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Friday Links O' War: December 12, 2014

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Dawson and Boykin Receive All-American Honors |

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced TCU linebacker Paul Dawson as a first-team All-American with quarterback Trevone Boykin a second-team selection.

Patterson Receives National Honor |

Patterson, also the Big 12 Chuck Neinas Coach of the Year, led the Horned Frogs to their first Big 12 championship in just their third season in the conference. TCU was picked seventh in the preseason Big 12 poll.

TCU Got Screwed, And That's The Point | Deadspin

This is all by design. Before this playoff existed, BCS advocates cited the controversy generated by the system as one of its selling points: The idea is that f***ing people over helps draw more attention to the sport, and that's somehow GOOD.

Three reasons the CFP went with Ohio State over TCU and Baylor | Dallas Morning News

I think Ohio State became a compelling story, had a magical and well-timed 59-0 win and the confusion created by Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby made it easy for the committee to say, "Let's go with Ohio State."

Oregon QB Mariota edges TCU QB Boykin for Davey O'Brien Award | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Asked about Sunday’s playoff snub, Boykin said: “It hurt us a lot. I felt like we did everything we possibly could to be one of those top four teams. And for us to drop from three to six, it still doesn’t make sense to me today. But we’ve got to use it as motivation. The guys will just have to pick themselves up and that starts with me being a leader on the team.”

TCU's Boykin a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The award is presented to a player who was born in Texas, or graduated from a state high school or plays at a Texas-based University.

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Why Big 12 still isn't looking at expansion to solve playoff problem following meetings | Dallas Morning News

If the Big 12 adds a championship football game in the near future, it will come through the NCAA legislative process, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Thursday.

Women's Basketball

TCU women survive tough Lamar defensive effort | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Free throws down the stretch were the saving grace for the TCU women’s basketball team in a 72-68 nail-biting victory over Lamar on Thursday at the University Recreation Center.

TCU Tops Lamar on Thursday 72-68 |

The TCU women's basketball team held off a late charge for a 72-68 victory over Lamar on Thursday evening at the University Recreation Center to improve to 5-3 overall this season.

Former Frogs

Marcus Cannon inks $9mm extension | ESPN

The New England Patriots signed offensive lineman Marcus Cannon to a two-year, $9 million contract extension Thursday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Taylor Featherston newest Angel via Rule 5 Draft | Halos Heaven

Taylor Featherston hit sixteen home runs and 33 doubles in 2014 in AA. His OPS+ of 109 in a pitching-dominant league translates to almost that in the majors in some Minor League Equivalency calculations. He only hit .260 but beggars cannot be choosers and the Halos are going to need a lively Spring Training of motivated players seeking to replace the now-traded Howie Kendrick.