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Baseball:

Don’t fault Schloss for looking around; irritated fans should get over it | The Star-Telegram

The fans that were crying “loyalty” through the process were absolutely wrong. Schloss has every right to listen any time the phone rings. He’s earned that through success.

Just Schloss telling the truth alone irritated a few TCU administrators, and fans. They wanted to hear him profess his undying love and devotion to their school, which means to reject any other potential suitor.

Looking at Mississippi State did not entail him using it as leverage for more cash, because he didn’t. Looking at Mississippi State and having conversations with them about the job does not crush his devotion to TCU.

”Through the process it reconfirmed that TCU and Fort Worth is the place for me and my family and we love it here,” Schloss told me late Monday afternoon as he prepared to follow what is the least favorite part of a college baseball coaches’ calendar — the MLB amateur draft.

TCU signee Adam Kloffenstein could face life-changing decision on first day of the MLB draft | The Star-Telegram

Kloffenstein was drafted in the third round today. That might not be high enough to sway him.

“I’m looking for something pretty extravagant and I’m not saying nobody can get there but it will be a stretch,” said Kloffenstein, who turns 18 in August.

It’s not that he’s necessarily expecting to play hard ball (economically speaking) with a major league organization but underscores his desire to experience college life before turning to his career in baseball. Of course, TCU’s excellence on the diamond and head coach Jim Schlossnagle and pitching coach Kirk Saarloos were also huge draws.

“I was on the campus for five minutes and I was ready to go,” he said. “That’s what sold me. I like it being smaller for a better connection with my professors. Fort Worth is a cool place. I’m looking forward to it. Going to school is just as big a part as the baseball.”

Football:

Purple crystal ball: game-by-game prediction for TCU’s 2018 football season | The Star-Telegram

Stefan really likes the Frogs in 2018.

Oct. 20 … TCU 27, Oklahoma 24

After losing four consecutive games to the Sooners, including twice in 2017, the Frogs finally escape with a win over Baker Mayfield-less Oklahoma. Just as the previous win against Texas Tech, this one goes down to the wire. But this time, TCU’s defense comes up big to stop the Sooners on the final drive. Before losing by 18 and 24 points to Oklahoma in ‘17, each Big 12 game between the teams had been decided by a touchdown or less.

TCU football’s status as a Big 12 contender depends on Kyler Murray’s MLB future | The Star-Telegram

Murray went ninth overall Monday night, but made it clear that he is playing football in the fall before moving on the pro baseball. Apparently, the A’s are on board with that.

Murray is projected to be a late-first or early second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. If that scenario comes to fruition, then he could make anywhere from $1,010,500 to $2,016,400 as an immediate bonus if he signs by the early July deadline, according to MLB.com.

The good news for Murray is that depending on where he is selected this week, he chose to return to Oklahoma and re-enter his name into next year’s draft.

That would allow him to play another season of football and baseball in Norman.

For his part, Murrary has stayed silent on the issue these past few months.

But it sounds like Oklahoma head coach Lincon Riley is confident of the outcome.

Last week, Riley told reporters, “I fully expect him to be with us. I really don’t have any worries about it.”

Big 12 conference title odds 2018: Oklahoma is the favorite and the smartest play | CBS Sports

I’m of the belief that 2019 will be the Frogs year, but it would be silly to rule them out from contending this fall - if the o line is solid and Robinson develops quickly.

Longshot value -- TCU: The Horned Frogs have to replace nearly their entire offensive line, and they’ll be breaking in a new QB, but at +800 it’s hard to pass them up. They would only have to win the league 11.11 percent of the time to break even on your bet, and seeing as how one could make the argument that TCU has been the second-best program in the conference over the last four seasons (it’s them or Oklahoma State), you have to like those odds. I’m sure plenty of other people will tell you West Virginia’s the best longshot at +600, but everybody feeling that way is one of the reasons I’m avoiding it. Besides, while the Mountaineers have Will Grier, they have a lot to replace elsewhere and a more difficult Big 12 schedule.

Cheer:

TCU puts cheerleading coach on administrative leave | The Star-Telegram

Wow... second time this year the Frogs have struggled with a coach.

According to sources, TCU has placed cheerleading coach Mickey Farris on leave as it investigates multiple complaints from members of the coed squad.

A letter from TCU athletics marketing director Drew Martin was sent to all of the members of the cheerleading squad stating that the coach had been put on leave, and that officials could not comment on it until the matter is resolved.