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TCU’s WR competition this fall should be intense, and that’s a good thing.

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Football:

TCU adds arcade to football facility | ESPN.com

The Frogs continue to pour money into one of the nicest facilities in the country. And this addition comes at the right moment.

TCU isn't the first to add an arcade to its football facility. Alabama has had one for several years now. Clemson has one planned, as well. But the Horned Frogs debuted theirs as the perfect time -- just before next week's signing day.

Legendary football, basketball broadcaster Musburger retiring | TCU 360

Musburger was on the most famous call in recent TCU history, Tank Carder’s deflection of Wisconsin’s two point conversion attempt and the Frogs’ subsequent Rose Bowl win.

TCU fans likely remember Musburger as the man who had the call for TCU Football’s 21-19 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2011 Rose Bowl Game. Musburger was on the call alongside ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit for the bowl-game annually from 2007-2014, in addition to the BCS National Championship Game during the same stretch.

Oklahoma way ahead in Big 12 recruiting, but other schools rising | The Star-Telegram

TCU won’t have a high recruiting ranking, mostly because of the relatively small size of their class. But it’s a loaded group, talent-wise, and fills several big needs on both sides of the ball. Baylor has been the biggest surprise, as Matt Rhule and company have secured several pledges in just a few weeks time.

In the middle of the pack are Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and TCU. The Horned Frogs hold the fewest commitments, 13, of any team in the league.

“TCU is middle-of-the-pack just because of the number of commitments they have,” Harvey said. “I think they could climb pretty quickly over the next couple of days if they land some guys.”

Looking for a QB? Try the Dallas Metroplex | USA Today

Gary Patterson has long spoke of putting a fence around the Metroplex when it comes to TCU recruiting, and is doing a good job of keeping some of those top QBs home. But he’s not the only one mining the talent-rich area for top passing prospects.

In total, there were five quarterbacks listed on TCU’s roster; all but one attended high school inside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a collection of 12 counties that stands as the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the USA, behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

It might not seem unique, or it might seem even unsurprising, given the geography involved — it would be logical that these two programs, with matching recruiting efforts rooted inside this state, would stock their cupboards with quarterbacks from the heart of Texas.

Football teammates from schools such as DeSoto, Frisco Lone Star and Waxahachie hope to remain dynamic duos in college | Sports Day

This dynamic duo at wide receiver should pick right up where they left off at TCU next fall.

TCU undoubtedly knew that, and offered Reagor and Snell scholarships within 30 minutes of each other in May - while the cousins/brothers were eating at IHOP. Snell, who last year was the 5A silver medalist in the 100 meters at the state track meet, gave TCU his pledge in July. But Reagor was committed to Oklahoma at the time.

"You've got to do what's best for you," Snell told him.

Reagor, an Under Armour All-American, changed his pledge to TCU in October, announcing on Twitter that he wanted to stay closer to family and friends. He specifically mentioned Snell and former Waxahachie quarterback Jordan Kitna, who is a freshman at TCU.

Help is on the way: TCU Horned Frogs | ESPN.com

The Frogs are bringing in three upper-tier talents at wide receiver, despite losing only one player to graduation (Deante Gray). But it should be an open competition this fall, as the returning players underperformed in 2016.

So why is this still a position of need? Taj Williams, John Diarse, Desmon White, Ty Slanina and Emanuel Porter are all going to be seniors in 2017, so it’s time for the Horned Frogs to start thinking ahead and infusing some younger talent into this group. They’ll need to prepare some difference-makers who will step up after that group departs a year from now.

Another consideration: TCU’s wide receivers ranked last in the Big 12 in average yards after catch (4.8) and second-worst in the league in drops, according to ESPN Stats & Information. So adding more reliable big-play threats to that receiver room is a must if the Frogs want to bounce back in a big way from their six-win season.

Basketball:

TCU not pouting about recent shooting woes, losing streak | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs have been ice cold from everywhere but the free throw line in the last two weeks, and it has shown up in the box score. But don’t expect them to feel sorry for themselves - just to get in the gym and try and fix the problem.

After Monday’s 89-76 loss at Oklahoma State, Robinson said Dixon offered plenty of “corrective criticism” aimed at getting TCU back on the winning track when the teams meet in Schollmaier Arena (5 p.m., ESPNU).

“He’s made that clear that it’s corrective criticism and not something that you should pout about,” Robinson said. “He’s definitely got us on the right track.”