UH AD Hunter Yurachek talks #HTownTakeover; RotoWire’s Michael Rathburn talks Astros, MLB

Hunter Yurachek is the Vice President of Athletics for the University of Houston, and he joins the show to break down his first major hire (Major Applewhite, head football coach), the astounding facilities expansions and upgrades he is overseeing and the overall state of the union for UH Athletics (as well as how he made Tom Herman $1.6m richer before he left for UT).

Next, Michael Rathburn (“Rath,” to those of us in the know), of RotoWire, joins us to break down the Astros’ hot start and project their postseason prospects, as well as some possibly and likely trade moves on the horizons. Go follow Rath on Twitter, tweet that you heard him here on the show, and you might win his fantasy baseball almanac!

Kevin and Austin also love on their respective moms and bloviate about the week’s top headlines. Go leave us a review on iTunes!

Baylor AD Mack Rhoades on Matt Rhule, Baylor Athletics and Tilman Fertitta

Baylor AD Mack Rhoades joins The Weekly Brew podcast and provides an update on the state of affairs within the athletic department following the 2016 fallout with the football program. Rhoades then discusses the hiring of Matt Rhule and how the student-athletes are responding during spring drills. The interview concludes with Rhoades offering his thoughts on the University of Houston and his interactions with Tilman Fertitta.

The guys then move into the big headlines from the week including the U.S. launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian government airbase, opening week for the Astros, the NHL announcing that they will not participate in the 2018 Olympics, and the CONCACAF joint bid to host 2026 World Cup.

Rockets + Lou Williams; Jameis Winston’s life advice; Trump and Rory

With Kevin out of pocket this week, Austin and Jeremy speculate on his whereabouts before evaluating the big moves at the NBA trade deadline, including the Rockets’ acquisition of Lou Williams from the Lakers. The guys then discuss Jameis Winston’s comments that girls should be “Silent, Polite, And Gentle” and why Winston shouldn’t be giving life advice to elementary students. The show wraps up with insight into Rory Mcllroy’s golf outing with Trump, MLB rule changes and Tom Herman’s infatuation with pastrami.

Austin and Kevin talk Major Applewhite, Joe Mixon, Craig Sager and the new NBA CBA

Austin and Kevin tackle some of the week’s biggest stories including the promotion of Major Applewhite to University of Houston head coach (consensus is: cautious optimism); the release of the Joe Mixon assault video (hearkening back to earlier episodes recorded with Chron’s Jenny Dial Creech and Sport’s Illustrated’s Lindsay Schnell in which the events were discussed) and what it means for college athletics and the way our culture handles and treats violence towards women; the death of NBA gadfly Craig Sager, arguably the most popular sideline reporter in any sport; and a deep-dive look at some of the new changes to the NBA CBA and what it means for the Association going forward.

SicEm365’s Ashley Hodge talks Baylor head coach Matt Rhule; UH hires Major Applewhite

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Welcome to Episode 72 from The Voice of Houston! While Kevin takes his first day off in more than a year, Austin and Jeremy breakdown the Texans win at Indianapolis, Major Applewhite as the new head football coach at the University of Houston, and Matt Rhule answering the call at Baylor.

Ashley Hodge of SicEm365.com calls into the show to discuss the Matt Rhule hiring and what steps he is taking to ensure that the program is able to salvage the 2017 recruiting class while building inroads within the Texas high school football coaching circles. Hodge also explains why Scott Drew’s shift in recruiting philosophy has paid off on the hardwood.

Although Kevin was MIA this week, the podcast did receive ANOTHER five-star review on iTunes from Blaker876 — our favorite listener of the week. If you want a shoutout on the show, the process is simple: Click here and leave us a review.

Matt Mosley (Dallas Morning News + Texas Monthly) talks Baylor football + basketball; Tom Herman to Texas

Welcome to Episode 70 of the podcast, we hope you survived Black Friday (we barely did).

The guys open the show by discussing the fallout from Tom Herman’s move to the 40 acres in Austin and what it means for the future of the football program at U of H.

Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly columnist Matt Mosley then calls in to discuss the coaching vacancy at Baylor and why Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre is the ideal candidate for the job. Mosley then opines on Tom Herman’s move to Texas, why it isn’t necessarily a homerun hire for the Longhorns, and what U of H should look for in a new head coach (hint: Row the Boat). Lastly, Mosley analyzes Baylor basketball’s hot start following a come-from-behind win over Louisville in the Bahamas.

Kevin had dinner plans (or perhaps was still sulking over Herman’s departure on Saturday) so Austin and Jeremy wrap up the show and recap the college football landscape and the various coaching vacancies within the state of Texas.

Lastly, we encourage all of our listeners to visit our iTunes page and leave a five-star review — we know it’ll make Kevin feel better after Tom Herman left him at the alter. And remember guys, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

John McClain talks Texans; Jeremy Branham talks University of Houston Football & Basketball

Welcome to Episode 69! This week, Chron’s John McClain and Sports Radio 610’s Jeremy Branham join us to talk Houston sports on The Weekly Brew, the Voice of Houston.

John McClain is no stranger to The Weekly Brew, having joined us on no fewer than four other occasions. He calls in to talk a little Texans, a little Baylor, this and that. Listen, the guy is one of the most veteran, locked-in voices in Houston sports, and he can talk whatever he wants, even if he does throw cold water on the Chad Morris-to-Baylor storyline.

Jeremy Branham is also an old friend of the show. He is a sideline reporter for UH Football, and he shares some insights from the huge upset victory over Louisville Thursday, and delves into Tom Herman’s future with the team and the impact of yet another UH victory over a top-5 squad. Branham is also now the play-by-play voice of UH Cougar Basketball, and will be hosting coach’s shows with Kelvin Sampson every week, and he talks a little bit about what to expect from the team this season (hint: NCAA Tournament berth) and the long-term trajectory of the program under Coach Sampson (hint: future is bright).

As usual, terrific guests with terrific takes get into anything and everything Houston sports. That’s, after all, why we’re the Voice of Houston (according to us, and we would know: we are the Voice of Houston), and to the listeners, we say both thank you and you’re welcome.

But hark – there is one thing you can do for us, and in fact, should. In these uncertain times, people look to symbols of certainty and stability, and for a podcast, that equates to iTunes reviews. We need them. Go to iTunes and click Ratings and Reviews and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb (if you’re on a mobile device, use the magnifying glass in the podcast app to search for The Weekly Brew, and you can do it from there), and we will actually read it aloud to our thousands of listeners. And you’ll be our favorite listener of the week, like, UHCoog2010 is this week.

And remember guys, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.

Astros broadcaster Bill Brown; Chip Rives, director of ESPN 30 for 30 Phi Slama Jama

Welcome to the 66th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, the Voice of Houston! We’re getting deep into the Houston sports scene this week with two fantastic guests, Bill Brown and Chip Rives.

Brown spent 30 years as the primary television play-by-play voice of the Houston Astros, witnessing and calling things like no-hitters from Darryl Kile and Mike Fiers, the last regular-season game ever played in the Astrodome and Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit. Brown was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and was, for many in the city of Houston, the voice of the Astros and the voice of baseball. He discusses some of his memories of 30 years of distinguished service, delves into why baseball is special to its fans and looks forward to the coming years for the Astros’ franchise.

Like Hansel, Chip Rives is so hot right now. The documentarian has won five Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award (recognizing journalistic excellence) for his work on films like ESPN’s Brian the Boz and the MLB Network doc The Eighth Wonder of the World, discussing the Astrodome. Rives’ latest effort, the 30 for 30 Phi Slama Jama, documents the wildly popular 1980’s University of Houston Basketball team under the guidance of head coach Guy V. Lewis, featuring Akeem Olajuwon (later Hakeem), Clyde Drexler, Reid Gettys, Benny Anders and many more, who dunked their way into America’s heart.

Rives discusses the legacy of Guy V. Lewis, one of the early integrators of athletics in the South, and the curious search for Benny Anders, “The Outlaw” who virtually disappeared after his time at UH.

And then Kevin begs for iTunes reviews. Guys, they’re REALLY IMPORTANT. And it’s been a while since we’ve gotten any. We’re pretty firmly committed to, like, not paying for them or cheating the system, but frankly, our morals only go so far. We’re bringing you some of the best interviews with Houston’s most fascinating sports figures, telling engaging, entertaining stories through the magic of podcasting. The LEAST you can do it pop over to iTunes and leave a nice 5-star review with a little blurb. We’ll even read it out loud at the end of next week’s episode. Do the right thing, guys.

And remember, no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS, brew responsibly.

Former all-Big 12 RB Terrance Ganaway; Chronicle’s Jenny Dial Creech; Denver7 ABC’s Troy Renck

Welcome to the 65th episode of The Weekly Brew! You may have noticed (or maybe not – Kevin certainly didn’t hear anyone complain) that we took a week off. Why? Frankly, we deserved it. If Jim Rome can take 18 weeks off a year, we don’t see why one should be a problem.

If you have a problem with that, Kevin will happily (digitally) fight you.

But we’re back at it! We have a great slate of guests this week, with Houston Chronicle sports columnist Jenny Dial Creech, former Baylor all-Big 12 running back Terrance Ganaway and Denver7 ABC’s Troy Renck calling in to discuss anything and everything going on in pro and college sports.

First, Jenny Dial Creech, an inveterate Tex-Mex snob (her words) shares some of the best dishes and drinks around the town of Houston. Creech then dives into some of her favorite memories of 11 years covering Houston sports, sharing her thoughts on the passing of Houston sports media legend Bob Allen and noting some of her inspirations, growing up around – and loving – sports. Creech touches on the Rockets and Comets in a wide-ranging interview that is sure to satisfy sports fans of all varieties.

Next, Terrance Ganaway, arguably the best running back ever to attend Baylor (though he did it after defecting from the University of Houston, which Kevin cannot and will not forget), shares his thoughts on this year’s Baylor team, how well the Bears have moved on from Art Briles’ ignominious departure and gives some of his top targets for the impending coaching search (Les Miles and Tom Herman are mentioned). Ganaway also delves into the recent Big 12 decision not to expand, describing what he thinks ought to have happened and should happen in the future (hint: 14 teams).

Finally, old friend of the show Troy Renck – who broke down the Super Bowl in Episode 28 – calls in ahead of Monday’s Texans v Broncos matchup to break down what’s been plaguing the Broncos in the first quarters lately and what the Texans need to do to secure a win. Renck also shares some thoughts on the digital-first movement in the newspaper industry and the challenges facing sportswriters in this brave, new world.

We might have taken a week off, but we killed it on the comeback episode. We hope you enjoy and we implore you: leave some reviews (5-stars, please, with blurbs) on iTunes! We’ll read any 5 star review with a blurb, and we mean ANY. Think Will Ferrell reading the Telepromptr in Anchorman.

And finally, folks, remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.