Monday, March 26, 2012

Daily Discussion: Worried about recruiting?

If someone asks you to cover a song from the '60s for the soundtrack of the X-Files movie, you should probably realize it's not going to turn out well

If you're not a paid subscriber to one of the TCU recruiting websites, you're actually not missing out on much right now. Despite a third consecutive conference championship, a sparkling new stadium being built and an imminent move to the Big 12, the Frogs do not have a whole lot of recruiting steam going currently.

Arlington High's Sammy Douglas is the only player currently committed to TCU, making him (for now) the entirety of the Frogs' 2013 recruiting class. There was a time when TCU fans would be thrilled to have a player with the explosive athleticism and pure ball-hawking instincts as Douglas committed this early in the game, but times (and expectations) have changed in Fort Worth.

While GP and his staff are temporarily stuck on 1, the other programs around the state have made a bit more progress on their 2013 classes. Texas and A&M both have 13 players committed, Tech has 5, Baylor 4 and even SMU has 2. At this time last year, TCU already had 4 players committed to being part of the 2012 class.

So, Spit Blood readers, how worried are you about this situation? Are you amongst those who think that the sky is falling and that this is a reason to be legitimately worried about the future of TCU football, or are you patient and confident that Coach Patterson and his staff are superior talent evaluators and will sign another outstanding class next February?


You know how they've banned Baylor students from dancing and consuming soda pop? Well, this is what happens when you combine the two. I think that, deep down, God is probably pretty cool with an ice cold Dr. Pepper and sock hop every now and again, but perhaps he should reconsider his stance.

Holy shit am I glad those guys lost.

Rough Weekend

As many little slip-ups as the Frogs have had even their best seasons, most of them have been in mid-week, non-conference games. By dropping 2 of 3 to New Mexico in Albuquerque this weekend, the Frogs lost their first conference series since 2009. When you bat .240 as a team for the weekend and your pitching staff allows the other team to hit .363 (team ERA for the weekend: 8.31), you might have to consider yourself fortunate to have gotten out of town without having been swept. Here are a few notes from the weekend, focusing more on the positives:

-While the pitching staff had a bad weekend overall, the bullpen was fantastic enough to earn the Frogs a 5-4 victory on Saturday. Nick Frey, Justin Scharf and Kevin Allen combined to toss six shutout innings- allowing just four total base runners during that time. Allen, it should be noted, now has a 13 2/3 inning shutout streak going.

-The four errors committed in the first five innings of Friday's game were ugly. After that, though the TCU defense stiffened up, and has a 21-inning error-free streak coming out of the weekend.

-Jason Coats continued his success at the plate, going 6-14 on the weekend with a double, a home run and six RBIs. He also had a stolen base. His batting average now sits at .303, and he leads the team with 21 RBIs on the year.

-Brett Johnson, who was one of the poster boys for TCU's offensive struggles in the early part of the season, had a bit of a breakout himself. He went 5-7 for the weekend with a double, two stolen bases and three RBIs- including the game-winner in the top of the 9th on Saturday.

-The Frogs are getting healthy finally, with Kevin Cron and Jantzen Witte both returning to the lineup this weekend. Witte had two RBIs in Sunday's loss, but Cron was 0-6 on the weekend. Still, though, Schlossnagle having every player available to use will be valuable going forward.

-There is still one game left to go in this nine-game road trip (tomorrow night at UTA), but the Frogs will not have to leave Tarrant County for the next three and a half weeks. After the game in Arlington, TCU will have twelve straight home games before heading back out on the road on April 20th.

Morning Dump


Lobos put weekend bite on TCU pitching

TCU drops rubber match to New Mexico, 12-7

Jim Schlossnagle Radio Show returns tonight

Other Sports:

Women's Tennis goes 2-0 on the weekend

Men's Tennis falls to Oklahoma at home

"Tweetup Week" scheduled for fans