Memorabilia Monday: Owl Cage Model


In 1991, the last of the live owl mascots passed away. Four years later, the Director of Student Activities and alums attempted to bring live owls back to campus. Here are a few of images of the model they had commissioned from architect, Shane Cook.




Those little bits were part of the ramp’s railing.




To learn more about this plan. Here’s an article from the Thresher.


From 1999, the editorial below mentions that students are still paying into the live owl mascot blanket tax. The writer is calling for these funds to be reallocated for purchasing new Sammy the Owl mascot costumes when the need arises.


Sources: The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 82, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, April 28, 1995The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, September 24, 1999


KTRU Tuesdays: Homer Rice

On January 20, 1975, Rice Athletics held a press conference to announce the new Rice Owls Football coach and athletic director, Homer Rice. This is the audio from the press conference.

In the audio, Homer Rice speaks about his decision to work for Rice University and takes questions. He discusses the Total Person Program and his upcoming plans for the football program.

Coach Rice’s tenure did not last long. He left after two seasons.

We also just put up a new exhibit at the RMC documenting the history of Sammy the Owl in conjunction with Rice Athletics brand refresh event.

Image from: “Homer Rice,” Rice University Photograph Files, 1910-2015, UA 363, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Memorabilia Monday: Rice vs. UH Plaque


This 1977 plaque with art by Rob Singer showcases the rivalry between Rice and the University of Houston.

Rice did not fair well in that game, losing 51 – 21. Overall, 1977 was a tough year for the team. Coach Homer Rice‘s Owls won one game beating Idaho 31 – 10.

The football season starts on Thursday with an away game at Western Kentucky. We wish the Owls the best of luck this season.

Memorabilia Monday: The Evil Owl

Rice Owl garden statue

Rice Owl garden statue

This owl was “gifted” to the Woodson by John “Grungy” Gladu. He found this rather unusual replica at a big name home improvement store in the garden section a few years ago. My guess is that the manufacturer used a tiger mold, and then attempted to create an owl by adding wings.


These talons look like claws.

While it might have cost more money, the manufacturer should have created a brand new mold. It might have also been good if the pupils were straight.


Its poor eyes.