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First time at a UH game? Don’t know how to sport your #COOG pride? You’ve come to the right place!

With the season picking up, here is a list of Cougar traditions and cheers that are sure to heighten your game-day experience, especially if you’re rooting for Houston from the student section.


Cheer loud as the University of Houston band the Spirit of Houston runs onto the field! After the build-up hits the performers play, chant “Go Coogs!” in tandem with the crowd.

Shortly after, spell out “C-O-U-G-A-R-S!” Most traditions will be included in the pregame after these two sequences, so pay attention to grow familiar with them.


It’s certain you’ve heard this performed before, so as you hear the brass play the familiar melody, at the silence in between—and while waving your Cougar Paw up high with pride—chant, “Eat ‘em up, eat ‘em up! GO COOGS, GO!”


Another spell-out chant! Follow the audience as the fans chime in with the band’s cadence on this one. Shout out each letter as they come! “C… O… U… G-A-R-S!”


The lyrics go as such: Cougars fight for dear old U of H / for our Alma Mater cheer / Fight for Houston University / for victory is near / When the going gets so rough and tough / we never worry cause we got the stuff! / So fight! Fight! Fight for red and white! / And we will go to victory.”

This is leading into the chant, “C… O… U… G-A-R-S! (2x) HAIL RED! HAIL WHITE! HAIL COUGARS! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! C-O-U-G-A-R-S, COUGARS!” Round back to the lyrics one more time, and you got it!

(Don’t forget to have your Cougar paw up!)


Lyrics: “All hail to thee / Our Houston University / Our hearts fill with gladness / When we think of thee / We’ll always adore thee dear old varsity / And to thy memory cherished / True we’ll ever be.”

Most of the time, these lyrics will be on the big screen at games, so follow along there.


While the official lyrics go,C-O-U-G-A-R-S… We’re talkin’ ’bout the Cougars!” The lyrics have shifted by students to an occasionally less family-friendly version: “C-O-U-G-A-R-S… Who we talkin’ ’bout? The mother-[CENSORED] Cougars!”

Whichever version you go with, know that this is the top-ranking cheer of all! Belt like you mean it.

And, before any big game, remember to rub the cougar statues’ paws located in Cullen Family Plaza for good luck! Dorn red, walk with your chin up high and show ‘em what Cougars are made of with your new cheer knowledge!

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