It’s a special senior class departing, but there is plenty of reason to be excited for the future.
Still, after No. 13 TCU overcame an 18-point deficit to beat No. 15 Stanford 39-37 on Thursday night, the coach took time to reflect on a senior class that won 40 games the past four years. And that even included a rare losing season for Patterson, who has now won 160 games in 17 seasons.
"I said before the season I really like this group," Patterson said. "I didn't know whether we were going to win very many ballgames, if we were or not, but the bottom line is coaches love coaching guys that are good people and they work hard, and this group does that. For me, it's been a blessing to be a part of it."
New tax laws might make things harder for new AD Jeremiah Donati, but TCU should be able to raise the money regardless.
Raising the money is the single most important factor for TCU. The university prides itself on not going into debt for projects. For new athletic director Jeremiah Donati, raising the money and completing the project is the No. 1 priority as he begins his tenure. He called it important for the future of TCU in the Big 12.
Gary Patterson will play a role, or at least his reputation. He signed a new six-year contract in November that takes him through the 2023 football season, an additional two years than his previous contract, in part to assure donors of TCU’s commitment to him and football.
The Frogs had a great preseason, but weren’t able to get over the hump for a second straight conference game, despite playing WVU and KU close.
While the Horned Frogs (10-4, 0-2) weren't able to get going in transition, they were able to hang around in the fourth quarter thanks in large part to junior forward Amy Okonwo. The 6-foot-2 post scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the final 10 minutes, and added 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Okonko went on a personal 8-1 run to cut the deficit to 75-69 with 5:24 to play, but that was as close as TCU would get.
Schneider was discouraged that his team got outrebounded by a 47-to-30 margin, which is one area that he said the Jayhawks will have to clean up going into Wednesday's road matchup against Texas Tech. The Jayhawks' leading rebounder was their shortest player, as Lyons grabbed six boards. The Trinity Valley community college transfer also drew three charges to make an impact down low.