Friday, July 20, 2012

Morning Dump.





Since we haven't had any opinion posts this week, I'll take this chance to get on my soapbox.
  • TCU was picked 5th in the B12 preseason poll, right ahead of Kansas State and right behind Okie, jr.  The ranking itself I guess I'm fine with;  I'm in the seemingly minority of TCU fans with tempered expectations for year one in the Big 12 and wouldn't view 8-4 or 9-3 as a "disaster" like some fans over on the pay sites have suggested.  It'll be a schedule unlike any we've seen and, despite the faith we have in the staff, there's not a whole lot of room for error in the injury department given our off-season defections.  But BEHIND Oklahoma State?  The same Oklahoma State that is starting a true freshman QB, without a Dez Bryant or Justin Blackmon type target, in the most pass happy league in the country?  I'm not buying it.  I understand why the pundits have cooled on KSU this year; apparently they had 6-7 games decided by 7 points or fewer last year and only lost one of them, so the tide is sure to turn, but at least they return a proven QB.  I'd rather be behind them.  No one is going to argue that OU is the preseason fave before they fall on their face in a game they shouldn't lose, so I offer no rebuttals.  WVU at #2 we better accept because everyone else is going to put them in that position as well.  I don't completely get it, though. Sure, they left a fantastic last impression, but Clemson was vastly overrated, and that win doesn't change the fact that WVU lost to a BAD Syracuse team during the regular season and let an anemic LSU offense have their way with them at home.  On top of that, the Big East was arguably worse than the MWC last year, yet WVU gets the benefit of the doubt and TCU is harassed for playing a weak schedule.  What gives?  And UT at #3?  Well, I suppose the mystique will always be there for them no matter the underachieving and lack of Q.  So, actually, no, I guess I'm NOT fine with the ranking and feel we should be no lower than 4th and probably 3rd.  Fuck the medjia.
  • TCU only placed one player on the pre-season AC team, that player being Stansly Maponga.  I'll be honest, kind of a weird feeling after the past 7 seasons of PSAC teams basically being the Utah, BYU and TCU all-stars, but I'm not sure who I'd argue for or against.  Oh wait, actually I do - Geno Smith as the offensive player of the year?  Come ON!  Seriously, they are going to have JUST as much trouble as TCU will adjusting to the grind of playing in the second best Conference in the country for 9 straight weeks.  I realize the Big 12 doesn't play pass defense and he has two great receivers, but the media genuinely believes they are going to drop 70 on everyone next year based on one performance.  Get outta heeeeeyah.
  • The Big East dropped their silly little lawsuit and TCU will still pay their $5 million exit fee.  This begs the question - what was the point?  From what I understand there was absolutely no need to sue - TCU owed them the money by a certain date and they filed the suit weeks before said date came to pass.  Did they REALLY think the school that just sunk $165 million in privately raised funds into their football stadium and Is the Big East in such a sad state that they will go to such bush league measures in order to show the world they're still a swingin' dick BCS Conference?  Well, I guess they have to do SOMETHING after they castrated their credibility by hiring SMU.



19 comments:

VikingFrog said...

Media really slurping some WV dick. Just like K State, they won many a game towards the end of the season by 3 or less points. Don't get me wrong, I think they will be good, but just like us, they are playing with the big boys now.

But whatever. We are right where Patterson and I like them to be. Under the radar, Doritos on our shoulders, ready to prove that we belong.

Travis said...

First, we should all start using the nomenclature, "Okie Lite", they hate that even more according to my OSU friends.
Second, I agree with you regarding the ranking and season in general. 10-2 would be the absolute best we will achieve, imo. A 9-3 finish would be outstanding, as long as the 3 losses are to the right conference teams. And, and 8-4 finish wouldn't be that bad either. I think next year, if things go fairly well this year, TCU gets a lot of preseason love and hype, much like WVU is this year. And yes, GMFP will play the disresepct card, at least privately in the locker room, just the way he like it.

Travis said...

By the way, Lyle I know you took your talents to South Beach to be a cabana boy/breast wrangler, but hopefully after a two or three week hiatus you have realized the error of your ways and soon the prodigal son shall return.

Slay Purple said...

Couldn't ask for better motivation for GP. In years past we have played the underdog card well & I rather enjoy that mindset. If Pachall develops into the leader I am praying he will, we are going to have a damn good season.

HFrog77 said...

I'd rather have Pachal than Smith, and I like our depth at receiver better. It doesn't matter where we start in the rankings, but where we finish.

I was really pissed at first when I saw the Schlonghorns ranked at #3, then I realized that sets up another disappointing and agonizing season for UT fans when their team under performs again.

So, we're ranked behind UT and Okie Lite, with no credible QBs between them. Makes sense to me...

VikingFrog said...

Funny thing is the Austin American Statesman has us ranked well ahead of UT. For some reason I thought they were usually all over Bevo. Quite a surprise.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

I think Im just thrown off by how much the media slammed the beast, yet doesn't give wvu the same shit they give us for playing in a mid major. Let's face it- beast was low-mid major. And Travis, I've tried to convince Lyle that cold turkey isn't the best way, but to no avail. We will do better

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JHale said...

Anyone hear any updates on Shannon?

Travis said...

Horned Frog Blitz.com supposedly has a Shannon update, but alas I am not a paid subscriber.

VikingFrog said...

Word on the streets is it's a done deal. Why they haven't announced it I don't know. Until they do, nothing is certain in my books.

JHale said...

I wonder if they are just waiting till after Media Days to avoid questions on it... thoughts?

I agree Viking. Let us hope for something soon.

VikingFrog said...

Yeah, I am waiting to hear something official before getting seriously excited about it. Someone told me the other day they heard he has already been on the recruiting trail for a couple weeks even though it's not official. I HIGHLY DOUBT that's true considering I would think a player would easily leak that info if it were true.

Everything I hear is full of grains of salt until GP or CDC tell me otherwise.

JHale said...

Roger that... and I highly doubt he has been recruiting especially since he is not officially on the payroll. Wish they'd stop waiting.

Matt said...

Stefan Stevenson says it's done.

http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.com/colleges/2012/07/former-miami-coach-randy-shannon-to-be-named-tcu-linebacker-coach.html

JHale said...

Solid.

halfmanhalffrog said...

You can find the article on ESPNDallas.com he is the official LB coach

Lyle Lanley said...

When the school announces it, it'll be official.