Friday, June 29, 2012

On the verge of a new era

When the clock strikes midnight to turn Saturday into Sunday, TCU will finally take its rightful place at a major conference table when it officially becomes a member of the Big 12.  This is not just the culmination of a lot of hard work and determination by countless student-athletes, coaches, university staff and Horned Frog fans everywhere: this is the beginning of a new era where TCU can continue to achieve bigger and better things that wouldn't have been possible even five years ago.

With such a momentous occasion, though, comes change.  New challenges will arise, and expectations will have to be re-calibrated.  But that change isn't limited to just the teams on the field- change has been coming to the team here at Spit Blood for a while now.  When we started this whole thing in 2007 we were all single, with almost zero responsibility at our day jobs and had basically no restraints on the time available to rant about TCU sports, pop culture and cuss to our heart's content. 

You've probably noticed how the number of regular contributors to Spit Blood has dwindled as the real world has, in various ways, sunk its talons into us as we've advanced in our careers, gotten married, or in some cases actually reproduced.  Instead of mysteriously fading into oblivion, though, I feel like I owe it to my readers to let you all know that this is my last post on the blog.

It's been an absolute blast writing here for the past five years, and I know I'll miss subjecting all of you to listening to my opinions.  I really want to thank our Dear Leader for giving me this opportunity, the other guys who have helped make this place the internet home of people who love both TCU sports and the first amendment, and especially our loyal audience. 

We set out with the vague goal of converting casual Frog fans into die-hards, and I think we've had a lot of success in doing that.  But just because we're getting old and our pop-culture references are starting to get a little dated (are the Muppet Babies still cool?), that doesn't mean Spit Blood has to shrivel up and turn gray, too.  I'm quite confident that there are plenty of younger guys (or girls?) out there that are psychotic TCU fans, like being smart-asses and can actually string together a paragraph or two of readable English.  If that's you, we're looking to pass the torch.  I promise you, writing about TCU playing teams like Texas and Oklahoma is going to be more fun than we've had writing about games against Colorado State, UNLV and doo-doo brown.

In closing, I'll leave you with the poetic words of South Philly's best barback, Charlie Kelly:

“All right, later dudes. S you in your A’s, don’t wear a C, and J all over your B’s.”

Go Frogs

Hyman hired at A&M

Seven years after he left TCU for South Carolina, Eric Hyman is moving back to the Lone Star State to become the new athletic director at Texas A&M, reports the Houston Chronicle.  While the last time A&M hired a guy who had left TCU for an SEC school (Fran) didn't turn out quite so well, I think this will be a different story.  ADs are judged by three major criteria: their ability to put winning teams on the field, their decisions in hiring head coaches, and their ability to raise funds and build new facilities- and Hyman excels in all three areas.  Hyman played a major role in reorganizing the TCU athletic environment to foster success, he hired both Gary Patterson and Jim Schlossnagle, and he got Lupton Stadium built.  At South Carolina, he hired Steve Spurrier and got a new stadium built for the Gamecocks' baseball team- which has won two of the last three national titles and been in the CWS finals in each of those years.

As much as I'd like to see the Aggies wallow in mediocrity forever, this is a really solid hire for them. 

Morning Dump

Big 12:

WVU, TCU to celebrate Big 12 entry Charleston Daily Mail

Neinas: Notre Dame the only team that would add value to Big 12 TV deal

Other Sports:

TCU track's Whitney Gipson named MWC Female Athlete of the Year Star-Telegram

TCU women's tennis faces formidable test in Big 12 next year Star-Telegram

Upcoming Events:

This Saturday: Big 12 Welcome Party @ Billy Bob's

Thursday, July 12: Dallas Coaches Dinner

Thursday, July 26: TCU Women's Football Clinic

Saturday, August 25: 3rd Annual Spit Blood Scramble