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The HRR Interviews: UH Coog Willie Byrd

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July 10, 2019

Listen to my interview with UH guard Willie Byrd. Willie played for the Houston Cougars from 1993 to 1997. After his college career, he played professionally for 10 seasons in South America. When he retired from hoops, he moved back to Houston to work.

00:00 -- Introduction
00:25 -- The Wreckin' Crew
02:25 -- "I wasn't thinking about staying in the Houston area at all"
03:54 -- The Tim Moore dunk in high school playoffs
05:25 -- "Where do I sign?"
06:25 -- "The time at UH was great..."
07:45 -- "Hofheinz was the place to be for high school playoff basketball"
09:20 -- "I played professionally overseason for 10 years."
10:57 -- "Colombia? Where the drugs at?"
15:50 -- "Brazil was great. I loved it."
18:44 -- "When I decided to retire, I didn't know what I was going to do"
20:34 -- "I keep in touch with all the guys. We're all in a group chat now; so, we talk all the time."
22:15 -- UH did a poor job for a while keeping in touch with alums
23:25 -- "They never really reached out"
24:45 -- My plan is to start a 'Where are they now?'
27:55 -- Thoughts on Fertitta Center
30:20 -- "His daughter (Lauren Sampson) is outstanding"
33:22 -- "I think (Coach) Sampson is gonna be the guy who's next (after Coach Guy V Lewis)."
35:55 -- Conclusion

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