You can’t overstate what it means to a school like TCU, who is forever building their brand, to have GameDay come to campus.
TCU’s appearance on ESPN “College GameDay” this week and an uptick in recruiting are among the benefits of being in the Big 12, coach Gary Patterson said Monday.
“Not just in athletics, but in academics and all the rest of it — how much the visibility of our university and the things that are happening,” he said during the conference coaches call with reporters. “Having an opportunity just like this weekend to be part of ‘GameDay.’ ”
I think TSM is really underestimating TCU’s passing attack. Though it’s not the Air Raid of the pass, Hill can still sling the rock around the field.
While the rush offense is scary for TCU, their passing game is Bill Snyder-esque. They are attempting to take the ball out of the hands of Kenny Hill, for good reason. Hill, despite all of his electric playmaking ability, is interception prone. The more you ask him to throw it, the greater the chance the other team gets the ball. So Gary Patterson and Sonny Cumbie are emulating the Bill Snyder approach. Run the ball. Run the ball effectively. Run the ball a lot. Then throw when necessary and do it for big gains.
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Yeah, we know, Dana.
One of those issues, however, won’t be the team’s locker room when they arrive at Amon G. Carter Stadium (45,000).
“It was funny,” Holgorsen responded during Tuesday’s weekly press conference. “The one in Kansas didn’t smell very well. I think it’s been pretty good. When we go to TCU it is probably the nicest one I have ever seen. They just redid their stuff and it is unbelievable.
“What is surprising is the Redskins one was bad. The visiting locker room for the Redskins was bad. That was not good. Baylor’s is good. Texas’ is adequate. Texas is probably the most chopped up. This is as big of an area as I have to address the whole team, which they don’t care about that. The sanitary aspect of it is a problem. Kansas announced that $350 million football renovation to their stuff; I’m sure their visitor locker room is going to get addressed. It was hot in there, too. It stunk, it was bad.”
The Big 12 solidified the fortunes of both programs.
“That’s been something we have talked about for six or seven years now,” Holgorsen said. “Honestly, you look where we were and we were both very successful programs.”
Indeed they were, but this had became a game not of football, but of televised football, and the rich were playing it to get richer.
A few months went by with TCU in the Big East before the Big 12 offered them membership, a move they could not wait to jump at. A short time later, WVU had its own offer, and while there were many more considerations than TCU had, WVU was faced with little choice other than to ride off into that sunset.
Things really would never be the same on either campus.
Football changed, of course. While both schools were able to play at a top level before the Big 12, there was a football adjustment period. WVU brought in Holgorsen while Patterson stayed on at TCU, where he has been since being named head coach in 2000.
These two teams will always go hand in hand when it comes to the expansion of the Big 12.
Half of the Big 12 field remains undefeated in league play, with No. 3 Oklahoma and TCU undefeated overall. West Virginia, Kansas State and Texas are also 1-0 in the conference, with K-State and WVU at 3-1. The Longhorns are 2-2.
“Nobody knows how it’s going to play out,” Holgorsen said. “You take every one and just play it and follow it to see how other teams are doing as well. We aren’t going to sit here and project.
“It took a couple years (for TCU and WVU) get the depth where we needed it to be. Look at TCU’s roster right now and they are playing two and three deep. They’ve built it up the right way, increased their facilities, which is what we are doing. It’s been fun to watch.”
Could Vlad be the Big 12 player of the year? Shoot, he might not even be the best player on his own team in 2017-2018.
TCU balances its backcourt with one of the country’s most underrated interior threats. Rising senior Vladimir Brodziansky averaged 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per 40 minutes on a 62.2 true shooting percentage last season. In his final campaign, the 6-foot-10 big man will be a legitimate dark horse candidate to win Big 12 Player of the Year.
Brodziansky will be a go-to option for the Horned Frogs on the low block where he averaged 0.948 points per possession (80th percentile) on post-ups in 2016-17, per Synergy. He’s also a tenacious offensive rebounder and threatening roll man in ball screen actions with either point guard. Brodziansky could be even more dangerous this season if he becomes more comfortable on the perimeter. He made 11-of-30 3-point attempts as a junior and his quality free throw shooting (77.5 percent) suggests he has room to grow.
Defensively, the Slovakia native forms the team’s backbone. His 9.4 percent block rate ranked 30th nationally last season, per KenPom, and helps limit the Horned Frogs’ exposure in the paint.