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TCU official apologizes for Facebook message about Texas A&M bonfire deaths

TCU assistant athletic director Greg Featherston apologized Friday for his negative Facebook comments about Texas A&M’s plans to honor the 12 fans people who died in the 1999 bonfire tragedy.

Featherston shared a link to a story about A&M’s plans to leave 12 seats open in the renovated stadium to honor the 12 students who died in the infamous 1999 bonfire collapse. Featherston then quoted some negative commentary about the tragedy and said he agreed with it.

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The commentary said in part:

“If the number of students that were victims of what amounted to drunken, negligent homicide on the part of that cow college didn’t match so perfectly with the cult’s favorite number, I doubt you would have seen anything like this done.”

“See, this way it’s a passive tragedy that “happened” rather than an active atrocity that was committed. This fits into the real aggy honor code of lying, cheating, and stealing.”

After receiving backlash for the story, Featherston apologized on his Facebook page.

“It was not my intention to disrespect the fallen students or minimize the magnitude of the disaster,” Featherston concludes in his apology. “I sincerely apologize for the my lapse in judgment with regard to the re-post.”

The Star-Telegram also says TCU issued a statement distancing themselves from Featherston’s comments.

If that’s how the man feels, he should have just stood by his statement instead of apologizing. Maybe he was just trying to protect his job.

TCU needs to keep this welcoming video away from its recruits (Video)

You hear that? That’s the sound of most of the Texas Christian University (TCU) incoming freshman calling up their safety schools asking if it’s too late to register for classes. “Call Me Maybe” is already the most popular and overplayed song in the world with new parodies going viral everyday. For TCU’s sake, they should have thought twice before joining the crowd, thought three times about whether or not to film it and just fire, tar and feather who ever put it on YouTube. Christians haven’t look this bad since the Crusades.

TCU’s 2012 football recruiting class was ranked 24th by ESPN. If any of the 23 signed players witnessed this abomination they may have already jumped ship to rival SMU. There’s a strong chance The Big East is going to use this in their lawsuit.

TCU may have new helmets for the 2012 season (Picture)

The photo you see above was tweeted out by TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce on Monday morning, and it may or may not feature the Horned Frogs’ new helmet design for the 2012 season. Boyce, who keeps his Twitter account private from those who are not approved followers, tweeted the picture with the following message: “Jus saw the new helmets online???”

If I was a TCU fan I would be rooting for it. Unlike some teams that undergo drastic uniform changes, these helmets are pretty similar to the ones the Horned Frogs currently wear but are different enough to give them a modern flare. Like we said with the potentially new Illinois helmets that were on display for Illini recruits to see back in January, there is typically smoke where there’s fire. Personally I feel that these helmets could only improve TCU’s uniforms.

Chest bump to Eye on College Football

Five TCU football players reportedly tested positive for weed, not 60

The shocking report that nearly the entire TCU football team had tested positive for marijuana looks to have been hyperbole.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that five players failed a Feb. 1 drug test. They say 11 players had small traces of weed in their system — not enough for a positive test — and that 86 players passed the test administered by coach Gary Patterson.

Most people were blown away Wednesday when the first report of the drug bust emerged. Four TCU football players were among the 17 students arrested in the drug bust and three were alleged to be dealers. Further reports suggested more than 60 players were doing drugs. That number came from the arrest warrant for junior linebacker Tanner Brock (pictured), the team’s leading tackler in 2010.

Brock allegedly admitted to police that he failed a drug test and said there “would be about 60 people being screwed” by a drug test. He allegedly said only about 20 players would be able to pass. Brock’s numbers seem to have been greatly exaggerated, but between this story and Sam Hurd and Jerome Simpson, we’re seeing that there is little separation between the sporting and drug world.

TCU Coach Gary Patterson Thinks Louisiana Tech Was Stealing Signals

Despite entering the game as a 10-point favorite, TCU struggled for most of the night against Louisiana Tech before pulling off a comeback victory in the Poinsettia Bowl Wednesday night.  Perhaps TCU took their opponent too lightly.  Maybe Louisiana Tech came out with more energy and the game meant more to them from the opening whistle.  Or, is it possible that Louisiana Tech gained an advantage by stealing signals? TCU head coach Gary Patterson got that feeling.

“We changed the signals in the second half,” Patterson explained, implying that he thought the Bulldogs knew his team’s signs in the first half.

Naturally, Louisiana Tech spokesman Patrick Walsh denied the allegation when a reporter asked about it.  Patterson said two Louisiana Tech coaches worked under him at TCU when he was the defensive coordinator from 1998-2000.  And?

“Of course not,” Walsh said when asked about signal-stealing. “If they have the same signals as 10 years ago, they’re not doing their job.”

Good point.  We hear about signal-stealing in baseball all the time, but that is something that goes on during the game and develops rather quickly.  If Patterson and his staff have the same signals that they had in the late 90s, there is no theft involved.  Coaches change teams and move up in the ranks.  If they thought they had inside information that dated back to when they were a member of their opponent’s staff, how could they not use it?  It sounds more like a case of sour grapes from Patterson — who needed an excuse for why TCU didn’t blow the Bulldogs out — rather than any type of developing scandal.

TCU Would Not Have Gone Undefeated in Pac-10 or SEC

The most prevalent argument in college football the past several years has been that a playoff is needed to determine a champion. While a four-team playoff would be ideal for me, many people don’t even realize that the BCS brought us an Oregon-Auburn title game we previously would not have been privileged to see (Oregon would have been stuck in the Rose Bowl). The game was close, and we were watching the two most deserving teams play for the championship. Unless you ask TCU fans.

When I saw the final polls released Tuesday, I thought it was a joke. TCU was second in both the AP and USA Today poll — ahead of Oregon — and they even earned a few first place votes. I ask how can that be. Do people really think TCU accomplished more than either Auburn or Oregon this season? TCU barely beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl — their most notable win — and it was by a close margin, barely different from Oregon’s loss to Auburn.

Oregon ran through everyone in the Pac-10, with their best win coming against a highly-impressive Stanford team. Their body of work was much more impressive than TCU’s, and I would definitely pick Oregon to win in a game between the two. While people cry about the lack of a playoff and how TCU was left out, I ask you a serious question: do you really think the Horned Frogs could have gone undefeated in the Pac-10 or SEC? And even though they beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, do you really think things would have been as easy in the Big Ten? Stick TCU in any of those conferences and they would have lost at least one game. That would have taken them out of the national championship talk and had them grouped with all the other very good teams.

Was TCU a great team that got denied a chance of winning it all, or were they a really good team that took advantage of a favorable schedule? It was definitely the latter, and I can’t understand an argument to the contrary.

Congratulatory TCU Billboards Pop Up in Ohio State Territory

An unidentified person or group of people has paid for 20 billboards in the Columbus area — surrounding Ohio State — touting TCU’s victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The billboards are an obvious jab at Ohio State’s president E. Gordon Gee, who stated a few months back that schools like TCU and Boise State don’t deserve a shot at a national championship because they don’t play enough quality opponents during the regular season.

Gee, the former president of Vanderbilt, claimed that those schools don’t have to go through gauntlets like the SEC and Big Ten. That’s true, but the Horned Frogs’ victory over the Badgers proved that schools from non-major conferences can compete against the “big boys,” despite soft conference schedules. Toss in the fact that Ohio State should have lost to Arkansas — granted they are an SEC school — in the Sugar Bowl, and Gee can officially insert his foot into his mouth. The billboards are “signed” by the “little sisters of the poor,” a reference to Gee’s estimation of TCU’s and Boise State’s conference competition.

The oddest aspect of this story is that someone in Columbus allowed it to happen. This is just an assumption, but wouldn’t the companies in charge of the billboards be able to block something like this from hitting the streets? Then again, money talks. In any event, Ohio State fans aren’t as rabid as I thought. Maybe the maze and blue faithful should look into spicing up the rivalry a bit with a billboard of their own.

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