Friday, January 21, 2011

Meet the Future Frogs: Brady Foltz

Like June, July was a busy month for the TCU coaching staff as they received commitments from four new Horned Frogs. Less than a week after Travoskey Garrett was the first of July, offensive lineman Brady Foltz of Rose Hill, Kansas became the second and the 14th overall for the 2011 class.

Foltz, who looks like a guard at the next level, stands 6'4" and already weights 290lbs. As a senior, he helped lead the Rockets to a 7-3 record and was named to the Class 4A All-State team. Rivals has him listed as the #41 guard in the country and the #10 overall player in the state of Kansas. ESPN had this to say about him:

"This guy is a tough customer; his aggressive finishing attitude is what we look for when evaluating offensive linemen."

Sounds good to me! And if the name sounds a bit familiar, it is because Brady is the younger brother of current TCU guard Blaize Foltz. I didn't mention this first because, as a younger brother, I'm a bit sensitive about always being identified as someone's sibling. The elder Foltz has had an impressive career so far at TCU, despite being injured this past fall, so I doubt Brady minds that comparison too much.

One more thing I want to where can I get one of these T-shirts?

HUGE Home Basketball Game This Weekend...

... For me to poop on.

After Jimmer Fredette delivered the biggest Mormon-to-Christian dagger since the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the once up and coming, exciting, "turning this thing around" TCU Basketball team has dropped back to, a still exaggerated, .500 at 10-10, and things aren't looking too positive for the forseeable future. But while that 1-4 conference record relegated the Frogs to the bottom of the barrel in the conference standings, believe it or not, with a win this weekend against Utah, they're right back in this thing, at least where our modestly placed expectations are concerned. This isn't on account that they're any good, but mostly that the rest of the conference not named BYU or San Diego State is just that bad. Six - yes, six - of the nine teams in the Mountain West sit at 2-3 or 1-4 in conference play, and should the Frogs win, they go from ninth to fourth in the blink of an eye. Or the swish of a basket if you want to be relevant.

So should we really have hope that the Frogs can put it together and make a run at the top three? Hahahahaha, don't be silly! BYU and SDSU are insanely out of sight out of mind from the rest of the league, and even those goofy upstarts in Fort Collins are out of reach at this point. But truthfully, fourth place is at least a minutely attainable option, and based on how the opening of conference play has gone so far, that's as good as cutting down the nets in early April for this squad.

As for Saturday? Well, these certainly aren't the Utes of Rick Majerus, Michael Doleac and Andre Miller. For one, the plumbing in the locker rooms is much more sustainable now that RJ has moved on to that great cow pasture in the midwest that is Saint Louis. For another, they're kinda terrible, bringing a TCUesque 9-10 record into the DMC, including a 25 point home loss to BYU and another defeat to Portland, which I'm pretty sure doesn't mean the Trail Blazers. However, they are riding a bit of a hot streak into the weekend, taking down Wyoming and New Mexico in convincing fashion in back to back games, although we beat Wyoming, so what does that even mean? And they're one of the conference leaders in rebounding, something that we are not.

On the contrary, the Frogs come into the game having dropped consecutive contests to Colorado State and BYU, lost one of their leading scorers to disciplinary problems, and their most recent pub came courtesy of David Peterson where he compared them to the New Orleans Hornets, a basketball team that will not exist one year from today because their fans hate them so much. On top of that, DMC recorded its first sell out of the season... for an event where no sporting competitions actually took place. The Girls' Riflery National Championships drew more of a crowd than the basketball team has since the early aughts.

All this goes to say, if you've got a wad of cash and you're degenerate enough to bet on TCU basketball, go the other way this weekend.

The 2011 Schedule Predicament

Will the Frogs end up staying home to watch "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" a few weeks this fall?

It has become a TCU tradition lately to be one of the last teams in the country to finalize the next season's football schedule. But as we look ahead to the 2011 football season, the schedule is as incomplete as Scott Tolzein's two-point conversion pass attempt. It's as if Ben Roethlisberger has gone to the bathroom with all of our autumn travel & wedding plans (fall weddings: a rant for another day...) and his body guards won't let us check on them.

As of last summer, we knew that the Frogs still had one slot open in their non-conference slate for 2011. When BYU left the conference, it left the MWC with just eight teams for this fall and opened up an additional OOC slot (because each team would play just seven conference games). Then as we're all well aware, Tech decided to drop their game in Fort Worth. Regardless of how you feel about the Red Raiders' decision, it leaves TCU with an eye-opening THREE empty dates in the non-conference schedule for the season that will begin in about eight months. For those of you not in the know, the two non-conference games currently on the schedule are a home game against SMU and a trip to Waco to play Baylor

It's a pretty safe bet that Chris Del Conte and the rest of the TCU Athletic Department are furiously working the phones looking for opponents to fill those openings. The question is, will they find quality games like Clemson and Oregon State...or I-AA cupcakes like UC-Davis and Tennessee Tech?

As if that weren't enough, Boise State is attempting to get their game against TCU in Fort Worth moved to the blue turf of their home stadium. They apparently have the support of the athletic directors of the Mountain West, and the school presidents of the conference (minus TCU) will make the final decision in the next week. If they are successful in doing so- and you have to wonder what motivation the other schools of the conference would have to vote in TCU's favor- it would leave the Frogs with just FOUR home games for this fall.

Wow, it's not as if I was looking forward to tailgating for the Tech & Boise games or anything! And as difficult as it will be for Del Conte & company to fill three OOC dates, losing the Boise home game would make it even more difficult because it increases the need to convince teams- on short notice- to come to Fort Worth to ensure a full six-game home slate.

Given the way TCU (and just about everyone else these days) generally schedules one I-AA home game a year, you can expect that at least one of these openings will be against a team from that level. I'm not going to debate the merits of this scheduling practice, but I would prefer that if TCU schedules a I-AA team that it at least be one with a bit of a novelty factor to sell tickets. Think about hosting Harvard or Yale for the satisfaction that would come from pummeling those eggheads or Grambling, Southern or some other school whose band would rock Amon G. Carter at halftime. Texas Southern, who would definitely fit that Grambling/Southern dynamic, is rumored to be a possibility.

But when you've got a program that has it's sights set on reaching the top of the rankings like TCU does, you can't fill every slot on your dance card with teams that would seem to validate the idiocy of people like Gordon Gee or Rod Gilmore. TCU has got to find games against quality opponents that will challenge our players and garner respect among critics.

A few teams that are rumored to also be seeking 2011 opponents include: California, Florida State, Navy, Cincinnati, Clemson, Kansas, Purdue, Boston College, NC State and Idaho. Which of these teams would be willing to come play in Fort Worth this fall? I don't know, but it sure seems like Clemson should owe the Frogs a return game- right?

Two other options rumored to be under consideration:

-BYU. As much as I'd rather TCU give the Cougars the ex-girlfriend treatment and act as if they don't exist even when in the same room, having three open dates this late in the game definitely qualifies as desperate times.

-Compromise with Boise State. The Broncos have long complained about the difficulty they've had bringing in quality non-conference opponents to their home stadium. Perhaps they would allow the lone intra-conference game against TCU to remain in Fort Worth if the Frogs agree to a future OOC game on the blue turf?

Clearly, this issue will be a top priority for Del Conte over the next few weeks. We'll try to keep you as up to date as we can.

Spitblood Bracketology

I don't think the Frogs will be sniffing this either...

Here is a new Spitblood feature for all you college basketball fans / degenerate gamblers. We are going to do a brief weekly write up on where the MWC and Big East stand as far as the NCAA tournament is concerned. I will include the teams and as well the general idea of which seed they might garner. It is a work in progress so if you don't like it, then you can get the fudge out. Lets start with our current conference.


Teams In
  • #6 SDSU (20-0) - They have a basketball team? I know, I was suprised too. And they are good, really good. 'Signature win' against #12 Gonzaga. Also projected at a 2. Next Wednesday at BYU will let us know a lot about both teams.
  • # 9 BYU (18-1) - Did you know that Jimmer Fredette is the leading scorer in the country? Well he is. and he also has the worst first name in the country also. Projected 2 seed, probably drops to a 3 or 4 considering they still have rival Utah and 2 games against #6 SDSU.
  • UNLV (14-5) - They have some good wins over Wisconsin and K. State, but have dropped their first meetings with both BYU and SDSU. A loss on Wednesday to Colorado State was painful because CSU could jump up there at take a spot. Projected 10 seed.
On the Bubble
  • Does anybody else hate this term as much as me? Good.
  • CSU (13-5) - Yeah, it doesn't look good for the Rams. They still face BYU twice and SDSU twice and they haven't really put up a notable win all season except for the one against UNLV the other night. Took a pummeling from Kansas in the early goings. If they can't split those four games with BYU and SDSU then they might be out. Projected - Out
Thats it for the current conference. What about the new conference? Well, unless you live under a rock, you would know that the Big East likes its round ball. While they pulled a big 0-fer most of the year having a team in the football top 25, they have 7 in the basketball top 25 including 4 in the top 10. Pretty impressive.

Big East

Teams In
  • Pittsburgh (18-1) - 1 Seed
  • Syracuse (18-1) - 2 Seed (maybe 1?) - Scoops Jardin is the name of the season.
  • UConn (15-2) - 2 Seed
  • Villanova (16-2) - 3 Seed
  • Notre Dame (15-4) - 3/4 Seed
  • Lousiville (15-3) - 6 Seed
  • West Virginia (12-5) - 7 Seed
  • Georgetown (14-5) - 7 Seed
  • St. Johns (11-6) - 8 Seed
  • Cincinnati (16-3) - 9 Seed
On the Bubble
  • Marquette (13-6) - 12/13 Seed
So that is 11 out of 16 teams from the Big East that might make it in. The next closest conferences are the Big 12/10 with 6 and the Big 10/12 with 6. That is insane. When do you think we will notch our first conference win?? I mean, we have to beat Depaul, right?? It will sure as hell be fun to watch.

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