Most of the pundits seem to be of the thought that Gary Patterson could use several true freshmen in the lineup next fall, led by the quartet of four star signees.
“These guys know how to win games,” said Billy Wessels, publisher of PurpleMenace.com on the Rivals network. “They know how to bring their athleticism to the next level when it’s needed most, and that’s what they’re going to need to do when they get to TCU.
“They need to step up in gear to earn their spot, and they all seem to be ready to do that.”
This is a good look into the thought process of two coaches at big-time programs as far as how they feel about playing in a mid-tier bowl. It’s not really about the game, but getting their players in the proper mindset for the future.
“For us, it’s about growing up as a football team and finding out how we need to play going into next season, because we weren’t happy with this one,” Patterson said. “Our standards have been very high at TCU. For everyone that’s worn purple and black, being 6-6 is not something that we were that happy about.”
Doug Doughty is a hero, I don’t care what Gary Parrish says.
That's why I'm assuming Doughty has no idea TCU lost at SMU last week -- because not only is he still ranking the Horned Frogs, he actually moved them up four spots after the loss to SMU. They were 22nd on his ballot last Monday. Then they lost to SMU by 15 points. And now they're 18th on his ballot.
As good as the Frogs’ start has been, getting Noi back could provide a big offensive spark off the bench.
But he’s still hoping to add a 15th player to this season’s rotation: forward Kouat Noi, a 6-foot-7 forward from Australia who has yet to play in any games while awaiting final approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse. Dixon acknowledged Noi, ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit among Australia’s 2016 college signees by AusaHoops.com, could be redshirted if he’s not cleared in the near future but stressed that is not a consideration today.
TCU, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State are off to a 24-4 start under their new head coaches. TCU has certainly been the biggest surprise of the bunch.
“We have a lot of new guys, but we’ve relied on the four guys I call the ‘believers,’ ” Dixon said.”We’ve got to have these guys who are believers buying in and teaching the younger ones.”
Several holdovers from the previous season haven’t seen the same minutes load thus far, but with five practices before the next game, Dixon has issued the challenge to earn PT.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” Dixon said during Monday’s teleconference with Big 12 men’s basketball coaches. “We’ve got to shoot the ball better. We need to make more free throws. Our rebounding defensively, the numbers are not even close to where we need to be. The big guys have got to rebound better and we’re looking at that for them.”
As a California who came to TCU before it was cool, I have to say these numbers absolutely blow me away.
“I think it really opened the door to California for us,” Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations, said. “California is the No. 2 state for us where we get students from outside of Texas. I’ve heard the running joke – TCU: Texas California University – there’s no doubt being at the Rose Bowl helped open that door – in particular Southern California, LA, Orange County and San Diego.”
Cohen may be right about the Rose Bowl getting Californians to come to TCU. In fall 2010, only 363 undergraduate students were from California wherein 2016, 1,157 of undergraduate students are from California.