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TCU News: Baseball looks to “get off the mat”

The Frogs have a must win series ahead if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Baseball:

TCU can get up off the mat against Texas Tech this weekend in nationally-televised series | The Star-Telegram

If the Frogs want to get back in the postseason conversation, they can take a big step towards that this weekend.

“We haven’t had the season we wanted to have but even still this weekend was one people marked on their calendar,” Schlossnagle said. “A weekend like this is why you come to play at TCU. They’re certainly really, really talented and are playing really well. But, as we like to say, it’s never about the best team, it’s about the team that plays the best. We’re going to count on that this weekend.”

TCU is 75th in the latest RPI (ratings percentage index) rankings, which quantify a team’s record and its strength of schedule. RPI is a major factor in deciding which teams earn at-large NCAA tournament berths and how they are seeded.

A strong showing over the next three weeks, beginning against the Red Raiders, could greatly improve the Frogs’ RPI ranking. Texas Tech ranks third in the RPI. Texas (29-15, 11-4) is No. 30 and West Virginia is No. 36. Winning against these teams would boost TCU’s ranking and perhaps take some pressure off in the Big 12 tournament May 23-27. With a rough showing in the final 15 games, the Frogs will be forced to win the conference tournament to keep their postseason streak alive.

TCU baseball coach’s pay tops $1 million | The Star-Telegram

Worth every penny.

Schlossnagle, who has led TCU to five College World Series including the last four, earned $1,109,521 million in 2016, according to the university’s most recent IRS Form 990 obtained by the Star-Telegram. That is up from from $402,087 he earned in 2013.

Schlossnagle’s earnings in 2016 were just short of the contract that made Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan the highest-paid coach in the sport at the time. O’Sullivan received a contract extension worth $1.25 million per year.

Tennis:

Oklahoma, TCU Advance in Day One | Big XII Sports

It’s true. We are a tennis school now.

TCU took down No. 9 West Virginia with a score of 5-1. After TCU earned the doubles point, Marie Norris and Aleksa Cveticanin both notched victories before Elizabeth Tedford clinched the Horned Frogs victory.

Football:

Why TCU coach Gary Patterson has no issues with new kickoff rule | Sports Day

This might hurt players like KaVontae Turpin though, who have smaller frames but may be tempted to fair catch less with the new rule.

Patterson said he’s a big fan of just booting the ball through the end zone, if he has a kicker who can do it. Patterson’s big concern was about rule changes to come, ones that affect the game as we know it. Actually, the college football powers that be might want to keep this mind.

”The hard part of our game is it’s a physical game,” Patterson said on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. “When do you get to the point where it’s not the same game when it started? How do you compensate for all that?”

Swimming:

TCU Announces James Winchester As New Head Coach | Swimming World Magazine

Hopefully he can bring stability to a program that had a tumultuous season after years of consistency.

Texas Christian University has announced that James Winchester will be the new head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving program at TCU. Winchester will be taking over for recently departed Sam Busch, who resigned in February after being placed on administrative leave in his first season with the program.

Winchester will arrive at TCU after leading the swim and dive program at George Washington University for the past three seasons. During his short tenure there he was named A-10 Coach of the Year twice and won the first conference title in program history for the men. Prior to GW he also served as the assistant coach at Utah (2012-15), head coach at New Orleans (2007-11), and assistant at Drury (2006-07).