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Football

TCU hopes for return of Slanina, Iloka for OU game | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Slanina and Iloka have both been banged up recently, but Patterson suggests they could both be back on the field for Saturday’s matchup against Oklahoma.

Slanina started the first two games but did not play against SMU. He has nine catches for 87 yards this season. Iloka, a starter last season before missing the final 11 games because of a knee injury, has played primarily on special teams this season.

TCU looking to slow down Oklahoma offense | TCU 360

The Frogs will need to focus on stopping Baker Mayfield, who hates them, and you, and me, and all the puppies in the world.

“He’s a strong guy who can move really well and throw it, too,” defensive end Josh Carraway said. “We just have to collapse the pocket and make it difficult to throw it in there.”

In addition to Mayfield, the Frogs will also have to contain junior running back Samaje Perine and redshirt sophomore Joe Mixon, who leads the Big 12 Conference with 8.4 yards per carry.

Former LSU receiver finds fit at TCU with air raid, Gary Patterson | Fort Worth Star Telegram

John Diarse is quickly becoming one of my favorite players on this team, and he’s definitely working to earn the number on his uniform with every thing he’s doing/saying.

Diarse came to Fort Worth with two years of eligibility. He said he plans to play next season, although he could declare for the NFL draft or at least apply for an evaluation. But right now, another season of college fits into his long-term vision.

“My thing is, I’ve got to find a way to continue to provide for my family and put myself in the best position possible to be successful,” he said. “I’m thankful that Coach Patterson allowed me to come in with open arms and embraced me the way he has.”

Why we hate TCU | Crimson and Cream Machine

Turns out, Sooner fans don’t like TCU’s gray uniforms either.

It may seem petty or insignificant, but we all have eyes. That means we all have to look at these every once in a while when we tune in to watch a TCU game. This is a horned frog on a desert mission, and it's ridiculous. Plus, one of my biggest pet-peeves in all of college football is teams wearing gray uniforms when gray is not actually part of their color scheme. There are a lot of cool color combinations for uniforms, but teams need to accept that not all of those combinations actually fall under the spectrum of their school colors.

Wide-open Big 12 race could include up to eight challengers | Fort Worth Star Telegram

This is a big game, with conference implications, and no one should take Oklahoma lightly.

News flash: The Sooners have yet to lose in conference play, making them one of eight teams with viable Big 12 title hopes (Kansas and Iowa State, not so much). TCU (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) is on that list and defensive end Josh Carraway said the Horned Frogs, who shared the 2014 league title, embrace Saturday’s stakes against OU.

Baseball

TCU will see A&M again, this time in Houston in 2017 | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU baseball fears no one, based on who they put on their schedule. It’s going to be a fun 2017 ride.

It’s one of the highlights on a 54-game 2017 schedule announced by TCU on Tuesday. The Horned Frogs also meet NCAA tournament teams Arizona State, Rice and Dallas Baptist and will travel twice to California for games at UC-Irvine, Cal and Long Beach State, also an NCAA tournament qualifier.

Luken Baker Decides To Focus On Hitting | Baseball America

Schlossnagle says that Baker feels it’s the best move for his future. Can’t really blame him. The kid mashes.

Baker has long shown prowess as both a pitcher and hitter, and he ranked No. 58 on the 2015 BA 500. Leading up to the draft, there was no consensus as to whether his future was brighter as a pitcher or hitter, with some evaluators preferring him as a power hitter and others as a power pitcher. He ultimately sent teams an email two weeks before the draft telling them he intended to uphold his commitment to TCU and not sign out of high school. The Astros ultimately drafted the Houston native in the 37th round, but he never wavered on his plan to play for the Horned Frogs.

Baseball Announces 2017 Schedule | GoFrogs.com

The Frogs have a stacked non-conference schedule.

TCU’s 54-game slate will see the Horned Frogs play 23 road games in addition to three neutral-site contests. The schedule is highlighted by 16 games against 2016 postseason participants.

Men’s Basketball

TCU’s Jamie Dixon plans to skip rebuild, move straight to Big 12 success | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Never have I ever been so pumped up for basketball season.

“There is no rebuild here. I told our guys that the other day,” said Dixon, who compiled a 328-123 mark in his 13 seasons at Pitt, including 11 NCAA tournament appearances. “I know it’s not what you’re supposed to say as a first-year coach. You’re supposed to say, ‘Give me time. We need to rebuild. I need to get my guys.’ These are my guys. We’re here to compete right away. We expect to and you can’t settle for anything else.”

Recruiting

TCU commit Shawn Robinson receives Army Bowl jersey | 247 Sports

Robinson is leading a DeSoto team that looks primed for a major playoff run, and he’s being rewarded for his phenomenal play over the course of his career. To date, he has 4,226 passing yards and 54 passing touchdowns, to go with 3,585 rushing yards and 42 rushing touchdowns for his career. His stats through four games this season are below.

Robinson himself has thrown for 953 yards and 10 touchdowns to just one interception with another 491 yards rushing and seven scores. 247Sports ranks the 6-foot-1, 213-pound Robinson as the nation’s No. 13 dual-threat passer.