Scott Cross was fired by UTA after a 20-win season. To make it even more confusing, Cross won several conference championships with UTA, and took them to the NCAA tournament. To make it EVEN MORE confusing, Cross was a UTA lifer, having attended and played basketball there himself, having been on staff since 2000, and his wife played volleyball there.
Talk about screwing over one of your own. But UTA’s loss is TCU’s gain, as the Frogs get a magnificent assistant coach. They took him away from a possible head coaching gig, too.
Shortly after Cross was fired, he and his family determined that remaining in DFW was not a must for his next job. He was close to accepting the head coaching job at South Dakota, until Dixon called.
Everyone is surprised by how Cross was treated at UTA, and everyone is saying this is a great hire for TCU.
Cross was unexpectedly fired by his alma mater March 26 after a 21-13 season that ended with a loss in the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship game.
Travin Howard worked out at TCU’s pro day as a safety, despite being TCU’s all-time leading tackler as a linebacker. Safety is his natural position, and it’s one he might move back to at the next level.
In TCU’s 4-2-5 defense, scouts already have a good idea what Howard can do. Howard hopes that he’s shown them even more leading up to the NFL draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26. There’s no denying Howard knows how to wrap up.
”My resume speaks for itself,” he said with a chuckle, referring to the fact that he’s TCU’s first player to record three consecutive 100-tackle seasons.