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In the fall of 2011, though, the Big 12 needed to find two new members when Texas A&M exited to the SEC in September and Missouri followed suit officially in November. Quality football is hard to find, and TCU hadn’t stopped dominating in the conference’s backyard. From 2008-11, TCU won 47 games, won the Rose Bowl and played in the Fiesta Bowl, where it was matched with fellow upstart Boise State and given an opportunity to prove precisely nothing.
“When we had 10, I thought 10 was pretty good, and we wanted a round robin, so we didn’t need an 11th. I always liked TCU, we just didn’t need 11,” said then-Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe. “As soon as A&M indicated it was leaving, my desire was to grab TCU and move on down the road. … Texas had a little bit of concern about putting the old band back together again, and I couldn’t get them to move quickly enough. I’m not blaming them, but they took their time looking at it. But my desire was, when A&M made its intentions known, was the next day to say, ‘OK, we’ve got TCU and we’re going.’”
Patterson’s honesty and his program’s stability have gone a long way for the Horned Frogs.
And one ingredient in the recipe for success that Patterson prides himself on: A willingness to tell it like it is to his players, even if it’s not what they prefer to hear.
“For my assistants and myself, one thing is that we’ve always been honest with our players even if it’s not the answer they want and we try to help them as much as we could,” Patterson said at Big 12 Media Days in Arlington. “I think that always goes a long way in the stability of staying somewhere a long time.”
Reagor keeps piling up the preseason honors.
The stage has long been set for Jalen Reagor to have a banner year on the football field for the TCU Horned Frogs. That spotlight, however, has recently gotten a little brighter.
Reagor, a junior at TCU and 2017 Waxahachie graduate, was named this past week to the Biletnikoff Award and Maxwell Award watch lists. Both prestigious awards highlight 50 outstanding football players across the country before the season kicks off and conclude the season by naming a respective award-winner at an individually-held end-of-the-season banquet.
The offseason has also seen Reagor projected as a first-round 2020 NFL draft prospect by The Athletic and Pro Football Focus, named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team and selected as the top receiver in Texas by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
This is going to be a reality for TCU sooner rather than later.
“So, what you end up having is guys playing much earlier than they used to play,” Rhule said. Or if, “you’re in kind of trouble, you go get transfer quarterbacks.”
TCU’s Gary Patterson is choosing between six quarterbacks as his possible starter. Three of them are transfers, including Delton, who used to play for Kansas State.
“It’s really crazy. I could be playing against Alex this year,” said K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson, who is Delton’s former teammate. “That’s wild, just imagining that. Never thought that would really happen in the Big 12. He found a spot that he likes and he’s happy, so that’s the most important thing for him.”