The Cougars have hired away an important piece from the TCU Football offices in Nelly Gonzalez, who will be promoted to director of football internal operations.
Gonzalez comes up to UH from TCU, where she spent two seasons as assistant director of football operations. Her experience also includes one year as operations support coordinator and assistant to the head coach at Penn State and three years as assistant director of alumni relations at Vanderbilt.
After spending a year as a grad assistant under Gary Patterson, Walsh will matriculate to ACU where he will coach running backs. He will remain on the sidelines for TCU’s bowl game this week.
Former Guyer quarterback J.W. Walsh on Wednesday accepted a job as the running backs coach at Abilene Christian. He confirmed the move in a text message late Wednesday.
GP will need to bring the heat if the Frogs are going to beat Jacob Eason and the Bulldogs.
Pressure will be key; the Georgia offensive line hasn't done a good job of protecting Eason, and the Horned Frogs are one of the best in the country at sacking the quarterback.
This is an excellent read about Shawn Robinson and Wes Harris, the two longest-tenured recruits in the class of 2017 who share a true bond. The future roommates will enroll in January and begin their journey as Frogs - one they hope ends with a national championship.
“I remember when we committed it was just off the year when TCU went and spanked Ole Miss. Then they were ranked No. 3 in the country and I remember Shawn and me watching all those guys. When we committed Coach Patterson told us both that is was our class and when they offered a kid we could talk to them as much as we want. We jumped on that quick. Coach Patterson said it was our class and we were the deciding factor to how good we can be. Me and Shawn have been recruiting our best because we want to win a Big 12 championship and be the best team in the nation.”
For two former defensive coordinators, the Liberty Bowl presents an opportunity to finish disappointing seasons on a high note and get their young players on the right track for 2017.
Over the last three seasons, the Horned Frogs are tied for the Big 12’s best overall record (29-9) while having the second-best conference mark (19-8). TCU has only 13 seniors on this year’s roster.
“Our standards have been very high at TCU, and being 6-6 is not something that we’re that happy about,” Patterson said. “But we’re glad that we got back to a bowl game. I think that helps us, especially playing against a great opponent.
In what has been a pretty amazing year for the Frogs, Caylin Moore’s success may stand alone as TCU’s best moment of 2016.
“Student-athletes like Caylin Moore are why we work in intercollegiate athletics,” TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte wrote about him in September.
Gary Patterson, TCU’s football coach, said Moore made him a better person.
“What he’s been able to accomplish with the least amount of help that he’s gotten and moved forward is truly incredible,” Patterson said. “A lot of people in his lifetime are going to be touched by what he does.”