Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Prospectus

Horned Frogs Announce 2010 Non-Conference Slate

I guess that they will announce the non-conference schedule today, 30 minutes ago.

March 22, 2010 -

FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Sept. 4 nationally-televised season opener with Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington highlights TCU's 2010 non-conference schedule.

The first-ever gridiron meeting between the Horned Frogs and Beavers will be televised on ESPN, one of two September games for TCU on the network. ESPN will also carry a Friday, Sept. 24 contest at SMU.

TCU will play on a Friday for the first time since the 2007 Texas Bowl, a 20-13 Horned Frog victory over Houston. The last TCU regular-season game on a Friday was Oct. 15, 2004 at UAB.

All four of TCU's non-conference games will be played in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with the longest trip being to Dallas for the SMU contest.

After a Sept. 11 home opener with Tennessee Tech, TCU will host Baylor on Sept. 18. Kickoff times and television plans for both games will be announced later.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson earned his master's degree from Tennessee Tech while serving two seasons (1983-84) as the Golden Eagles' linebackers coach. Horned Frog defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Dick Bumpas was Tennessee Tech's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach during that same time.

In Oregon State and Baylor, TCU will face at least two opponents from BCS automatic-qualifying conferences for the eighth consecutive season. The Horned Frogs are 13-3 in their last 16 games against teams from automatic-qualifying leagues.

TCU's Mountain West Conference schedule will be released later this spring by the league office.

2010 TCU Football Non-Conference Schedule
Sept. 4 - vs. Oregon State (Cowboys Stadium), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Sept. 11 - vs. Tennessee Tech, TBA (TBA)
Sept. 18 - vs. Baylor, TBA (TBA)
Sept. 24 - at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)


After riding a relatively high wave of optimism heading into the NCAA tournament, the Mountain West Conference just wasn't able to get it done. After losing San Diego State and UNLV in opening round action, BYU and New Mexico bowed out on Saturday, marking the third straight tournament that no MWC team has made the second weekend of play.

BYU lost a tough one by 12 to Kansas State, a team a lot of folks feel will make the Final Four out of the West, so, unless you're Stewart Mandel and had BYU going deep, that's an acceptable loss. On the other hand, New Mexico was humiliated by 18 points against Washington, who led by at least 20 points for a good portion of the second half. It should be noted that New Mexico was without Darington Hobson at full strength as he played but was nursing an injury, but it should also be noted that Washington was an 11 seed, only making the tournament after winning the Pac 10 tourney, and UNM was a 3 seed.

So, it could've been much better for the conference competitively, but there is a bright side, and that bright side is money. As lyle pointed out last week, every game a conference team plays is worth a "unit" and each "unit" is worth approximately $222,000 for that team's conference over the next five years. So, if you add up the six games we played, that's roughly $1,332,000 for the MWC to split up for the next five years. After letting teams like UNLV, New Mexico and San Diego State ride our financial coattails in football each year, I suppose it's fitting that they give something back to the old Horned Frogs. Money for nothing is still money. Cha-ching!

Frogs slip to #5

The Friday evening loss to BYU in the series finale has cost the Frogs one spot in this week's Baseball America Top 25, where they currently sit at #5. The good news is that UT dropped six spots to #8, so TCU is now the highest-ranked team in the state!

This week is a busy one for the Frogs, who will play five games starting tonight at Dallas Baptist. Greg Holle will get the start against the Patriots. Then they've got a game against Texas State at home tomorrow night before a weekend series at Air Force.

Where the H is our football schedule?

One of the rites of being a TCU football fan is that you're going to have to wait longer than anyone to see your team's football schedule for the coming season. Whereas other schools in other conferences set their schedules years in advance, TCU fans are often in the dark about even the exact opponents they'll get to see the Frogs face until late into the spring. The same goes this year, as we are still not certain who will be TCU's 4th non-conference foe. Speculation is that it'll be Tennesee Tech, but I guess we won't know for sure until the schedule comes out?

So like a game of Chicken Shit Bingo, let's have a little unofficial schedule-announcement pool. Because last year's schedule came out on March 26, you've got to think it'll be any day now. Give us your guess as to what day (and at what time) the schedule will drop. Winner gets nothing.

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From the weekend

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Late basket caps TCU Lady Frogs collapse against Dayton Star-Telegram