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TCU News: Scholly a hot ticket, Nembhard back practicing, Noteboom looking to impress

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The plan was to redshirt Nembhard, but with Fisher’s injury, that could change.

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Basketball:

TCU basketball is making Schollmaier Arena the place to be | The Star-Telegram

Monday was special. Here’s to hoping that it was just the beginning.

In an emotional game that WVU fought to get back into, the crowd made sure the team never gave in and the players noticed.

“They’re huge,” TCU junior guard Alex Robinson said. “We’re not an extremely large institution. When I came here, that was one thing that sold me was the family environment here, being able to connect with them and feeling their energy. And that really helped us with this win.”

Here’s the latest on TCU star freshman R.J. Nembhard | The Star-Telegram

With Fisher out, might Dixon decide to put Nembhard back out on the floor? If he plays again, he will not be eligible to redshirt.

But he’s only played in six games, the last coming Dec. 22 against William & Mary. As of now, Nembhard could still redshirt the season if he didn’t play in another game. NCAA rules limit players to playing in no more than 30 percent of the games in a season. Additionally, a player is not eligible for a redshirt if he plays in a game after the midpoint of a season. The Horned Frogs (15-5, 3-5 in the Big 12) are past the halfway point. TCU plays at Vanderbilt at 3 p.m. Saturday as part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

Football:

TCU mainstay aims to make mark on NFL scouts at Senior Bowl | The Star-Telegram

Best of luck to Joe as he tries to make his mark on his way to the NFL.

“I fee like I can climb a little bit,” he said. “If I show some versatility, athleticism, the effort. I’m going in there giving 100 percent effort.”

It’s not just showing off his size — 6-foot-5, 310 pounds (up 50 pounds since he graduated from Plano) — but showing his technique, his athleticism and his desire to compete. His performance in the classroom also looks good in a scout’s report. Noteboom and running back Kyle Hicks have been invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis at the end of February.

“I think they’ll look at it as how fast you can take up the playbook,” said Noteboom, who says he’s comfortable at tackle, guard and even center. “I think it’ll come into play a little bit. I feel completely comfortable at both guard guards, both tackles. Center I could do, I would just need a little more work.”

Inside the 72 hours that brought Sonny Dykes to SMU, as told by AD Rick Hart | Sports Day

Gary Patterson’s training program is well-respected.

“Sonny being a part of that program, it was one part of his overall body of work that we thought would make him a good fit here. It wasn’t an overwhelming part but it was an important aspect of his body of work. We had conversations with him about what did you learn both at TCU and off the field for a year. We don’t get to take sabbaticals in this industry unless we’re asked to. For the people, both the coaches and ADs that have been asked to take a sabbatical and then come back and resume a leadership role, it’s incredible how consistent it is about how meaningful and how valuable that is. I think you heard Sonny talk about that, not only at TCU but being around that culture and that program and learning how they do it and learning about the defensive side of the ball, those types of things, things that he hadn’t been able to focus on in that way and learn about without having been there. Yeah, that’s important. It’s part of his portfolio. But more so just his whole journey and how it fits together and how we would benefit from his time at [Texas] Tech to Louisiana Tech to Cal to TCU. As we talked about it, it became apparent that that’s going to be one of the many things that will set him up for success here.”

Mansfield Summit 2019 nook is newest to decide to TCU | Luxora Leader

GP keeps putting that recruiting fence around DFW.

Patterson also landed verbal commits from Aledo junior (Monday) and Euless Trinity senior (Saturday).

“It’s a great coaching staff and great school,” said Jones, who was an all-district performer in 2017. “They see a future in me and I see a future with them.”

Jones, who received the offer on Jan. 5, recorded 36 tackles, nine pass deflections and six interceptions. He also scored on an interception return, punt return and kickoff return.

He helped the Jaguars to the Class 5A Division I regional round, the program’s deepest playoff run since 2005.

Equestrian:

No. 3 Equestrian falls to TCU in Fort Worth | The Battalion

In front of an energetic Stock Show crowd, the Frogs knocked off the Aggies.

The Horned Frogs continued to dominate the Flat. Rachael Hake was defeated by Emelie Burgess 83-74, Alex Desiderio was topped by Mady Fithian 67-60, while Brianna Peddicord and Maddie Swem were defeated by TCU’s Carley Barnett and Raegan Rast, 85-75 and 71-66.

Despite falling behind in the Flat, A&M started to show some fight when competing in the Fences. A&M freshman, Rhian Murphy began on a positive note, defeating the Horned Frogs’ Patty Gill 81-62. She would defeat Gill twice, when they were both granted a re-ride, where Murphy won 85-81.

Desiderio and Hake followed closely behind their teammate and defeated their opponents 84-83 and 84-80. A&M’s Caroline Dance and Rebekah Chenelle, however, were unable to add to their team scores. Dance fell to her opponent Jayme Omand 84-78, while Chenelle tied with her competitor Marisa Malevitis 82-82. The Horned Frogs came out on top for Hunt Seat, ending with a total score of 6-3 over the Aggies.