The good news is, this program won’t rest on its laurels.
But nothing is set in stone at this point, either. Patterson is in the midst of putting together his staff with the departures of co-offensive coordinator Curtis Luper to Missouri, and offensive line coach Chris Thomsen to Florida State.
Asked if the university was in position to make a “splash” hire, Donati would only say: “We have resources to make adjustments.”
Donati refused to mention names of possible targets to fill the voids left by Luper and Thomsen. He doesn’t feel it’s fair to programs that may be preparing for bowl games to have a potential distraction.
But it’s clear TCU has the funds to make impact hires to improve the offense. It’s no secret that bettering the passing game is the No. 1 point of emphasis.
Not good... but also... not bad?
Publicize specific and understandable information concerning the nature of the infractions by providing, at a minimum, a statement to include the types of violations and the affected sport program and a direct, conspicuous link to the public infractions report located on the athletic department’s main or “landing” webpage. The information shall also be included in men’s basketball media guides and in an alumni publication. The institution’s statement must: (i) clearly describe the infractions; (ii) include the length of the probationary period associated with the infractions case; and (iii) provide a clear indication of what happened in the infractions case. A statement that refers only to the probationary period with nothing more is not sufficient.
Along with probation, the NCAA also issued a $47,148 fine to TCU and handed Busch a one-year show-cause order.
The former defensive standout is getting a second chance with the XFL.
After graduating from Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, he decided to stay in Texas and play college football at TCU. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Falcons, starting a professional career that included stops in New York, Dallas and Denver.
During his time in the NFL, Maponga was moved from a pass-rushing defensive end to outside linebacker. Now that he is with the Dragons, he gets to start doing what he does best: putting pressure on the quarterback.
“This is an opportunity for everyone, but especially for me individually,” he said. “This is for me to get back to playing defensive line. That’s what I do. I rush the quarterback and I missed playing it.”
Here’s hoping Billy is right on all of these guys.
“Medford is a big body that knows how to use it and high points really well,” Wessels said. “Nowell is even bigger and an all-around impressive earning all-district honors.
“Johnston is the key to this class right now. He has the ability to come in and be the next Josh Doctson. He has that kind of frame and spring. With all the drops the team had last year, he can solve a lot of woes.”
Johnston isn’t the only player who drew comparisons to former TCU greats. Wessels sees quarterback prospect Eli Williams having a lot of similar traits as former standout Trevone Boykin.
“Watching his tape, he reminds me so much of Boykin,” Wessels said. “He wears No. 2 and has that kind of dynamic athleticism.“