HOUSTON - The University of Houston has hired Illinois-based, Andy Frain Services, to take over security at football games after a 2015 championship brawl.
The Cougars are returning to TDECU Stadium to defend their conference title. It’s been nine months since students storming the field were tackled, punched and kicked by Contemporary Services Corporation employees.
John Kipp and Les Sarles graduated from UH in 1972. They hope a security company’s actions never taint another victory for their alma mater.
“I hope they give them instructions to take it easy,” said Sarles.
“They were horse collaring guys and swinging,” said Kipp.
The day after UH clinched the AAC Championship, UH Athletics fired CSC.
Students hope Andy Frain Services, a company with more than 30 years of experience in crowd control, is equipped to properly handle similar situations.
“I feel they need more control in that area,” said UH senior Gracie Balthazar. “It’s unfortunate that it happened but it shouldn’t happen in the first place.”
KHOU 11 News took a deeper look into Andy Frain’s history and didn’t find any lawsuits for crowd control issues.
They’re trained in anti-terrorism, receiving the Department of Homeland Security’s safety certification. Online, the company boasts that customer "protection; satisfaction, and positive experience is our #1 priority."
“You don’t want to squelch that opportunity to express their excitement about winning a championship which hasn’t happened a lot in the past. Hopefully, it happens more in the future,” said Sarles.
The week before the brawl, fans stormed the field after beating Navy. Security didn’t stop them; although, the school’s Code of Conduct prohibits fans from going onto the field.
According to Andy Frain’s website, the company handles ticketing, parking, concierge, special services, fire alarm monitoring and roving officers.
A UH spokesperson declined an on camera interview and we tried to talk to Andy Frain’s local representative but he failed to return our phone calls.