Reporting Nate Griffin
HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Imagine having a really important event in which to participate and expecting to have the most important people in your life attend. Now imagine that one of those really important persons is your Dad or father figure who lives in town or who might be traveling from another state to visit.
The perfect world scenario would place your Dad or father figure in the venue just to watch you perform. But, the problem is, he has a very important event of his own in which to participate in the same city and at the same time and can’t attend your event!
That is the situation in which NFL Head Coaches Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans and Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings find themselves. Their sons, Klein and Corey respectively, play football for Rice University and will face the UCLA Bruins in the first game of the season Thursday night at Rice Stadium.
However, in less than 5 miles away and at the exact same time, Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans will host Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings in the final game of the preseason at Reliant Stadium.
“I mean, obviously, it’s really unfortunate,” says starting senior free safety, Corey Frazier. “We want to see our fathers both compete, obviously, and they want to see us compete against UCLA on Thursday. Wish things could have worked out better. But that’s just how things fell.”
“It’s unfortunate,” says junior wide receiver Klein Kubiak. “We’d like to watch them play against each other and I’m sure they’d love to see us play together. But, we’ve got our own business to handle. Hopefully the fact that it’s the fourth preseason game might bring some fans over here to Rice Stadium.”
HOPING DADS HAVE SUCCESS
Leslie Frazier begins his second season as the Head Coach of a Minnesota Vikings team that finished 3-13 and at the bottom of the NFC North. The Vikings are a young team with second-year QB Christian Ponder running the offense and it’s debatable whether or not All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson will be physically able to play week one of the regular season although he has pronounced himself ready.
“Obviously my Dad has a young team right now. Obviously, I want us to be as successful as we can be,” says Corey Frazier. One has to appreciate the use of “we” by the younger Frazier in reference to the Minnesota Vikings. He supports his father fully.
“I think we can be and we’re going to surprise a lot of people this year that are thinking the Vikings aren’t going to do too well. But, I think all in all, we’ll be very successful this season – the NFL will be surprised.”
The Houston Texans and Head Coach Gary Kubiak, on the other hand, are picked to win their division after finishing 10-6 in 2011 resulting in the best season in Texans football history. There is nationwide chatter amongst sports prognosticators that the Texans could possibly compete for the AFC Championship title.
“That would be great,” says Klein Kubiak. “My Dad’s excited about their team. They really came together and played well last year – coming in healthy this year and that’s the big emphasis right now. They got all their guys together and ready to go. It’s going to be fun to watch.”
THEIR OWN GAME TO PLAY
While they both are wishing the best for their Dads, Corey and Klein have a game of their own to play versus UCLA at Rice Stadium on Thursday night beginning at 6:30. The Owls finished 4-8 last season and are looking forward to starting the season on a positive note.
“I’m excited,” says Frazier. “It’s going to be big. Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of fans out here which I think we will. I’m excited – it’s my senior year! Kicking it off with UCLA – night game – I think it’s going to be big-time.”
“It’s real easy to get up for this one,” says Kubiak. “It’s UCLA at home – opening night of college football season. It’s going to be fun. We’re all excited here at Rice and excited to play that big-time school and (we’ll) get a chance to play against the best.”
UCLA enters this game after a 6-7, 2011 season and a new Head Football Coach in Jim Mora Jr. The game will also be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.