Friday, March 11, 2011

Jones steals the show at TCU Pro Day

TCU held it's annual Pro Day today, with seniors showing off their athleticism for professional scouts. I say 'professional scouts' instead of 'NFL scouts' because who knows when that billionaires vs. millionaires dispute will get resolved. So even though this next crop of outgoing Horned Frog stars may have to start their career in the UFL or Canada, there was still a lot to talk about including Colin Jones' 4.31 in the forty-yard dash!

For more on TCU's Pro Day, here is some great coverage including videos, photos and player quotes from Angry Trey's blog (bookmark that site- great stuff year 'round) and from Gil Brandt's blog on NFL.com.

Renovation Update

For those of you unable to access our renovation live link, here's what's going on at the Carter.
And here's a pic of "Chef Rooster" serving prime rib to the Boss. Slow friday...

TCU vs. Houston Baptist series preview


Robbie Buller: Big fish in a small pond


A week ago, the faint aroma of panic was in the air after the Frogs had dropped three straight games. Since then, though, the offense has emerged from it's early-season hibernation and TCU has reeled off four straight wins including a weekend sweep against Texas Tech and a midweek game against UTA to run their record to 8-4.

If last weekend's slump-busting road trip to Lubbock was like a "slump-busting road trip to Lubbock", then this weekend's home series against 0-13 Houston Baptist is like scoring an invite to a DG formal.

The Huskies, whose existence I was made aware of for the first time when they showed up on the Frogs' schedule when it was announced in October, have been outscored in their first baker's dozen games by a score of 108-42. They are hitting .223 as a team while allowing their opponents to hit at a .337 clip. Their weekend rotation of Dylan Schafer, Jamie Storey and Tyler McCarthy are a combined 0-9 and Storey's ERA of 5.68 is the best of the bunch.

This series, in a lot of ways, is like a football home game against a team like Tennessee State or UC-Davis: the Frogs are head-and-shoulders better, should be able to win easily and should be able to get some playing time for younger players. And also like those 1-AA football games, a loss would be crippling. HBU comes in with an RPI of 267, so even a single defeat would seriously damage the Frogs' case for hosting an NCAA Regional or Super Regional.

For the fourth straight weekend to start the season, the Frogs will roll out a different order for their starting rotation. Kyle Winkler will remain in the Friday night slot that he's been brilliant in the past few weeks, while Matt Purke is slated to start Saturday for the first time and Steven Maxwell shifts back to his usual Sunday post. One Husky that the Frog pitchers will have to keep an eye on his third baseman Robbie Buller. The 6-6 220lb junior is hitting .333 with 6 HR and 11 RBI with a slugging percentage (.872) nearly twice as big as his closest teammate.

The first two weekend home series of the season have been the #1 and #2 highest attended in program history. Obviously, HBU isn't nearly as high-profile as Kansas or Fullerton and the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Dallas will draw away a few potential fans. But I still think that with the recent surge in fan interest and the nice weather forecast for the weekend (mid-70s all three days), this could be another big weekend at Lupton.

For those of you that are like me and can't get to the ballpark for every game, don't have The Mtn and don't want to spend your entire weekend glued to your computer, I offer up a few ways for you to keep up with the Frogs while they're playing:


1) Twitter. Yeah, I know- twitter is kind of weird. But there are two feeds: @TCU_Baseball (from the athletic department) and @FollowtheFrogs (from Stefan Stevenson of the Star-Telegram) that post updates throughout the games. With one click of a button, you can have their tweets sent as text messages to your phone...and then just as easily turn the text feature off when the games are over.


2) Your phone. Put this number in your contact list: 682-233-6382. That's the number to call to listen to KTCU live on your phone. I'm sure they've got an iphone app that works better than this, but I don't make iphone money. Maybe one of you that does can take a break in between polo matches to leave a comment instructing other people how they can have their butlers download it for them.

Morning Dump

Football:
QB Pachall impresses after slow start
Star-Telegram

Practice makes perfect way for Aledo's Gray to evaluate schools
Star-Telegram

20 former TCU players to work out during pro day
Star-Telegram

Ranking top NFL talent developers
ESPN

Baseball:
Baseball hosts Houston Baptist for three
GoFrogs.com



Rivera swings hot bat for No. 9 TCU
Muscatine Journal

Basketball:
Frogs men find good vibe in narrow loss to BYU
Star-Telegram

BYU shakes off pesky TCU in Mountain West quarterfinal
Washington Post

TCU senior wants to lift TCU legacy
Star-Telegram

Rifle:
TCU sharpshooters, all women, try to keep title
New York Times

Campus:
TCU receives permit to house horned Frogs
Pegasus/Daily Skiff