Thursday, May 7, 2009

TCU Marketing gets A++


I don't know about y'all, but I love what the marketing department has done this year to promote the frogs. The new marketing posters and campaign is awesome. This billboard is located just outside of downtown Funky Town on Lancaster. And yes, I made a detour just to take this picture with my phone and share it with the rest of SpitBlood nation.

NCAA Baseball Projections

When TCU broke ground on Lupton Stadium in 2002, they did so with grand visions of the future of the baseball program. With the opening of the stadium and the hiring of Jim Schlossnagle, some of those visions have become reality: bigger crowds, All-American players, conference titles, NCAA Tournament Appearances. The logical next step for the program would be to host an NCAA Regional, and this year's team probably has the best chance yet. At 29-13, they are ranked #15 by Baseball America, #20 by Rivals and #21 in the Coaches' Poll. Their RPI is currently #11, no doubt helped by non-conference road wins against national powers Cal State-Fullerton and Ole Miss.

As of now, though, it looks like the Frogs' 4-3, extra inning loss at Texas A&M last Tuesday has severely hurt their chances of hosting. In Baseball America's NCAA projections that came out earlier that day, they had TCU hosting a regional at Lupton Stadium, while they predicted the Aggies would be a non-hosting #1 seed travelling to Columbus, Ohio. Even though both teams probably deserve to host a Regional, Texas and Rice are near-locks to host, and it's unlikely the NCAA wants to have more than three Regionals in the same state.

Baseball America hasn't updated their projections since then (at least that I could find), but three different sites that have- Rivals, SEBaseball.com (a Rivals affiliate) and The College Baseball Blog- all have TCU as the #2 seed in the College Station Regional. While a trip to College Station sounds about as much fun as watching network television, at least all three also had San Diego State in the NCAA Field- which would give the Mountain West multiple bids for the first time ever.

Of course, with two more weeks of regular-season baseball and the conference tournaments still to go, there's obviously a lot that can change between now and when the NCAA Field is announced. But since, as of now, the Aggies appear to be TCU's main competitor to host, you may want to pay attention to their remaining games against Texas (3), Texas State (1) and Oklahoma (3).

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