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SAFETY

Preparing for the worst Officials prepare for emergency situations to protect Cougars Diana Nguyen Contributing writer

The UH Campus Emergency Response Team has been trained to respond in an efficient manner. Complete with victims painted in fake blood and a search and rescue mission, the Emergency Management Department held a disaster simulation Friday afternoon at the Energy Research Park to train CERT members on how to address a potential emergency situation. CERT training, which began in 2011 to prepare members of the University community for a potential campus emergency, is part of a national initiative and sponsored by the city of Houston and Harris County. “The CERT training culminates with the final exercise. The purpose of this exercise is to test the CERT members’ new skills and to give the team an opportunity to practice in an environment similar to a real-world emergency,” said Emergency Management Specialist Kelly Boysen. Throughout the course, CERT members are trained in a variety of aspects including fire suppression, terrorism awareness, search and rescue, transport and medical operations. On the last day of class, a disaster scenario is given in which CERT members have to practice organizing their team, putting out fires with extinguishers, rescuing victims from the scene, determining the severity of victims’ injuries and providing treatment. Boysen started working at UH in 2011 and covers a multitude of roles in the Emergency Management Bureau, including CERT Coordinator. CERT Coordinator Homero Ponce-Lopez, who has taught fire safety, search and rescue and first aid EMS 1 and EMS 2 classes, now serves as the liaison between UH and Houston. “This is a training everyone should PREPARING continues on page 3

The Nook founder Derek Shaw brought staff and guests Saturday to try out coffees the cafe will offer when it opens Nov. 29. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar

DINING

New café brings cozy Nook to UH Channler K. Hill Editor in chief

The Nook Cafe has been brewing its grand opening for almost five months and is weeks away from serving students its first cup. Founder Derek Shaw, a UH alumnus, will open the café’s doors to the public on Nov. 29. “We’ve been really fortunate, because the students have stayed

excited; they’ve stayed engaged. They chat with me on Facebook; they chat with me on Twitter,” Shaw said. “So that’s been a lot of fun. It keeps the mind fresh. You constantly have students giving you feedback.” The Nook was originally scheduled to open July 15 in the new center on Calhoun Road, which also houses Jimmy John’s, Café 101 and Pink’s Pizza, which is still under

construction, but has faced a series of maintenance setbacks. Shaw welcomed his staff and a few private guests to smell the variety of coffees and tour the space for the first time on Saturday. The Nook’s décor was particularly impressive for attendees, featuring handmade tables by co-owner Sam Wijnberg. The tables are old doors that Wijnberg cut into pieces, designed with

a painted chessboard on the surface for an interactive experience. “I hope it really adds to the atmosphere of the place and makes it something when kids come in, or when anyone comes in, says, ‘Wow, these tables are kind of cool, I like that.’ (That will make) me feel good,” Wijnberg said. NOOK continues on page 3

NFL

Keenum takes involuntary seat Texans lose 8th straight as offense struggles to find consistency at home Andrew Valderas Assistant sports editor

Quarterback Case Keenum threw one touchdown and one interception before being pulled in the third quarter by head coach Gary Kubiak, who said he will continue to revaluate the position. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar

In the middle of the third quarter, Texans fans — even those from UH — started booing. It wasn’t because of a bad play by starting quarterback Case Keenum, but on him being replaced by Matt Schaub. Fans started chanting “Keenum” after Schaub’s first series that ended in a punt. He nearly won the game, but his pass to Andre Johnson fell incomplete, resulting in a 28-23 defeat to the Oakland Raiders. “It was tough. It wasn’t fun. But we did what was best for this team,” Keenum said. “It was frustrating, KEENUM continues on page 8


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CALENDAR Today Science: Guest speakers Constantine D. Spyropoulos and Vangelis Karkaletsis from the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” will lecture at the computer science seminar regarding valuable opportunities for research from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall, Room 232. Theater: A panel discussion on women in theater will be held for the Barbara Karkabi Living Archives series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. Admission is free to students and members of the Friends of Women’s Studies. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at wgss@ uh.edu.

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Tuesday Music: AURA Contemporary Ensemble will lecture and perform a string quartet in “Altar de Muertos” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Moores Opera House. Student tickets are $7.

Wednesday Lecture: The Hilton College will continue its Dean’s Lecture Series with guest speaker Joe Tortorice, president of Jason’s Deli, from 1 to 1:50 p.m. Open to all majors. Job: Learn how to develop a professional resume in the “Rock Your Resume” workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Student Service Center 1 Conference Room.

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Politics: Former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby, former Texas Governor Mark White and other political figures will have a panel discussion on “How Things Really Work in Policy and Politics” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Athletics/Alumni Center. It is free, but RSVP at cpp@ uh.edu.

Music: Mezzo-soprano Nicole Woodward, who has performed in Moores Opera Center productions like “The Italian Straw Hat,” will have a vocal recital from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dudley Recital Hall on the first floor of the School of Art.

Art: A round table discussion, “Of Hospitality and Institutions,” with Blaffer Director and Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli and guest speakers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Blaffer Art Museum, Room 110 on the first floor of the School of Art.

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have, because in case we ever have a catastrophic event in Houston, there are not firefighters to respond to all the emergencies,” Ponce-Lopez said. “If you have members of the community trained in basic EMS first aid, fire and rescue, they will be able to help their families and their neighbors. It will help tremendously with the workload of the Houston Fire Department.” This year, 18 participants graduated and received their CERT Completion Certificate. UH Social Media Coordinator Kimberly Davis was among them. “It was something different that I’ve never done before. I was really excited to learn how to do these skills. I think it’s really important for staff members and students around the campus to be prepared if there’s a disaster situation, especially in Houston, since we are vulnerable to hurricanes and we’re a large city,” Davis said. “I personally wanted to do this, because as running the social media for UH, I’m kind of one of the first

The café will also feature a library with handmade bookshelves across its back wall, made by Wijnberg. The library will include individual study areas, which can accommodate groups when needed. But it’s the walls of the Nook that will employ the company’s most unusual designs. “All the walls are chalkboard paint. So we give you chalk and you basically write down equations or write out thoughts, write whatever you want to on there,” Wijnberg said. “Draw pictures, have a good time, study, (have) study groups. That’s what we’re going for.” For students who constantly need new options, the Nook will be rotating its house coffee flavors every two months, starting with Verve Coffee Roasters from California. Loyalty cards will be offered to all first-time customers, who can receive their 11th drink free with the card, excluding alcoholic beverages. Public relations senior and Nook employee Deondria Taylor is looking forward to serving drinks with the cafe’s Steampunk — a $15,000

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In the final Campus Emergency Response Team training simulation, student volunteers underwent makeovers to look injured as CERT members “rescued” them. | Courtesy of Richard Zagrzecki contacts. I’m putting the word out there so I want to do the most that I can for my university.” Petroleum engineering junior Aubrey Milliron said the disaster drill left a lasting impression. “It was fun all the way throughout. It was all very informative; we got to apply real life situations.” The eight-week course is offered free of charge to UH faculty, staff and

students during the fall and spring semesters and meets once a week for three hours. Instructors include members of the UH Fire Marshal’s office, the Houston Fire Department and the Houston Police Department. For details on future CERT classes, contact Boysen at krboysen@central. uh.edu. news@thedailycougar.com

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coffee maker — and helping provide another nightlife option to the University’s growing on-campus population, despite the company’s hidden location. “Whenever I mention, ‘Oh yeah, I’m working at the new coffee shop,’ they’re like, ‘Oh, Cougar Grounds?’ And I’m like, ‘No, there’s one across from Calhoun Lofts.’ It may take a little bit, but once it opens, I think we’ll get a lot of business, once they figure it out,” Taylor said. Marketing will continue to be a challenge for The Nook, which is keeping its doors open all winter break — with the exception of Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1 — but Shaw is hopeful that students will become his greatest method of outreach. “We’re going to have students in here, so whether it’s student artists, student performers, hopefully that will sort of galvanize the word getting out, because there is no better voice than people who come in here and say, ‘The place is really cool; you should go check it out,’” Shaw said. “Then it spreads like wildfire. … And so that’s a big part of why we keep delaying, because we want to be ready.” news@thedailycougar.com

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Obamacare numbers fall short alongside apology

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ell, it’s here, guys. Lo and behold, the day that we’ve been anxiously awaiting for has arrived in all the glory and majesty that we’ve come to anticipate. Some will react to this news with joy, Obama’s failure serving as something of a cherubic messiah. Tangible, Cara indisputable Smith proof is finally out there, proving Obama both incompetent and unable to react tactfully to failure. For others, and certainly for Obama, it’s the beginning of the end. Obamacare’s October enrollment numbers have been released. To put it politely, it was a cataclysmically dreadful month. As reported by Forbes, the Congressional Budget Office predicted a low number of initial Obamacare enrollees, saying that they’d have roughly 500,000 insured by the end of October. “We expect enrollment in the initial months to be low,” a Sept. 5 memo said, officially

The Obamacare rollout is like the “John Carter” of movie releases. It’s “The Casual Vacancy” of J.K. Rowling novels. ... More Americans have signed a petition for the government to build a literal Death Star than have signed up for literal Obamacare coverage.” Cara Smith, putting the scale of the Obamacare failure in real-world perspective

anticipating a less-than-desirable 494,620 enrollees by Nov. 1. Around 450,000 would’ve been a surefire success. Even 350,000 would’ve been commendable. Heck, 250,000 enrollments wouldn’t have been a complete failure — or at least not an international laughingstock. Only 106,185 Americans signed up for Obamacare by Nov. 1. The Obama administration missed the mark by about 80 percent. Approximately 26,794 Americans were able to select a federal insurance plan through the Obamacare site, according to figures released by the Obamacare administration. As reported by Forbes, that’s equivalent to 23 signups per day, per state. The remaining 79,391 enrolled in Obamacare’s state-based exchanges. These figures don’t represent Americans who have paid for their new insurance policy — these are just the guys that have the plan in their shopping cart. According to CNN, those wanting coverage to start on Jan. 1 will have to pay no later than Dec. 15. This kind of stuff just doesn’t happen. Believe it or not, things in our government rarely go down this seamlessly. It might not seem that way — you and I have just made our way through adolescence, a valley void of real-world political awareness. We’re in our 20s now, and most of us have just started gaining a significant understanding of our nation’s political arena. So it’s understandable that Obamacare’s atrocious marketplace debut might strike us as shocking, but not altogether unheard of. After all, you and I simply don’t have enough years under our belts to realize the full scope of the Obamacare flop. Let me assure you — this is far from the norm. Things like this

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David Delgado/ The Daily Cougar have never been acceptable, and should never be acceptable, to the American people. The Obamacare rollout is like the “John Carter” of movie releases. It’s “The Casual Vacancy” of J.K. Rowling novels. There are more people on a waitlist to live on Mars than enrolled in Obamacare. More Americans have signed a petition for the government to build a literal Death Star than have signed up for Obamacare coverage. As if that’s not enough bad press for Obamacare, just wait — there’s always Obama’s tactless reaction to his namesake’s monumental floundering. “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said to NBC’s Chuck Todd in a half-hearted interview addressing Obamacare’s flop four weeks later. Surely this was just another

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apology in an exhaustive string of condolences, you might think. He couldn’t have possibly waited an entire month to publicly address one of modern history’s most colossal political failures. Maybe it came off so insincere because there’s only so many ways one is capable of saying they’re sorry, you might assume. You’d be wrong, but at least you’d feel more secure under our nation’s leadership. The time that separates your offense from your apology is a pretty good indicator of how sorry you really are. A couple days in between the two, and you’re probably still treading in friendly waters. Leading a nation, promising something to your citizens, failing them and then waiting four weeks to apologize — at that point, you’re rightfully swimming among the sharks. John Dickerson of Slate Magazine shared similar sentiments

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on Obama’s apology. “Instead (of truly apologizing), the president offered explanations for why healthcare. gov wasn’t working. One of the rationalizations was that the debacle was the result of the normal friction that comes from trying to do complicated things in government,” Dickerson said. “But trying to offer that kind of perspective and context, isn’t the stuff of great apologies.” Waiting a month to justify your actions — er, apologize — to the hundreds of millions you’ve failed to lead reveals yourself as apologizing because of an imagebased responsibility, and not a semblance of remorse. When you’re truly sorry, you do your best to make it felt by the people, and to make it known as soon as humanly possible. Senior staff columnist Cara Smith is a communications junior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com

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FOOTBALL ANALYSIS

Inept offense thwarts Cougars Andrew Valderas Assistant sports editor

Freshman receiver Demarcus Ayers took the opening kickoff for 61 yards — not a bad way to start a game. It’s just hard to fathom that the run would outgain three quarters of his Cougars’ offensive output. In the first, third and fourth quarters combined, UH displayed a dismal 55 net yards on offense, consisting of dropped passes and the inability to sustain drives and rhythm in its 20-13 defeat against No. 19 Louisville at Cardinal Stadium. UH was simply overwhelmed by Louisville’s defense and was shut out for the first time since last season’s 41-7 loss to Tulsa. Freshman quarterback John O’Korn completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw for only 121 yards with no touchdown passes. Lost yardage on screen passes and drops by pass catchers set the Cougars up with long distances to travel situations on second and third downs. Junior receiver Daniel Spencer dropped two

passes that would have moved the chains and could have limited Louisville’s offense — which had 22:30 time of possession in the second half. “I thought our first-down execution was poor and got us into second and long calls,” said head coach Tony Levine. O’Korn was without his favorite receiver, sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry, who was sidelined for the majority of the game and played sparingly because of a head injury suffered early in the first quarter. He had no receptions. They still had their chances to tie or take the lead, similar to their two losses this season. But after going backwards on three consecutive plays on the final drive, the third time wasn’t the charm as the Cougars’ fourthquarter comeback attempt failed when they turned the ball over on downs. Levine said it was frustrating to watch his offense on the sideline as the Cardinals dominated the second half. “I feel like offensively, if we can hold an opponent to 20 points,

I feel like we’re going to have a good chance to win the game with what we do offensively. I felt like we had opportunities. We had possessions offensively to get that done and we just didn’t.” Other than Farrow’s 12-yard reception that set up the Cougars’ second-quarter touchdown, he had five catches that netted only one yard. The offense has struggled since last weekend’s game at UCF. Levine said it’s not so much about the points they put up, but the efficiency his offense has failed to sustain. “With what we do offensively, we’re not trying to score a hundred points. We’re trying to move the chains and get first downs. The points will take care of themselves,” Levine said. The tenacious defense has played consistently all season and opened the door for the Cougars to win the game in all three of their losses. “We don’t point fingers and say that the offense didn’t come through,” said junior linebacker Efrem Oliphant, who recorded a game-high 13 total tackles. “The team lost. It’s the same when it’s a

The Cougars’ offense was often overwhelmed by Louisville’s stingy defense. Freshman quarterback John O’ Korn completed less than 50 percent of his passes while throwing for only 121 yards. | Austin Lassell/Louisville Cardinal team victory.” UH has come close in its last two games against arguably the two best teams in the American Athletic Conference on the road,

but it has certainly proved that its young team can challenge for a conference title in the future. sports@thedailycougar.com

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Clutch plays keep UH undefeated Jordan Lewis Staff writer

TaShawn Thomas left his fingerprints all over the game against LeHigh, setting a career high with seven blocks and finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The junior forward helped lead the Cougars to a 80-66 victory against the Mountain Hawks after they were trailing by one with four minutes remaining during the first game of the Progressive Legends Classic inside Hofheinz Pavilion

on Sunday. Although UH was leading for the majority of the contest, LeHigh fought its way back to take a 58-54 lead with 7:41 left. But UH’s 17-2 run down the stretch allowed it to pull away. A Thomas block with 2:30 remaining in the game helped change the momentum. “After I made two turnovers, I just told the team that I would make up for them so when I saw him driving, I was like anything that comes in here, I’m going to try

and block,” Thomas said. With 4:07 remaining and down 64-63, sophomore guards Thomas L.J. Rose and Jherrod Stiggers gave their team the lead that they didn’t relinquish after backto-back three pointers. “When one of these guys hits a big shot, it’s like a shot in the arm of adrenaline to them, and then

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they get going,” said head coach James Dickey. Rose finished with 18 points and six assists, and sophomore guard Danuel House contributed 22 points and five rebounds. Similar to its game against UTSA, UH struggled at the beginning of the second half. Staring dull after halftime has been a problem for the Cougars lately, Rose said. “Coming out in the second half, the first five minutes we tend to come out slow and methodical,

and so I think if we can just correlate what we did at the end of the game (to) the first part of the second half, we’ll be fine,” Rose said. LeHigh did well scoring points off turnovers with 14. The Cougars made a stand defensively, though, by out-rebounding their opponents 43-29 and blocking 14 shots. UH hit the big shots when it counted down the stretch, and moved to 4-0. sports@thedailycougar.com


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ACADEMICS

Longoria advocates for students Paulina Rojas Life & Arts editor

Lights, camera, action. That was the mood at the Hilton UH on Saturday night as the Center for Mexican American Studies prepared for its annual banquet and welcomed the keynote speaker for the night, actress and activist Eva Longoria. “I’m just excited to, in any way, support any Mexican-American studies program, in particular for scholarships for kids who find it hard to have access to financial aid and support to get to college,” Longoria said. Longoria entered the Hawaiian Room of the Hilton UH, fl ashing a bright smile as she prepared to answer questions from local media outlets like CultureMap, CBS Radio and The Daily Cougar. When asked about her main message to students and why she thought it was important to come to campuses like UH, Longoria spoke about the statistics that show that Latinos have the highest dropout rates nationally among college students and how she wanted to help change that. “That is one of the main reasons that I went to graduate school. It was during the height of my career, and I was filming ‘Desperate Housewives’ and taking classes at night,” Longoria said. “I wanted to show these Latinas that come up to me, telling me that they can’t do it, that if I could, so can they.” Longoria earned a master’s degree in Chicano studies from California State University at Northbridge. She established the Eva Longoria Foundation to help

Longoria spoke about her mission to help increase the number of Latino students that obtain college diplomas | Paulina Rojas/The Daily Cougar and support programs that provide resources to help Latinas succeed in college. For students, being part of the Mexican-American studies program is a life-changing experience in which they develop the skills to make it in a competitive economy under the mentorship of experienced professors and advisers. “Being a student of the Center for Mexican American Studies has been a blessing for me. I joined the program when I was a senior

in high school. I have been part of the program for five years now,” said broadcast journalism senior Brisheyda Martinez. “They have given me everything I need to succeed in college. It has been a key for my success as a professional, and of course, today is an amazing day to have Eva Longoria here and learn from her. She is someone who gives back to the community and represents Hispanics.” Martinez got the opportunity to

address Longoria during a private reception that was held with students of CMAS. She expressed her gratitude and told the actress what an inspiration she was to young Latinos aspiring to be as successful as she is. “It has always been the mission of the Center to support students who may be the first in their families to attend college, to support young scholars as they produce important research about the Latino experience and to bring

together community leaders for the benefit of both,” said CMAS director and professor Tatcho Mindiola in a press release. A highlight of the event was when environmental science and energy and sustainability sophomore Brenda Martinez was awarded the Eva Longoria Scholarship, which will provide the financial assistance she needs to complete her studies. arts@thedailycougar.com

KICKER

Campus infused with Indian flavors Kasarena Batiste Staff Writer

Friday night’s theme at Lynn Eusan Park hosted by the Council of Ethnic Organizations was the Bollywood film “Bride and Prejudice” — not to be confused with Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Not only did students watch “Bride and Prejudice,” but they experienced an entire Indian affair. The event included henna, a plant based paste. It is used to temporarily tattoo hands or palms.

Students were invited to join the tattoo craze. Included in the Indian fusion was pizza from Bombay Pizza with blends of Indian spices. A favorite of students and the first to go was Gateway of India, which combined ingredients like tandoori chicken, crabmeat, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, provolone and cilantro to top it off. Feasters were also offered a similar pizza with spicy red curry and, to chill fiery tongues, iced

coconut water. Once students had their fill of Indian cuisine, Bollywood dance troupe Houston Jannat decorated the stage with their fluttering, brightly colored skirts. President of Houston Jannat and supply chain and logistics technology sophomore Christene Thomas was delighted to share more about the Indian culture’s dances and introduce the newly founded group. “We are Houston Jannat. We are a Bollywood dance team, the first

on campus — that we founded this year, actually. “We do a lot of Bollywood dances, so today you’ll actually see us doing a couple of mixes from Punjab — dances like Bhangra and Raas — and then we’re going to bring in our Bollywood fusion and also do a little modern hip-hop,” Thomas said. In light of what students want, CEO director and French and Spanish senior Erica Tat, along with other members, organize

“events that promote diversity on campus.” “... We (wanted) to showcase more of the Bollywood movie scene, because we know that not many of our students have seen a Bollywood film or know about foreign films as much. You know, we all know Hollywood, but we want to help them gain exposure to films that are being made in other countries,” Tat said. arts@thedailycougar.com


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SPORTS

Quarterback Case Keenum said his benching may have been warranted because of the team’s inability to convert on third-downs. The Texans were 2-11 in those situations while he was in the game. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar

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and I felt like I prepared well, but I just didn’t make the plays that I needed to.” Until he was pulled and replaced by Matt Schaub, the former UH legend wasn’t playing badly. He went 13-24 for 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but Keenum indicated he wasn’t satisfied with his play. Keenum said not converting on third downs might have warranted him being pulled. The Texans had converted only 18 percent (2-11) of their third downs when Keenum was benched. “We had to make a lot of changes from a protection standpoint to handle some of the things the (Raiders) were doing. And it made it very tough on (Keenum), in my opinion, being a young player,” said head coach Gary Kubiak. “I knew that (Schaub) could get done some of the things that I wanted to get done, real fast.” Guard Wade Smith said it was disappointing when the home crowd started booing quarterback Schaub when he stepped in to replace Keenum in the middle of the third. He said his offense was forced to go to a silent count because they couldn’t hear. “It was very disappointing, because it was affecting how we had to play,” Smith said. “Besides that, we’re all grown men and have thick skin. But the fact that we had to adjust on what we were doing put us at a disadvantage, like we were on the road.” Receiver Andre Johnson, who finished with 10 catches for 160 yards, said it doesn’t matter who is throwing him the ball. “It was the coach’s decision. I always say I feel comfortable with everybody, no matter who’s there. ” As for next Sunday’s starter at quarterback, Kubiak said he’d have to look at everything and continue to work through it. sports@thedailycougar.com


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