Friday, July 31, 2009
Decade rankings CBS Sports
Morris is content just to coach Star-Telegram
The MTN open to criticism Deseret News
SMU coach confident opener will be a sellout Dallas Morning News
Thursday, July 30, 2009
MWC fall camp starts Aug. 3 ESPN
Schlueter's long road to NFL had slow start Denver Post
Top 25 countdown: No. 25 Utah Star-Telegram
Phillips should be back on the field soon Ravens 24x7
Rookie linebacker Jason Phillips, who tore his lateral meniscus at the NFL scouting combine while running the 40-yard dash, remains on the PUP list. However, he is hoping to be back soon.
"They're just holding me out right now to see if it swells up or bothers me," Phillips said. "They want to ease me back into it."
A four-time All-Mountain West Conference selection at Texas Christian, Phillips was unable to take part in any of the minicamps.
"I've never been hurt before or sat out like this," Phillips said. "I think I missed a total of five practices in college. The hardest thing for me is to be patient and let it heal. You've got to be careful with a knee injury."
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
With the Frogs wanting to beef up their OOC slate and neutral-site games in vogue these days, it's easy to imagine a scenario where a big program would only deign to play at TCU if the game were shifted 20 miles to the east and played at Jerry World. That's all well and good, except that it robs TCU of any kind of home field advantage- do you really think that Frog fans could outnumber, say, Texas A&M fans if those two teams played in Arlington? Furthermore, I think that once TCU does move a home game to Arlington, every big-name program they try to schedule will only agree to play there. Without the ability to draw top opponents to Fort Worth, the dream of renovating Amon G. Carter into a top-notch, modern facility would begin to fade...rapidly. I, for one, am adamantly against doing this.
Now comes a rumor that the TCU vs. LSU scheduled for 2013 may be moved to Arlington. The difference in this game being moved off-campus, though, is that 2013 is the game that is slated to be in Baton Rouge, not Fort Worth. The Frogs would still get their shot at LSU in the friendly confines of Amon G. in 2014.
If true (and again, it's JUST a rumor), this could set an extremely beneficial precedent for TCU in their attempts to schedule quality opponents in the future. It's saying "we're perfectly willing to play you in Arlington", while still having a line drawn in the sand in terms of moving home games away from campus. Instead of signing 'home & home' agreements, maybe from here forward they can offer a '2 for 1' deal to teams that want to play at Jerry World, where each program gets a home game and then the opposing team's second "home game" is played in Arlington.
Super Frog was just selected as one of the 12 finalist in Capitol One's Mascot challenge. So far there have been 4 others chosen, Testudo from Maryland, Jack Rabbit from South Dakota State, Butch T. Cougar from Washington State, and Mike the Tiger from LSU, the other seven will be revealed over the next two and a half weeks. While the award doesn't really hold any significance, being a finalist means that he will be featured in the commercials that run throughout the fall. Great free national advertising.
Mascot Challenge Site
The two returning backs that shouldered the most load last year are 5th-year seniors Joseph Turner and Ryan Christian. Both were held out of spring practice with injuries, but should be 100% by now. If Turner can stay healthy (which has been a recurring issue), he ought to again lead the team in both attempts and yards, as he did a year ago. His tough running style can be especially demoralizing to opposing defenses in the second half. With a new offensive coordinator(s), though, Christian may see his role change just a bit. Toward the end of last season, he was given less hand-offs and started to become more of a pass-catching threat. In my humble opinion, that is what his role ought to be, because he is a very dangerous weapon for this offense when he is in the open field.
With the departure of Aaron Brown to the Detroit Lions and Christian possibly receiving less carries, who will be picking up the slack? The top candidate is redshirt freshman Ed Wesley, whom the coaching staff has been raving about since he arrived on campus last fall and was a stand-out in spring practice. At 5'9" and 185lbs, Wesley has been described by some as a smaller, faster version of Robert Merrill. Jai Cavness, a shifty sophomore who ran for 134 yards and 2 TD's last season, also has the potential to play a significant role in the offense.
The two returnees that haven't been as conspicuous in preseason hype are 5th-year senior Chris Smith and sophomore Jurcell Fort. Smith, a bruiser who weighs in at 231 lbs, has played sparingly in his first three seasons, mostly in blow-out victories. Remember though, that Justin Watts had a similiar track record and did score 4 TD's as a senior last year. Fort played in 2 games last year, gaining 5 yards on 4 attempts after moving over from cornerback.
When the Frogs line up in a formation that requires a fullback, 220 lb-sophomore Luke Shivers will be the man. He was mostly used as a lead-blocker last year, although he did score 2 TD's and caught a pass out of the backfield, showing that he could be utilized more as his career progresses. Junior walk-on Ryan Hightower is the only other fullback listed on the roster, but I'd imagine that Smith and Turner could line up at FB in a pinch with their size.
And then...there are the newcomers. The TCU coaching staff hit the jackpot when it came to recruiting tailbacks this past offseason, inking four oustanding ball carriers and creating an embarrassment of riches. There's 5'8" 190lb Waymon James out of Sherman (where he ran for 4,732 career yards, 54 TD and was a pass-catching threat out of the backfield), 6'1" 215lb Matthew Tucker out of Tyler Chapel Hill (6,093 career yards, 69 TD), 5'10" 225lb Dwight Smith out of Carthage (2,820 43 TD & a state title in one season) and 6'1" 200lb UCLA transfer Aundre Dean, formerly of Katy (5,495 career yards, 61 TD, 2 state rings). Even with a talented group of returning backs, all four of these backs have the talent to play this fall. Dean will have to wait a year, though, due to NCAA transfer rules and there is some question as to whether Smith will be academically eligible (fingers crossed). There is also, with this coaching staff, always the potential that one or more of these guys could end up playing a different position. Either way, the future looks very, very bright and I wouldn't get my hopes up about signing a high-profile tailback in the next recruiting class.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Welcome to the Frogs Sam.
One thing that is for sure, though, is that this is Andy Dalton's team. Over his first two years as a starter, our favorite Ginja Ninja has led the Frogs to two bowl victories and earned Offensive MVP honors in both. He's already TCU's 3rd All-Time leader in passing yards, and with his mini-sophomore slump of the beginning of '08 behind him and an oustanding corps of receivers coming back, he's got a real good shot at breaking Max Knake's school record this fall. In TCU's ball-control offense, you've got to have a Qube that can do it all, and his 664 career rushing yards and 13 TD's on the ground are evidence that Dalton's legs are a perfect compliment to his arm. That warm feeling you've got in your soul is the fact that the Frogs have two more seasons with Dalton at the helm.
After a brief stint plying his craft at safety in the spring, Marcus Jackson has returned to the offensive side of the ball to play the role of insurance policy. It's pretty reassuring when your back-up QB is a 5th-year senior who has earned MWC Player of the Week honors twice in his career. He delivered W's over San Diego State and at Colorado State filling in as a starter when Dalton went down with a knee injury last year, and has over 1,000 career passing yards and 600 career rushing yards.
The #3 spot is where things really get interesting. In the event that Dalton & MJ are both unavailable at some point this fall, are the reigns handed to redshirt freshman Yogi Gallegos or blue-chip true frosh Casey Pachall? Pachall certainly came to TCU with more fanfare after a stellar high school career at Brownwood, but Gallegos has more experience in the system, having travelled with the team all last season as the #3 QB. Before you automatically go promoting Pachall because of his recruiting hype, don't forget that at one point many fans thought Jeff Ballard would forever be buried on the depth chart and would likely never see the field. Hopefully, though, this isn't a debate for this fall, but rather for the spring of 2011 after Dalton has exhausted his eligibility.
Two walk-on's will occupy the bottom spots of the depth chart this fall- Kyle Wilson, a redshirt freshman from Springtown, and Rick Settle, a true freshman from Olathe, Kansas. It seems like a long-shot for either of these guys to see the field this year- if all four of the scholarship QB's went down, you have to think that Jeremy Kerley, Antoine Hicks or any of the other dozen or so Frogs that played QB in high school would be called upon to lead the offense. But remember, walk-on Kyle Kummer did start against Army in '04 when Tye Gunn & Brandon Hassell were both injured, so who knows what chances Wilson & Settle could get if they stick with the program.
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Tim Griffin's mailbag, random TCU answer
Tim from New York City writes: I have a question that has Big 12 (actually Big 8) ties regarding a coach outside of the conference. Given Turner Gill's recent success at and brief turnaround of one of Division I's ultimate projects at Buffalo, is it a long shot to believe that he may make a return to his former conference? If so, what teams would make a good fit for him?
Tim Griffin: Turner Gill has done a masterful job in rebuilding Buffalo after leading the Bulls to the Mid-American Conference championship and the International Bowl last season.
That strong job obviously has to have caught the attention of his old coach, Tom Osborne, which would make some think that Nebraska would be a place he might end up as a head coach. For that to happen, Bo Pelini would have to go on to another job. I think Gill might need a tad more more seasoning at Buffalo. And I don't see any interest in Pelini pursuing any other jobs at this time.
Another job that will come open probably pretty soon will be Kansas State, where there's no indication that Bill Snyder is in the head coaching position for the long term. Maybe Snyder, who turns 70 on Oct. 7, will stay at his old school for two or three years. It would be interesting if Gill would be attracted to Kansas State and if the Wildcats would be attracted to him.
I think the job that would make sense to him would be at TCU in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. Obviously, Gary Patterson would have to being going somewhere and I don't know how much interest Patterson has in pursuing other jobs at this time.
But I personally think that TCU might be the best non-BCS job in the country. And it might be better than some jobs in the Big 12. The reason I consider this job so highly include its proximity to the fertile Texas recruiting area, the developing facilities at the school, the school's winning tradition and its conference affiliation.
Patterson currently has an easier road to the BCS in his own conference than he would if the Horned Frogs were playing in the Big 12. And I think he knows it.
But I would also think the chance to return home for Gill would be attractive if the opportunity to accept the TCU job if it ever materialized for him.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Patterson to make local TV rounds GoFrogs.com
Frog Power: can anyone run on TCU? Bleacher Report
TCU, BYU, Utah loom large in MWC football, but MWC challengers ready to contend Colorado Springs Gazette
Jockeying for position CBS42
Hoke brings hope for SDSU football San Diego Network News
Must see games for week two Bleacher Report
Fresh look for linebacker unit Dallas Cowboys.com
More on Matt Purke Dallas Morning News
Not even slightly TCU related, but amusing:
Aggies to Conference USA? Just do it, A&M! Houston Chronicle
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sorry for the over played video, there is so much negative to say about the fighting Rudys and I didn't feel like taking the time to be clever.
Notre Dame reportedly wants TCU on their future schedule Star-Telegram
MWC, Thompson not giving in to BCS Star-Telegram
TCU positions itself with strategic losses Bleacher Report
Watch out MWC big 3 - other 6 looking to catch up Deseret News
MWC: Media Days showcases a ticked off commish, and a Max Hall double Examiner
'We belong' is offseason rally cry for ambitious MWC CBS Sports
Mountain West considers expanding -- again Idaho Statesman
Bronco will cede some playcalling Salt Lake Tribune
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This has nothing and everything to do with TCU football, but I thought some of you that aren't in the Fort Worth area would like to know that our favorite bartender at the Oui, Kathy, passed away on Monday.
Post game celebrations will never be the same at the Oui.
She poured a stiff drink and she will be missed, but she will live on through all of us... aka the smell of smoke permanently imprinted into any clothes I have ever worn to the Oui.
Ring, diploma why TCU defensive star was in no rush to leave Star-Telegram
TCU draws support as MWC's best Star-Telegram
Football media pick TCU to win Mountain West AP
2009 preseason all-MWC football picks AP
Five possible trends Sporting News
BCS talk hits the over ESPN
Media poll rarely on mark Deseret News
What's wrong with Tulsa, maybe TCU? Blue and Gold
Sanberg misses victory, Cashner's performance Knoxville News Sentinel
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
MWC media days are under way and the preseason conference poll and awards are out. We'll start with the one that didn't go to TCU, preseason offensive player of the year goes to BYU QB Max Hall. Big Suprise pre-season defensive player of the year is All-American DE Jerry Hughes, but the awards don't stop there. Preseaon special teamer of the year goes to Jeremy Kerley and preseason fresman of the year has been bestowed upon RB Ed Wesley. Oh, and lucky us the Frogs were picked by the media to win the conference. ESPN's Graham Watson will be following the events here. And videos from the event can be seen here.
TCU also placed 7 on the preseaon all-conference team:
Jerry Hughes - DE
Daryl Washington - LB
Nick Sanders - CB
Rafael Priest - CB
Marshall Newhouse - OL
Anson Kelton - P
Jeremy Kerely - R
Barret Robbins' Road to Recovery the Subject of HBO's 'Real Sports' - NFL Fanhouse
Media days kick off in Vegas for CSU, MWC teams Coloradoan
Spread offense has been around for decades ESPN
They shoot the Mountain West Champion, don't they? Yahoo Sports
AFCA delays change to coaches poll at BCS request CBS Sports
Virginia's Groh on defending the spread ESPN
Monday, July 20, 2009
Questions abound for TCU, rest of MWC football teams Star-Telegram
Kelsey Patterson, the coach's wife, helps TCU with its home-team advantage Star-Telegram
Herald's Dickson reveals his picks for preseason MWC football Provo Daily-Herald
By the numbers Rivals
Friday, July 17, 2009
But then in this morning's Star-Telegram, Gil Lebreton finally got to the real issue dealing with the BCS. That's finally the kind of commentary and support TCU ought to be getting from their hometown paper every day.
I mean, I for one don't give a shit if the Texases and the Oklahomas of the world and their legions of Wal-Mart fans feel jilted by not getting into the BCS Title game. They are the ones that wrote the rules- they can deal with it. The real problem is seeing mediocre teams like Wake Forest and Pitt waltz into a BCS Bowl just by winning their supposed "superior" conference. Beyond that, putred programs like Baylor, Vanderbilt and Washington State get to collect millions of dollars in revenue every year just for being in a conference that they can't compete in. All the while, programs like TCU, Utah, BYU, Boise State, Southern Miss, East Carolina, etc- have to fight uphill just to get any kind of respect without the resources afforded to BCS schools through bowl & TV contracts.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
But over the last few years, I've really started to become a fan of other MWC schools when they are playing out-of-conference opponents. Last season, I got such a kick out of watching BYU eat UCLA's...well, I would say souls, but I'm not sure anyone in L.A. has one, Wyoming taking down Tennessee, UNLV stunning Arizona State and Utah knocking Michigan in the Big House and dominating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Maybe we're not getting an automatic BCS berth just yet, but the level of respect the media gives us has gone up considerably (Watch this video from CBS College Sports discussing the MWC).
While the SEC fans find solidarity in wearing bow-ties to games and living in the states with the worst Adult Literacy rates, the MWC schools can come together knowing that, if all 9 programs are moving forward- and some of the coaching hires made by the back of the pack are a good sign of that- we come a little close to getting our much-deserved piece of the pie.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
However, before I left, a little bird - well, WWHD - suggested that there was one bet out there, one sure fire bet that I had to investigate and, if we deemed it worthy, we'd split between us and divide the inevitable profits. Now perhaps it was because we were at the time basking in GPs presence, or that we had bellies full of beer and BBQ, but, after really thinking about it, there's only one reason why such a thought popped into our heads: homerism.
Now, some of you probably consider yourselves wanton TCU homers, and in most cases you'd probably be correct, but how many of us really put our money where our mouths are? How many of us have so much faith in TCU football that we practically stake our futures in the Frogs presumed success? Evidence:
Alright, so perhaps I went a little overboard with all that "staking my financial future on the Frogs" thing, but for those of you who aren't familiar with the inner workings of a Las Vegas Sportsbooks, here's what it means: $20 on the Frogs to win the BCS National Championship at 100:1 odds. Now, those are pretty terrible odds, especially considering betting the field netted you 75:1, but after last week's BCS decision... 100:1 is probably pretty solid for the Frogs' chances, and perhaps even a little low. Now, do I really think the Frogs have a chance at running the tables this season? Well, I'd be a bit of a hypocrite if a I said no, wouldn't I? Do I think that by running the tables the Frogs have a shot at playing in Pasadena come January? Well, obviously there are a lot of obstacles to overcome, and a lot of stupendous upsets would have to occur, but, even with 100:1 odds, like Lloyd Christmas said, there's a chance. Besides, it gives us another reason to unite as one and root against Texas and Florida, and if that ends up being nothing more than a consolation prize, then I guess that'll be just fine with me.
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Virginia preview College Football News
Monday, July 13, 2009
Instead, the answer to college football's awkward postseason dilemna has finally been found by a student at the University of Colorado, who hit pause on his game of Halo long enough to unveil his master plan to the world this weekend.
I have to say, I like the way the kid thinks outside the box, even if that box does say "Jack in the Box" on it. Any idea that includes TCU rather than exclude them is fun to consider. But as you read the artcile, it becomes more and more evident that the kid's original draft probably included a few paragraphs about the moon crashing into the earth and ordering pizza with gummi-worms on it: Wisconsin in a conference with Arizona and Arizona State? Maybe we should put TWO flavor packets on this Ramen!
With just a smidge under 1,500 hours to go until kickoff of the Virginia game (yeah, that's right- hours), I can only assume that a lot of you are going through the same kind of antsy in your pantsy, Trainspotting-esque withdrawls for football. If you've already read through all of the preview magazines, and the re-runs of "classic" games on CBS-College and ESPN-U and the incredibly bland summer editions of "College Football Live" aren't enough to satiate your gridiron itch, let me nerd out for a minute and offer up a summer reading list that ought to help calm your nerves:
Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins
If you haven't yet gotten into Jenkins, now is definitely the time. It's not often that you can laugh out loud at a book, but nearly all of his have caused me to. Semi-Tough is written in the first person as a diary by fictional Paschal High & TCU alum Billy Clyde Puckett, who is preparing to lead the New York Giants into the Super Bowl. If you enjoy the irreverant humor in this one (and you will), also check out Jenkins' You Gotta Play Hurt, a spin-off that isn't quite a football book, but does have a backstory involving TCU football enjoying a great season. There was a terrible movie version of Semi-Tough made with Burt Reynolds playing Billy Clyde Puckett, and apparently also made a pilot for a TV series version with David Hasselhoff playing one of the supporting roles (I kid you not).
The Junction Boys by Jim Dent
When I read The Junction Boys, I had a few painful flashbacks to my own torturous experience with two-a-day practices in the brutal August heat. But those flashbacks were nothing compared to the relief I felt that I wasn't playing "back in the day" and with a psychotic sadist of a coach like Paul "Bear" Bryant. If you don't already know the story from watching the God-awful ESPN movie version, in 1954 Bryant (then at Texas A&M) took his team to Junction, TX, and basically decided to separate the men from the boys by putting them through workouts that, even for the time, were cruel & unusual. It's interesting to see how- and why- some of the players refused to quit.
Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger
Friday Night Lights goes in a category along with Lonesome Dove- if you haven't read it yet, shame on you. Growing up in a house with a parent who grew up in Odessa, I was required to read it at an age when some of the lengthiest titles I had completed included Little House in the Big Woods and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. For those of you still in the dark, FNL follows the 1988 Odessa Permian Panthers as they strive towards their ultimate goal, a state championship. It caused quite a stir upon it's release, because aside from showcasing the on-the-field success of the players, it also exposed some of the underlying moral flaws of the community behind the team. It was followed up, of course, with a movie adaptation starring Billy Bob Thornton that has enjoyed mixed reviews since it came out and a critically-acclaimed TV series, although the latter is not actually based on the book.
Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John
Warren St. John, an Alabama native who was educated and lived as an adult in New York City, couldn't explain why he was still so emotionally invested in the Alabama Crimson Tide. So to answer the question "why do we care?", he bought an RV and followed the Tide to every game one season. He came into contact with some seriously, seriously salty characters along the way and came to some interesting conclusions to his initial question. Taking it's title from a signature Crimson Tide cheer, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer is definitely a good read for a psycho-fan.
Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent
"Incredulous" is an apt description of someone reading Twelve Mighty Orphans for the first time. It's the incredible but true story of the kids at at Fort Worth's Masonic Home Orphanage, which despite all odds, became one of the state's most dominant high school football teams during the Great Depression. The hardships that these kids overcame There is talk that it will be adapted into a film in coming years.
Paper Lion by George Plimpton
Plimpton was already one of America's most prominent sports writers in 1963, when he somehow convinced the coaches of the Detroit Lions to let him join the team as a reserve quarterback in training camp....at age 36. Given jersey #0, Plimpton worked through camp along with legends like Alex Karras and Dick "Night Train" Lane, and the players never knew he was really a writer. There was apparently also a movie version starring Alan Alda.
...But don't take my word for it!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
The word on Purke leading up to the draft was that he might be picked later than his talents would dictate because of his (made-up word alert) 'signability'. It was said that he wanted "Rick Porcello money", in a reference to the current Tigers rookie who signed a contract worth $7.28 million with Detroit after they picked him in the 2007 draft. Despite this, a June 15th article in the Dallas Morning News indicated that Purke expected to get a deal done and sign with the club.
But then last week came the news that Rangers' owner Tom Hicks has had to borrow $15 million from Major League Baseball just to meet payroll. Now, my understanding of economics is mostly limited to childhood games of Monopoly that ended prematurely when my brother and I would get in a fistfight because he was being a total fag about building hotels on his properties- but that doesn't really sound like the financial profile of an organization that is about to shell out a record-breaking contract for an 18 year-old kid, does it?
Now granted, the Rangers are not broke. Even if they can't put up the $7 million that Purke reportedly wants, they'll still be able to pay him an amount of money that will dwarf the partial scholarship that awaits him at TCU. According to Jim Schlossnagle at last night's Coaches Dinner in Dallas, however, Purke did spend quite a bit of time on campus in Fort Worth last week.
Perhaps he is content to get a college education and compete for a top-flight college team if his lofty demands aren't met by the Rangers? After all, if he is as good as advertised, those millions will be there two or three years down the road, won't they? No need to chance it, according to Schlossnagle, who urged all in attendance at the function last night to boycott going to Rangers games and putting money in Old Man Hicks' pockets.
Even though there is some cause for optimism that Purke will end up as a Frog, I wouldn't hold my breath- the deadline for him to sign (or hopefully not sign) with the Rangers is August 17th, and that'd be a really long time to hold your breath. I can only do it for like 30 seconds.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
So far they have some pretty good looking stuff, videos are posted on their facebook page
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Argument over beer leads to shooting of ex-TCU player, police say Star-Telegram
Cashner continues to move up baseball ranks Montgomery County Courier
Thorns picks Horned Frogs Roanoke Times
Stewart Cink twitter interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Q: What’s the funniest tweet you’ve tweeted?
A: At TCU college baseball game with Steve Stricker, eventual champion: Stricker is 14 under, should I give him the Nancy Kerrigan treatment?
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Seems like a lifetime ago now, after a fall from grace that could only be rivaled by another certain TCU defensive lineman that wore #97...
First, he was thrown off the team later in that '05 season for reportedly not showing up for practice. Then, there was the infamous rape allegation. Though the charges for that were eventually dismissed, any chance he had to mend fences and come back to TCU were shot, along with probably any chance to play college ball anywhere. Now comes word that Jones is in critical condition after being shot by his mother's boyfriend near Miami.
For all his faults, you've gotta hope that he doesn't lose his chance to turn his life around. Hang in there, Lorenzo.