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TCU News: Legendary TCU coach passes away

“We wouldn’t have what we have today, if it wasn’t for the work of Coach Bartzen.”

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Football:

Biggest questions for TCU heading into Big 12 Media Days: QB starter? Sewo’s status? | The Star-Telegram

The QB question won’t be answered next week, but this one might be.

Olonilua faces a third-degree felony charge for possession of a controlled substance weighing more than or equal to 1 gram and less than 4 grams, as well as a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia, in Walker County, Texas.

This is a complex situation considering the overarching societal stance on marijuana with a number of states legalizing it and/or decriminalizing it. But Texas is not one of those states and a felony charge is a felony charge.

If Olonilua is able to get those charges reduced, TCU officials may have more leniency in potential discipline. Time will tell in how this plays out in the coming weeks.

Basketball:

Your guide to 13 early-season college basketball tournaments | ESPN

Fight to avoid the bottom of the Big 12? Hmm...

MGM Resorts Main Event

Dates: Nov. 24 & 26, 2019

Site: T-Mobile Arena / Las Vegas, NVSleeper team: TCU. Jamie Dixon lost key players from last year’s 23-win team but returnee Desmond Bane will join top-100 player P.J. Fuller on a squad that will fight to avoid the bottom of the Big 12.

Athletics:

TCU, tennis giant ‘Tut’ Bartzen dead at 91 | The Star-Telegram

A Horned Frog legend whose impact isn’t as widely known.

Under Bartzen, TCU reached the NCAA Tournament 13 times. He was named the ITCA National Coach of the Year in 1982.

Current TCU tennis coach David Roditi, an All-American in his TCU career, played for Bartzen from 1993 to ‘96.

“It’s impossible to put into words what Coach Bartzen has meant to TCU Tennis, the Fort Wort community, Colonial Country Club, Texas Tennis and USA Tennis. He and his wife, Sara, together with the Friedman family, had a vision,” Roditi said in a statement. “They built the beautiful tennis center and instilled a championship culture at TCU. We wouldn’t have what we have today, if it wasn’t for the work of Coach Bartzen.

Is Syracuse first school to open at home against defending champs in football and basketball? | Syracuse.com

Cool mention of TCU in this really unique story.

Thus, the search would begin with the 1939 football season and defending national champion Texas Christian University and the 1939-40 basketball season with reigning NCAA tournament champion Oregon.

For historical reference, the 1938 TCU football team was led by that year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Davey O’Brien, whose name is now on the award given to college football’s top quarterback.

The 1938 Oregon basketball team was known as the Webfoots.