In the things you never thought you would ever hear Schloss say... gearing a ballpark away from the pitchers has to be at the top of the list.
“The foul ground obviously helps, too,” he said. “The whole place is built for pitching. If you have elite pitching, you can smother people.
“If you have just solid pitching, like I think we have solid pitching, the ballpark takes you another step. Because you can make some mistakes, and they hang up in the middle of the field.”
This might be the quote of the year, and it comes from the guy the Frogs have been leaning on this post-season.
“We lost arguably the greatest pitcher in college baseball history in Preston Morrison, and Trey Teakell who was lights-out, and Alex Young who was the 42nd overall draft pick — you can go on and on — and that was a little bit of a crutch for us,” Howard said. “We were using it to say, ‘Well how can you expect us to be as good as we were the last two years without those guys?’ We had a meeting where that came out, and we said, ‘Why are we comparing ourselves to last year when this year’s all that matters?’ ”
The Longhorns apparently haven't given up on luring Jim Schlossnagle to Austin, despite the fact that the TCU coach has verbally agreed to a new contract - one that is rumored to be over the million dollar mark annually.
Texas recently interviewed Tulane’s David Pierce and Houston’s Todd Whitting. UT might be waiting until the CWS is over to try to money whip TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle and/or Oklahoma State’s Josh Holliday. Schlossnagle recently verbally agreed to a contract extension but it hasn’t been signed.
Despite Texas Tech's elimination Thursday night, the Big 12's three post-season entrants did the conference proud. And now, two of those teams will play this weekend for a shot to face off against each other for a National Championship.
“Not to say ‘I told you so,’ but I told everybody that the Big 12 was really good,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday told the CWS media on Wednesday. “I think the teams are proving it in the right way with how they’re playing in the postseason. I think it’s confirming what we coaches in this league already knew to be true, and that week in and week out there’s good baseball, there are talented individual players and we have some really good programs that have some good momentum right now.”
Well, duh. But this is worth reading for the serious shade thrown down towards College Station.
TCU does not necessarily carry the football television cachet that A&M provides. But TCU absolutely carries the football prowess that the Aggies displayed, probably more. The Frogs’ are 23-3 the last two years. A&M’s best two-year run in the Big 12 was 20-7, back in 1997-98. The last time A&M football was as successful as TCU’s current run, the Southwest Conference was on its last legs and the Aggies were on probation.
The class of 2017 commit could see playing time on either side of the ball, but knowing Gary Patterson, he's likely to end up playing defense. His combination of speed, quickness, and instinct make him the perfect Patterson player.
VanZandt accelerates with good burst on either side of the ball. That translates to quickly finding daylight when he has the ball in his hands, and breaking on passes when playing in the secondary. He's a physical player when on defense who isn't afraid to mix it up vs. the run. His football instincts are great and he plays with toughness.
Considering he hasn't even won the starting job yet, Hill is certainly a long shot to be the first Frog to raise the trophy celebrating College Football's highest individual honor in decades. But, if he gets the nod, he could put up ridiculous numbers in a loaded TCU offense.
Guys who will fly under the radar and possibily put together an outstanding season to get invited to New York. It happened with Johnny Manziel and James Winston.
Pro Football Focus thinks TCU QB Kenny Hill is one of the top seven players who we should keep tabs on. Hill could be TCU's second winner of the Heisman following Davey O'Brien.