In 2023, the University of Houston will be among four teams making their move to the Big 12 conference amid the second wave of major conference realignment since 2010.
With the move, the Cougars are looking to upgrade their facilities ahead of the move and on Thursday they announced just that, with a $150 million fundraising campaign that will get their facilities on par with others at the Power Five level.
In order to jumpstart the fundraising, Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen made a $1 million contribution as a part of the Cougars’ campaign, which will go specifically towards the funds supporting the university’s football development center.
“When I returned to the University of Houston nearly four years ago, I had a vision for what Cougar Football could become,” Holgorsen said in a statement. “We are getting there. We are coming off a 12-win season, excited about the prospects for this upcoming year, preparing to enter the Big 12 in 2023, and building one of the best football facilities in the country. Houston has been committed to me, and I am committed to Houston and, as part of that commitment, I am honored to do my part to help make the new operations building a reality. My hope is that this small gesture may generate further excitement for the HOUSTON RISE campaign.”
Holgorsen’s Cougars finished the 2021 campaign going 12-2 and a perfect 8-0 in AAC play. It was the best finish for Holgorsen in his coaching career, and the best record that UH has finished with since 2015. If they continue that success in 2022, the Cougars will likely have little issue raising the funds necessary to get their new project finished in time.