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TCU made huge waves Wednesday, on the recruiting trail and in print.

Football:

TCU playing Notre Dame would be a Frogs coup | The Star-Telegram

We will have a more in-depth look at this possibility soon, but needless to say, the Frogs matching up against the Irish, especially if they could work out a home and home, would be beyond exciting.

TCU playing Notre Dame in anything is not imminent, but it is being discussed and it would be a coup for the Horned Frogs if they could do a home-and-home with the Cowboys of college football.

Last released Baylor signee Brandon Bowen commits to TCU | USA Today

The defense end out of Trophy Club is an incredible late addition to the class of 2016, bringing star power and impressive athleticism to a loaded group on the defensive line.

Defensive end Brandon Bowen, who was the last of the players to be released, announced his decision to attend TCU on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Bowen, a four-star prospect from Byron Nelson High, was ranked as the No. 18 defensive end in the class by Scout.com.

TCU, Texas only Big 12 teams not to have QBs at Media Days | NBC Sports

A year ago, Trevone Boykin was surrounded by media during the two day ordeal, often five deep at the podium. Now, the Frogs find themselves unsure of who will take the first snap of the season, as camp draws near. TCU will instead be represented by Head coach Gary Patterson, DE Josh Carraway, TB Kyle Hicks, LB Travin Howard, and C Austin Schlottmann.

On the Big 12’s list of attendees, eight of the 10 teams in the conference will bring their starting quarterbacks to the July 18-19 event in Dallas.  The lone holdouts?  TCU and Texas, who, in fairness, have multiple players engaged in competitions at the position that will extend into summer camp beginning next month.

A Realistic Optimist | Fort Worth TX Magazine

The profile of the woman behind the man behind the last decade and a half of TCU Football success is eye-opening and revealing. Mrs. Coach P takes her job as team mom very seriously, much to the benefit of the athletes that count of her support and love.

"It doesn’t take much work to talk about Kelsey," Gary Patterson said. "She is well-liked by my football players. You know, a lot of these kids grow up with just moms, so they are used to talking with women. They know that Kelsey has their back, and when these players go on to the NFL, she has made a difference in their lives."

See how Bovada's college football odds favor Texas, Baylor, others in the Big 12 and A&M in the SEC | Dallas News

The Frogs fall behind Oklahoma as Vegas favorites to win the Big 12 title, coming in at 5/1 along with Oklahoma State. Of note is Baylor, still reeling from the loss of their coach and half the 2016 recruiting class, who is predicted to place fourth in the league.

To no surprise, the Oklahoma Sooners topped its Big 12 championship odds. Of note here is Baylor, which checks in at fourth behind OU, Oklahoma State and TCU. Texas is fifth and Texas Tech is eighth.

Area athletes named to college football preseason watch lists | Longview News-Journal

Travin Howard, who had a breakout year a season ago after moving to linebacker, is on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to College Football's best defensive player.

Howard saw action in 13 games for TCU as a freshman in 2014, but did not record a tackle. He began the 2015 season as a backup safety for the Horned Frogs, but was moved to linebacker and flourished at the position. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, and earned defensive Most Valuable Player honors for his performance in TCU's Valero Alamo Bowl win after recording 13 tackles (six solos) and a sack.

Baseball:

CCU salute from TCU regarded as a class act | Myrtle Beach Online

A simple gesture made national news Wednesday, as TCU's tradition of taking out full page ads to support venues, cities, fan bases, etc took a moment to congratulate Coastal Carolina - the team that knocked them out of a shot at a national championship - for winning the College World Series. While it's amazing to see the love pouring in from all corners to the Frogs, for those of us that know the University well, the class shown is of no surprise.

The Sun News is running a special edition in today's paper about the Coastal baseball team. Take a look at another great front page!

Additionally, Texas Christian University purchased an ad in today's special edition. We think you will agree with us that it was a pretty classy gesture. Thank you, TCU!

Here are a few more articles about the move, just to give everyone the full picture of how impactful it was:

Classy Gesture: TCU takes out full page ad congratulating Coastal Carolina | The Washington Post

TCU congratulated Coastal Carolina on winning the CWS with a full page ad | SB Nation

TCU uses full page ad to congratulate Coastal Carolina, which beat Frogs in CWS | Fox Sports

TCU congratulates Coastal Carolina on title with newspaper ad | NCAA.com

It's truly amazing how a small kindness can leave a hugely positive impact, isn't it?

Golf:

UT Arlington hires former TCU gold standout to coach new women's team | The Star-Telegram

This is a great move for both the former Frog and a program in it's beginning stages.

Former TCU player Catherine Matranga was announced Tuesday as the new UT Arlington associate head coach for the women’s golf team. UTA women’s golf begins play at the start of the 2017-18 season.