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TCU News: “You’re just supposed to play the game. We do the Frogs sign. They do the Horns sign.”

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Don’t expect any ‘Horns Down’ signs from the Horned Frogs.

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Football:

Here’s a look into 120-plus years of Texas Longhorns vs. TCU Horned Frogs history | KVUE

This is an awesome trip down memory lane.

Texas won the inaugural matchup, 18-10. In fact, Texas dominated this series early on. The Longhorns did not lose the first 14 games until TCU finally pulled out a 15-12 road win in 1929.

UT and TCU met almost annually – except for a small drought from 1918-1924 and a few single years in between – until 1996. Up until 1996, Texas was a member of the Southwest Conference since 1918. That’s when UT left the Southwest Conference for the Big 12 Conference. The Horned Frogs were also a member of the Southwest Conference until the mid-1990s, when they joined the Western Athletic Conference, otherwise known as the “WAC.”

Gary Patterson weighs in on ‘Horns Down’ ahead of Texas at TCU | 247 Sports

If TCU wins Saturday, I hope the entire state celebrates with a big horns down.

As the longtime leader of TCU since 2000, Patterson explained that the approach has no place for him personally. But he had a mixed take on the sign during Tuesday’s weekly press conference.

”No. 1, you’ve never seen me do it and I’m not going to do it,” Patterson said. “You’re just supposed to play the game. We do the Frogs sign. They do the Horns sign. Some guys get upset because they don’t have signs at their school. For me, I don’t see any reason to get upset about (it) and I don’t see any reason why people do it. It started back in the old (Southwest Conference) where everybody came up with a sign. Just designate it for your team. People are doing it. ... (My players) know how we’re supposed to act. If they want to do that, they’re on their own.”

10 things I heard from Texas players leading up to TCU | 247 Sports

Getting Jones back is huge for the Horns.

No. 6 ... Senior safety and captain Brandon Jones, who missed the final 7:21 of the Kansas game with a stinger, said Tuesday he’ll be limited in practice this week but will be ready to play against TCU Saturday in Fort Worth.

Without the veteran safety presence of Jones, Caden Sterns (knee) or Chris Brown (fractured forearm) on the field, the secondary struggled to get lined up.

The result: Texas gave up 17 points in the final 6:56, including TD passes of 11 and 22 yards as well as a two-point conversion pass that put KU up 48-47 with 1:11 left.

“It’s tough right now for sure,” Jones said of being down six starters, resulting in nine freshmen and sophomores in the starting lineup on defense against KU.

“But a bunch of young guys are getting a lot of experience that’s going to pay off in the long run.”

TCU has a pretty weird explanation for its new alternate uniforms | Golf Digest

Gold Digest? You want to know if these uniforms are good? GOLF DIGEST is talking about them.

You get the picture. It’s TCU ... WITH RED! Things take a turn for the bizarro world, however, with TCU’s explanation for its new Nike threads. According to Uniswag, as part of the team’s current “backs against the wall” mantra, the blood-red accents on the jerseys, helmet, gloves, and pants symbolize the actual horned frog’s ability to spit blood from its eyes as a last-ditch defense mechanism when corned by a predator. Yes, this is a real thing.

Basketball:

Inside ‘Schollmaier Live’ and how TCU landed Diesel ... aka Shaquille O’Neal | The Star-Telegram

It’s a huge get for a Horned Frogs’ program trying to get — and stay — in the national spotlight.

“We reached out to our partners at student activities with our budget and genre we were looking for and they came back with, ‘What about Shaq?’” Austin said. “It was the best of both worlds. A DJ, Shaq, basketball, great name, great brand.

“It’s been a really good reaction so far.”

Added Brad Thompson, who works in student activities at TCU: “When trying to think through an artist for Schollmaier Live, Shaq was just an obvious choice because of his name recognition and his connection to basketball. We worked really closely with our partners in athletics to find a suitable artist for this event that would appeal both to students, alumni and Frog fans.”