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TCU News: Frogs climb into top 15, Donati named new AD

TCU moved quickly to promote one of their own.


Why new TCU AD Jeremiah Donati is prepared to pick up where Chris Del Conte left off | Sports Day

It’s the right move for the Frogs, who were focused on keeping consistency for their veteran coaching staff in the wake of CDC’s sudden departure.

Over the last few weeks, Donati said other schools -- including others in a “Power Five” athletic conference -- showed interest in him. But he decided to stay at TCU, where he was being groomed to be Del Conte’s eventual replacement.

“It’d be really silly to want to look elsewhere,” Donati said. “The fact that I know the staff so well, the fact that I know the donors so well, it’s an easy fit -- at least from my end. It’s something I was going to fight for.”

Donati has been at TCU in 2011 and started out primarily working with the boosters in TCU’s Frog Club. In 2016, he was promoted to deputy athletic director, adding to his responsibilities.

SMU football ready to introduce TCU staffer Sonny Dykes as head coach | The Star-Telegram

TCU was a good stopover for the long time head man, and he makes a great move down the road to coach the Ponies. Congrats, Coach!

Dykes spent this season with the Horned Frogs as an analyst, a non-coaching and non-recruiting position, helping evaluate the offense and prepare game plans. TCU began the season 7-0 with the nation’s best third-down offense en route to a runner-up finish in the Big 12 and Alamo Bowl berth.

Dykes, 48, is the son of former Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes and a former Cal and Louisiana Tech head coach. He, co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie and offensive line coach Chris Thomsen shared a background in the Texas Tech offensive system under Mike Leach.

Mississippi State losing important 2018 commit to TCU | Saturday Down South

A big pick up for the Frogs, who needed to add some size to the backfield with this class.

He’s not following former coach Dan Mullen to Florida, instead choosing to flip to the Big 12 school.

According to the 247Sports composite, Franklin is the No. 14 running back in the class of 2018 and the No. 2 overall recruit from the state of Mississippi.


Horned Frogs soar to No. 14, one spot off highest ranking ever in basketball | The Star-Telegram

TCU has a top 15 football team, a top 15 basketball team, and soon a top 15 baseball team (probably). Their hoops team also has a 15 game winning streak. It’s a good time to be a Frog.

The Horned Frogs, undefeated through 10 games, have not been this high since March 6, 1998, when they were No. 15. Their all-time high is No. 13 on Feb. 23, 1998.

TCU is coming off victories against SMU and then-No. 22 Nevada last week, pushing its nation-leading winning streak to 15, counting last year's five-game run to the NIT championship.

The school record for consecutive victories is 16, from Jan. 8 to March 5, 1998.