This is such a mess.
A decision, whether Dixon bolts for UCLA or stays at TCU, is expected to be resolved by the end of today with the Final Four starting on Saturday.
If TCU doesn’t budge, or UCLA refuses to pay the buyout, it could make for an awkward situation for Dixon and TCU going forward. But TCU does not want Dixon to leave after he’s turned a once dormant program relevant and in the NCAA Tournament mix in three seasons.
TCU wants to make it hard for coaches to leave, too, which is why it puts significant buyouts in contracts such as Dixon’s. Dixon agreed to a contract extension through the 2023-24 season with TCU last offseason.
Such a cool opportunity for Frog fans.
Patterson announced earlier this week that the spring game would not happen. TCU has had limited numbers this spring because of injuries. Almost half of what will be next season’s 85-man scholarship roster did not go through because of injuries, or since they won’t arrive on campus until the summer.
TCU opens the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
It’s been a while since the Frogs have had a representative in NYC.
TCU, for one, knows a thing or two about actually coming through, posting three AP Top 10 finishes since joining the ranks of the Power 5 in time for the 2012 season. Even the Heisman Trophy has been on the radar in Fort Worth more than once during Gary Patterson’s 21 years on staff, from running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s run to being a finalist in 2000 to former quarterback Trevone Boykin’s dazzling displays of talent as the team’s starter across the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Alas, this December will mark 81 years since legendary quarterback Davey O’Brien brought home TCU’s lone Heisman Trophy way back in 1938 -- a year that saw the Horned Frogs go a perfect 11-0 en route to being named the AP national champions. And for the meantime, TCU fans can only hope and pray that the drought now exceeding eight decades will finally come to an end in 2019.
Oklahoma is off to a strong start, and will be a tough challenge for a TCU team coming off of a series loss to Okie State at home.
• OU has allowed three or fewer runs in 19 of 30 games this season, and allowed one or zero runs 12 times. • OU is batting .273 as a team and averaging 6.3 runs per game, with 55 doubles, 12 triples and 15 home runs. The Sooners allow opponents 3.5 runs per game and a .229 batting average. • The Sooners have a 2.93 team ERA with 267 strikeouts to 106 walks in 267.2 innings. The starting pitchers have a 2.17 ERA and have struck out 168 batters and allowed 128 hits in 166.0 innings.• Sophomore first baseman Tyler Hardman is second in the Big 12 in hits (41) and tied for third in RBIs (29). Sophomore outfielder Jordan Vujovich ranks second in walks (24) and has the fourth-best on-base percentage (.495) while junior shortstop Brandon Zaragoza is tied for third in walks (24).