Friday, February 5, 2010

SWC Wing Opens at Texas Sports Hall of Fame

"The Southwest Conference returns Saturday. The Southwest Conference Gallery will open its doors as a part of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. The expansion to the Texas Hall of Fame will be home to the largest collection of Southwest Conference items anywhere."

"TEXAS CHRISTIAN - The Horned Frogs were members of the conference from 1923-1996. 3 team national championships.

Exhibit includes: Football great Davey O’Brien; K.T. Aldrich’s 1939 All-American Blanket; 1929 team picture; baseball team pictures from 1933 and 1963; TCU’s winningest baseball coach and All-SWC pitcher Lance Brown’s 1963 jersey; Jordan Reynolds’ track jersey, shoes and shot put; tennis coach Bernard “Tut” Bartzen and jacket; an original TCU basketball uniform; James Cash, who in 1965 was the first African-American to receive basketball scholarship to any SWC school."

Story from the Waco Tribune here

Boise and Others to MWC?

From the ESPN Rumor mill:
There was a rumor that Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada were headed to the Mountain West Conference, which would then push a handful of I-AA teams to the WAC.
ESPN The Magazine's Bruce Feldman addressed this rumor today: "A source I spoke with said this is really just a rumor. Keep in mind that the MWC was formed because the presidents at that time did not want divisional play; they wanted all eight (now nine) teams to play on an annual basis. Jumping up to 12 teams would mean divisional play again. Complicating things even further would be the economics issue with supposed expansion as it would relate to the Mountain West TV contract. It isn't going to change with the addition of more teams, which means the money would be split 12 ways instead of nine."
So guess it ain't happening.

ESPN Ranks the Non-AQ Recruiting Classes

With signing day in the books, it’s time to look at the winners from the recruiting bonanza. Several teams from the nonautomatic qualifying conferences came away with great classes, and while none of them stayed in ESPN's Top 25 classes, some were still among the best in the country. Here’s a look at the top 10 classes among the non-AQ teams:
1. BYU: Quarterback Jake Heaps is the hook of this class. He signed early and really helped reel in some other talented players, including defensive end Bronson Kaufusi.
2. Utah: Things looked a little bleak early for the Utes, but they rallied with a strong class full of immediate help. Offensive tackle John Cullen was a huge steal from USC and linebacker V.J. Fehoko should provide immediate help to the linebacking corps.
3. TCU: The loss of running back Josh Huff to Oregon was an early blow, but the Frogs class finished strong and addressed its needs not only for 2010, but also 2011. Defensive tackle David Johnson should ensure that there’s no dropoff in defensive production.
4. Houston: The Cougars had about 95 percent of their class done before the season and Sumlin made sure to load it up with athletes and players that could help one of the worst defenses in the country. He succeeded across the board.
5. Southern Miss: Coach Larry Fedora is no stranger to pulling in big classes, and for the third consecutive season he picked up a great running back in Jamal Woodyard, some good receivers and some great offensive line talent.
6. UCF: The Knights got some nice surprises with the pledges of top offensive linemen Torrian Wilson and Jose Jose, and athlete Jordan Akins. Jeffrey Godfrey could be the team’s next starting quarterback and he should be throwing to receiver Joshua Reese.
7. Fresno State: Coach Pat Hill said for the first time in his tenure he had a few kids switch their commitments from Pac-10 schools to the Bulldogs. Fresno State got a lot of speed and it will be interesting to see them try to transition to more of a spread offense.
8. Boise State: The Broncos didn't have a lot of room in this class to really do a lot of heavy-duty recruiting, but for a 10-player class Boise State did a nice job of filling its needs and grabbing a nice dual-threat quarterback in Grant Hedrick.
9. Toledo: Tim Beckman put together the best class in the Mid-American Conference and several of those guys might see the field this year. The big get is receiver James Green, but across the board there’s a lot more athleticism and speed than the Rockets have had in awhile.
10. Marshall: Call me crazy, but I thought Doc Holliday and his staff did a nice job of bringing in athleticism from Florida in a short amount of time. Running back Antwon Chisholm might fill the greatest need with Darius Marshall leaving early for the NFL Draft.

Two weeks from today...

The baseball team's first game of the season is two weeks from today, when they face Sam Houston State on Friday evening, February the 19th at Lupton Stadium. I for one, plan on being there.

Morning Dump

Thursday with Coach Christian: "E" for effort Star-Telegram

TCU equestrian Star-Telegram

TCU, A&M to face off at stock show equine event Star-Telegram

TCU concentrates on speed and 2011 ESPN

National signing day "another solid day at the office" for TCU

TCU team notes USA Today

Q&A with TCU men's basketball coach Jim Christian
FS Southwest

For Tomlinson, all that's left is goodbye San Diego Union-Tribune

Kiffin likes 'em young

With the Recruiting Class of 2010 signing their letters of intent just days ago, it's natural to expect that the movers & shakers of the college football world would turn their attention and efforts towards the Class of 2011, right? Not newly-hired USC coach Lane Kiffin, though, he decided to get a jump on the Class of 2015 by offering a scholarship and receiving a commitment from a 13 year-old quarterback from Delaware by the name of David Sills.

I'm sure you're wondering- just how good can this kid be? Well, I'll let you be the judge of that after watching him in what is quite possibly the gayest highlight film ever: