HOUSTON – Former University of Houston football head coach and College Football Hall of Fame member Jack Pardee passed away Monday afternoon following a battle with gall bladder cancer at the age of 76 years.
In his memory, the Pardee Family has established the Jack Pardee Memorial Scholarship Endowment with the University of Houston Athletics Department. The annual scholarship will be presented to a walk-on from the Houston Football program.
Those interested in donating to the Jack Pardee Memorial Scholarship Endowment can send checks payable to the University of Houston with Jack Pardee Memorial noted on the memo or can call Cougar Pride at 713-743-4684.
"When my father was diagnosed around Thanksgiving, we were able to have many great conversations about the past and the future. One conversation was what his lasting legacy would be. He truly loved the time spent at the University of Houston and wanted to find a way to help a deserving, hardworking, dedicated athlete who might not have the means to pay for their own college tuition," said Pardee’s youngest son, Ted. "He could have offered his name to a lot of different charities or scholarship funds, but this was what my dad wanted to do. I hope you will join our family in support of this worthy fund."
Funeral services for Pardee will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church located at 1801 Sage Road in Houston.
An All-American linebacker for Texas A&M as part of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant’s legendary Junction Boys, Pardee quickly worked his way into the hearts of Houston Cougar fans as the program’s head coach from 1987 to 1989.
As the leader of the Cougars’ legendary "Run and Shoot" teams, Pardee electrified the college football world with teams that racked up plenty of points and yards against helpless defenses.
After enduring a tough first season, Pardee led the Cougars to a 9-3 overall record, a berth in the 1988 Eagle Aloha Bowl and a No. 18 ranking in the final Associated Press poll.
In 1989, the Cougars assembled one of the greatest campaigns in college football history. Houston led the nation with 624.9 yards of total offense and 511 passing yards per game with a 9-2 record and final No. 14 national ranking. Individually, quarterback Andre Ware won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the only Cougar to receive college football’s highest award.
That season, the Cougars scored at least 40 points in eight games and at least 60 points in five games. With a 95-21 win against SMU inside the Houston Astrodome on Oct. 21, 1989, the Cougars became the first team in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards of total offense in a single game.