Tuesday, May 31, 2011
So get your teams together and sign up. The link is on the right side of the blog. Same as last year, $100 per person, per team. The faster people sign up then the easier it will be to get the prizes and possibly line up a beer sponsor. Do it. Do it.
Since even before the Frogs beat Big Ten champ Wisconsin for all of the Little Sisters of the Poor out there, the mirage of a clean program at Ohio State has steadily dissipated to the point that Buckeyes' coach Jim Tressel resigned yesterday morning. Perhaps, Gordon, you should've been more focused on the rampant cheating going on right under your nose than, say, how badly TCU was beating up on Wyoming.
Some out there might be thinking that maybe we shouldn't be laughing at the misfortune of Ohio State- after all, the Buckeye program has the prestige and money to lure just about any coach they want to Columbus...even Gary Patterson. You might have a point, but I really doubt GP wants to step into the fallout there...especially with more allegations apparently on the way with this week's Sports Illustrated.
Another possibility that might worry TCU fans is that two potential candidates for the Ohio State job- Ohio natives Bo Pellini and Bob Stoops- are currently at programs that might be more a more realistic destination for Patterson. But hen again, with the looming threat of the NCAA hammer coming down in Columbus, do either of those guys want leave what they've got to go there?
So is this a temporary setback for an overrated program, or another nail in the rust belt coffin? I guess we won't know for years to come, but for now it's fun to laugh as the O'Doyles have driven over the banana peel after cheating their way to just one national title that really should've belonged to Miami.
Frogs host familiar foes at Fort Worth Regional Star-Telegram
TCU to host third straight regional Sport DFW
Seven Texas schools make NCAA field ESPN
Sooners know regional foes well Tulsa World
Dallas Baptist glad to return to baseball regionals Dallas Morning News
Summer Stock: TCU ESPN (Insider)
Monday, May 30, 2011
Redemption will be a major theme of the tournament for TCU, as the Frogs went a combined 1-4 against these teams- including 0-2 each against OU and DBU. Game 1 of the tournament is Friday at 2:00pm between the Sooners and Patriots, then TCU plays Oral Roberts at 7:00pm.
Should TCU make it past this round, there will not be a third consecutive trip to Austin for the Super Regionals. The winner of the Fort Worth Regional will take on the winner of the Houston Regional, being hosted by overall national #8 seed Rice. If Rice is the winner of that regional, they will host next weekend as well. So if you're a TCU fan, you should be rooting for Baylor, Alcorn State or Cal (playing their last season of baseball) to upset the Owls so that TCU can host the Super Regional. Check out the entire bracket here.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
We will find out tomorrow what other teams will be playing at Lupton as well as where the Fort Worth Regional fits into the national bracket. The announcement will be on ESPN at 11:30am and the team has invited fans to watch with them before a special edition of the Jim Schlossnagle Radio Show at 1:00pm live from Buffalo Brothers.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I guess congratulations are in order for the Lobos, who unpredictably now find themselves with a ticket punched to the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 20-39. Baylor QB Robert Griffin might call their run to the MWC Tournament title a fluke, but I think whatever #1 seed plays them in the opening game next weekend better be ready for a fight.
As for the Frogs, you have to wonder if their losses in San Diego will cost them the chance to host an NCAA Regional next weekend. Their RPI, according to Boyd's World, has dropped to #19. Aaron Fitt, the main college baseball writer for Baseball America, said through his twitter feed that he still thinks TCU will be chosen to host. We'll let you know when we hear anything on the matter.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Next up is another elimination game, this time against #2 seed Utah at 5:00pm Fort Worth time this evening. The Utes lost to New Mexico last night, 6-5, meaning that the #6 seed Lobos (just 19-39 overall this year) are now in the catbird seat. The winner of the TCU-Utah game will face UNM at 9:00pm tonight, then again tomorrow at 3:00pm if they're victorious in that one.
The big question for TCU going into a stretch of what could be 27 innings of baseball in just over 24 hours is...will Steven Maxwell pitch? Trying to win a tournament coming out of the loser's bracket is always a challenge to any pitching staff, but it's especially tough on a staff without it's #1 starter. Having Maxwell join Kyle Winkler on the shelf for the weekend would only make the situation harder- putting a heavy burden on Erik Miller, Nick Frey and Kyle Starratt to get the job done while calling on help from the bullpen as little as possible.
Hot hitting carries Frogs past BYU Star Telegram
'Embarrassing day' led TCU to opening loss, coach says Star Telegram
TCU ends Cougars’ baseball season Salt Lake Tribune
Rick Pitino Talks TCU and The Big East Star Telegram
Marinatto Q&A Part I: Talking Big East TV rights, expansion CBS Sports
Gipson Leaps Into NCAA Championship Finals Thursday Go Frogs
Get your teams ready for the 2nd Annual Spitblood Scramble on July 23rd at Whitestone Golf Course. Click on the tournament logo on the sidebar to pay your entry fee, or click here. $100 per player, all proceeds go to Purple People Seaters. The girls below may or may not be included. Email your teams to the email@example.com .
Thursday, May 26, 2011
San Diego State, coached by Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, was unceremoniously dismissed from the MWC Tournament they are hosting this afternoon when BYU beat them 8-2. The Cougars don't have time to rest, though, as they'll have to turn around and fight for their season to continue against TCU in about 40 minutes.
To help you keep up with the goings-on at the double-elimnation tournament, here is the master schedule as well as the bracket. You can check on the status of the entire tournament on twitter by following @TheMWCOlySports, or just the TCU games by following @FollowtheFrogs or @TCU_Baseball. All of the games are being televised live on both The Mtn and CBS-College Sports, and all of the TCU games are on KTCU.
If you're wondering "why is he repeating all of that information?", it's because you wouldn't believe how many people have asked since I posted it earlier today...and yesterday...and before just about every game this season...
But even if you're not hoping for the two extra days of rest for Jason Kidd's knees that a Bulls' win in Game 5 tonight would provide as much as I am, surely you will be cheering for the last remaining Horned Frog in the NBA (and let's face it- with a possible lockout looming, Thomas turning 39 in October and the current state of Frog hoops- tonight could be the last NBA game played by a TCU alum for quite a while) against the Miami Idiocracy...I mean Heat.
Thomas hasn't played yet in the Bulls' series against Miami, but that will change tonight as he's set to take over the minutes of Omar Asik, who's out with a broken leg. Chicago head coach (and former Boston assistant) Tom Thibodeau hopes that Thomas can take over the role that PJ Brown played in the Celtics' seven-game defeat of the Lebron-led Cavaliers in the 2008 playoffs. And he's done it before, when he filled in for the injured Andrew Bogut and helped Milwaukee push Atlanta to seven games in the first round last year.
TCU has won the MWC Tournament after having lost a game in it before, in 2008, but that loss came a round later than this one. The Frogs will now need to win 4 consecutive games- in 3 days- to claim the trophy. That's a tall task, one that the 2009 team was not up to after dropping their first game in that year's tournament (in Fort Worth) to Utah. They were able to win their first game in the loser's bracket, but succumbed in the next game, again to the Utes- who ended up winning the tournament to stamp their ticket to the NCAAs. It should be noted, though, that not winning the conference tournament that year did not keep TCU from hosting an NCAA Regional.
First up in the long road back to the conference tournament title is taking on either BYU or San Diego State this afternoon at 5:00pm Fort Worth time. The Cougars and Aztecs play in an elimination game this afternoon at 1:00pm. Freshman Andrew Mitchell will be on the mound for TCU, and will be counted on to eat up as many innings as he can given the possibility that the team could be playing 36 innings (or even more if a game goes to extras) in the next 72 hours.
To keep your head straight in the confusion that a double-elimination format can sometimes create, here are links to the full tournament schedule as well as the bracket. The schedule link ought to contain a link to the gametracker and/or live audio of the BYU-SDSU game at 1:00pm, but you can also keep tabs with the action on twitter by following @TheMWCOlySports. The TCU game at 5:00pm can be heard on 88.7 FM if you're in or near Fort Worth, or online at ktcu.net. All of these games are being televised live on The Mtn and CBS-College Sports, for those of you who are at home.
Frogs in do-or-die mode after tournament-opening loss Star-Telegram
Errors prove costly in 4-3 loss to New Mexico gofrogs.com
TCU football among national leaders in Academic Progress Rate gofrogs.com
Notes on a scorecard gofrogs.com
Army, Navy might hold key to Big East football expansion CBS Sports
For Big East, where is this all leading? Boston Globe
College football divide might be coming, but which leagues will conquer? CBS Sports
The Big East must expand or die WRTA-AM Altoona, PA
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Hopefully the baseball team will keep us entertained well into June like they did last year, because at 7:00pm tonight we'll have just over 8.6 million seconds to kill. That may sound like a lot, but consider that you'll spend about:
-2.8 million of those sleeping
-2.6 million at work
-220,000 driving to and from work
-14,000 at the Spit Blood Scramble on July 23rd
-5,400 driving to Waco for the game
...leaving just under 3 million seconds to spend playing quidditch or videotaping yourself hugging people in the library or whatever else people are doing for fun these days. Either way, it's going to take forever to get there.
Surveillance cameras caught the entire incident, so right now let me promise to you that we'll post that video here on Spit Blood if it ever becomes available. There wasn't an arrest made, though, so you'd have to think his job is safe, right? After all, getting a little rowdy in a casino that late on a weeknight is nothing for the school that already employs Bob Huggins in a state that is famous for this.
Before all of this news broke, however, the Big East ADs were able to get a little work done yesterday- deciding that all 17 teams will participate in the conference basketball tournament after TCU joins the conference for the 2012-2013 season. So while your wives/girlfriends may never let you take a road trip to see the Frogs play in West Virginia, there'll be at least one TCU basketball game at Madison Square Garden every year.
TCU's Brance Rivera continues to be huge hit for Frogs Star-Telegram
TCU opens tournament play Wednesday against New Mexico GoFrogs.com
TCU's Patterson gets preview of Frogs' future St Petersburg Times
Open letter to Andy Dalton ESPN
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/andy_staples/05/24/post-spring-top-25/index.html#ixzz1NIuDkeag
In a matter of just days, the official field of 64 for the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament will be announced- making this the last week that we'll be gazing into the crystal ball to see where (and who) TCU will be playing once it begins.
For most of the year, Baseball America has not put out full regional projections. Instead, they've put out a "Stock Report" that actually takes a much more in-depth look at the selection process. In this week's edition, BA's Aaron Fitt lists TCU as being "on the bubble" in terms of hosting a Regional, but in the sub-group that he believes will be granted hosting duties. Among the teams that he believes are nipping at the Frogs' heels (read: teams you should be rooting against in their respective conference tournaments) are Miami, Central Florida, Stetson, Clemson and future Big East rival UConn.
College Baseball Daily agrees that TCU will end up hosting the first weekend of the tournament, but they've laid out a fairly difficult gauntlet for the Frogs in their latest regional projections. The #2 seed in that hypothetical Fort Worth Regional would be Clemson, who is 39-17 on the year with an RPI ranking of #9- six spots ahead of TCU. Whether it ends up being the Tigers or not, the message from CBD is that the Frogs should expect the NCAA to send a very formidable opponent their way. The winner of that foursome (which also would include Southeastern Louisiana and Michigan State) woud face the winner of the Tallahassee Regional- hosted by projected overall national #8 seed Florida State. Don't you know the Seminoles would like the chance at revenge against TCU!
According to the latest projections from Southeastern Baseball, TCU might be seeing some familiar faces as they try to get back to Omaha. Their version of the Fort Worth Regional includes Oklahoma State and Texas State, who went a combined 1-3 against TCU this spring, as well as James Madison (the alma mater of Charles Haley, not the president). Should the Frogs survive that weekend, Southeastern Baseball has them slated for a third consecutive trip to Austin for the Super Regionals. The potential for TCU-Texas III and Mavs-Heat II to be going on at the same time is probably enough to prescribe half of the readership of Spit Blood, young as you all may be, some kind of blood pressure medication.
Tonight's action gets started at 5:00pm Fort Worth time, when #3 seed BYU takes on #6 seed New Mexico. Immediately following, it'll be #4 seed and tournament host San Diego State taking on #5 seed UNLV. The lower-seeded team among the two that advance would then play TCU tomorrow night at 9:00pm.
The Frogs were a combined 14-2 against these four teams this season, but keep an eye on that game between the Aztecs and the Rebels- it could hold the biggest threat to TCU other than #2 seed Utah- who I'm sure we'll discuss plenty as the tournament goes on. UNLV ace Tanner Peters, the 2011 MWC Pitcher of the Year, is slated to pitch tonight. But Rebels coach Tim Chambers still has nearly 12 hours to change his mind. If he were roll the dice to save Peters for the second round, it could match TCU up against a pitcher that held them 41 points under their season batting average and struck out 17 Frogs in 15 innings in his two starts against them.
Those of you with The Mtn and/or CBS College Sports will be able to watch all of the tournament, as BOTH networks will carry every game live. For those of you who do not or are not ready to commit 30+ hours of couch time to a college baseball tournament, you can follow along on the interweb at MWC Tournament Central. You can also follow via twitter @TheMWCOlySports or just the TCU games by following @FollowtheFrogs or @TCU_Baseball.
Just when it was coming together, TCU pitching staff takes another hit Star-Telegram
Ten Frogs earn All-MWC accolades gofrogs.com
Yahoo! Sports honors Tanner Brock gofrogs.com
Gary Patterson talks Big East ESPN
Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move to Big East CBS Sports
Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years CBS Sports
Monday, May 23, 2011
Brett McMurphy of CBSsports.com recently conducted a survey of the eight current head football coaches of the Big East, plus Gary Patteron since he'll be the ninth starting in the fall of 2012. The topic was expansion, and according to McMurphy's survey, 5 of the 8 coaches want to expand the football conference to 12 members. That's good news if you're Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston or SMU- who were all specifically named as preferred new members by current Big East coaches.
Patterson, however, said he would prefer the league to stay at just 9 football-playing members- the same number that have been in the Mountain West for TCU's entire stay in that conference up until this fall. A nine-team league, like the old Southwest Conference before the departure of Arkansas, makes for a symmetrical 4-home, 4-away conference schedule with a predictable schedule from year to year since home & away opponents just flip-flop each fall.
Joining GP in saying "no mas" is UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, although he just doesn't want to see an 18th basketball member added. It's likely that Calhoun and most of the other basketball coaches would like to see Villanova added on the football side in an attempt to appease the basketball-only schools like 'Nova themselves, St. John's, Georgetown, Providence, DePaul, Notre Dame, Seton Hall and Marquette.
Earlier this spring, David Peterson of HornedFrogSports.com and I were discussing the prospects for this year's baseball team. I was fairly pessimistic at the time, perhaps dwelling too much on the ugly midweek losses that dotted the early part of the Frogs' schedule. David, though, had a much brighter outlook on things and said that WHEN (not if) they finished the regular season 20-5 in the last 25 games, that the Frogs would be in a very good position to host an NCAA Regional for the third consecutive year. With their sweep of New Mexico over the weekend in Albuquerque, TCU reached 40 regular season wins for the third time in program history and finished those final 25 games with a record of...20-5.
It certainly wasn't a run-of-the-mill weekend series in the spacious but offensively-conducive Iosotopes Park in the thin-air of apparently Simpsons-minded Albuquerque. The teams combined for 70 runs on 92 hits over three days, highlighted by the football-like score of 25-16 in the Frogs' win on Friday afternoon. The only thing that could stop the offensive outburst was the sterling return of Matt Purke and Kyle Winkler, who combined for nearly 8 innings of shut-out ball in the 9-0 win on Thursday. Teddy Nowell and Tyler Duffie combined to get the last four outs of that ballgame to preserver the goose-egg.
At the plate, it was a stat-padding weekend for TCU. As a team, they scored 46 runs on 53 hits for the weekend while also showing some patience with 16 walks. Four players (Jantzen Witte, Jason Coats, Joe Weik and Taylor Featherston) recorded at least 8 hits on the weekend- including Witte's 6-hit game on Friday and Joe Weik's 4-for-4 day on Thursday. Featherston drove in 8 runs to lead the way, followed closley by Coats and Weik, who each had 7 RBIs. TCU went deep 5 times on the weekend, including a monster shot by Zac Jordan on Friday that was estimated to have been hit well over 400 feet and a three-run shot by Aaron Schultz who went 2-for-2 in his return to action.
With their 40-15 overall record and #15 RPI ranking, TCU is now in good position to host a Regional during the first weekend in June. Of course, that is if they can win the MWC Tournament- which starts tomorrow in San Diego. The Frogs' first game of the tournament will be Wednesday night agains the lower seed to advance out of Tuesday's opening-round games.
Frogs sweep series, await opponent in MWC tournament Star-Telegram
TCU sweeps New Mexico to close out regular season gofrogs.com
TCU center Nikola Cerina transferring to Northwestern Chicago Tribune
TCU joining Big East meetings for first time Charleston Daily Mail
Friday, May 20, 2011
This is just a reminder that the golf tournament is July 23. It will be at White Stone in Benbrook same as last year. It will be the same four man scramble format as last year, so you need to get your teams ready. It will be $100 per player, which will go to charity. We are working on getting a link up so you can pay through that. In the mean time, if you already have your team together, you can send the names to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't have a team (or have less than four), then just send an email giving your name(s) and we will put you on a team. As all who played last year remember, there were some pretty great prizes. Including closest to the hole - GP signed football, long drive - Coach Schloss signed bat. We are working on different prizes at the moment, but they will be of equal badassery as the ones last year, and they will be revealed the day of the tournament. And of course to the winning team goes the ever coveted purple blazers.
So send in your teams as soon as you get them. We are looking to try and double the players from last year, so the quicker you get them in the better.
Ohh, and of course, to the last place team goes the Dead Ass Last trophy which I believe is more coveted the the blazer.
TCU's Purke back in action as Frogs win Star-Telegram
TCU dominates New Mexico in 9-0 victory gofrogs.com
Listless Lobos pounded by Horned Frogs Albuquerque Examiner
Pachall's success hinges on development of receivers Sport DFW
Cannon says his cancer treatment is on course ESPN
Lockout wouldn't dramatically affect Bengals just because of Dalton Cincy Jungle
Is it time to dust off Kurt Thomas? Comcast Sports Chicago
TCU men sixth after Day 1 at Colorado Regional gofrogs.com
Thanks to TCU alum, Colonial no longer a rough outing for kids and parents Star-Telegram
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Despite all of the struggles that this 2011 TCU baseball team faced early in the season, they've really figured it out recently- a feat even more impressive when you factor in all of the injuries that have plagued the pitching staff. So now that we're a week away from the conference tournament, seeing #'s 47, 8 and 4 on the mound against New Mexico should be a very welcome sight for Horned Frog fans.
Purke, who has missed the most time, will get his chance to pitch first as he'll start today's series opener against the Lobos. He is only expected to pitch a few innings before handing the ball off to Winkler. Andrew Mitchell is slated to start tomorrow afternoon and then Erik Miller on Saturday, but Steven Maxwell should see action in the finale and may even be inserted into the starting role. If these three are able to return even close to their previous form, I have to say I have a lot more confidence in this staff- and it's depth- than I did earlier in the season. Schlossnagle has been able to get some quality innings out of some of the younger guys in their absence, which should pay off when they're counted on to get important outs in the postseason.
All three of the websites mentioned in my post yesterday about Regional projections had the Frogs hosting the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, but those opinions were based on the assumption of a sweep of New Mexico this weekend- something TCU was not able to achieve when they dropped a game to the Lobos in their series against them at Lupton in mid-April. Baseball America does a much better job of breaking down the Frogs' chances of hosting in their NCAA Tournament Stock Report.
For those of you that aren't headed to Colonial this afternoon, shortnkerleys and myself will probably be discussing the game in the comments section of this post when the game gets started at 1:00pm.
Matt Purke starts it off as TCU's aces return Star-Telegram
Carder and Brock tabbed All-Americans GoFrogs.com
Can Dalton, McCoy close AFC North gap? ESPN
Notes on a scorecard GoFrogs.com
SuperFrog swings at the Colonial Star-Telegram
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
-College Baseball Daily has TCU hosting with Arkansas (34-17 overall, #14 RPI) as the 2-seed, Baylor (27-23, #33) as the 3-seed and Manhattan (28-17, #134) as the 4-seed. Should the Frogs survive that round, they'd likely be headed to Austin to take on Texas in the Super Regionals. They've got a tough draw for the 'Horns, though, with Texas State and UCLA also slated to be in Austin. If the Bobcats or Bruins (or even Princeton) could win that Regional, TCU would then get to host the Super Regional.
-Southeastern Baseball predicts a simliar path for TCU: playing the Regional in Fort Worth before likely heading to face UT at Disch-Falk in the Supers, but they offer the Frogs a shot at revenge in the first weekend of the tournament. The #2 and #3 seeds in their Fort Worth Regional are Oklahoma and Dallas Baptist, two teams that combined to go 4-0 against the Frogs this year. And the #4 seed is no cupcake- Tulane, a traditional powerhouse, is currently 30-21 with an RPI of #61. On the other side of the bracket, the Longhorns would be dealing with a Regional that consists of Arizona, LSU and South Dakota State.
-ESPN offers a slightly different path for the Frogs' return trip to Omaha: through College Station for the Super Regionals. Their Fort Worth Regional consists of Oklahoma as the 2-seed, Ole Miss (29-23, #38) as the 3-seed and Miles Austin's alma mater, Monmouth (34-17, #125) as the 4-seed. Texas A&M would be hosting Auburn, Southeastern Louisiana and Stony Brook.
While we're looking a few weeks into the future for baseball, why not a few months for football? College Football News recently came out with their Way-Too-Early 2001 Bowl Projections, and they've got GP and the Frogs facing a familiar foe in a familiar locale.
So apparently our own JJ Henry and fellow tour member Jerry Kelly (a Madison, WI native) made a bet before the Rose Bowl that the loser would have to dress up like the winning teams mascot for the Colonial this weekend. We all know how that went down and as you can see Jerry is a man of his word and wore the Super Frog costume for a few minutes this morning. Bet he is thankful this years weather isn't as hot as last years lest the stench of SuperFrogs ball sweat might knock him out of the tournament. Thanks to spitpurple for the tip.
Oh and here's a pic of GP wearing purple gators. Only he could pull this off:
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Junior Kyle Starratt (0-1, 5.56 ERA) takes the mound for the Frogs, and will be counted on to pitch as long as possible since the main two options out of the bullpen- Trent Appleby and Stefan Crichton- both pitched twice last weekend and this weekend's series starts on Thursday. He'll be pitching against "TBA" for Oral Roberts, who could possibly be an NCAA Tournament opponent of TCU's as they are currently tied for first place in the Summit League.
With a crowd of just over 4,700 tonight- a figure that's not likely for a weeknight game but also not completely out of the question on "let's take advantage of this relatively cool weather while it lasts" kind of May night, would get the Frogs' season turnstile count to 140,000. The previous season record of just over 80,000, set last year, was broken during the first weekend in April. The top eleven most-attended games in Lupton Stadium history were played in 2011, topped by the crowd of over 6,000 that attended the season-opener against Kansas. Of the top 40 most-attended games, 32 of them were this year!
However, the twist occurs about halfway through the article when, after propping the ole girl up on the merits of the now departing members, Adelson suggests that the MWC, in the respect of fairness, be allowed an appeal for the two seasons following the current evaluation period. I assume she intends this to mean that the MWC should be extended a lengthier period of evaluation to account for the addition of new members. All MWC hate aside, I was behind her argument at first because, after all, the MWC has had massive turnover and should arguably be given a chance to stand on its own two feet before passing judgment, although realistically it NEVER would without us and Utah. Then she had to go and drop this one and ruin the whole thing for me:
-An architect is working on the renderings for the new locker room, which will be completed in the second phase of construction after this coming season.
-The new scoreboard in the north endzone will be quite an upgrade over the jumbotron that we were so glad to finally get just a few short years ago. It will be high-definition and three times the size of the old one.
-Just under 18,000 season tickets from 2010 have already been renewed as of Monday. Del Conte said he hopes to shatter last year's record of just over 19,000 with a goal of 25,000 season tickets.
-Get ready for Nike to have a bigger impact on the program. Del Conte mentioned that the school and Nike would be rolling out a new "overall branding" of the athletic programs in time for 2012. He also said that Nike & HKS, the architecture firm handling the stadium renovation, have been tasked with finding spaces "in and around the stadium" to honor TCU greats.
-People who put down a deposit for club seats in 2012 will be invited to a "Pick Your Seats Night" sometime this fall. Your butler will be delivering more information on this later in the summer.
-Football is not the only sport getting facility upgrades. Del Conte mentioned that all of the seats in Daniel-Meyer would be replaced over the next few years, and that the school continues to look into a "major renovation" that will be needed when the program moves into the Big East. He also mentioned that they are looking into additional upgrades at Lupton stadium including more suites and new locker rooms and other team facilities.
Bengals QB Carson Palmer's Cincinnati house under contract USA Today
Monday, May 16, 2011
Anyway, the major storylines going into the weekend were that 1) the Frogs needed to win 2 of 3 to clinch another regular season conference title and 2) they would have to do it without their top three starting pitchers. Things got a little shaky in between, but the Frogs did indeed clinch the MWC crown when Jason Coats scampered home in a pair of the bright pink socks (a breast cancer awareness deal, I assume?) pictured above on a wild pitch to win Sunday's game and the series, 2-1.
When I say "things got shaky", I mean that Schlossnagle had to get pretty creative while dealing with a dramatic shortage of arms. Without his top three starting pitchers, he had to make do with a hodge-podge staff that included the tactic of putting senior reliever Trent Appleby in right field after he was pulled in the 9th inning of Saturday's game, just in case he was needed again. It proved to be a wise move, as freshman Tony Rizzotti gave up three consecutive two-out base hits that allowed the Utes to get back in it. Appleby was brought back to the mound from right field and earned the save as he finally got the third out.
In the end, though, the Frogs got three pretty good starts out of Erik Miller (who struck out 8 in 8 innings on Friday), Andrew Mitchell (9 K's in 7 and a third IP Saturday) and Nick Frey (1 run in 6 innings Sunday) to and enough out of Appleby and Crichton from the bullpen to string together a very important series win.
With the two wins on the weekend, TCU improves to 36-15 overall on the year and they've moved up to #15 in the Boyd's World RPI rankings- two spots ahead of Oklahoma, who the Frogs will be going against in the running to host a Regional. Next up is the regular-season home finale against Oral Roberts tomorrow night. My guess would be that Kyle Starratt starts that game and is counted on to eat up as many innings as he can. Then the last weekend series of the regular season gets started in Albquerque on Thursday.