Friday, August 29, 2008

No AB for New Mexico

I think the title says it all. I know many of us expected this, but it hurts not to have a player of his talent on the field.

#1 Sam Baugh

"Slingin"Sammy Baugh widely regarded as the best Quarterback in college football history, honed his skills as a boy in Sweetwater, Texas by throwing a football through a tire that was swinging in a tree. Baugh's incredible talent combined with Dutch Meyer's revolutionary offense made TCU a national power. Baugh, originally slated to play baseball for Washington State before a knee injury, decided to attend TCU after Coach Meyer promised Baugh he could play three sports.

While at TCU Baugh played baseball and basketball in addition to football. Baugh was twice named an all-American, in 1935 and '36. The Frogs won bowl games in both of those years against LSU in the 1935 Sugar Bowl a thrilling 3-2 game and a 16-6 victory over Marquette in the inaurgural Cotton Bowl.

In the spring of his senior year Baugh was approached by the Washington Redskins about playing in the NFL. He waited to sign a contract until after the college all-star game in which his team beat the NFL champion Green Bay Packers 6-0.

Baugh went on to be the sixth overall pick of the Redskins he responded by saying:

"I didn't know what they were talking about, because frankly, I had never heard of
either the draft or the Washington Redskins."

Baugh went on to be named all-pro nine times, he has been named to the 75th anniversary all-time NFL team and his professional number 33 has been retired by the Redskins.

The game of football would not be where it is today where it not for the Great Slingin Sammy Baugh.

Hope you have enjoyed the countdown and if you disagree with any of it, well that is the beauty of the internet.

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A glimpse of tomorrow morning's emotions

Tomorrow morning for many of us, those of you who are not represented by this line are not my friend, will be full of feelings unrivaled by any day of the year. The joy felt by a child on Christmas eve will return to each of our hearts tonight all to be upstaged by blurred delirious joy tomorrow night as months of waiting culminate into a few hours of purple bliss.

The swell of emotion that is bound to overwhelm us is best exemplified in this clip.

Pre Game Video

This will be the 3rd time this video has made the blog, but A) it never gets old, and B) it's very fitting because the Horned Frog dominates a Lobo

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The Next VP

In case you missed it, McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Here are a couple of shots of the 1984 Miss Alaska runner up.


Highlights From Last Weekend

Sorry I'm just now getting around to it, but I wanted to reflect on my weekend in New Orleans last week. Each year 14 guys, mostly Vanderbilt alum, make a pilgrimage to a different location for our fantasy football draft. Last year was Tunica for gambling on Friday night and then on to Memphis Saturday for the draft and destruction on Biel Street. This year we chose New Orleans as our destination, mainly because we had free room and board at the Monteleone Hotel, but also because the city offers everything a man loves.

Home of the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge

Friday night we got in around 9:30pm checked into the hotel and then headed straight for Harrah's to try our luck out at the craps table. I walked from table to table trying to get a feel for the "lucky" table but everyone just kept losing and losing. Instead of losing my ass off and being broke the rest of the weekend, I decided to instead, spend $20 on this:

Money well spent if you ask me. She is the real deal, and probably one of the hottest girls in the world. Friday night ended at Pat O's where I tried my best to avoid a Hurricane, because they give the worst hangover you could ever imagine. I was not able to avoid it.

Draft Day:

We set up shop in the Monteleone suite on the top floor of the hotel for the draft.

The suite was amazing. We couldn't have had a better set up. We got drunk and drafted our teams, which took over 3 hours, and this is how I ended up (Team 8):

I had the 8th pick which is probably one of the worst places to be in a 14 team draft, but I feel like I made the most of it. Matt Leinhart was obviously a terrible pick, but keep in mind, this was before he threw 3 picks in a pre season game just a few hours after I drafted his heartless ass. Feel free to comment.

Morning Dump

On week after struggling in practice TCU looks ready Star-Telegram

TCU-New Mexico preview capsule Dallas Morning News

Picks of the week ESPN

Fearless predictions College Football News

Frogs open season with conference game Daily Skiff

Tomorrow's opponent

Football gears up for opener against TCU Daily Lobo

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Best Backfield in the Nation

Joseph Turner today was named an Official Candidate for the Doak Walker award, and honor given annually to the nations top running back. Now I have no official data to back this up but we have to be one of, if not the only, team in the country to have a back-up running back named as a candidate for this award.

We now have a preseason MWC offensive player of the year and a Doak Walker candidate in our backfield, as back-ups. Sounds like we have all the makings of a rushing powerhouse.

#'s 1.8, 1.6, 1.4, 1.2

#1.8 Cliff Alexander - Deep Snapper

Cliff “the between the legs sharpshooter” Alexander was without a doubt the nation’s top deep-snapper, had they chosen an all-American it would have been him. There was never a field goal missed or punt blocked when he was in the game (at least not that was his fault). spitpurple

# 1.6 Andrew Calovich - DE
Andrew Calovich, according to TCU Magazine the all-time best frog in any sport to dawn a purple and white number 96. Calovich was known for his fierce speed of the edge and his play in the Liberty Bowl against Colorado State has been forever immortalized on the walls of Bluebonnet liquor. spitpurple

# 1.4 Josh Harbuck - G

When he wasnt pounding schooners of beer under one second, he was pounding d-lineman into the ground. Josh served as one of the leaders of the frogs throughout the late 90s and early 2000s. He was unfortunately sidelined with a torn ACL and back injury which limited his pt at times, but that never diminished his impact on the Frogs during that time. The proud papa to be once recorded three pancake blocks in one game vs. the ponies from the east.

# 1.2 Tommy Taylor - Onside Specialist

When the Frogs rolled out the double T you knew it was time for laser like kicking precision. Taylor was by far the best onside kicking specialist the Frogs have had since...whenever the last time was that they had a great onside specialist. If we were down by 4 with only 30 tics left on the clock, the game could only be put in on one man's foot. And that man was Tommy Taylor. He could nail an onside kick sweeter than Kobe hitting a jumper.

PA boys, PA

GP radio show starts tonight

Coach Patterson's Thursday night radio show will kick-off at 7pm CDT tonight from its usual location at Railhead. The show is broadcast on KTCU 88.7 FM and ESPN radio 103.3. It is also available on the TCU ISP network, though I am not too sure how you access that.

Couple of side notes, Gary needs a Sunday morning re-cap show. Perhaps air in on the MTN.

Second thought, I noticed the other day that VS has an HD channel does that mean Saturday's game will actually be in HD or is it one of those BS things?

TCU vs. ND? Patterson > Weis.

Courtesy of our very own Lyle Lanley, this is an article in the DMN from this morning in regards to one of our commits, Eric Tausch, a DL from Jesuit High school in Dallas. His brother, Nick, has committed to Notre Dame. Ordinarily a human interest story such as this wouldn't get my attention, except for one paragraph:

"After this season, they'll go their separate ways. And begin looking forward to their junior year. That's when TCU and Notre Dame are scheduled to play. "

whaaaaaaaa???? I don't know if anyone had heard this, but holy crap that's amazing. If Weis is still around, we will absolutely MASSACRE those panty waist sober sallys. Oh my god. I don't even know what to say. I, and I'm assuming a handful of you too, absolutely DESPISE Notre Dame. No real reasons, but just the same way that everyone else hates Duke or the Yankees. Man I wish it had been last year... we would've made that Baylor game look like a nail biter. Ah well, with the looks of our upcoming classes, and the failings of Charlie Weis, who you have to assume will be around since he currently has the worst contract in the history of the world, there isn't a chance ND could even keep it close. Am I really supposed to be afraid of Emu Clausen and a whale? Didn't think so. Yes. YES!!

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Spit Blood's 1st Annual College Football Pick "Em

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There will be 11 games each week to pick. They will be the top 10 match ups plus the Frogs game. You base your picks on who you think will win, the spread does not matter. However, you will associate a confidence factor for each game, 11 being the game you think will definitely win. Its free and the winner will have A) Bragging rights, B) A write up on Spit Blood to announce your glory.

# 2 LaDanian Tomlinson

LT, the masked man. It can be said that LT, along side a stunning victory over USC in the '98 Sun Bowl, propelled TCU back into a national spotlight which had dimmed nearly six decades prior.

Tomlinson was recruited by many schools, but was not considered one of the nation's top backs coming out of high school possibly because Tomlinson didn't play running back until his senior year and many top colleges had already made their recruiting choices by then. Thus, Tomlinson signed with an obscure college in Fort Worth, TX which had only been to two bowls in the previous 34 years. During his freshman and sophomore year, LT would split time with the then starter Basil Mitchell. In those first two years he put up respectable numbers of 538 & 717 rushing yards and 6 & 8 tds, and got an all conference nod in '98

However, when LT was given the job outright during his junior year, his stats became legendary. He immediately started to dominate the WAC, finishing that junior season with 1,830 yards (led the nation) and 18 rushing tds. He burst onto the national scene on November 20, 1999 during a 52 - 24 throttling of UTEP. During that game LT carried the ball 43 times for 406 yards, which broke the NCAA record for yards in a game that was held by Tony Sands of Kansas (396 yards). Tomlinson led that '99 team to an 8-4 record, its first conference title since '94, and its second bowl victory in as many years. That season he also took home his first of two Rogers Trophies, as well as All-Conference MVP honors.

Going into his senior year the expectations were limitless. The buzz around Tomlinson started early as the "LT for Heisman" bumper stickers started showing up all over town. He did not disappoint. LT again led the nation in rushing during that senior season with 2,158 yards, and 22 rushing tds. TCU went on to post 10 wins that season, a feat which had not been accomplished since the national champion team of 1938, and LT was handsomely rewarded. He won the Doak Walker award for the best running back in the country, finished fourth in the Heisman race (behind Chris Winkie, Josh Heupel, and Drew Breese), took home his second Rogers Trophy, his second Conference MVP honor, and was a First-Team Consensus All American.

As recognition for his career acheivements at TCU, his jersey number (5) was retired in 2005. He joins Davey O'Brien (8) and Sammy Baugh (45) as the only Frogs to have his number retired.

He finished his career at TCU with every rushing record imaginable:
  • Rushing Yards: Career- 5,263
  • Rushing Yards: Season - 2,158 ('00)
  • Rushing Yards: Game - 406 ('99 v. UTEP)
  • Rushing TDs: Career - 54
  • Rushing TDs: Season - 22 ('00)
  • Rushing TDs: Game - 6 ('99 v. UTEP)
  • Rushing Attempts: Career - 907
  • Rushing Attempts: Season - 369 ('00)
  • Rushing Attempts: Game - 49 ('00 v. Hawaii)
  • All-Purpose Yards: Career - 6,337
  • All-Purpose Yards: Season - 2,198 ('00)
  • All-Purpose Yards: Game - 412 ('00 v. UTEP)
  • Points Scored: Career - 324
  • Points Scored: Season - 132
  • Points Scored: Game - 36 ('99 v UTEP)
  • Yards Avg. per Game: Career - 119.6
  • Yards Avg. per Game: Season - 196.2 ('00)
  • 100 Yard Games: Career - 21
  • 100 Yard Games: Season - 11 ('00)

And all this was achieved in just two seasons as the starter. Just imagine what those numbers would have been with a little bit more pt.

Here are some highlights from the dominance over UTEP:

Up next: it should be pretty obvious, right?

Morning Dump

The all-TCU QB's Star Telegram

All-time college QB's Star-Telegram

Dalton believes he'll be more comfortable as the Frogs quarterback Star-Telegram

Q&A with Andy Dalton Star-Telegram

A year later Dalton feels like a veteran Star-Telegram

Mountain West Conference Preview Star-Telegram

Hungering for hits

Keys pitcher Jake Arrieta named caroline league pitcher of the year Our Sports Central

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#3 Dutch Meyer

Dutch makes the list as both a player and a coach. As a player he earned 11 letters, playing football baseball and basketball. Upon graduating from TCU Meyer went on to play a season for the Cleveland Indians Minor League team before retuning to Fort Worth to coach Polytechnic High. In 1923 Meyer returned to TCU as the freshman coach. In 1934 he was promoted to varsity head coach.

As head coach of the Frogs, Meyer led TCU to two National Championships and 6 bowl games including two wins in the Sugar and one in the Cotton bowl. Meyer also led the Frogs to three SWC championships. perhaps his biggest contribution was the creation of what was then called the double wing and has grown and morphed into the
West Coast, and now the Spread offenses. Sammy Baugh quoted Dutch's system as such in the Washington Post:

"The first day we go into a room and he has three S's up on a blackboard; nobody knew what that meant. Then he gives us a little talk and he says,`This is our passing game.' He goes up to the blackboard and he writes three words that complete the S's: `Short, Sure and Safe.' That was his philosophy — the short pass. "Everybody loved to throw the long pass. But the point Dutch Meyer made was, `Look at what the short pass can do for you.' You could throw it for seven yards on first down, then run a play or two for a first down, do it all over again and control the ball. That way you could beat a better team."

Dutch also served as season as baseball coach where he led the Frogs to a SWC championship. His name is on two buildings on TCU's campus, it makes up half of the name of the basketball arena and the recently opened Dutch Meyer Athletic complex. Dutch "The Saturday Fox" Meyer was full of quotes, but I'll end with the one we all know. "Fight 'em till hell freezes over then fight 'em on the ice"

Up next: There are two left I don't think a clue is needed.

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the mtn.

I apologize for my absence the past couple of weeks. A couple of weeks ago I was in Cabo, then immediately went to Shreveport for a Bachelor Party where our very own bucknasty, among others, put on a pretty impressive gambling performance. Then from there it was Alaska for fishing/bear avoidance. But, it appears the blog is still thriving and I promise not to lay down on the job until season's end.

However, for those of you who, like me, have DirecTV, note that today the mtn. kicks off on channel 616. I have not investigated this yet, but am planning a special trip home at lunch just to make sure this really went into effect. I'm sure most of you are with me, but I'm reeeeeally giddy about this, especially since the main reasons I switched to Direc were A) Friday Night Lights in October rather than January and B) the mtn. Up in Colorado we've had the mtn. for several years and I've spent many a summer/winter day sitting on our couch and indulging and pretty much can't wait to be able to do this whenever I want. I have a feel the late night potential of my apartment just expanded exponentially. I will report further on this if there is anything of real value.

Morning Dump

Horned Frogs "banged up" but ready for New Mexico Star-Telegram

TCU football glance Dallas Morning News

Ganado gran on Lombardi watch list Victoria Advocate

Frogs, Lobos battle for top spot in the MWC, at least for now Daily Herald

Which week one games look exciting? Fox Sports

TV whining time expires Denver Post

Former Frog reflects on Beijing experience Daily Skiff

Frogs complete successful summer

Phillips and Schlueter named to rotary Lombardi list

New TCU $45 million student union gets great reviews Star-Telegram

This Week's Opponent

2008 MWC football preview #4 New Mexico MWC connection

How good you think TCU is?

Rocky Long conference transcript

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

#4 Davey O'Brien

During his senior season in 1938 "Lil' Davey" completed 110 of 194 passes for 1,733 yards and 19 touchdowns. O'Brien was named to thirteen All-American teams and became the first college football player to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He set the all-time college record for most rushing and passing plays in one season (400), and became the first Heisman winner to emerge from the Southwest Conference. His college career reached its culmination on January 2, 1939 with 15-7 Sugar Bowl victory over Carnegie Tech, in which O'Brien kicked a field goal and threw a touchdown pass leading the Frogs to their second and most recent national title. He set marks in other positions as well. O'Brien finished his career holding records for most punts in a game (23), yards punted in a game (782), punt returns in a season and career (58 & 116), and tied for second in career interceptions (16). The best college quarterback in the country receives the Davey O'Brien award in his honor. In 1955 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

O'Brien went on to have a short stint in the NFL. In his first season, he passed for 1,324 yards, breaking his old TCU teammate Sammy Baugh's single season passing yardage record. In the last game of his second season, also the last game of his career, he set single game records for most attempts and completions by completing 33 of 60 passes for 316 yards against Baugh's Washington Redskins.

Up next, the only member of this list to have a restaurant named after him (as far as we know).

Morning Dump

Simulated noise helps TCU kicker get leg up on pressure Star-Telegram

TCU seeks tougher mind-set a focus for road games Dallas Morning News

Upcoming semester brimming with sports action Daily Skiff

TCU comes into season without a lot of hyped Austin-American Statesman
-Old AP reprint

Paterson meets with media
-Gofrogs article

TCU Kicks off 2008 season at New Mexico

Four frogs return from Beijing hauling medals as souvenirs Daily Skiff

CFB unit report

Top ten biggest games for the Mountain West Bleacher Report

Football rants Sporting News

Mountain launches Wednesday on DIRECTV

TCU men's basketball releases 2008-09 non-conference schedule

Cowboys trim roster to 75
-Quincy Butler cut

This Weeks Opponent

110th season opens with TCU

Monday, August 25, 2008

Spit Blood 1st Annual College Football Pick "Em

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# 5 Gary Patterson

There was some debate on whether to include Gary or to list him as too early to tell since he is still coaching. However, when looking at all he has already done for the Frogs it was decided that leaving him off would do the list a great injustice.

Coach Patterson is the only Frog coach to record more that one double digit win season, having recorded one 10-win season and 3 eleven win seasons. These outstanding seasons have helped him become the fastest coach in TCU history to win 50 games. Patterson is 62-25 as a head coach since taking over eight years ago.

His raspy voice, no nonsense attitude and incredible motivational skills have made him truly one of the best coaches in the country. Ever since making the move from defensive coordinator to head coach, Patterson's hard nose defensive mentality has been a staple of Horned Frog teams. I could go on and on about Gary but I'll sum it up with this.

In Gary We Trust.

Up next: Every year the best quarterback in the country is given his award.

Morning Dump

Frogs have a lot riding on opener Star-Telegram

Mountain West Conference preview Erie Times

This week's opponent

New Mexico's starters set as training camp concludes


Gridiron preview: quarterbacks

TCU coach calls finale of camp "worst he's seen" Star-Telegram

Position analysis: linebackers Star-Telegram

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"Slingin" Sammy Baugh - Triple Threat

And you all thought he was only a triple threat on the field............

Friday, August 22, 2008

Brian Collins Update

Here is some footage of Collins in action on his first real gig for the Waco news station. While miles better than his boom days, he needs to keep polishing.

Brian Collins's Career Finally Gets a Boom

Brian Collins, the flustered college sportscaster thrust into internet infamy thanks to his woeful "Boom Goes The Dynamite!" display, has finally seen his hard work and humiliation pay off for him in the best way possible -- an actual on-air job.

The 2008 Ball State graduate has apparently latched on full-time with KXXV in Waco, Texas (And Boom Go The Branch Davidians!) and according to his bio, "encourages residents to contact him about any story ideas."

I bet more than half of those requests will be for more Indiana Pacers coverage.


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Too Soon to Tell

Before we hit the Top Five, we wanted to kick up a few names of current players who might one day turn into Frog legends.

Andy Dalton (Sophomore)

Dalton came in and and looked like a seasoned starter in '07. An Honorable Mention Freshman All-American(Sporting News), Dalton Set the TCU single-season records for completions (222) and attempts (371). He placed sixth nationally among freshman QBs in yards (2,459) and completion percentage (59.8). Over the final four games he turned into a double threat, averaging 52.5 yards rushing and scoring 5 tds on the ground. All that, capped with an impressive performance in the Texas Bowl (21-30 for 249 yards and one rushing td), puts Dalton at the top of the too soon to tell category.

Jason Phillips

Jason Phillips returns for his senior season at TCU hoping to put a cap on what has been a great career. In 2007 Phillips was named to the Second-Team All MWC (his third appearance on the All MWC team), and was also named as the State's best linebacker by DCTF. He enters the '08 season as the active leader in tackles (231) and starts (38), is third in sacks (4), and tied for fourth in interceptions (2). He is also a pre-season All-American and appears on the watch lists for both the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Dick Butkis Award.

More to come......

SMU = Gay

News flash: Your team still sucks.

...and you're not funny. The bouncers at Tribeca should've stabbed these guys in the heart.

#6 Jim Swink

Ahh yes, The Rusk Rambler. Swink is is remembered as one of the all-time greatest running backs in SWC history, and led the Frogs to consecutive conferece championships in 1955 and 1956, which resulted in trips to the back to back trips to the Cotten Bowl ('56 L v. Mississippi 14-13; '57 W v. Syracuse 28-27).

He was named an All-American as a junior and senior, but his best season came as a junior in 1955. That year, he rushed for 1,283 yards, which was second-best in the nation, and led the country with 125 points scored. His best game came against rival Texas in Austin, when he rushed 15 times for 235 yards and scored 26 points in a 47-20 rout of theLonghorns. That year, he finished second to Howard Cassidy of Ohio State in the Heisman voting. In 1980 Swink was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Im not positive on this, but I think he is also the only Frog to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated while at the school. Someone correct me if thats not right.

Next, we crack the top 5 with the second coach to make the list.

Patterson Comments on Preparation for Next Week's Game

"Tomorrow we'll come over and we'll do a Thursday practice and then we'll go down into the stadium with the travel squad and we'll do a Friday practice. After that we'll get on the bus and go to the hotel and eat the way we're going to eat then we'll watch meetings the way we're going to watch meetings. Then we'll have chapel the way we have chapel. The next morning, we'll get up Saturday morning get on the bus, we'll all come back then get back on the bus, then go back over and have a pre-game meal the way we're going to have it. After that we're going to come back over, go through all of our stretching like we do before a game exactly the way we always do it so that everybody knows where they're supposed to be. That way when we do it next week there are no surprises."
This is yet another reason why Patterson is one of the best coaches in the country. His ability to prepare his team for the challenges they face is unmatched by any other.

Morning Dump

TCU's new football complex is function, yet luxurious Star-Telegram

TCU position analysis: offensive line Star Telegram

Frogs will do "mock weekend" to prep for season opener Star-Telegram

Gridiron camp preview: linebackers

Mountain West Outlook USA Today

The Fearless Forecaster Warren Record
-Really the only thing good in this article is that he, writer for an NC paper, says the ACC is probably worse than the MWC and that Utah BYU and TCu would all run away with the ACC's coastal division

Thursday, August 21, 2008

LVSC: Frogs in Top 25

The Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) recently released their Preseason Top 30 College Football Rankings and the Frogs come in at #17. In business since 1982, LVSC is the world's largest oddsmaking company. Not that I want a lot of preseason hype, but I think I'd put more stock in what the handicapping community is saying than a bunch of sportswriters any day.

Morning Dump

TCU has veteran safeties first, then lots of youth Star-Telegram

TCU Horned Frogs getting a primer on playing New Mexico Star-Telegram

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bummer for Lobos

Dave Matthews Band Saxophonist Dies at 46

CNN - - LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, died Tuesday from complications stemming from injuries he sustained in an ATV accident, the band's publicist said.

Moore, 46, died "unexpectedly" at a hospital, publicist Ambrosia Healy said in a statement.

Moore was taken to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and had been rehabilitating at his L.A. home after the June 30 accident at his farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Dave Matthews Band was formed in Charlottesville in 1991 by Matthews, drummer Carter Beauford and Moore, an established saxophonist in the local music scene.

Their first album, "Remember Two Things," was released in 1993 and featured what would become the band's trademark mixture of jazz, rock and world-music stylings.

"Jazz is probably my main influence, but at this stage I don't really consider myself a jazz musician," Moore is quoted as saying on the band's Web site. "I have plenty of space to improvise, to try new ideas."

The band's follow-up record, "Under the Table and Dreaming," has been certified quadruple-platinum, selling over 4 million copies.

The group went ahead with a scheduled show Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, has been sitting in for Moore since Moore's accident.

Matthews announced the death of the band's "dear friend" to the crowd.

Concertgoer Christian Tomas of Anaheim, California, said by telephone from the Staples Center that word of the death had spread through the crowd before the show.

"All of us are just really sad and down about it," said Tomas, a longtime fan. "But if Dave and the band decided to go on with the show, that means they know it was the right thing to do and Leroi would have wanted it."

Morning Dump

TCU's Newhouse remains focused on playing football Star-Telegram

Frogs have several options at tailback this season Star-Telegram

Though just a temp for Chiefs, taylor hopes to make a lasting impression Kansas City Star

New Mexico signs longtime coach Long to five-year deal ESPN

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

# 7 Bob Lilly

During Bob Lilly's three varsity seasons with TCU, the Horned Frogs surrendered an average of just eight points a game. As a sophomore in 1958, Bob helped the Horned Frogs to an 8-2-1 record which included a scoreless tie with Air Force in the Cotton Bowl. TCU was 8-2 in 1959 before losing to Clemson, 23-7, in the first Bluebonnet Bowl game. Eleven opponents could total no more than 75 points against the Horned Frogs that year, an average of less than seven points a game. Lilly was the ring leader of that great TCU defense, winning All- Southwest Conference honors.

Although the Horned Frogs slipped to a mediocre 4-4-2 record in 1960, Bob Lilly's individual play continued to draw praises from the experts. Again, he was all-conference and he added consensus All-America resume. That season he appeared in four post-season contests; the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl, the Coaches All-America game and the College All-Star Game. Following his collegiate career, Lilly went on to be "Mr Cowboy" for the Dallas Cowboys and became an All-Pro defensive star. He was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1975, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, and then to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

Up next, the "Rusk Rambler" once rushed for 235 yards avgeraging 15.7 yards a carry against UT.

Kite Surfer v. Hurrican Faye

Who ya got.................

Potential BSC Buster.............Again

Ok, I am pretty sure this is like the 6th time we have been considered a potential BCS buster. Each previous time has ended in heart breaking disappointment, but I have a good feeling about lucky number 7.

Potential BCS Buster (SI Article)

Morning Dump

Position analysis: the return game

TCU Horned Frogs cut back to one practice

Top 10 biggest impact defenders
-Phillips just misses the cut.

CFN safeties rankings
-Stephen Hodge comes in at #25 the only MWC player to make the list.

CFN corner back rankings
-Rafael Priest comes in at number 20, should be noted that both UNM corner backs are ranked, Deandre Wright and Glover Quin come in at #'s 5 and 19 respectively. Should provide a test for Dalton and our young receivers in week one. Hopefully our running backs will come in to the game healthy, maybe another 100+ yard game from Turner. Though we did manage 3 touchdown passes and 183 yards last year.

CFN linebacker rankings
-Not a Frog on the list.

Men's basketball conference schedule announced

-Horned Frogs are set to have 12 of their 16 conference games on national TV.

Monday, August 18, 2008

"Train Like LT" With Kimbo Slice

Dalton may face his former back-up

According to the Dallas Morning News, June Jones will start a true freshman at quarterback this fall. Never mind that Justin Willis already owns nearly every relevant school passing record, he is now apparently third-string behind Bo Levi Mitchell (who took over the reigns at Katy when Dalton graduated and was originally committed to Hawaii before Jones sold out) and Braden Smith (who, coincidentally, took over at Rockwall when former TCU QB Zak Eskridge graduated).

Right, this is what all those SMU donors and their blue-blooded Northern money wanted: an 18-year old kid being given the keys to one of the most complex offenses in the country. Ol' Junebug is a little more "Mad" than "Scientist" on this one.

Patterson's D + a child playing QB =

Position Rankings

Aaron Brown comes in at number 23, the only other MWC back to appear on the list is UNM's Rodney Ferguson at 25. Just over 11 days until we will see the two square off.
CFN Running Back Rankings

Blake Schlueter is the only other TCU offensive player to appear in the rankings, coming in as the 16th best Center in the country, no other MWC players made the list.
CFN Center Rankings

Arrieta leads US to victory

Former Frog Jake Arrieta pitched six scoreless innings and struck out seven as the US team throttled China 9-1. The game turned physical when China's catcher was knocked out of the game with a leg injury following a collision at home plate with the US's Matt LaPorta. China's pitching coach and reliever were later tossed after LaPorta was hit in the back of the head by a pitch in the 7th.

#8 Max Knake

TCU's all-time leader in most every passing category including: passing yards in a season, passing yards in a career, touchdowns in a season and touchdowns in a career. In 1994 Knake was named co-offensive player of the year in the SWC and his efforts helped earn the Frogs a share of the SWC title and their first bowl birth in 10 years.

Knake went on to have short stints in both the NFL and Arena Leagues.

Up next: A pro football hall of famer, and former Coors light spokesperson.

Morning Dump

Dalton and Jackson 1A, 1B

5 most underrated coaches

MWC preview


Offense holds own against TCU defense

TCU's receivers have limited experience but unlimited potential

Hawthorne fits Seahawks' mold for linebackers

A few starting jobs till up for grabs at TCU

Position analysis: Defensive Line

Gridiron camp preview: offensive line

Gridiron camp preview: special teams

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Arrieta to take on China

Former TCU All-American and current Orioles' farmhand righty Jake Arrieta will be the starting pitcher for Team USA as they take on host-country China at the Olympics Monday morning at 7:00am Texas time.

Team USA is 2-2 at the Games, having dropped games to Cuba and Korea and having beaten The Netherlands and America Junior (Canada). They really need to win 2 of their remaining 3 games (China, Taiwan and Japan) to assure themselves a spot in the medalling tournament.

New Student Union Taking Shape

For those of you that are not aware, the student union building from our days at TCU no longer exists- it was demolished a few weeks ago. That means your days of stealing candy from Frog Bytes are officially over. The new student union, which opens the first week of September, is nearly complete.

The TCU Magazine recently posted a photo gallery of the new building on their website, and they are pretty impressive. I will definitely be taking a drunken, self-guided tour of this thing sometime on the afternoon of September 6th before the Frogs demolish Stephen F.

View the pictures HERE.

Friday, August 15, 2008

RH-51 interview

listen here

Friday Morning Practice Report-FWST

August 15, 2008

Frogs go indoors for morning practice

Notes and observations from TCU's practice this morning -

* Player of the Morning Award easily goes to redshirt freshman wide receiver Jonathan Jones, who had three great catches, the best of which came late in practice during redzone drills when he made a leaping touchdown catch near the back left corner of the endzone. "He had a chance to make plays,'' TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "Down in the redzone, we did it scrimmage level cause we hadn't done it in a couple of days, and you have a few plays to do it, and you got to make plays down there.''

*Another great catch came when quarterback Andy Dalton rolled to his left and threw to Jimmy Young, who made a nice reception with safety Tejay Johnson right on him.

*TCU receivers have been one of the big highlights so far in the preseason. They did show plenty of concentration and made catches under tight coverage this morning, but Patterson continues to be cautious about their potential. "I'm going to have to wait until gametime cause gametime's when you've got to make plays,'' he said. "(The redzone drill) was about putting them in a situation - not in a long period but a short period - where it's game level and you see who can make plays and who doesn't.''

*The redzone drills were active. "Defensively we stopped them the first time, but the second time they drove on us. You've got to get that done,'' Patterson said. Some other quick details ....Linebacker Daryl Washington made a nice stop when the offense tried to run up the middle. Washington was quite pleased, and jumped up in the air while letting out a passionate yell. ...Quarterback Andy Dalton had two nice runs, including one for a touchdown. ...There was a scuffle near the back of the endzone that Patterson broke up, and got quite upset over. ...Patterson said he'll have to watch film to get a better idea of how the team did overall.

*One of the funnier moments in this morning's practice came when Jimmy Young was being covered on a play by cornerback Nick Sanders. The two were concentrating on each other, and unfortunately collided with Gary Patterson, who fell to the ground. He got back up quickly, prompting some players to jokingly shout, "TRAINER, TRAINER!"

*Several teams throughout the country have already suffered major injuries in preseason, which makes developing depth even more critical. Patterson has found ways to try and combat that. "We go live, but you'll notice, we go small amounts. I think people get hurt when they're tired, so when we do it, we do a lot where we stay up and we're not taking people to the ground,'' he said. "We call it 'thud' level. I believe when people get hurt it's when they're on the ground.''

*Talked to senior defenive end Matt Panfil, who was quite pleased with the development of the Horned Frogs' defense. "We've got a couple of problems here and there, but it's getting worked out,'' said Panfil, a North Crowley graduate. "I like our defense."

*It certainly helps to have an indoor facility to avoid the rain and possibility of injuries, but on a much more important note, I've got to think programs that don't have facilities like this are killing themselves in recruiting.

*Greg McCoy and Aaron Brown were rotating on kickoff returns at one point.

*The Horned Frogs will practice again today. Patterson warned his team that "tonight's going to be just as tough." Let's see how they respond. -Trae Thompson

Morning Dump

Young TCU players growing up

TCU position analysis: tight end

Gridiron camp preview: safeties

TCU Glance

TCU comes into '08 without preseason buildup

Nine Mountain West predictions

White Sox's regard to Broadway: You're demoted
-after getting a win

'Ambassador' for Cotton Bowl and football

Frater and Collins advance at 2008 Olympics

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Why Ridiculous Show Boating Doesn't Pay Off

Sorry, could not embed this one

New Student Center

This is for you out of towners who dont get a chance to see what it looks like. (Sorry about the quality, they are from the physical plant webcam).

Broadway on the hill this afternoon

Former TCU All-American pitcher Lance Broadway will make his second career start (and first of 2008) today for the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox when they take on the Kansas City Royals at 1:00pm.

Broadway was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday to replace Jose Contreras, who ruptured his Achilles tendon. He faced and retired one batter in the White Sox' 5-1 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

In his only other career start, which also came against Kansas City last September, Broadway gave up just two hits and fanned 8 batters in 6 innings of work to pick up the win.

Morning Dump

Breaking down TCU: the kickers

TCU kickers have rough day in camp

Mountain West predictions

Honors for Phillips and Henson

Phillips and Henson on Butkus Award watch list

Special scrimmage for Horned Frogs

TCU Wednesday morning practice report

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Another Graham Watson article

TCU regroups in '08 after BCS season turned in to a pumpkin in '07

F the Olympics

There. I said it. I know deep down, unless you are a fan of competitive field hockey or have a man crush on Bob Costas, you've probably been thinking it too. Let's face it, football is not here yet. It won't be here for another 16 days. Attempting to try and pacify me with this round the clock coverage of BS sports like table tennis is beyond insulting. It seems like every couple years this corporate sponsor carnival of obscure sports rears its ugly head and invades the psyche of the American sports fan- "Hey did you catch that 4X100 men's swimming relay the other night?" My hatred of the Olympics is simple: I JUST DON'T F-ING CARE. That's right rest of the world, I could give a flying fuck about your stupid Olympic Games. I don't want to watch handball, rowing bores me, and scenes of Deliverance to come to mind when I think of watching synchronized swimming. And don't even get me started on all the terrible Winter Olympic sports like cross-country skiing and speed skating. It's not just the sports though, it's everything. I could care less about watching a televised firework show Jack Donaghy. And watching every single country from Bhutan (2 archers) to Grenada (1 boxer) walk in the stadium dressed in some outlandish theme party type garb is not the least bit amusing. In fact, the whole idea of the mass media trying to make me care about this shitshow makes me want to puke. Don't get me wrong, this is not being anti-American. I am 100% behind brass aggressive nationalism. I am pleased to know that we Americans have the fastest human dolphin on the planet, but him winning gold medals is kind of like Armstrong winning the Tour de France- I'm happy because I know this pisses off the French . If anything, nothing is more American than my stance, which is simple- these sports aren't football. There is nothing more American than football. The NBA and baseball have been so successful making strides internationally (congrats sell outs), but football, that my friends is simply Ahhh'merican. I don’t remember the Olympics always sucking. At one time it was a nice distraction from the fact we were football-less. In fact, I remember fondly a childhood that embraced the Olympics. Either I was young and na├»ve, or somewhere along the way something changed. In order to not just rant but provide proactive solutions to make this event at least palatable, I am announcing my official decision to run for Chairman of the Olympics on the following platform:

1) Costas, you're gone. I'm so sick of you acting like you know what you're talking about when watching water polo. Is there any athlete you don't have a touching human interest story on? How can you make every event feel soooooo once-in-a-lifetime special? How do you manage to look yourself in the mirror? The new commentating crew will consist of Mean Gene Okerland, Bobby 'the Brain' Heenan, and Macho Man Randy Savage
2) Bring back the cold war. Look, I thought this one might be tough, but given all that's going on over in Russia, this just might be doable. We need a real us versus them story. Would it be possible for Al Qaeda to sponsor a basketball team?
3) Bring back doping. I want Ivan Drago type cyborgs competing, but I don't think we should stop with steroids. I propose we open this up to all sorts of hardcore narcotics. Mushrooms at archery, coke for our gymnasts, and meth for our shooting teams. Hallucinogens for all!! Equestrian is fine as is. I want to turn Beijing into Studio 54.
4) Only "real" countries. No country with a military less outfitted and dangerous than a bunch of drunk frat guys in Tahoe's on a weekend ranch trip is allowed to participate. Sorry France.
5) No duplicate events. Swimming is one thing. You can win one medal. We're not playing basketball once on 10ft goals then again on 12ft goals.
6) Justin Timerlake Rule. It's time to bring sexy back. Swimsuit competition is reinstated. Women's weightlifting gone.
7) Only "real" sports. No golf? No football? Where the fuck is bowling? Beer pong anyone? Why was the Tug of War discontinued after the 1920 Olympics? Where is PRO wrestling? Look, we need to get rid of all the BS sports that don't matter. That means the vast majority of the current Olympics. Also, any sport where people actually get angry because someone claims to be OLDER than they actually are is waaaaay too creepy and must go (sorry women's gymnastics, you were actually one of the few women's sports with the potential to get past Rule 6).
8) Opening Ceremony overhaul. It can't be more than 1 hour. Every participant must come dressed head to toe as their favorite animal.
9) Venue overhaul. Only locations that don't have Mexico City-style pollution and a laundry list of human rights violations may host the games. How did that crap hole beat out DFW?
10) America doesn't lose A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Why? Because we're America, and we know if anyone beats us we can just offer them citizenship and they'll be on our team soon enough.

I'm open for other suggestions, and no, I don't hate the Olympics as much as UT or any other Frog opponent.

Top 10 Treadmill Disasters

For those of you like me, who think that treadmill accidents never get old check out the Top 10 Treadmill Disasters put together by Don Chavez.

How Not To Powerclean

#9 Mike Renfro

Arguably the greatest receiver in TCU history, Renfro sits at the top of a number of Frog receiving records including first in career receiving yards (2,739). He also holds the record for receiving TDs in a season (10), is tied with Cory Rodgers for receiving TDs in a career (17), and is second in career receptions (162). Renfro was a three time All-SWC player ('75, '76, '77), as well as one of the four players to win the Rogers Trophy, for TCU MVP, twice.

Renfro was drafted in 1978 and went on to have a successful ten year career in the NFL playing for both the Oilers and the Cowboys. His best pro-performance came for the Cowboys in a 1987 Thanksgiving day overtime loss to Minnesota where he caught seven passes for 100 yards and three TDs.

Up next, this player led the Frogs to their 9th and last Southwest Conference title.

Going to Albuquerque?

If so, you'll have plenty of purple-wearing company. TCU has sold out of it's allotment of tickets for the August 30 season opener against New Mexico. If you're still planning on going but haven't yet bought tickets, you'll have to do it through the New Mexico ticket office, which can be reached at 1-800-955-HOWL or online at

Message from Danny Morrison

Here is some good news for all you who have DirecTV but can't make it home for all the games.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We are thrilled to inform TCU fans that DIRECTV, the nation’s leading satellite television provider, will launch the MountainWest Sports Network (The mtn.) on Wednesday, August 27, on Channel 616. The mtn. is your ticket to TCU Football and the best of Mountain West Conference football, basketball and a wide variety of sports. More than 200 conference sporting events each year are seen on The mtn. To Order DIRECTV call 1-888-795-9489.

Cable Subscribers in Fort Worth and Dallas: We need your help. If you are a subscriber of Charter Communications in the Fort Worth area or Time Warner Cable in the Dallas area, The mtn. is not yet available. In this case, it is important that you call Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Make it known you are strongly considering switching to DIRECTV if they do not carry The mtn. and CBS College Sports Network. Your call is important because carriage of The mtn. in Fort Worth and Dallas, and CBS College Sports Network in Dallas, is being evaluated right now by these companies.

o Call Charter Communications: 1-888-438-2427 (Demand The mtn.)

o Call Time Warner Cable: 1-972-742-5892 (Demand The mtn. & CBS College Sports Network)

TCU Schedule on The mtn.

Saturday September 13 Stanford at TCU 6:00pm CT

Saturday October 4 San Diego State at TCU 5:00pm CT

Saturday October 25 Wyoming at TCU 5:00pm CT

TCU Schedule on The CBS College Sports Network

Saturday September 20 TCU at SMU 7:00 PM CT

Saturday October 11 TCU at Colorado State 2:30 PM CT

Saturday November 1 TCU at UNLV 7:00 PM CT

Thursday November 6 TCU at UTAH (HD) 7:00 PM CT

We appreciate your support and look forward to an exciting football season. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Daniel B. Morrison, Jr.
TCU Director of Athletics

Morning Dump

TCU has plenty of skill and depth at cornerback

Defense impressive during short workout

Almost injury report
-Patterson got a little roughed up Monday

Non-BCS/independents mailbag
-Doesn't mention TCU much but i feel like we should be supportive of the fact that ESPN is kind of covering the non-bcs

I love being over-looked

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dalton poised to break records

By the end of the 2010 season, you can expect to see Andy Dalton's name plastered all over the TCU record books, especially when you consider he already owns the top place on a few lists.

Dalton's 222 pass completions for the year in 2007 represent the most completions ever in one season by a TCU passer, as do his 371 attempts. By hitting on 59.8% of his pass attempts, Dalton recorded the 4th-most accurate season in TCU history, trailing Jeff Ballard's record of 61.9% in 2006 by just over 2%.

His 2,459 yards were BY FAR the most ever by a TCU freshman, and in fact were the second-most ever recorded in a single-season at TCU and just 165 yards behind Max Knake's 1994 school record. With his first 925 yards this fall, Dalton will pass the legendary Sammy Baugh on the school's all-time passing yardage list and if he holds his current pace he will break Knake's career record by the end of his junior season.

While not all of his stats last year were great- see his 11 interceptions to just 10 touchdowns, he has a year of starting experience now under his belt and an exciting young corps of receivers that should keep his numbers improving and piling up for the next three autumns.

Morning Dump

NCAA football preview: TCU Horned Frogs

TCU coach not happy with defense

Teagarden, Arrieta ready to start round-robin play for team USA
-Another Frog set to be pitch in the Olympics, Geno Espinelli, to skip Olympics for major league debut

NCAA football preview: UNM

Anyone see The Gator last night?

He got trucked by Donald Driver, then turned around the next play and knocked the helmet off Packer receiver, James Jones. Only problem was Jones kept his feet and scored.

Gator's quote on the play-"You've got to wrap up; NFL receivers are big," said White, who gave about 20 pounds to Jones. "It's not like college, where you pretty much hit a guy and he does down. I learned something from this game. That's the idea. Learn something every game."

On a more Gator like note, he did knock Packers receiver Ruvell Martin out of the game with a "head injury".

Monday, August 11, 2008

# 10 Kenneth Davis

The "Temple Tornado" set a school record with 1,611 yards rushing in 1984 while leading the Frogs to their first bowl birth in 19 years. In the process Davis was made a unanimous selection to the All-American team after rushing for 200 yards in three games and over 100 in 6 more. Davis finished as the second leading rusher in TCU history. Davis surely would have obliterated the school record had he not been suspended for all but one game his senior season.

Davis was a second round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1986 where he led the team in rushing each of his first two seasons. Following an injury filled third season he was traded to the Bills where he played an important role in helping lead the Bills to four straight Super Bowls.

Davis is currently head football coach and AD at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas.

Up next: A wide receiver whose son decided to follow in his father's footsteps.

Get With The Program

New ad campaign is the cover of GoFrogs

Couple of thoughts:
Hodge is huge...and scary
Both of our corners look like they have beefed up
Schlueter and Phillips, make me want to cry
Turner looks like he is ready to pound someone...facial hair is creepy though

Morning Dump

Gridiron preview: Running backs

Chris Getz, Lance Broadway Join White Sox

Jaguars sign ex-Cardinal DE Schobel

From The Weekend

Gridiron preview: Cornerbacks

Two-practice day wears down TCU Horned Frogs

Patterson likes TCU Horned Frogs effort

TCU UGA in discussion for home and home

Stoops closes practices
-Thinks TCU had spies in '05, maybe that is why Patterson keeps things close to the vest

Hawthorne update
- LB David Hawthorne, an undrafted rookie from TCU, forced two fumbles in Friday's game and stood out, but appeared to suffer a foot injury during the game.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Good-bye Isaac

We have been hit with another tragedy coming off the heels of Bernie Mac's untimely death. Singer and voice-actor Isaac Hayes was found dead in his Memphis home. He was 65 years old. We will never forget you Chef.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chef, who to this day, still refuse to give the Loch Ness Monster $3.50.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

R.I.P. Bernie Mac

I woke up this morning with a blinking red light on the BlackBerry alerting me to the latest "locks" in the NFL pre-season. Upon logging onto the Internet to throw money blindly on two games that, more than likely will NOT cover, I ran across some disturbing and truly disappointing news. Comedian Bernie Mac has passed away from complications due to pneumonia (link below). The clip is just a portion of a Kings Of Comedy bit, and is one of the shorter ones I could find. All of them are hilarious, so if you are like me, once I lose $100.00 on football this evening, I will be watching some more YouTubed Bernie Mac. RIP buddy, RIP.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Top Ten Reasons TCU’s Offense Will Be Explosive

Here is a pretty good list, but I would switch number 9 with number 4

Let The Games Begin

The first day of the Olympics isn’t just pomp and pageantry. Sometimes it’s also about romance, politics and the unintentional use of the torch as a grill. Check out 6 Memorable Opening Day Ceremonies brought to you by the knowledge junkies at Mental Floss.

Wind Damage From Hurricane Edouard

Devastating Loss

Top 10 Worst College Football Logos

Some yayhoo at Rockytoptalk came up with his subjective list of the 10 worst college football logos. We made the cut. It still beats the hell out of making moonshine, having improper relationships with kin, and being the inspiration for the Fulmer Cup. See the latest on the Fulmer cup at EDSBS

#11 Jeff Ballard

The Jeff Ballard story is one that plays right out of the pages of a Disney screenplay. From third team QB, to the long time back up to the consistently injured heir appointed Tye Gunn, to one of the all time great QBs to play for the Frogs. In just two seasons as the starter, Ballard became fourth all-time in career passer in yards (4,621) and the first in career completion percentage (61.1).

He finished his career with 27 passing TDs and 16 rushing TDs, as well as a host of other TCU records including most TDs in a game (6, Twice); Completion Pct. in a game (87.0 v SDSU); Completion Pct. in a season (61.9 - 2006); Interception Avoidance Percentage for Career (2.2); Consecutive Pass Completions (14); and, Consecutive Passes w/o an int. (154).

All those records aside, his greatest stat is unarguably 19-2. That was his record as the TCU starting QB. Those 19 wins also include two bowl victories. One was the nail biter against Iowa State and the other was the throttling of Northern Illinois. In those two bowl games he accounted for 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 pass) and close to 560 yards. Ballard finished with all-conference honors in both seasons he played, as well as becoming only the fourth two time winner of the Rogers Trophy (for TCU MVP).

Even with all he accomplished, I think I can still hear the student section heckling him for throwing the ball away too often.

Up next, we hit the top ten with a RB who had three 200 yard one season.

Morning Dump

Competition keen along offensive line

Gridiron camp preview: wide receivers

Non-BCS mailbag
Graham apologizes for not recognizing TCU's national championships

Seahawks short-handed for first action
Hawthorne should see a lot of time tonight

Sack master leads by example
Aaron Schobel

Heating up

8 degrees of Texans is linked to golden Olympic stories