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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because most of the early bowl games are so uninspiring, a fun game has been tracking the amount of tickets sold for each game. Several schools have struggled to sell tickets resulting in poor attendance figures for most games. One bowl game that won’t have the same issue is the Rose Bowl.
The January 1st game featuring the atypical matchup of TCU and Wisconsin should be well attended in Pasadena. The Badgers sold out their allotment of tickets early in December. TCU was not far behind. As reader Aaron Benton noted to LBS, Horned Frog fans sold out their 20,000 ticket allotment in four days.
Back when we were predicting the BCS bowl games, we called TCU an “undesirable team” because they do not travel well. Apparently that is not the case, and the reason is pretty easy to see: crappy bowl games to cap off an average season don’t pique the interest of many fans. Seeing a big-time bowl game at the end of an excellent season is an entirely different story. TCU fans are clearly amped to see if their Horned Frogs can remain unbeaten with a win in the LA-area and are paying big money to see it happen.
You may still be getting used to the idea of a school from Fort Worth, Texas being part of a Big East of anything as am I. That’s right, Texas Christian University will now join the likes of UConn (from Connecticut), Pitt (from Pennsylvania), Providence (from Rhode Island), and Syracuse (from New York) in the same conference. Nevermind the idea of geographical differences between TCU and everyone else, what I don’t understand is the comments from athletic director Chris Del Conte.
At one point during his speech made on Monday, Del Conte said “Having BCS automatic-qualifying status was a priority for our football program and a great reward for the success we’ve had the last decade.” At another point Del Conte mentioned that “The BCS does not define TCU. TCU defines the BCS as evidenced by our football program but the academic institutions that we’re going to be associated with.”
Got it? So this move was done so that TCU could be more appropriately aligned with academic institutions on its level. You know, those notable bastions of academia like Louisville and West Virginia. So if TCU is moving its school and all its sports teams to the Big East, all so the football team becomes a part of an automatic qualifier conference, then how is the school not defined by the BCS? Someone ‘splain that to me, because we see right through you, Del Conte.
It looks as if the Mountain West Conference will become the seventh conference to receive an automatic BCS bid two years from now. Amidst a four-year evaluation process that began in 2008 and 2009, the MWC is the leading candidate to receive the seventh spot due in large part to Utah qualifying for a BCS game in 2008 and TCU following suit last season. Like almost everything that has to do with BCS rankings, it remains unknown what exactly all of the criteria are that the Mountain West Conference needs to fulfill over the next two years in order to secure the bid.
While I agree with the notion that some teams in the MWC have been very, very good over the last couple years, (Utah and TCU were undefeated in 2008 and 2009, respectively) the rest of the conference is weak. Utah, TCU, and BYU will probably be competitive year after year, but beyond that teams like Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado State and San Diego State make the MWC one of the more top-heavy conferences in the country. I’ll admit if there has to be a seventh team added that will receive an automatic bid, the MWC is probably as good an option as any conference, but is it really necessary to create a situation in which seven out of ten BCS bids are automatic?
It’s no secret that thecomputer system that is the BCS standings is flawed. In fact, that’s one of the furthest things from a secret in all of sports. Leaving only three spots open for all of the other teams in college football to grab in order to gain a BCS berth is asking for trouble. Some of the conferences (Big East) have a hard enough time fielding a team that’s worthy of their BCS bid some years. Yes, Utah beat perennial powerhouse Alabama in 2008 to finish the season ranked No. 2 in the country, but don’t expect teams from the MWC to be that stellar every year. The way the automatic bids are designed now, with six conferences receiving a bid and the other four spots up for grabs, leaves a good amount of flexibility for “Cinderella” stories and teams from small conferences to climb to the top. The NCAA should leave it that way.
Even though Andy Dalton had to shave his head after losing a bet with his teammates, I’m guessing the teammates wished they had asked for a different bounty. The red head was probably thrilled to pay up considering the terms of the deal: he had to get the cut if the team won 10 straight games. They did that last week in their easy win over Utah so Dalton showed up to TCU’s game on Saturday looking like this:
The picture doesn’t show the reverse side where apparently Dalton had “TCU” shaved in. The Horned Frogs started off slowly against Wyoming but turned it on midway through the 2nd quarter to win 45-10. At 11-0 and with road wins over Clemson, Utah, and BYU, they’re legit. It’s too bad the Big 12 Title Game can’t be canceled so TCU can play Texas instead of Nebraska. No doubt the Horned Frogs would make it a game. As for Dalton, he now has 18 touchdowns against 5 interceptions, 2,256 yards passing, and 477 yards rushing on the season. Not too shabby.