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Links O' War: August 28th, 2012

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Happy Tuesday... How about that depth chart? Maybe it is better if we just ignore it.....

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Freshmen fill TCU's last depth chart before opener | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Sports N...
Fifteen freshmen, including five starters, fill out the Horned Frogs' roster for Sept. 8 opener.

Big 12 football notes: TCU defense will have to grow | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports News - Sports...
Big 12 football notes

From top to bottom, changes abound in Big 12 | Sports | Star-Telegram.com
Times are changing in the Big 12.

Big 12 conference close to deal with TV partners | Tulsa World
"We don't have anything that's insurmountable," Bowlsby said. "It could be completed by the end of day, it could be completed by the end of week."

Rebuilding defense key for Frogs - San Antonio Express-News
Patterson, an undersized former linebacker at Kansas State, always has crafted his defense in his own gritty image as the backbone of his team. [...] it's worked. The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games eight different times under Patterson since 2002, including two trips to BCS bowl games. Starting with a 359-yard, five-TD pass blistering at the hands of Robert Griffin III in a 50-48 season-opening loss at Baylor, the Horned Frogs struggled unlike many of Patterson's defenses. The Horned Frogs lost three projected defensive starters — linebacker Tanner Brock, safety Devin Johnson and defensive tackle D.J. Yendry — when they were kicked off the team after being arrested in a drug sting orchestrated in February by the Fort Worth Police Department. Among the young players challenging for a starting job are freshman strong safety Derrick Kindred of Wagner High School.

TCU out to prove doubters wrong - San Antonio Express-News
FORT WORTH — TCU has been one of the most consistent powers in college football recently, racking up at least 10 victories eight times in the last 10 seasons under Gary Patterson. Pachall is back for his junior season after setting a school record with 2,921 passing yards as a sophomore. The running game took a hit with Ed Wesley's departure. [...] the Horned Frogs still should be stout with Waymon James and Matthew Tucker primed for the bulk of the carries — each rushed for at least 700 yards last season. The trio of Skye Dawson, Josh Boyce and Brandon Carter should give the Horned Frogs one of the most productive wide receiving corps in the league.

TCU football at a glance - San Antonio Express-News
After 16 seasons of roaming through three conferences — four if you count the few months it was destined for the Big East — TCU has found a home among the big boys. The Horned Frogs played like big boys the past four seasons, winning 47 games and three of four bowl games, including the 2011 Rose Bowl. Josh Boyce, who caught 61 passes for 998 yards and nine TDs last year, is three TDs away from TCU's all-time record. Waymon James ran for 875 yards last year, averaging 7.2 yards per carry, and Matthew Tucker rushed for 702 yards and 12 TDs to give him 27 in three seasons. Defensive end Stansly Maponga made nine sacks and forced five fumbles as a sophomore. Senior Kenny Cain (72 tackles) has the most experience on what should be a young linebacker corps — freshman A.J. Hilliard and junior college transfer Paul Dawson could make an impact. The Frogs look to make amends after giving up 564 yards in the fun-to-watch 50-48 loss to the Bears to open the 2011 season. Cowboys freshman QB Wes Lunt will be six games into his college career.

TCU Women Fifth in Preseason Regional Rankings - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
The TCU women's cross country team was selected as one of the top teams in its region Monday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).