Tuesday, December 1, 2009

PTI Debate: Texas or TCU in Title Game? - ESPN Video

Pool Our Money Together?

And it goes to a good cause. Ebay Link


  • Authentic Nike Pro Combat baselayer top with sublimated lizard print and custom TCU colors
  • Authentic Nike Pro Combat jersey with the number 5 in honor of alumnus LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Authentic iridescent TCU helmet worn by the team on November 14
  • Pair of Nike Zoom Vapor Fly cleats (size 9) in TCU colors, one cleat autographed by head coach, one by celebrated former player
  • Pair of Nike Trainer 1 shoes (size 9) featuring TCU colors and artwork
  • Titanium D-ring belt with screen-printed TCU football slogan
  • Custom-designed, rolling locker with Horned Frog artwork and detailing
For this bad boy? If I wasn't already going to be cleaned out by the bowl game, I would have to say yes. I will even donate my place to store it (always thinking of others).

Good time to be a Frog!

I apologize for my lack of Spitblood posts recently. Between work stuff, holidays and vacation time, I haven't been around the computer a whole lot lately. But let's just look at what all is going on right now:

-The Frogs are 12-0, ranked 4th and poised to play in a big-money, January bowl game. Possibly even the national title game if Nebraska can somehow pull off a stunner against the Longhorns. I still don't think it's really hit me that this is the new reality for our football program.

-Fan support has finally started to come around. Yes, the critics will say that it has take our team going undefeated and being ranked this high to garner this kind of support. But every time you have a surge in fandom like we're experiencing right now, you are gaining a certain percentage of those new fans as new die-hard fans. Instead of a temporary spike, I see this as an acceleration of the gradual increase in fan support that's been going on for years. We may not sell out every game, but crowds of 40,000+ are going to start happening more often than they have.

-All of the above, combined with the near-sweep of MWC awards that the Frogs pulled off, are doing nothing but wonders for recruiting. I'm sure we'll have plenty of recruiting info here on Spitblood as National Signing Day approaches.

-Major props to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Boschini and new Athletic Director Chris Del Conte for getting Patterson's contract extension completed in such a timely manner. For this announcement to come out less than 24 hours after both the Notre Dame and Florida State jobs opened up sends a loud and clear message to the rest of the country about TCU's commitment to having a winning football program and Patterson's commitment to being part of it.

-And hey, how about the Volleyball Frogs heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Like I always say, if you're going to spend the time and money fielding a sport like volleyball, you might as well have as good a team as possible. Their first and second-round games are in Austin, with the opener against Rice on Thursday. Way to go, ladies!

TCU Nearly Sweeps MWC Honors

Mountain West Announces 2009 Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Honors

Deservedly so, we mopped the floor for individual awards for the Mountain West Conference.

Match the correct player/coach with the correct award to win a prize.

A) Andy Dalton
B) Jerry Hughes
C) Jeremy Kerley
D) Gary Patterson

1) Defensive Player of the Year
2) Coach of the Year
3) Offensive Player of the Year
4) Special Teams Player of the Year

Hint: Gary Patterson does not play special teams

TCU Stops the Rumors

Announcement expected Wednesday that GPa has signed extension - From ESPN

"FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU and coach Gary Patterson have agreed to terms on a long-term contract extension, according to a source close to the situation. An official announcement is expected Wednesday morning.

The source said part of the agreement includes pay increases for his assistant coaches.

Patterson, in his 12th season at TCU and ninth as head coach, has an 85-27 record in his tenure. That includes TCU's 12-0 record this season, the school's first undefeated campaign since 1938.

The Horned Frogs are No. 4 in the BCS standings and are expected to play in the first BCS bowl in the program's history. Patterson is one of three finalists for the George Munger Award, given by the Maxwell Football Club to the national coach of the year.

Patterson has been mentioned among possible candidates to replace Charlie Weis for the vacant Notre Dame job, but a TCU official said Monday that the coach had not been contacted.

Patterson has had six seasons of at least 10 wins in his nine years at the helm, including five seasons of at least 11 wins since 2003. He's won three conference championships (two Mountain West titles and a Conference USA title) during his tenure and has taken TCU to eight bowl games, including a 17-16 win over previously undefeated Boise State in last year's Poinsettia Bowl.

Patterson has beaten some top Big 12 teams, including No. 5 Oklahoma on the road in 2005 and No. 20 Texas Tech, holding the prolific Red Raiders offense to three points in a victory in 2006. He is second in all-time wins at TCU, 24 behind Dutch Meyer, who won two national championships in the 1930s and coached for 19 seasons at TCU.

Patterson arrived in Fort Worth as defensive coordinator for Dennis Franchione, who became head coach in 1998. It didn't take Patterson long to put together a solid defense. The Horned Frogs had the No. 1 total defense in the country in 2000, Franchione's final season before leaving for Alabama.

TCU held a national search after Franchione left, but opted for Patterson.

After a 6-6 first season, Patterson's defense led the way, finishing No. 1 in the country again in 2002 as TCU went 10-2 and shared a conference title. TCU was the top defense in 2008 as well, giving them some momentum for this season.

Currently, TCU is No. 2 in total defense in 2009, just behind the top-ranked Florida Gators. The Horned Frogs also are No. 3 in rush defense and No. 4 in passing defense. Four opponents have recorded season-low point totals against TCU this season."

Richard Durrett - ESPN Dallas

DCTF - Texas Power Poll Week 12

- Full Article Here

DCTF Power Poll: Regular season ends with TCU and Texas both tied

"Don't bother complaining if you're a Texas fan -- we've heard them all before.

Texas and TCU both sit atop our preseason Power Poll, the first time all year that the Longhorns have failed to hold sole possession of first place. And at this point, you can't shout either team down. Texas passed its Oklahoma test, drubbed OSU, beat Tech on national television and survived A&M's best punch. TCU, on the other hand, beat a Clemson team (on the road) that was in the mix for the ACC title, topped bowl-bound SMU and Air Force programs, and then crushed ranked BYU and Utah squads ... convincingly. And let's be honest -- Missouri, Kansas, Baylor, UTEP ... none are much better than Colorado State, San Diego State or UNLV right now. And Wyoming ... well, that's still Wyoming, in both cases.

The rest of the poll plays out much like you would expect, with Houston, looking for a C-USA title, clocking in at third. Should the Coogs win the crown, it would mean that (hopefully), three of our four summer magazine cover predictions would have come true: Texas would play for a title, UH would win conference and TCU would play in a BCS bowl. The only one we missed? Baylor heading to a bowl ... but how could we know Robert Griffin would tear his ACL? Three out of four 'aint bad.

The state, like it was a few weeks ago, has broken itself down into tiers again -- the upper echelon (Texas/TCU, UH), the middle class (A&M/Tech/SMU) and the bowl-less crowd (BU/UTEP/Rice/UNT). Let's remember to not gloss over that one name missing from that crew -- SMU, which will surely be going to its first bowl since the Death Penalty. Congrats, Ponies!"

Number One Votes in Parenthesis

1. Texas - Total Points: 57 (3)
2. TCU - Total Points: 57 (3)
3. Houston
4. A&M
5. Tech
6. SMU
7. Baylor
9. Rice
10. North Texas

Morning Dump

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