held at the St. Arnold Brewery in Houston; the event closed out a round of four rollout meetings held around the state, in anticipation of the opening of fall drills (PTH photo)

Fall drills to begin Aug. 4 



In 2014 Spring Game action, WR Temi Alaka hauls in deep sideline pass while J.T. Blasingame does his best to break up the play; Alaka turned heads with his receiving performance during spring drills (Mark Anderson photo)




ND players under academic fraud investigation
(Yahoo Sports -- Aug. 15)
ND names Golson starting QB for Rice
(Chicago Sun-TImes -- Aug. 14)

These aren't your father's Rice Owls
(Houston Press -- Aug. 12)
Bailiff likes effort of DE candidates
(OwlInsider --Aug. 12)
Monday morning quarterbacks:  Owls  conduct  first scrimmage
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 11)
Notre Dame should cover line against Rice
   SBR.com --Aug. 11)

How prepared are the Fighting Irish for Rice?
(SlaptheSign.com -- Aug. 10)
Three-way battle expected in West Division race
(Murfreesboro Post -- Aug. 10)
Owls wrap up first of two Saturday practices
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 9)
O.J.: 'Imagine if you were strapped to that chair with duct tape over your mouth'
(Baltimore Magazine -- Aug. 9)
Phillip Gaines has fun
(Chiefs Spin -- Aug. 8)
Weis 'fires' himself, hires former Rice OC Reagan
(Fox Sports Kansas City -- Aug. 7)

Target squarely on Owls' backs
(KILT Sports/Nate Griffin -- Aug. 7)
Coaches tinkering with right guard position
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 7)
Steamy Thursday:  fall camp, Day Four
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 7)
NCAA Board votes to allow autonomy
(ESPN College Sports -- Aug. 7)
Owl players get heads shot, er, photographed
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 6)
Owls have new swagger as they defend title
(CSN Houston -- Aug. 6)
Rice player has to quit football due to kidney disease
(Washington Post/AP -- Aug. 6)

Championship changes expectation level, Bailiff says
(YourTomballNews.com -- Aug. 5)
Carroll will stay close to the game he loves
(Fox 26 Houston -- Aug. 5)
Fall camp Day One photos
(RiceOwls.com -- Aug. 5)
Flashback:  "The Coach" -- Jess Neely's last game
(KPRC TV Sports Special)
Kidney ailment forces Rice's Carroll to give up football
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 4)
Rice a much better football program now
(Irish Illustrated -- Aug. 4)
Boz has to balance spot on Texan roster with dad's injury
(CSN Sports -- Aug. 4)

Hawaii football:  Previewing the Rice Owls
(SB Nation/Mountain West Conference -- Aug. 3)

Key changes await Rice for 2014 season
(Houston Chronicle -- Aug. 3)
'Rice is a football team that is not going to back down'
(Irish Illustrated -- Aug. 3)
Rice adjusting to life as league target
(El Paso Times -- Aug. 2)
A&M EZF renovations border on the obscene
(Yahoo Sports -- July 31)
Covington one man Johnny Football couldn't avoid
(Football.com -- July 31)
Stung by beatdown, Marshall gunning for Owls
(Charleston Gazette -- July 30)
Rice receives major donation for end zone improvements
(Houston Chronicle -  July 30)
2014 Caravan wrapup at St. Arnold's
(RiceOwls.com -- July 30)
Nwosu will compete for SMU starting job
(Dallas Morning News -- July 30)

Owls have to replace some key pieces
(Pregame.com -- July 28)

Leebron has pushed university to grow
(Houston Chronicle -- July 27)
Marshall star RB nabbed for third time; off team
(Yahoo Sports -- July 27)
Owl from Vancouver not a likely NFL candidate, but...
(MyFootball.com -- July 27)
OG on Berkman:  'He loves to teach hitters'
(Houston Chronicle -- July 26)

ODU sells out season tix for sixth straight year
(Augusta Free Press -- July 26)
Rice aims for seat at post-season's big table
(Houston Chronicle -- July 23)
Kinkaid Rice recruit hopes to repeat league crown
(Houston Chronicle -- July 22)

Ag DB leaves team over brushup at Rice
(Austin American Statesman -- July 22)
LSU kicker a transfer to Rice

(NBCSports -- July 22)
Aggie MVP punches out Jones weanie, faces charges

(Bryan Daily Eagle -- July 21)
Joe Karlgaard can see the future from his office window

(Houston Chronicle -- July 21)
Player-baiting NTSTC students say goal line stand against Rice was 'incredible' - but no more of that, says league

(Denton Record-Chronicle -- July 20)
Wanna pick up extra ND ticket on Stub Hub?  You'll pay for it 
 

(Forbes -- July 18)

Texas Football: DB has led Rice on meteoric rise

(DCTF -- July 18)
 C-USA, Sinclair Broadcast Group announce TV pact

(RiceOwls.com -- July 18)
Flashback:  Rice football a family tradition for Winships
(Cypress Creek Mirror -- Jan. 26, 2011)

Bailiff interview on KZDC 1250 ESPN San Antonio

(KZDC1250ESPN -- July 17)
Owls picked second by a hair in C-USA West
(Examiner.com/Rice -- July 17)
Malcom Hill nominee for Good Works award
(Frisco Enterprise -- July 17)

Three Owls on pre-season coaches all-league team
(RiceOwls.com -- July 16)
Two weeks left to buy tix for road games at ND, A&M
(RiceOwls.com -- July 15)

Ex-Denison star Taylor looks to have break-out year at Rice

(KTEN --  July 15)
Bryce Callahan named to Jim Thorpe list

(RiceOwls.com -- July 11)

It's Bednařík, Nagurski, Outland Trophy watch lists for Covington

(Houston Chronicle -- July 10)

Owls chasing their third straight bowl bid

(Orlando Sentinel -- July10)

Covington joins nation's elite

(YourHoustonNews.com -- July 10)
Unionization:  which private schools are next?
(SB Nation -- July 9)
Farrimond in consideration for Ray Guy Award
(Examiner.com/Rice -- July 9)
Rice breaks into top half of BCS schools in preseason rank

(USA Today -- July 3)

Irish should be around 10-point favorite against sneaky Owl team
(Inside the Irish -- June 30)
Boswell et le coup du foulard
(NRC.nl -- June 25)

This year to be major test of sustainability for Rice

(Rant Sports -- June 24)
Rice should provide easy win for Aggies

(Bleacher Report/Texas A&M -- June 17)
Rice, Bailiff unknown commodities for ND
(Irish Illustrated  -- June 16)

Purdue, Navy, N'western less formidable ND foes than Rice

(Bleacher Report/Notre Dame -- June 16)

ND's new defense a complicated overhaul

(Bleacher Report/Notre Dame -- May 30)
Blue-Gray Game video highlights
(RiceOwls.com -- April 12)

Rice receivers shine in spring game

(Houston Chronicle -- April 12)

Can school with less than 4,000 students win championship again?

(Bleacher Report/Notre Dame -- Mar. 6)

Signing day 2014
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With championship trophy in background, Rice head coach David Bailiff meets press, expounds on his 2014 signing class, one by one (PTH photo)

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Bailiff hopes class will lead to another C-USA title
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 6)
Strange signing day turns includes Alaskan's saga
(Newsweek -- Feb. 6)
Chalk up one for Mello:  Owls fill open date with Hawaii
(FBSchedules.com -- Feb. 6)
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(RiceOwls.com -- Feb. 5)
Texas-heavy class includes signee from North Pole, Alaska
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 5)
Rice signs 18 Texas players, one from Alaska
(KHOU.com -- Feb. 5)
Crosby's Walter twins sign with Rice
(KHOU.com -- Feb. 5)
Owls were able to fend off late interest by bigger schools
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 5)
Murphy, Cavanaugh's star offspring headed for Tech
(Waco Tribune-Herald -- Feb. 5)
Owls will face Old Dominion at home; Southern Miss on road
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 4)
Former Rice TE earns Super Bowl ring
(KHOU.com -- Feb. 2)
Luke finds fit with Seahawks
(Houston Chronicle -- Feb. 1)
Veteran Yoxall named new Rice S&C coach
(Fort Bend News -- Feb. 1)
A new recruiting frontier? Alaskan's path to Rice
(Sports Illustrated -- Jan. 30)
The Boz finishes second at All-Star Challenge
(Your Houston News -- Jan. 29)

 Latest headlines....
 Last update: 08/28/14 11:13 PM


Twitter:  Fall practice tweets....
Notre Dame Week...
Driphus Jackson
'The team is confident -- more confident than we were against A&M ...just because we don't have the huge brand... we'll still come to play'
Christian Covington
'We're going into this game knowing who we're going against ...we've prepared (for Golson) like we prepared last year for Johnny Manziel'
Coach Bailiff
'Two years agao we were six  (opponents') Homecoming games; last year we were none.  We're making progress'
Owl player, coach interviews....
Jowan
Davis
'It's better having multiple playmakers in our position; better to have a fresh back in to spell a tired one; you don't want to be selfish...'
OC Larry Edmondson
'We're not at the point where we're still trying to learn the offense; we're trying to make the offense just a little bit better...'
STC Darrell Patterson
'We are really talented in... the return game.  We have some young men back there who have speed, not in just the skill positions... '
Luke Turner
'If they tell me to punt, I'll punt; if they tell me to throw the ball, I'll throw it; if they tell me to fill up the water bucket, I'll do it...whatever the coaches tell me to do...'
   James Radcliffe
'Last year it was Kutzler, and being the only senior linebacker, I feel that's  pretty much my job now , to step in and navigate the team...'
DC Chris Thurmond
'We can just tweak within the system, and that really makes it a lot easier...this our third year in the present system; the continuity is really helpful to us...'
Darrick Dillard
'When you have a new back with fresh legs going in, there's an excitement that helps you finish off your drives; that just sets the defense back on their heels...'
Jordan Taylor
'(Driphus) is a little different in style than McHargue last year, but he throws a really good ball... really works at his execution, routes, timing... I'm really looking forward to getting started...'
Driphus Jackson
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The best thing that ever happened to me was redshirting when I got here...it gave me a chance to sit back and learn...  Now it's here.  I'm excited....'
Media Day:  Coach Bailiff Q&A

Caravan:  Coach Bailiff, Thurmond, Edmondson, SrAD Mello take the mike

Rice AD Joe Karlgaard outlines his new vision

'By  embracing our past and learning from it, we have a chance to be great in every sport we play'

2014 Signing Day videos

Coach Bailiff's signing day press conference