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TCU News: Buzz Williams in Play for the Frogs?

The Frogs had a successful Saturday, winning games in baseball, tennis, beach volleyball, and capped with the Lady Frogs advancing to the Sweet 16 in the NIT.

Baseball:

TCU gets much-needed pitching in baseball win over West Virginia | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Brian Howard was just what the doctor ordered, becoming the first TCU starting pitcher in six games to go more than five innings.

“Going over the scouting report with the team before the game, [pitching coach] Kirk [Saarloos] walked up and said, ‘Throw low strikes,’ and walked out of the room,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “We needed that as much as we ever have.”

Impressive Start for TCU's Luken Baker | NBCDFW

The mammoth freshman is off to a hot start on the mound and at the plate, and is enjoying every minute of it.

“There’s not really any difference,” Baker explains. “It’s basically a split focus. Whenever I’m on the mound I have to be focused there and once I get off the mound and go up to hit I have to be totally locked in. Right after that, flip it around.”

TCU keeps on winning, but still waiting for more | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The bad news is that Schlossnagle believes Traver is at least four weeks out, but Brown has been used in spot duty and Wanhanen should be back in the lineup for Thursday's opener at Texas.

rown is close to returning in center field, and Wanhanen could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday.

TCU is good again — World Series good.

But the Frogs could use their injured teammates’ help, even if the shiny record doesn’t show it.

Women's Basketball

TCU survives Eastern Michigan comeback to advance to WNIT Sweet 16 | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Reagan Pebley's squad has the pieces to keep the run rolling deep into March.

“Eastern Michigan is aggressive defensively and has players with so much confidence on the floor, and such an experienced team too, and it shows,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “We feel very fortunate. Our girls were tired, their team was tired and we just played with some energy. Really grateful and excited for the program that we’re advancing to the Sweet 16.”

Men's Basketball

TCU gathering information about Virginia Tech's Buzz Williams | Fort Worth Star Telegram

AD Chris Del Conte is not wasting any time in replacing Trent Johnson, doing his due diligence with the Texas native and current Hokie who made his name at Marquette. Buzz would be a slam dunk for a TCU program looking for a serious shot in the arm.

Williams, 43, is best known for his 8-5 record in five NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure at Marquette (2008-2014). He led the Golden Eagles to two Sweet 16 appearances (2011, 2012) and one Elite Eight appearance (2013) before taking the job at Virginia Tech.

Women's Tennis

No. 11 Texas Tech handed defeat by TCU in Big 12 opener

The Frogs ended the Red Raiders nine match winning streak in shocking Tech on their home court.

Give all the credit to TCU,” Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty said. “They are a talented team from top-to-bottom and definitely a Top 25 team in my opinion.

Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Falls at No. 3 TCU | Columbia Lions

TCU took care of business on their home court against a top 40 Columbia team.

TCU went on to take three singles matches in straight-sets, as the No. 3 team in the land improved its record to 11-2 this spring.

Football

TCU a work in progress at spring football practice | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU needs to find players along the defensive line, but linebacker has become a position of strength with the return of Sammy Douglas and the leadership of Travin Howard.

SMU, TCU, Ivies in on OL John Paul Flores | Scout.com

The 2018 lineman from Fort Worth All Saints impressed at The Opening, drawing interest from his hometown Frogs.

Flores demonstrated a very good initial punch, he moved is feet well and stayed patient in his base. The biggest area of improvement for Flores is in strength, but that is expected in a 2018 prospect. He also has family genes with one brother (Charles Flores) at Columbia and another at Dartmouth (Jacob Flores).