Cougars' players helmets stolen

September 29, 2009 8:10:54 AM PDT
The University of Houston pulled off a big win Saturday night in a nationally televised game. But we learned Monday that during the post-game celebration, someone cashed in a five finger discount with some Cougars' players' equipment. In the first moments of Sunday morning, U of H defeated Texas Tech and thousands of Cougars fans stormed the field to celebrate.

In the middle of all that chaos, we caught up with Cougars wide receiver James Cleveland.

"We came together and we pulled it all the way out for Houston, baby," said Cleveland.

As Cleveland spoke to us, his helmet and the helmets of teammates A.J. Dugat and Jordan Shoemaker disappeared in the crowd of screaming fans. Cougar fans we spoke with had mixed reactions when we told the stolen helmets.

"I think it's pretty cool the students wanted the helmets. I mean, yeah, it's unlawful, but hey, I don't think it hurts," said Reggie Thomas.

Another fan who ran on the field disagreed.

"Never, never, ever. I respect my school," said Husein Rangwala.

On Monday, U of H head coach Kevin Sumlin went on and posted a statement which read "Saturday night was fun, but it will be hard for 3 of our guys to play this week without their helmets. Please return, no questions asked."

The team does have spare helmets so the three Cougars players will have head gear when they play the University of Texas El Paso Saturday.

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