Monday, January 10, 2011

Meet the Future Frogs: Kolby Griffin

Leading up to National Signing Day, we'll take a look at the Frogs' incoming class- one by one- in the order in which they pledged to TCU:
Kolby Griffin became the first member of TCU's recruiting class of 2011 nearly a year ago, when he gave his pledge to the Horned Frogs on February 15th. The 5'11" 176lb cornerback garnered all kinds of All-District and All-State honors during his career at St. Pius X High School in Houston, where he led the Panthers to back-to-back district titles the past two yeasr- resulting in a myriad of scholarship offers from teams across the region.

Rivals.com has Kolby as a 3-star recruit, and ranks him as the #49 cornerback in the nation and has him at #92 in their postseason Texas Top 100. Their TCU affiliate, purplemenace.com, had Kolby keep an online diary of his senior season. If you'd read it, you'd know that this kid has his head squarely on his shoulders and is exactly the kind of future team leader that GP & staff need to be recruiting on a regular basis.

Big Spenders!!

I am one of those people that like to read the comments made on ESPN articles and after reading through the story about GPs contract extension, one commenter through out a pretty interesting statistic in regards to the total expenses that football programs across the country incur. Below is the Top 30 Football Programs that spent the most money during the 2009-2010 academic school year, according to the Department of Education's Equity in Athletics Report.

1

Ohio State University-Main Campus

$31,763,036.00

2

The University of Alabama

$31,118,134.00

3

University of Notre Dame

$29,490,788.00

4

Auburn University Main Campus

$27,911,713.00

5

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

$25,566,520.00

6

The University of Texas at Austin

$25,112,331.00

7

University of Florida

$24,457,557.00

8

University of South Carolina-Columbia

$22,794,211.00

9

University of Wisconsin-Madison

$22,041,491.00

10

University of Arkansas

$22,005,104.00

11

University of Southern California

$20,820,468.00

12

Texas Christian University

$20,609,361.00

13

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

$20,150,769.00

14

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

$19,780,939.00

15

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

$19,494,263.00

16

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

$19,207,560.00

17

University of California-Berkeley

$18,519,523.00

18

University of Iowa

$18,468,732.00

19

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

$18,328,233.00

20

University of Georgia

$18,308,654.00

21

University of Oregon

$18,071,012.00

22

Arizona State University

$17,977,987.00

23

Boston College

$17,973,705.00

24

University of Miami

$17,863,218.00

25

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

$17,843,849.00

26

Michigan State University

$17,468,458.00

27

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

$17,441,032.00

28

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

$17,433,699.00

29

The University of Tennessee

$17,357,345.00

30

Stanford University

$17,236,945.00

Surprisingly, we spend a lot more money on our football team than most BCS conference schools do that have a far greater amount of students and alumni than TCU does. Yes, alot of the expenses incurred probably arise from traveling, but just to see us this high on this list is very exciting and should show football fans that we are not the "little guy" or "little sister of the poor". Below is also another important recruiting tool that came from the same report using the Top 30 universities in football spending.

University

Male

Female

Total

Ratio

1

Texas Christian University

2955

4348

7303

0.679622815

2

University of Georgia

10355

14196

24551

0.729430826

3

University of Florida

13858

17275

31133

0.802199711

4

University of South Carolina-Columbia

8660

10221

18881

0.847275218

5

University of California-Berkeley

11668

13128

24796

0.888787325

6

Michigan State University

15709

17529

33238

0.896172058

7

The University of Alabama

10232

11320

21552

0.903886926

8

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

13212

14424

27636

0.915973378

9

The University of Texas at Austin

16882

18225

35107

0.926310014

10

University of Wisconsin-Madison

13095

14050

27145

0.93202847

11

Boston College

4587

4914

9501

0.933455433

12

University of Miami

4500

4768

9268

0.943791946

13

Arizona State University

22187

23303

45490

0.95210917

14

University of Iowa

8963

9356

18319

0.95799487

15

LSU

10471

10905

21376

0.960201742

16

PITT

8230

8460

16690

0.972813239

17

Washington

13849

14203

28052

0.975075688

18

OU

8468

8663

17131

0.977490477

19

University of Oregon

8392

8550

16942

0.981520468

20

University of Southern California

7921

8063

15984

0.982388689

21

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

12812

12449

25261

1.029158969

22

Auburn University Main Campus

9372

9013

18385

1.039831355

23

The University of Tennessee

10084

9602

19686

1.050197875

24

Stanford University

3372

3192

6564

1.056390977

25

University of Arkansas

6974

6560

13534

1.063109756

26

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

14216

13321

27537

1.067187148

27

Ohio State University-Main Campus

20219

17410

37629

1.161344055

28

University of Notre Dame

4490

3861

8351

1.162911163

29

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

9583

8154

17737

1.17525141

30

Penn St.

20213

16864

37077

1.19858871

So, if you are a recruit looking to be taken well care of on the field as well as off the field, then maybe you should reconsider going to Penn St. or Nebraska and come to the Fort where your chances of getting laid every night are much greater. And if you need something else to support the claim that TCU has some very fine looking women (and for the most part, disease free), then check out this article in Men's Health Magazine from a few years back.


** For complete reports, click here: http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/

"National Championship Game" tonight

We're now over a week removed from the Frogs' 21-19 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, and as ecstatic as we all are over it, let's be completely honest- we wish TCU was playing in Glendale tonight.

Not that I'm downplaying what happened in Pasadena- it was an unbelievably epic win for the TCU program and will be something everyone involved with the school will be proud of forever. But I mean, come on, we're not Pac 10 or Big Ten people who are going to fool ourselves into believing that the Rose Bowl > The National Title, are we?

I know that Coach Patterson has decided to be PC about the whole deal and not complain about TCU being left out of tonight's game, and I'm not going to do that, either. But don't think for a minute that GP doesn't KNOW that his team deserves just as much as Oregon or Auburn to be playing for the crystal football out in the desert.

And I'm not one to say I'm boycotting the game, because really, I'm actually quite excited to see how the Tigers and Ducks match up against eachother. Cam Newton (despite his OJ-like "innocence") and LaMichael James (despite his last-minute spurning of TCU) are two of the most exciting players to grace a college football field since Vince Young.

So who to cheer for- the team that ESPN will surely be making a 30 for 30 about in the next few years (Auburn) or the team that has been built on ridiculous facilities and even more-ridiculous uniforms (Oregon)? I'm not rooting for either. I hope the final score is something along the lines of 35-31, with plenty of turnovers and missed tackles so bad they're shown over & over again on TV. Then pray that the media that vote in the AP poll (I fully realize how big a stretch this is, by the way) decides they can't let a defense that bad be national champions and the Frogs somehow end up with a share of the title. How do you see tonight going down?

Morning Dump

Football:
TCU won 'the Fort Worth way' mayor says
Star-Telegram

TCU's perfection trumped by an imperfect system
Star-Telegram

TCU and Little Sisters of the Poor: They're winners in my book
Star-Telegram

What wears on the Horned Frogs
San Antonio Express-News

On the eve of BCS championship, a call for the NCAA to reform college football
Washington Post

Recruiting:
Herschel Sims update: Is his commitment solid?
Tulsa World