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Did GP consider leaving TCU more than a decade ago for the Big 10?

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Football:

Gary Patterson Nearly Left TCU 11 Years Ago | Hero Sports

Huh. This is an old story being resurrected, but it’s not beyond belief that GP would have considered leaving TCU for Minnesota in 2006, with Power Five dreams seeming so impossible then for the Frogs. But, as we all know, he stayed - and that’s been great for TCU and Fort Worth.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Patterson initially removed his name from consideration but had second thoughts and, with the position still open, contacted Maturi to say he would take the job if offered. It's unclear how that conversation went and if the Gophers actually considered reversing course to hire -- or at least consider hiring -- Patterson. Either they had already extended the offer to Denver Broncos' tight ends coach Tim Brewster, were pursuing other candidates or simply moved on. They never offered the job to Patterson.

No. 2: Perkins' versatility makes him a hot commodity | STL Today

One of the Frogs’ top targets is one of the top players in Missouri, and he has TCU in his Top 12 heading into his senior year. He has 48 offers, but what he’s looking for seems to line up with what he will find in Fort Worth.

There is still time for Perkins to collect more offers, but he did narrow his gargantuan list to 12 this summer. He listed Michigan, Oklahoma, Missouri, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Texas, USC, LSU, Nebraska, TCU and Iowa in “no particular order.”

Perkins knows what he's looking for at the next level, but it won't be easy making a choice. With so many options it's hard to choose.

“(I'm looking for) great coaches. A great defensive line coach, a great head coach, a great defensive coordinator, and a great strength coach. Those are the guys I'm going to be with throughout my years at that school,” Perkins said. “I'm looking for a program that develops people, that can take me out of high school and develop me into a possible NFL draft pick, I hope.”

UH picks up transfer DE from TCU | Chron.com

After announcing he would be leaving TCU to continue his athletic career closer to home to be near a sick aunt, Chambers posted on twitter yesterday that he would be transferring to Houston.

Chambers is likely to have to sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules, a source with knowledge of the process said

Either way it's a big pickup for a position of strength for the Cougars, who landed Texas A&M graduate transfer Reggie Chevis in the offseason and already feature All-American defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

The 6-4, 260-pound Chambers was highly recruited out of high school, rated as the No. 2 defensive end in the state and top 10 nationally for 2016. He redshirted last season.

TCU's Kyle Hicks is a Tackle-Breaking Machine, Has Own Version Madden Truck Stick | Hero Sports

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The biggest reason for the career year were broken tackles. Hicks forced 25 missed tackles in their first five game and finished the season with 51, the most of any returning Big 12 running back -- by far (Justin Crawford, 35) -- according to Pro Football Focus.

He was particularly elusive against Baylor, rushing for 192 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries (7.4 yards per carry). Hicks terrorized the Bears with the same repertoire of cut-backs, side-steps, jukes and actual truck sticks that confused Euless Trinity five years earlier and made him the 15th-ranked running back in the 2013 class.

Basketball:

Five Frogs score in double figures as TCU earns its fifth win in Australia | Sports Day

How much can we take from TCU’s whirlwind tour Down Under? Sure, the competition might not match up to what they’ll see in the Big 12, but it’s always encouraging to see a team score in bunches, share the ball, and get big time performances from multiple players.

TCU's summer tour of Australia was a success, to say the least.

Five wins for the Horned Frogs. All by double-digit margins. In fact, most of their victories were complete blowouts -- including their last.

TCU wrapped up the tour early Tuesday morning with a 107-63 rout of the Knox Raiders. The Frogs never trailed in the game.