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TCU fires basketball assistant linked to FBI case | The Star-Telegram

Corey Barker was fired after declining to be interviewed as a part of TCU’s internal investigation, according to Mac Engel. Also, according to Engel’s sources Barker was asked to influence Jaylen Fisher when it came time for him to choose an agency.

TCU assistant Corey Barker allegedly received a bribe to influence certain TCU basketball players to a particular sports agency. His bio is no longer on the TCU website.

The player in question is former TCU guard Jaylen Fisher, who left the program in January. Sources said Fisher’s departure from the team has nothing to do with Barker, or this case; sources said Fisher accepted no money.

Snubbed? TCU Horned Frogs off to NIT after narrowly missing NCAA Tournament | Sports Day DFW

Giving it a closer look, was TCU snubbed?

There were stats to give the Horned Frogs hope. The team was ranked No. 52 in both the RPI and NET and was No. 36 in strength of schedule entering the selection show. While TCU only went 7-11 in Big 12 play, the Horned Frogs managed to sweep the season series with Iowa State, who went on to win the Big 12 tournament Saturday night. Alas, the holes, late-season road losses to teams such as Oklahoma State and West Virginia, and other factors ultimately prevented the committee from weighing TCU’s resume in the light many had hoped it would.

2019 Snubs: TCU, Indiana lead biggest omissions from tournament field | CBS Sports

Ben Kercheval breaks it down.

The Frogs swept Big 12 tourney champ Iowa State in the regular season. Even with a sub-.500 record in conference play, that might have been enough. However, TCU was bounced from the conference tourney in the second round by Kansas State. TCU also couldn’t get a signature win against Texas Tech.

Loss(es) that hurt the most: Dropping games to Oklahoma State and West Virginia weren’t great, but honestly the Lipscomb game was one the Frogs never should have lost.

TCU, Texas among NCAA Tournament snubs, but seeded high in NIT | WFAA

TCU is a 1-seed in the NIT, while Texas is a 2-seed.

TCU, who was bidding for its first back-to-back tournament bids since 1952-1953, was shut out of the this years edition of the NCAA Tournament.

The Horned Frogs finished the year 20-13, with a 7-11 Big 12 conference record, but in a year when the selection committee put a higher value on mid-major bubble teams, it wasn’t enough.

Why the selection committee left TCU out of the NCAA Tournament | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs were dinged because of their poor road record and not-great non-conference schedule.

A poor road record, 3-7, no nonconference wins in the first quadrant ultimately hurt their chances,” said Bernard Muir, Stanford’s athletic director who is the chair of the men’s basketball committee.

Teams swindled by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee | CBB Today

Here’s what one writer had to say about Arizona State getting in over the Frogs.

Starting with the TCU Horned Frogs, a team I believe deserved an at-large bid the most — out of the teams that didn’t get in.. By no means was TCU’s resume worthy of a single-digit seed or anything, but the overall resume for the Horned Frogs was decent. They had 2 Quadrant 1A wins while picking up three Quadrant one wins overall. They also had a good overall record of 20-13, which mixed with a NET ranking of 52 probably, gets them in on most occasions. In addition to that, they also had zero losses to teams in Quadrants 3 and 4. Comparatively speaking, Arizona State had four losses to teams in Quadrants 3 and 4.

Baseball

No. 20 TCU uses 7-run fourth inning to complete series sweep of Eastern Michigan | The Star-Telegram

TCU’s first sweep of the season came against an overmatched opponent, but TCU did what they should do against such a team, outscoring them 40-7 on the weekend.

TCU (12-6) came alive in the fourth inning with seven runs on just three hits. Andrew Keefer mashed a two-run double to make it a 5-0 lead shortly after an error allowed the first run of the frame.

Johnny Rizer’s second home run of the season came in the second to make it 2-0. He and junior catcher Zach Humphrey’s led TCU with two hits and two RBI’s.