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Thursday Links O' War: June 25, 2015

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How Big 12 title, new offense are helping TCU reach new level on recruiting trail | Dallas Morning News

The Horned Frogs have 14 players committed thus far, and things only appear to be improving for Gary Patterson and his staff as they compile their 2016 recruiting class.

Big 12 football traditions rounding into shape | Daily Oklahoman

After the chaos caused by conference realignment, the annual Big 12 football schedule is starting to take shape. I wrote about the 2015 conference schedule for the Wednesday Oklahoman, which you can read here.

But part of the '15 schedule is some games that have taken root in various spots on the calendar.

Boren believes the Big 12 should add up | Norman Transcript

“I’m an advocate of a 12-member Big 12. I’m an advocate of us living up to our name. And I was an advocate of it when we saw Louisville go other places and other things,” Boren said Wednesday following the OU Board of Regents meeting at Headington Hall. “I’m hoping that, over time, we will remedy that situation.”

Track & Field

Track & Field Set For USA Championships |

Among those competing are current student-athletes 2015 NCAA 60-meter champion Ronnie Baker (100 meters) and school record holder Megan Smith (discus throw). They will also be joined by three former TCU standouts: 2013 NCAA 100-meter champion Charles Silmon (100 meters), two-time NCAA long jump champion Whitney Gipson (long jump) and 60-, 100- & 400-meter school record holder Jessica Young (100 meters).

From the AD

Notes on a Scorecard |

Please join me in congratulating and thanking our baseball program for the incredible journey they took us on this season. What a ride! With a Big 12 regular-season championship, an eighth-inning comeback from an 8-1 deficit versus NC State, a 16-inning victory over Texas A&M and being one of just four teams left at the College World Series, it was a special team and season!

Former Frogs

Seldom-used Taylor Featherston turns hero in Angels' win over Astros | LA Times

It didn't dawn on Taylor Featherston until well after he dunked his 13th-inning single into shallow right field to give the Angels a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros, survived a vicious mob of teammates smacking his helmet and ripping the jersey off his back and took his first postgame sports-drink bath.

Phillip Rivers is impressed by one young Chargers defender | FOX Sports

"He has the potential to be one of the top tier corners in this league,” Rivers told the site.  “Not to put added pressure on him, but he has been probably for me the most impressive guy on the field this offseason.  Just his quickness in and out of breaks and the way he’s played."

Around the Big 12

Burnt Orange Nation is worried about the Longhorns' offensive line

Rock Chalk Talk reviews their worst football non-conference opponents ever

Iowa State's basketball team has a tougher non-conference schedule than you, per WRNL

and Cowboys Ride For Free details three freshmen who could have an impact this football season.