The Pac-12 has denied that it seriously pursued expansion, but a new report suggests the conference was closer to adding teams than previously known.
According to Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Pac-12 targeted both TCU and Houston as possible additions, and were very close to adding both. The conference found the location and quality of the schools’ athletics to be appealing.
In the end, Houston ended up joining the Big 12 instead, with TCU staying put in the conference once it decided to expand. Three other schools are also joining that league.
Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff denied the report when it was put to him earlier Saturday.
The Pac-12 didn’t publicly rule out expansion until the end of August, but it’s pretty clear they at least explored it. It sure sounds like they came closer than previously believed to doing it.
Chandler Morris is on the move.
A few days after announcing that he was leaving Oklahoma, Morris shared that he was headed to TCU.
Here was the note Morris posted on Twitter about his decision to transfer.
Oklahoma is not only losing Morris, but also Tanner Mordecai. Both quarterbacks said they were leaving the Sooners. Mordecai will be playing at SMU.
Morris is the son of former Arkansas head coach Chad Morris. The freshman quarterback went 3/5 for 39 yards passing and had two rushing touchdowns this season. Both he and Mordecai were behind Spencer Rattler on the depth chart.
TCU’s season opener against SMU will not be played as scheduled on Sept. 12 due to positive COVID-19 tests.
TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said in a statement that some players and support staff had tested positive for the coronavirus. The game has been postponed, and the two schools will attempt to play it later in the season if an agreeable date can be found.
This represents the first major college football postponement that wasn’t part of a full conference cancellation.
This game was added to the schedule late with both teams needing a Week 1 opponent. The schools have played this rivalry game for the last 13 years. They’ll be eager to find a new date to play if possible.
Teams that are still planning to play college football this fall are hurrying to refill their non-conference schedules if they are allowed to play them.
The TCU Horned Frogs moved quickly to secure a new opponent for their Sept. 12 opener after previously scheduled Tennessee Tech backed out due to the OVC’s decision to cancel its fall season. Instead of facing Tennessee Tech, the Horned Frogs will now face in-state rival SMU.
This ensures that TCU and SMU will face each other for the 14th consecutive season. The rivals were not on TCU’s recently-adjusted schedule, which contained only one non-conference game to go with its Big 12 schedule. TCU losing its original opponent made this possible.
SMU plays in the American Athletic College, which like the Big 12 intends to play this fall. It’s a good opener for both teams, and an early-season rivalry game.
TCU is certainly not the only power conference team that has been left scrambling to find non-conference opponents after many conferences opted to cancel fall sports.
Multiple TCU football players decided to skip practice on Monday after head coach Gary Patterson was accused of using a racial slur, and Patterson has since issued an apology.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Dylan Jordan took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to share an exchange he had with Patterson in which the coach allegedly used the N-word. Jordan said the conversation began when Patterson called him out in front of the team for posting a photo of his girlfriend on social media for “National Girlfriend Day.” When Jordan told Patterson he could have asked him about the post privately, the linebacker says Patterson called him a “f—ing brat.” Jordan says he then asked Patterson what he did to make the coach think that, and Patterson replied “you’ve been saying n—-s in the locker room.”
Many misinterpreted Jordan’s account to mean Patterson called a player the N-word, though Jordan did not say that’s what happened. Jordan and other TCU players confirmed that Patterson did not direct the racial slur at anyone, and Jordan followed up by tweeting that using the word is “not acceptable” in any context. Patterson issued an apology on Tuesday morning and agreed.
Patterson is not the first college coach from a major program to be called out by a player this offseason and later apologize. Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard threatened to sit out the season last month after head coach Mike Gundy wore a T-shirt that said OAN on it. Gundy spoke with Hubbard the day of the tweet, and the two later united for a video. Gundy also issued an apology for wearing the shirt.
Patterson, 60, is entering his 21st season as the head coach at TCU. He has a record of 172-70 with the program and has led the Horned Frogs to 11 bowl wins.
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TCU may have won the Cheez-It Bowl on Wednesday night, but some guy in a suit made it a lot harder on them.
During the first overtime period, Jawuan Johnson intercepted a Cal Golden Bears pass and returned in 84 yards for a near score to seal the game. But someone wearing a suit on the TCU sideline fell over into the field and cost the Horned Frogs on the return.
When TCU got the ball, they started at the 40 instead of the 25-yard-line because they had been penalized 15 yards for a personal foul. They still managed to drive to the Cal 10 and won the game on a 27-yard field goal to make the final score 10-7.
That was a fitting conclusion to the sloppy game that included interceptions on four straight possessions. The teams combined for 9 interceptions, including three made by Jaylinn Hawkins.
The first half of Wednesday’s Cheez-It Bowl between Cal and TCU was about as sloppy as it gets.
During about a four-minute stretch from the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the second, the Golden Bears and Horned Frogs traded interceptions on four straight possessions. Here’s a look at three of the interceptions:
The four straight interceptions actually made it five for the game at that point, as TCU had one on their second possession. Watching the game was particularly maddening, because the fourth and fifth ones came on the second play of the offensive series, which meant they traded turnovers a minute apart.
There is something that explains the turnovers besides just there being strong defenses. TCU was on their third-string quarterback — Grayson Muehlstein — who was making just the second start of his career. Despite his inexperience, you’d like to see more competent quarterback play than this.
TCU had a chance to make a huge statement on Saturday with a tough game against a possible College Football Playoff team in Ohio State, but they came up short. As you might expect, TCU head coach Gary Patterson doesn’t see that as any reason to call his players “rejects.”
In a piece he wrote in advance of TCU’s game against Texas this weekend, Barton Simmons of CBS Sports referred to the Horned Frogs as a “roster of rejects.” He meant it in a complimentary way, noting that Patterson takes the players “the blue bloods don’t have time to consider” and turns them into a contending team every year. Still, Patterson did not appreciate the description.
Patterson has gotten defensive in the past when it comes to his players and conference, so it’s not really surprising that he took offense to the term Simmons used. Plus, it undermines Patterson’s ability to be able to recruit top talent to a school he has had a lot of success with.
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College football season is just around the corner, and it will only be a matter of time before the legitimate preseason polls are out. Too much weight can be put into these, but they’re the best we have before games are played, so they’re worth paying attention to.
That said, it’s a good bet these polls will overrate some teams. There will even be other teams who aren’t ranked, but are experiencing a lot of hype for various reasons that they might not live up to, at least in 2018. Here are ten such teams that might disappoint once the 2018 college football season kicks off.
To be clear, the Cornhuskers have a bright future, and it’s not as if anyone is really expecting them to challenge for the Big Ten title this year. Still, the expectations for new coach Scott Frost might be a little high in his first year. The Huskers are coming from a four-win season and face a very difficult schedule. There are also major questions about a defense that allowed 36 points per game in 2017. The trajectory of the Nebraska program was good, and scrapping for bowl eligibility is actually a step forward, but don’t be shocked if that’s all they end up doing.
Former TCU wide receiver Kolby Listenbee on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Dallas County against TCU, Gary Patterson and the Big XII in which he alleges he was abused while playing for the Horned Frogs. The suit names several coaches, trainers and physicians associated with TCU/the football program, as defendants.
Listenbee claims that he was mistreated after suffering a hip injury during the 2015 season and is suing for $1 million in damages. He says he was forced to practice even though he shouldn’t have been following his hip injury. He says he received anesthetics and corticosteroids injections before games and even at halftime in order to play.
Listenbee claims that he was pressured to play, even in the game where he suffered the hip injury. He alleges the coaches and trainers “harassed, humiliated, pressured, and threatened” him to return to play. In his suit, he says he was embarrassed by Patterson and kicked out of first class on a flight, where seniors usually sit, and that Patterson tried to motivate him with jabs to the media. He also says Patterson threatened to damage his reputation with NFL scouts if he didn’t play through the injury.
Listenbee eventually had surgery for two sports hernias, which he developed due to the injections he received. He became a sixth-round pick by the Bills in 2016 but was placed on the non-football injury list. His career never took off, and he is blaming the mistreatment by TCU of his hip injury as a big reason for that.
You can read the entire lawsuit here.
TCU responded on Thursday to Listenbee’s suit with the following statement: