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Houston surprises kicker and his mom with full scholarship

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Houston head coach Tony Levine informed kicker Kyle Bullard he is being put on a full scholarship immediately. Bullard is a junior who has worked hard to be a contributor to the Houston football team, and the awarding of a scholarship for a kicker generally gets overshadowed. Fortunately, Houston’s athletics department decided to set some hidden cameras around Levine’s office so fans could be given an inside look on what can be a truly special moment for a college football player, and in this case that player’s family.

Levine asked Bullard to bring his mother in for a meeting to address the school’s scholarship situation, suggesting to both he wants to be open and honest about the state of the program and where Bullard fits in. Levine put all the facts on the table and suggested Bullard was on track to be getting a scholarship when he informed him the scholarship was already being awarded to the junior. The reaction of Bullard and his mother is a reminder of one of the great parts of being a hard-working student athlete in college football.

Bullard appeared in eight games for the Cougars last season and took over the starting kicking role midway through the year. He successfully converted six out of six field goal attempts and 20 out of 20 extra point attempts.

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8 Responses to “Houston surprises kicker and his mom with full scholarship”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Apr 29, 2014 12:26 PM

    SWEET!!!…Congrats to that young man and I wish him all the best!..

    Kudos to the Coach for looking out for this kid and with this jesture recognizing his accomplishments and his contribution to the team!

  2. ancientcougar says: Apr 29, 2014 1:09 PM

    Great “Feel Good” moment,
    Proud to be a Cougar.

  3. rponciano says: Apr 29, 2014 1:44 PM

    Hard work pays off! congratulations Kyle!

  4. noaxetogrind says: Apr 29, 2014 2:26 PM

    Known Tony for a long time. He is a credit to our profession.

  5. cubano76 says: Apr 29, 2014 5:46 PM

    Good for him. He should be very proud of this accomplishment. There are very few kickers / punters who can say they were on a full ride in college. Best of luck young man. Finish what you started.

  6. canetic says: Apr 29, 2014 5:49 PM

    Do we have to give a kicker a scholarship? Well at least if we are going to do that let’s try to get some cheap publicity out of it.

  7. queenlivekillers says: Apr 29, 2014 9:18 PM

    There were two Cougars and a M.I.L.F. in that room.

  8. coachbeck says: Apr 30, 2014 6:23 AM

    That’s why there is no need to pay college athletes

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