The Roost Podcast
2022 Opponent Previews: UAB with Evan Dudley

2022 Opponent Previews: UAB with Evan Dudley

July 1, 2022

It's the middle of summer, so presumably all of our Opponent Previews for Rice Football in 2022 here on the Roost Podcast will just be look-aheads with no breaking news—oh! Sorry, we've just gotten word that the best head coach in the conference has retired out of the blue.

So UAB beat writer and friend of the pod Evan Dudley joins Matt and Carter this week to preview the Blazers. How will Bill Clark's sudden medical retirement affect the team this year and going forward into the AAC? Will the defense be as ferocious as ever? Does ANYONE in the conference have the QB position settled yet? All that and more!

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2022 Opponent Previews: Louisiana Tech with Ben Carlisle

2022 Opponent Previews: Louisiana Tech with Ben Carlisle

June 24, 2022

The 2022 Opponent Previews series continues this week with Louisiana Tech. Ben Carlisle of Bleed Tech Blue joins Matt and Carter this week to talk all things Bulldogs football. With Skip Holtz out after nine seasons, what is new coach Sonny Cumbie bringing to Ruston? Will an influx of transfers and an aggressive new style beef up the defense? Does *anyone* in C-USA have a quarterback? All that and more!

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2022 Opponent Previews: North Texas with Matthew Brune

2022 Opponent Previews: North Texas with Matthew Brune

June 19, 2022

Is it really time for the opponent previews already?? Even though we're in the June doldrums of college football, the season fast approaches. Carter was out this week, but Matt welcomes Matthew Brune of 247 and Dave Campbell back to the show to preview the North Texas Mean Green for this week's Roost Podcast. Is it the same old song and dance for Seth Littrell's squad? Do they finally have a quarterback in the post-Mason Fine era (not that we Rice fans would know anything about struggling to find a quarterback)? Answers to those questions and more!

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Previewing the AAC with Fear the Wave’s Kelly Comarda

Previewing the AAC with Fear the Wave’s Kelly Comarda

June 1, 2022

With only one more season to go with the sinking ship of C-USA, what do Rice fans have to look forward to in the American Athletic Conference? On this week's Roost Podcast, Matt and Carter are joined by Kelly Comarda from Fear the Wave, himself a former Tulane baseball player, to talk all things AAC. How are the rivalries? Who's stepping into the void left by Cincinnati/UH/UCF? Is this going Back to the Future by recreating late-aughts Conference USA? All that and more!

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Interview: Carl Pierre

Interview: Carl Pierre

May 29, 2022

After some quick news (the Transfer Portal makes decommitments hard to track!), Matt and Carter are joined on this week's Roost Podcast by former Rice basketball standout and sharpshooter Carl Pierre. Carl takes us through his journey from UMass to Rice, the ups and downs of a college basketball season, and what's next for him after concluding his career with the Owls. Plus, dad jokes and trash talk!

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Mike Craven from DCTF

Mike Craven from DCTF

May 6, 2022

With Carter out for the week, Matt's flying solo on this week's Roost Podcast—or would be, without the help of our buddy Mike Craven from Dave Campbell's Texas Football! He and Matt talk about putting preview magazines together, the process of covering more than a dozen teams at once, the outlook for the G5 teams in Texas, and and more!

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2022 Spring Wrap-up: True or False?

2022 Spring Wrap-up: True or False?

April 22, 2022

Spring practice is over for Rice football in 2022, and before the long summer doldrums of college football begin, the Roost Pod is back to run down the storylines from spring ball for the Owls. Matt and Carter play a game of True or False with a series of post-spring statements. Will Rice have a top defensive line in the conference? Will the breakout spring contributors have serious roles in the fall? Quarterback??? All this and more!

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Interview: Naeem Smith

Interview: Naeem Smith

April 8, 2022

The Roost Pod is back this week, and we've got now-former Owls safety Naeem Smith on the show! Matt and Carter run through some news items before Naeem joins to talk his journey from JUCO to South Main, memories from his time at Rice, the draft prep process, and more, including . . . the art of podcasting? We're getting meta out here, y'all! 

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Spring Football Updates; JP Heath on MBB and Baseball

Spring Football Updates; JP Heath on MBB and Baseball

March 25, 2022

Spring practice is in full swing now for Rice Football, so Matt and Carter are back on this week's pod to talk news, including scheduling and Jake Bailey to the Portal, plus the state of the depth chart. Then, friend of the pod and Rice's pan-sports play-by-play polymath JP Heath stops by. He gives us his thoughts on Rice Men's Basketball's season, plus the start of the Jose Cruz Jr. era for Owls baseball. It's buzzer beaters, Wayne Graham stories, and more!

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Spring Practice 2022 Begins!

Spring Practice 2022 Begins!

March 11, 2022

Our proper offseason schedule begins! Rice Football is starting spring practice, so it looks like the Roost Podcast has to start gearing up for the 2022 season as well. Matt and Carter are here to give you some coaching and scheduling news before discussing the state of the team as the spring kicks off. What are our questions about the team, and what are our DEFCON levels of concern about those questions? Once again, we manage to talk ourselves into a more optimistic state over the course of the podcast.

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