Have you ever had a neighbor that threw lots of loud parties but never invited you? Oh you haven't? Oh, then, me neither. But for a long time, TCU was living in that world, watching the media descend in the metroplex for Big 12 Media Days while the Frogs looked on from afar, ever the bridesmaid...
|Is it just me, or does Holgo look like he had a rough night?|
The biggest TCU specific news was that the official Big 12 Media Guide does list TCU at Texas on Thanksgiving day, which, while not surprising, is nice to see officially on record. The other main non-story story was TCU's supposedly tight budget, it's been noted that despite the Frog Club having record breaking donation numbers (almost $9.5 million) TCU spent "only" $56 million compared to $150 million by the Horns, who lead the conference (and probably America) in that category. TCU was picked to finish 5th in the conference, (Sir Wesley gave his on thoughts on that here), and only Maponga made the preseason all conference team. What does that mean? That GMFP gets to rightly return to the place he loves so much, underneath the chip on the collective shoulder of Frogs worldwide. He played that up to anyone who asked and/or would listen, saying "we have to prove ourselves all over again. When it came to the state of Texas, we've always had a chip on our shoulder."
This is nothing new of course, Patterson has played the 'us against the world' angle since he first set foot on campus. But the past couple of seasons, as the Frogs just destroyed conference opponents en route to back to back undefeated MWC campaigns, it had been a little hard for outsiders to buy. It's a little easier now.
For more info on Big 12 Media Days, see the well done video below, read the recaps on GoFrogs.com here, or check out the Star Telegram's coverage here.