This would be a significant loss for the Frogs as they prepare for their first March Madness appearance in two decades.
David Patrick, an Australian who is currently lead assistant at TCU and has been credited for a good amount of LSU’s basketball recruiting success in past seasons, has been mentioned as potentially the leading candidate for the UC Riverside men’s basketball coaching job.
The Highlanders, under interim coach Justin Bell, were eliminated from the Big West tournament by UC Davis Thursday afternoon at Honda Center.
Friday, the Inland Sports radio show on KUBE/1350 reported that Patrick had been offered the job by athletic director Tamica Smith Jones. Earlier, two sources speaking on the condition of anonymity had indicated they’d been told Patrick was a strong, if not the leading, candidate for the job.
This is a great breakdown of the Big 12 with spring ball in full swing. Who will be its biggest stars? (shame on them for not mentioning Darius Anderson)
Best guess, the best player in the league plays for West Virginia.
Maybe it’s Will Grier, the Mountaineers quarterback who suffered a bad finger injury against Texas late last season. Or maybe it’s his teammate David Sills V, who topped the country in touchdown receptions last year.
Other names to ponder: Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill, who will be a junior, led the league in rushing last season with 1,467 yards. TCU defensive end Ben Banogu, who will be a senior, garnered 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for losses last fall.
I stand by my belief that Justin Rogers will redshirt this fall as he continues to rehab for a knee injury, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun to watch them compete.
Contenders: Shawn Robinson, sophomore; Justin Rogers, true freshman
The second of Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill’s two seasons as TCU’s starter saw the Horned Frogs rebound from a 6–7 record in 2016 to post 11 wins and finish behind only College Football Playoff participant Oklahoma in the Big 12 standings. To avoid another dip in ’18, the Horned Frogs will need one of two highly touted dual-threat quarterback recruits to prove, at minimum, a serviceable replacement for Hill in an offense featuring a prime breakout candidate at wide receiver (Jalen Reagor) plus a deep running back corps.