Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Del Conte embracing #2

While many of us fans want desperately for the Frogs to get their deserved shot at #1, we've probably got to face the fact that it isn't going to happen. Chris Del Conte, in an interview with ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan, says TCU is focused on celebrating their Rose Bowl championship, not the injustice of today's college football system.

Meet the Future Frogs: The John Tyler Duo

Gotta respect the football being played in the 903

On March 1 of this past year, about two weeks after Kolby Griffin became the first member of the Class of 2011, TCU received commitments from #2 and #3 when Jarrett Anderson went to his hometown of Tyler to land a pair of John Tyler Lions, David Bush and Chris Hackett:

At 5'10", 165lb, Bush has been described by ESPN as "a water-bug of an athlete with tremendous quickness, acceleration and slippery change-of-direction." He played quarterback at John Tyler- throwing for 1,934 yards and 15 TDs as a senior- but look for him to play wide receiver or possibly corner at TCU with a good chance to also make an impact in the return game.

Hacket is a 6'1", 185lb defensive back who is expected to play safety at TCU. As a senior, Hackett was named to Rivals' All-America Team after picking off an amazing 12 passes, breaking up 12 more, recording 60 tackles and forcing four fumbles. Hacket is rated, like Bush, as a three-star recruit by Rivals, and he is also their #36 safety in the nation and #61 player in the state of Texas.

National Championship Quick Hits

No really long evaluation about that game because honestly, it was pretty damn boring. Even when Oregon tied it, did anybody really think that Auburn wouldn't go down and score? I didn't think so.
  • Auburn is the dirtiest team I have seen play this season and Gene Chizik has no soul. There were only two personal foul penalties on Auburn, but I counted at least four. And Gene Chizik? You put a guy back in the game who kicked a guy in the face right in front of you. Sure you gave him a good yelling on the side line, but does that really matter when your holding the crystal? No, he should have sat the rest of the game. It is now clear to me that Gene Chizik sold his soul while he was 2-10 or whatever at Iowa State to win a National Title. But as we all know, you can't sell your soul without some twist. The twist is, next year, you will return to be mediocre in the SEC for the rest of your career. Cam Newtons only come around once in a life time buddy.
  • Slooooooooopy - By far the slopiest game game of bowl season. Did either team really have a game plan?
  • Was anybody else reminded of a flag football or arena league game watching these two teams play offense? I have heard a few radio stations this morning who both said watching the game last night made them appreciate the Rose Bowl even more because of the traditional pound in you in the face nature of the game.
  • 77,000 fans?? That is really the record for that place? That's only 4,000 less than we had in their last year...and 20,000 less than the Rose Bowl (I realize it is massive). And people say we don't travel.
  • We would roll Oregon. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that we would beat the crap out of this team. Our secondary is better than Auburn's and do you really think that GP would let that little WR screen to the outside beat him 15 times? No, maybe once, maybe twice, but for sure not as many times as it fooled Auburn.
  • I am not sure about Auburn. I know that in a one time deal we could beat them, but it could be pretty evenly matched. Their d-line is incredible. Nick Fairley dominated that game i.e. too lazy to see how to spell your first name Suh. Their offense was just Cam Newton, but Dyer stepped up and made some incredible plays. Including the run with 30 seconds left.
  • Coaches Poll - 1 number 1 vote? Isn't that against the rules? I wonder who that was because GP wasn't a voter this year
  • AP Poll - I think lyle will have more about this later, but to quote Kirk Herbstreit from Galloway on Jan 3 - "I am not a TCU hater at all". You lie sir, you lie.
In the end I really didn't care who one this thing. On one hand I wanted Auburn to kill Oregon because then when the National Championship is inevitably revoked, it would go to us as being #2, and I hear rumors of incredibly awesome Spitblood t-shirts that might come out of this. On the other hand, I wanted Oregon to win just to wipe the smugness off the SEC and Cam Newtons face. Any way, 233 (estimated) till next season.

Morning Dump

Boyce named to FWAA Freshman All American GoFrogs.com

TCU's Patterson" I knew it would come down to defense USA Today

Auburn on top with TCU No. 2 ahead of Oregon
USA Today

TCU will have to settle for Auburn's respect
Salt Lake Tribune

Forget Auburn beating Oregon, TCU is the people's national champion
Orlando Sentinel

Stanford and TCU prove that academics and athletics can coexist