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TCU News: Dixon Hiring Was No Slam Dunk

ALERT ALERT there is football being played at TCU on Friday night!!! The Frogs will close out spring practice with their second annual Friday Night Lights spring football game.

Men's Basketball:

TCU, Del Conte weren't so sure they could bring Jamie Dixon Home | Fort Worth Star Telegram

It's been well documented around these parts that hiring Dixon was a bit of a long shot, but the behind the scenes story is still pretty interesting.

“He lets nothing stop him,” Boschini said of Del Conte during a news conference Tuesday to introduce Dixon. “Many people said this would never happen. As recently as last Wednesday, I told him this would never happen. And he said, of course it would.”

Why Jamie Dixon's first season at TCU may not be a success on paper | Dallas Morning News

We don't get the five point list treatment from DMN, but they do make some valid points as to the hurdles facing TCU's new head man.

Dixon needs to install a new offense. He needs to teach new defensive principles. He needs to get his team accustomed to his practice style and vocabulary. That's a lot of information for student-athletes to absorb in a short period of time so to expect the success on the court to be immediate might be overly optimistic.

TCU Baseball:

Longhorns walk nine in 9-5 loss to TCU |

The Texas bullpen issues reared their ugly head in the final game of the series in Austin, as the Frog's plate discipline helped them break open and salvage a weekend win.

In the end, UT fans — whoever was still remaining from the 7,093 announced crowd — were left to wonder if this series win over the nation’s fifth-ranked team signals a turnaround or if it is an outlier in a season that might soon lapse back into the disappointing results that preceded this weekend.

No. 6 TCU bats come alive to knock off the Longhorns | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Frogs have dominated UT since joining the Big XII, but this series loss still stings.

The TCU bats got on track Saturday with 14 hits off eight Longhorns pitchers. Elliott Barzilli and Luken Baker combined to go 6-for-8 with two walks for the Frogs. Baker went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs, and Barzilli was 3-for-3 with two walks and scored a run. Austen Wade, Cam Warner and Mason Hesse also had multiple hits for TCU.

TCU Football:

Gary Patterson 'humbled' by TCU's statue for him | Fort Worth Star Telegram

While it's somewhat controversial to put a statue of a current coach up, there's no doubt that Patterson stands among the greats of TCU, and college football, as far as what he has done for the University.

“I’m humbled that somebody would want to do it, that the university would want to do it,” Patterson said after Thursday's practice. “But we've got football games to win.”

Former Aggies QB Kenny Hill Ready to Earn Starting QB Job at TCU |

Kenny Hill continues to say, and do, all the right things for TCU. He will have his first shot at showing his coaches, teammates, and Frog fans that he deserves a shot at Friday night's spring game.

"(Gary Patterson) expected me to bust my butt and get it done in the classroom, and to help the defense get better, because that was my role coming in," Hill said.

Studying Football, Fish Oil, and Head Trauma at TCU |

TCU is being proactive when it comes to concussion prevention and recovery, and are taking a unique approach to handling their athlete's health and well-being.

“We had to find the right mixture that would be palatable because it certainly has a little bit of a fishy odor,” says Dr. Michele Kirk, director of Sports Medicine at JPS Health Network and team physician at TCU. Kirk co-led the study looking at the effect of DHA – an Omega-3 fatty acid – on brain trauma.

Next step for TCU ex Andy Dalton: Escape Cincinnati's Jungle | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Mac Engle has some hot takes on why Andy Dalton needs to leave the Bengals.

Dalton may sometimes sound like a little league football coach, but if the team has any prayer of unseating itself as the Kansas Jayhawks of the NFL it would be better off to follow his lead, or do the humane thing and allow him to go to a place that takes winning seriously.

Around Campus:

TCU's little geniuses, ages 10 and 13, are big men on campus | Dallas Morning News

I for one can't imagine survive high school, let alone college, at 10 years old, but these two brothers seem to be doing just fine.

Carson found college to be more challenging than expected. It wasn’t so much the course work – which now includes Chinese, material science, physics and research labs – as it was learning to be more responsible.