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5 things TCU fans need to know about Southern | Dallas Morning News

Something I didn’t know - Southern is coming off of a postseason ban for academics.

Many of Southern’s athletics programs, football included, are exiting a period of postseason ineligibility thanks to stunningly low APR (academic progress rate) scores.

The NCAA requires a score of 930 to be maintained over a four-year period in order to avoid warnings and eventual discipline. Penalties for low APR can include less practice time, scholarship reduction and postseason bans.

In 2016, the national average for APR was 959. Southern’s football program scored a 717 that year.

But after a concerted effort to fix academic issues, Southern is finally postseason eligible again. The Jaguars were allowed to hold spring practices for the first time in a long time this year. The program’s four-year APR has climbed to 938.

TCU: top defender not ready to leapfrog to NFL quite yet | The Eagle

Ben Banogu still has work to do at TCU, before he things about the next level.

“It was another year to be around a great coaching staff and great players, another year to grow,” Banogu said. “I’m a firm believer in all those great things like being in the NFL and getting drafted. All that will come. I want to learn as much as I can now and expand my game now, so whenever I get there I’m hitting everything in stride.”

Former TCU star admits ‘I am the try hard, white guy’ who can’t get the NFL job | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tank Carder was cut by the Browns earlier this year, but he’s not done trying to get a job in the NFL.

“I ain’t done, yet. I don’t want to go out on that note, not on an injury,” Carder said. “I don’t want to give up. I want to go out on my own terms.”

Having been in the NFL for six years, he is a vested veteran who has made plenty of money. He’s been around long enough to last in the league, and, at the time of his release, he was the longest-tenured Brown on the roster.

College Football 101 | Fort Worth Weekly

Buck Elliott is a Horned Frog writing for the FWW - and he takes a nice little shot at Texas A&M in this week’s piece.

The State of Texas: TCU Horned Frogs AP No. 16, CP No. 16; Texas Longhorns AP No. 23, CP No. 21

That’s it. Those are the only ranked college football teams in the state of Texas’ preseason lineup. Not to worry. Texas A&M already presented new head coach Jimbo Fisher with a national championship trophy with the year “20–” on it, so it’s only a matter of time, right?

The time Gary Patterson coached professionally for ‘six weeks and didn’t get paid’ | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Did you know GP coached professionally? Fortunately, he landed at Utah State after his brief stint in the PSFL.

Patterson, 58, has coached professionally once -- in the short-lived Professional Spring Football League.

The PSFL, to say the least, never took off and folded before the season even started.

“I went six weeks and didn’t get paid,” Patterson said, shaking his head. “It was a great learning experience.”

Patterson had a job with the Oregon Lightning Bolts, whose head coach was former Cowboys quarterback Craig Morton. Patterson said his time with the team was spent during a training camp in a small Arizona city.

Kenny Hill still wants to play, but has TCU’s prized student caught the coaching bug? | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Hill may have a chance to play in the newly formed Alliance of American Football, but he’s starting to get the hang of this coaching thing, too.

“I would love to coach,” Hill said. “It is crazy. My whole life I was like, ‘Man, I don’t think I can coach. I don’t want to do it.’ Then I got out and last year for the most part I would coach Shawn. I would teach him everything I knew. I’ve done lessons with quarterbacks in the past, so I was like ‘this could be fun.’

“I called up coach Cumbie, said I was trying to come back to school and asked, ‘Do you think I can come over there and coach?’ He was like, ‘Man, absolutely. Talk to coach P.’

Women’s Soccer

Soccer Homestand Concludes Thursday |

TCU soccer team hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday, in a matchup of undefeated teams.

The TCU women’s soccer team will wrap up a season-long five game homestand Thursday night when it hosts undefeated Pittsburgh (3-0-1) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on FSSW+.

Men’s Golf

Frogs Open Season at Pebble Beach |

The Frogs kick off their season Friday, in The Carmel Cup, hosted at Pebble Beack.

For the sixth time in seven years, the TCU men’s golf team will open the season at one of the most beautiful courses in the world when it competes at The Carmel Cup starting Friday.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, home to five U.S. Open Championships and the 2019 U.S. Open, more than any course in the last 50 years, will once again play host to The Carmel Cup. Started seven years ago by TCU alum Fin Ewing, The Carmel Cup features eight of the top teams in collegiate golf including five ranked in the Bushnell/Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll. The field includes four Big 12 Conference teams, including preseason No. 1 and defending national champion Oklahoma State.