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TCU News: Another highly-touted baseball prospect headed to MLB?

The Frogs keep losing big names to the draft, and 2018 appears headed to more.

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Baseball:

Mount Carmel Sensation Could Make Splash in MLB Draft | NBC Chicago

Another highly touted baseball recruit for TCU may never make his way to campus. Ranked in the top 60, he’s likely to earn a big signing bonus in the MLB Draft next month.

The baseball diamond isn’t the only place where Thomas has made a name for himself. He’s also so good at football, playing wide receiver at Mount Carmel, that he’s planning to play football at TCU as well.

“The joke is for the Most Athletic Award for the yearbook, we don’t want to vote for him, because it’s so obvious he’d win unanimously,” classmate Zac Styka said.

Thomas has plenty of experience with the rigors of baseball stardom, as his dad Allen is the White Sox Director of Strength and Conditioning.

“I grew up in the major league clubhouse and I’ve seen guys come through and have always said that I want to be like one of these stars and play on a professional team,” he said.

TCU pitching as dominant as ever, if not more, as scoreless stretch continues | The Star-Telegram

The breaking news inside is that Durbin Feltman is dealing with blister problems, but hopeful to return for WVU next weekend.

“I’m super proud of they way guys who’ve had to move into different spots are doing,” Schlossnagle said. “Some experience is starting to show up. Hopefully we can continue to play well this weekend and get exams behind us and get to the fun part of the year.”

Coughlin has allowed just two hits over his past 7 1/3 scoreless innings, a string of 28 batters.

”We’re just winning more of these little battles. Taking it batter by batter, pitch by pitch, like we should,” said Coughlin, whose ERA dropped to 1.07. “Everything we’ve been preaching all along, it’s just clicking. Coach said do your job and I think that’s what everybody is doing. Sometimes it takes time, I guess. Baseball is weird like that.”

Lodolo Dominant in TCU Win | GoFrogs.com

Lodolo stranded a lot of Lamar baserunners, and his 10 strikeouts led TCU to victory.

Nick Lodolo (6-3) was masterful in his 7 1/3 innings on the mound. He allowed just five hits, walked two and struck out 10. Cal Coughlin came on with a runner on first and one out in the eighth and retired five of the six batters he faced to record his first career save.

Josh Watson got the scoring started with a two-out solo home run in the third inning. It was his seventh home run of the season.

Football:

#MayTheFourth troll of Texas reveals the program’s TCU problem | Burnt Orange Nation

The tweet has been deleted, but the internet lives forever.

The Cowtown Beatdown of 2015 was one of the most embarrassing losses of the Charlie Strong era and featured one of its most embarrassing moments overall — cornerback Kris Boyd retweeting a plea to transfer to Texas A&M at halftime. As if losing 37-0 at that point wasn’t bad enough.

Even in the midst of Tom Herman’s first season that saw the Horns avoid the ugly blowouts that Strong’s team suffered at the hands of the Horned Frogs and other opponents, the loss to TCU was the most lopsided game of the season. Texas gave up 17 unanswered points to TCU to start the game and never seriously threatened the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.

Apart from any other considerations in the Big 12 like beating Oklahoma more consistently or avoiding losses to programs like Texas Tech, it’s clear that Texas won’t be a contender at the conference or national level without beating TCU more frequently than once in six years.

You can’t spell ELITE without Gary Patterson. Well, you can, but why would you want to?

Many of these coaches were on this tier a year ago. One major addition is Patterson, and he shot straight to the top. In many ways, Patterson could be considered a program builder. He’s one of the longest-tenured coaches in college football and overseen TCU’s rise from mid-major giant killer to perennial Big 12 title contender by reinventing himself offensively while maintaining strong defenses. But the Horned Frogs have been in the Big 12 long enough now that there’s nothing left to build. Patterson has won at least 11 games in three of the past four seasons, won a share of the Big 12 title in 2014 and got to the Big 12 Championship Game this past season. He’s winning on the recruiting trail, too, by pulling in more top-25 classes with blue-chip recruits.

WATCH: TCU legend LaDainian Tomlinson throws out solid first pitch at Rangers game | Die Hards

LT is making the rounds as a new board member for TCU.

Tomlinson has been a highly visible ambassador for the Frogs over the years, but particularly for the last few months. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 and inspired people with a great speech. In October, the city of Fort Worth declared a “LaDainian Tomlinson Day.” He also recently became a member of the TCU board of trustees.

He might be good luck for the Rangers too, who beat the Red Sox 11-5.

Golf:

This TCU program is headed to NCAA’s for 29th straight time | The Star-Telegram

Good week for the Montigel family around TCU!

“I’m really happy with what we’ve been able to accomplish this season,” Montigel said in a press release. “The kids have worked hard all year long for the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships.

The Frogs are one of only three NCAA Division I teams to earn a regional bid each of the last 29 years under the same head coach. Only 15 programs have that long of a streak with multiple head coaches.

”The streak is more impressive every season not just because it’s another year to the total, but because it’s becoming harder to make a regional,” Montigel said. “Every year, more schools are making a commitment to their golf program.”

Women’s Basketball:

TCU women’s basketball adds very famous name to staff | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Abi Olajuwon, daughter of Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, is joining TCU’s coaching staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

“She comes to TCU with an established commitment and belief in our culture, as well as being mentored by coaches we hold in high esteem,” Pebley said in a release. “She is relationship driven and a very skilled post development coach. We are excited about the impact Coach Olajuwon can have on our program.”

Olajuwon played at Oklahoma and played on the Sooners’ 2009 and ‘10 Final Four teams. She averaged 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds while starting all 38 games as a senior in 2009-10.

TCU Adds Abi Olajuwon to Staff | GoFrogs.com

Olajuwon is a fantastic coach, especially for post players.

Olajuwon comes to TCU after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, including spending last season as the Eagles’ recruiting coordinator.

In both of her seasons, the Eagles signed the MAC’s top recruiting class. Last season, with Olajuwon as the recruiting coordinator, EMU had a roster with four true freshmen, a redshirt freshman and four transfers. Those players accounted for over 70 percent of EMU’s scoring, including true freshman Courtnie Lewis who averaged 15.0 points per game and was a MAC All-Freshman Team selection.

Prior to EMU, Olajuwon began her coaching career at Cal State Fullerton where she was an assistant coach for two seasons. While with the Titans, Olajuwon had a big impact on another freshman, helping Michelle Berry lead the Big West with 12 double-doubles while averaging 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds on her way to Big West All-Freshman honors.