- Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium
- Alamo Bowl in San Antonio
- Meineke Car Care Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston
- AT&T Cotton Bowl in Arlington
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
The Frogs have played eight games and are 67 percent of the way through the football season. What a BIG 33 percent the next four games represent.
As I like to say, college football is the land of opportunity, and between now and December 1, the Frogs have plenty of opportunities.
A winnable game at West Virginia tomorrow, a date with a possible No. 1 team in Kansas State a week from tomorrow (Trivia question – Who was the last No. 1 team to visit Amon G. Carter Stadium?), Thanksgiving in Austin and then it’s the Sooners to finish.
One win gets the Frogs to a bowl, two wins makes is a great year. Anything else is the cherry on top.
Scouting Report on WVU:
It’s the TCU Offense vs. WVU’s Defense – the worst pass defense in the nation – whoever has the upper hand here decides this game.
- WVU’s blitz – watch for it early as they try to rattle and disrupt Trevone Boykin.
- Geno Smith vs. the Frogs back half. TCU’s secondary will have to be shark-like against this true talent at quarterback.
- Kicking game – TCU’s big legs need to have a big day. Field position will be a huge part of containing WVU’s offense.
- Start Fast – the Frogs need to play from ahead in this game, then they can dictate the tempo.
- Don’t forget the running game - if the Frogs can run it, thus controlling the clock, they’ll limit “at bats” for Geno Smith and the Mountaineer Machine. A huge key is ball control.
TCU’s Women’s Soccer team continues its run this afternoon in the Big 12 Tournament with a 5:30 p.m. showdown with Texas. Go Lady Frogs!
Have a great weekend, everybody!
We’ll talk to you tomorrow from Morgantown at 1 p.m. CT on the TCU Sports Network.
Kick ‘Em High!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
- Christmas is next month.
- Three weeks from today, you’ll be in Austin for what could be the most delicious morsel of the TCU football season – just watch.
- After next Tuesday, we don’t have to listen to the onslaught of political ads for a while. While I’m on that topic, pray for our country.
- The NBA season has started. Somebody wake me when the playoffs start.
- The World Series is over. If you blinked, you missed it.
- You can start to draw lines from the outcome of college football games to bowl bids and who gets to play for the National Championship. It’s a great month. And ponder this, Kansas State could come to Fort Worth next week as the No. 1 team in the nation.
- College basketball season starts next week. Now that interests me!
- Most underrated TCU team right now: Women’s Soccer. Beat No. 14 West Virginia last night in the Big 12 tournament. And they are a beat-up bunch. Maybe that’s a good omen for Saturday.
- Saturday is a bit personal for me because versus West Virginia in the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl was the last game I played as a Horned Frog. It was also TCU’s first bowl in 19 years. Think about that. My how times have changed. The Mountaineers of 2012 aren’t much different from the 1984 version – fast receivers, huge O-Line and D-Line and the ability to score quickly. That Bluebonnet Bowl marked resurgence in the TCU program. A win Saturday in the hills of West Virginia would put a surge into TCU’s stretch drive in the inaugural Big 12 season. It would also make the Frogs bowl eligible for the eighth straight year. Weather forecast for Morgantown for Saturday is sunny and 50 degrees with light winds.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
- A big Homecoming Weekend with old friends and the memories they conjure;
- The biggest Big 12 home game yet against an opponent you know well – Texas Tech;
- Membership in a conference that has allowed all of us in Purple to reconnect with old foes like Tech, Baylor and UT when the trend is college football right now is to destroy and take away these traditional, geographical matchups.
- Third downs – Pay particular attention on this down – the game depends on it. Texas Tech has the best third-down offense in the nation, converting 57 percent going against the Frogs' No. 2 in the nation in third-down defense, allowing just 24 percent conversions. Sumthin’s gotta give.
- Frogs' running game – Suddenly reincarnated in the Boykin Administration, it’s a key to keeping Texas Tech’s offense off the field and minimizing Tech quarterback Seth Doege’s opportunities.
- Wide Receivers – If you love to watch wideouts run, this game’s for you. This will possible be the largest exhibition of pass-catching talent on one field in college football this year. If you missed the Alliance Air Show earlier this month, don’t fret – you’ll see aerobatics today.
- Tricks – Big games mean big gambles. Tech likes to go to the Wildcat with running back Eric Stephens, Jr. at the controls. Be on the lookout. As for the Frogs, well……I can’t tell you that part……
Friday, October 5, 2012
- The TCU offense will have a speedier look with Trevone Boykin and Matt Brown at the controls.
- This could be a low-scoring affair as both teams are really good on defense.
- You like Linebackers? This game is full of good ones.
- The weather may have an effect on the outcome of this one – I’m talking wind.
- And finally, how would you like to be the Defensive Coordinator for Iowa State right now? What do you prepare for? Everything.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
This morning the Frogs took off for Lawrence, Kansas and the beautiful setting that is Memorial Stadium – it sits at the bottom of the hill with a bell tower at the top of the hill. (I played there 30 years ago this week – and, yes, we lost 30-19, blowing several red zone opportunities and going home on a very quiet plane.)
If you’ve ever been to Kansas State’s campus, then you know that the Rock-Chalkers picked the best piece of real estate in the Sunflower State for their campus – it is beautiful.
Now, on to matters that you’re concerned with, as am I.
Here we go, again. The FIRST time.
Seems like we were just at BYU in 2005, starting up our MWC existence. OR at Houston in 2001 filling out our CUSA change of address card. OR at New Mexico in 1996, kicking off our WAC membership.
The Frogs are starting over, albeit in a better neighborhood, and there’s lot to prove.
The slate is wiped clean. And nobody cares that you beat #5 Utah 47-7, or trounced BYU home and away.
What people do remember is that TCU won the Rose Bowl and they expect to see THAT team week in and week out in a league full of Wisconsins.
So buckle your seat belts, here we go. The Frogs are opening the Big 12 for real on Saturday and here’s hoping that Gary Patterson’s young team is up for a Big Day to match.
Kick ’Em High!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
6:00 p.m. No. 9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt (Gamecocks are solid!)
6:00 p.m. UCF at Akron (George O’Leary takes his Knights on the road)
6:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Ball State (MAC Battle)
6:00 p.m. SE Missouri State at Central Michigan (compass point schools battle it out)
6:00 p.m. Towson at Kent State (name those teams’ conferences)
6:15 p.m. Northern Colorado at Utah (Utes padding their record)
6:30 p.m. Massachusetts at Connecticut (Huskies too much)
6:30 p.m. UCLA at Rice (Watch out for the feisty night birds!)
6:30 p.m. McNeese State at Middle Tennessee (The battle of the M-Schools)
7:00 p.m. Sacramento State at New Mexico State (On TV? Really?)
7:00 p.m. Southern Utah at Utah State (Utah State is better than people think)
8:00 p.m. Eastern Washington at Idaho (Vandals tough at home)
9:15 p.m. Washington State at Brigham Young (Mike Leach involved? I will be watching)
9:30 p.m. Northern Arizona at Arizona State (hmmmm)
10:00 p.m. Minnesota at UNLV (Late night snack)
And don’t forget Boise State at Michigan State on Friday night in a match of two Top-25ers.
And Down the Stretch They Come
Take a look at the shot above of Amon G. Carter Stadium’s west side, taken this morning. The crews are working hard to get the finishing touches put on the Frogs new $164 million stadium. This time next week, the stadium will be dedicated and tours will commence at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 6th.
Thoughts on New Orleans
I can’t help but think that there’s a hurricane magnet buried somewhere in the French Quarter. New Orleans can’t catch a break and to think that the storm hit on the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. My other thought as I watched stranded folks say they didn’t know it was going to be that bad is: If the National Weather Service tells you a hurricane is coming and you have 36 hours to get out of town…..GET OUT! As the lady on the Chiffon Margarine commercials back in the 1970s used to say, “It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature!”
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
Dorms will soon empty out and goodbyes will be said for the summer. Don’t forget to text!
Then thoughts turn to the next year and the new experiences and hopes that 2012-13 will bring. New dorms on the southwest corner of Bellaire Drive and Stadium Drive, improvements in almost every department and, on July 1, TCU realizes its long-awaited membership in the Big 12.
And a new Big 12 point of view.
In fact, lots of new points of view. Here are some to digest and think about over your summer:
- TCU is now in a BCS “automatic qualifier” conference – no new news here, but for the first summer in 17 years, you don’t have to worry about that.
- The Frogs no longer have to be undefeated to get to a BCS game.
- IF the Frogs were to go undefeated, a shot at the National Championship is a real possibility.
- Games in the Big 12 will, in most cases, be decided in the last 5 minutes. (See last year’s Boise State game or Baylor game for preparation)
- Tickets will be hard to come by.
- Sellouts at Amon G. Carter Stadium will become the norm.
- Get ready to deal with fans from Texas Tech, Kansas State, UT, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State in droves at home games – they come early and stay late. (Remember Wisconsin fans and Boise State fans for preparation).
- Be ready to defend Amon G. Carter Stadium by getting to your seats early.
- If you like noise, you will love the new Amon G. Carter.
- The TCU students’ section, directly behind the visitors’ bench area should provide some great entertainment.
- Thanksgiving Weekend in Austin changes your plans, doesn’t it?
- The Cotton Bowl is not what we have in mind – can you believe we’re saying that?
- Big 12 Basketball in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum will change that environment forever. Get ready!
- Big 12 Baseball is among the best in the nation. Jim Schlossnagle’s crew is a perfect fit.
- Ever been to the Texas Relays in Austin? Start making plans.
The Frogs first foray into the Big 12 is coming. Quickly. Football’s season opener in the new stadium vs. Grambling is four months and 4 days away. We asked for the Big 12 and now it’s upon us. Fly your TCU flag on July 1 to let the Big 12 know we’re here, we’ll show up and we’re ready for it all. And, once again, I say thank the Texas Aggies and CDC.
By the way, here’s a look at what the new Amon G. Carter Stadium looks like from the Kelly Center. Same great place with a stadium that now matches the program.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
While this is a day to mark down, there’s still a lot to do in the “new Carter.” Interior work continues on the west side in the club area and suites and the press box is starting to be enclosed in glass.
Across the way at Lupton Stadium tonight, the Texas A&M Aggies bring a Big 12/SWC feel to the campus as they march in for a little baseball. The Ags are ranked No. 9 in the nation, down from No. 2 a week ago.
That was before Baylor swept A&M over the weekend. Not to brag on Baylor, but they’ve won 24 straight games. Think about that — 24 straight. TRIVIA TIME: Can you name the last team to beat Baylor in baseball this year? Find the answer at the end of today’s Extra Points.
While the Aggies are in town, you might want to thank them. They made room for the Frogs at the Big 12 table by bolting for the SEC. I think they made a huge mistake and the resulting opportunity was jumped on by TCU.
Thank you, Bill Byrne!
In other chest-puffing purple news:
- Congratulations to the TCU Women’s Tennis Team – MWC Champions. This team may be turning head coach Dave Borelli’s hair white, but they figure out a way to win.
- Coach Angie Ravaoli-Larkin’s Lady Frogs Golf Team won the MWC Championship and Coach Angie is the MWC Coach of the Year – again!
- Trackster Whitney Gibson is in the fast lane to head to the Olympics – she has the third-longest long jump in the WORLD this year – 22 feet, 8 inches. Watch for her in the MWC and NCAA post-season action.
- Shoot! And Sarah Sherer from the TCU Rifle Team has qualified for the Olympics as well.
- Speaking of Rifle, did you know the team won the national championship this year?! It’s the second time in three years! Congrats to Coach Karen Monez and her team!
- Get out to Lupton Stadium tonight and cheer on those TCU Horned Frogs, the last team to beat Baylor.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Looks like we survived the Ides of March, so as your favorite “Soothsayer”, I say let’s move ahead….
It’s Spring Break week so here are some things to ponder while you’re fighting off allergy symptoms:
· National Championships! -- perhaps lost in March Madness is the fact that TCU has nailed down two (not one, but TWO) national championships in the last 10 days
o Whitney Gipson set the TCU record for the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships with a jump of 22-8 (that’s the equivalent of a 7-1/2 yard run in football!) By the way, the TCU Track Team is in action at home this weekend at the TCU Invitational at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex.
o The TCU Rifle Team won ANOTHER national championship.
· Charles Silmon claimed 2nd Team All-America honors with time of 6.66 in the 60 meters.
· Men’s Basketball – landed in post-season play for the first time in 7 years and beat Milwaukee in the first round of the CBI. Now it’s off to Corvallis, Oregon to go for win #19 against the Oregon State Beavers on Monday night. Brian Estridge and I are on the air at 8:30 p.m. CT from Gill Coliseum on the TCU Sports Network from IMG.
· Baseball – TCU starts their final run through the MWC today at UNLV. Don’t look now, but Coach Schloss’s crew has won 5 in a row (all over Big 12 teams).
· Swimming – TCU junior Sabine Rasch is at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship this week at Auburn. She clocked a 22.61 in the 50-free yesterday and will compete in the 100-free on Saturday.
· New Amon G. Carter Stadium – tremendous progress is being made as the east side is coming into shape. As you can see in the photo, the north end of the east stands has been decked.
· Stadium Seat Selection – Seat selection for the new stadium is underway for 2011 TCU season ticket holders and continues for the next several weeks.
· Football Parking – renewals for Frog Club donor parking are in the mail and due in two weeks from now on or before the deadline of Friday, March 30th.
· Brick It Up – don’t forget to get your Legacy Brick through the TCU Frog Club and honor your TCU loved-one or achievement in Frog Alley. Call 817-257-7739 and ask for Brick!
Don’t know about you, but I’m fired-up about all the great things going on right now with TCU Athletics. Et tu, Brute?
Kick ‘Em High!
Friday, February 10, 2012
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With that behind us, let’s turn our attention to a large menu of topics that make for an interesting Friday afternoon:
Football Stadium Update
As you can see by the photo taken around 2:30 p.m., the east side of the new Amon G. Carter Stadium is moving. It won’t be long before all the concrete uprights are poured and then things really start to happen.
Just Seven Days until Yardball!
The Baseball team will start its quest for another trip to Omaha one week from today at home against Ole Miss. The 54-game slate features a school-record 34 home contests and 23 tilts against teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Frogs hoops teams begin the home stretch in MWC play
Believe it or not, the MWC Basketball Tournament championship games will be played one month from today in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, both TCU’s men’s and women’s teams get ready for the stretch drive. The Lady Frogs are at Colorado State tomorrow while the Men in Purple try to rebound from an upset loss to SMU last Wednesday in Dallas.
Don’t Mess with the TCU Rifle team
If you haven’t noticed, the TCU Rifle team is No. 1 in the nation, with recent wins over No. 2 West Virginia, No. 3 Kentucky and Air Force. (Those are three mountain schools who know how to handle their shootin’ irons.) The Horned Frogs are the nation's only undefeated team at 9-0 this season. Word is that several of the Frogs could be on their way to the Olympics to shoot for the USA. Stay tuned. And keep your head down!
Kick ‘Em High!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Well, here we are on National Signing Day for college football. It’s a day filled with excitement, hope, hype and tension.
Truth is, in today’s college football world, true freshmen rarely have much of an immediate impact on the programs they join. Today’s darlings will not be heard from for a while.
College football is a five-year proposition, and for most of today’s stars of Signing Day, they’ll be on the scout team come September, running the upcoming opponent’s plays in practice against the first-team defense.
Fact is, today we celebrate dropping high school stars into the college football incubator, and, hopefully, in two or three years, they’ve matured, transitioned into college life, made their grades and developed into players. While many make it, many do not. Academics, injuries and a lot of other snares often end players’ college careers before they ever get started. Five years from now, we’ll look back and see who bloomed and who faded into the wood work.
But today? Celebrate. It’s National Signing Day and every player’s a five-star, can’t-miss, blue chip!
Hooping it Up
If you haven’t noticed, TCU’s Women’s Basketball team is on a bit of a roll, winning three straight conference games. They’ll play at 7,227 feet tonight in Laramie. With a win, Jeff Mittie’s bunch will have evened their record at 11-11.
TCU’s Men’s team will play at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at 7 p.m. against the upstart, overachieving Wyoming Cowboys. The Frogs at 2-3 in Mountain West play are in the thick of the race. Believe it or not, when the Frogs travel to San Diego State this coming Saturday, they’ll be half way through their conference schedule. By the way, the second-half conference slate favors the Frogs with all the top-tier teams coming to the DMC.
Football Season Ticket Renewals
Season ticket renewal information is in the mail to all 2011 TCU Football season ticket holders. NOTE: Inside the packet is a response form that EVERY SEASON TICKET HOLDER MUST RETURN BY 5 P.M. NEXT MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6. No form means no season tickets for the first season in the Big 12, so make sure to get your form in. For information and help, call Stadium Re-Seating Hotline at 817-257-SEAT.
Kick ‘Em High!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Pay close attention. There are lessons to be learned here.
First, leadership is a valuable commodity that doesn’t always show itself in these type situations, but the void of leadership always sticks out like a sore thumb.
Second, judgment after the initial incident usually steers the subsequent events. In this story, it appears the captain not only exhibited poor leadership, but also very poor judgment in deciding to get off the ship ASAP, a move that’s viewed with more disdain than his navigational errors. So far, we’re pretty basic in our lessons, huh? Kindergarten/1st grade-type stuff.
Third, accountability. I haven’t heard the captain take responsibility for steering his ship into the rocks or for getting off the ship before hundreds of passengers. I did hear the story that he tripped and fell into a lift boat, so he stayed in it! Tell that to the families of the dead. If you can’t take the heat, stay off the bridge.
How far have we really come?
After watching the media coverage of this story and seeing all the cell phone videos and other lurid details, it occurs to me that we have really not gotten much better in these emergency situations than we were 100 years ago when the Titanic sank ... and that was April 1912!
Again, I think it comes down to leadership, character and being prepared — three items that were obviously left on the dock when the Costa Concordia launched.
Have a great weekend.
Kick ‘Em High!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Welcome to the first 2012 effort of Extra Points. I hope you all had great holidays and you’re launching into the new-year with energy.
A few random thoughts for you to ponder:
- The Frogs finished in the top 15 in the final college football polls and were listed at a pre-season No. 10 in Sports Illustrated’s 2012 preview. By the way, we’re only 7 months and 17 days from the start of the 2012 football season.
- TCU Men’s and Women’s basketball teams are wading into MWC play and it’s going to be an interesting run – both teams play with heart. The men, now 10-7, lost a tough one to Colorado State in double-overtime Saturday night in Fort Collins and ran into soe hot-shooting Rebels in Las Vegas. (By the way, if you never made it to Fort Collins during the Frogs run in the MWC, you should try it – great town.) Next up for the men, Boise State at home on Saturday.
- Looking back at it, LSU never had a chance in the BCS National Championship game. Rematches are always double-tough on the winner of the first game. And it’s one of the few times that LSU looked awful in the Sugar Bowl – usually LSU in the Sugar Bowl means death to the opponent.
- The old east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium is gone and things are going to start happening quickly. It is strange to stand on the east side and be able to look into the stadium. It really gives you an idea of how things looked before the east side was expanded in the 1940’s.
- I’m tired of hearing NBA players blaming the lockout for their slow starts or lack of production. Haven’t these guys been playing all their lives? You’d think if you do something for a living that you’d pretty much be ready to do your job at the drop of a hat.
- I hurt for Packers’ fans on Sunday……..until I thought about the ’67 Ice Bowl, the first football game that made me cry.
- Speaking of the old-school Dallas Cowboys, last night my dad and I attended the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Cowboys’ first Super Bowl win. They showed the Super Bowl VI movie produced by NFL Films. At one point during the movie, we both had tears running down our faces. Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Mel Renfro, Cornell Green, Larry Cole, John Niland, Walt Garrison, Craig Morton, Lee Roy Jordan and many others were there. It brought back great memories. It also made me realize how far the current Cowboys are from greatness. A little nugget for you: Did you know that it was the idea of Alicia Landry, Tom’s wife, to put the star on the side of the Cowboy helmet?
- Speaking of pro football – can they really name anyone other than Andy Dalton as NFL Rookie of the Year? The “Red Rifle” as he’s now known in the Queen City, had a remarkable year. Most rookie QBs don’t survive an entire season, let alone set records and get their team to the playoffs. The vote here is for No. 14.
- Leave Tim Tebow alone. He’ll hurt you.
- Last week, I saw the movie, "Moneyball." I’m ready for baseball season. The Frogs will be good again!
- For those who made it to TCU Athletics’ Seating Summit last week, thank you for taking time to find out the facts about what TCU Football ticket prices and the seating process will be. For those who missed it, the entire presentation is available for you online at www.gofrogs.com or the quality coverage of The TCU Magazine.
Kick ‘Em High!