As you're certainly, by now, well aware, Florida State will square off against the Houston Cougars in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve day at noon. And while you're probably quite aware of the Seminoles' usual opponents, and the personalities associated therewith, we thought we'd catch you up a bit on just which celebrities are connected with the Cougs, courtesy of Houston's own website.
UH claims US Senator Elizabeth Warren as an Alum, as well as several in the entertainment industry. Quaid brothers Dennis and Randy went to Houston, as did Jim Parsons, who stars as Sheldon in the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Robert Wuhl, well known for his roles in Bull Durham, Blue Chips, and his HBO Series, Arliss, attended, too.
Additionally, Houston is well regarded for its creative writing program, as talented authors such as Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) and Padgett Powell (Edisto) have emerged from UH. Houston has produced a notable sports broadcaster, too: Jim Nantz, who's recognized, primarily, as the voice of The Masters, along with The Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
And, of course, Houston boasts a rich athletic tradition. Its memorable athletes include world-class track stars Carl Lewis and Leroy Burrell, along with NBA greats Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. The Cougars have also done exceptionally well on the links, as former Houston golfers -- and major champions -- include Fred Couples, Steve Elkington, and Fuzzy Zoeller. MLB pitchers to originate with the Cougs include Doug Drabek, Ryan Wagner, and Woody Wiiliams. And UH's biggest gridiron star has been Andre Ware, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1989.