Dean’s final piece for the DMN is a good one.
”In 2005 this is the only game I lost. It cost us a whole season. We went 11-1. So. bottom line to it is, every one counts one. And we didn’t get ready for this one.”
What’s done is now done, including the prospect of TCU’s first undefeated season since 2010. Same for the “20 game winning streak” -- the Frogs did make it a quarter of the way there -- that Patterson hypothesized prior to the team’s road victory at Baylor last November.
Still, the season is only three weeks young. Big 12 play remains a blank slate for the Frogs, who begin their conference slate with a home game against Kansas on Sept. 28. And while the idea of running the table may seem lofty, players aren’t putting it past them to recreate the bounce-back that came in 2005.
”I think that’s definitely something we can do,” said senior tailback Darius Anderson, who rushed for 161 yards in the loss. “The energy in the locker room is still positive, everybody was like keep your head up, we’re going into conference. So I think we’ll do really well from here on out.”
I guess we will find out.
Patterson refuted the notion by several long-time observers of his program that opined Patterson was blatantly singling out Cumbie.
“It was something that all young coaches that want to be head coaches need to do,” Patterson said. “I hear that it was about play calling. It had nothing to do with play calling. Everybody needs to learn what it’s like to stand in front of you guys and do all of it, and just tell the truth. There’s no hidden meaning in all of that.
“Everything’s good here. A great guy, been with us for five years.”
I mean, okay.
No. 7 TCU (2-1)
Last week’s ranking: 3
Last weekend: Lost against SMU 41-38.
In a nutshell: ”They outcoached us, they outplayed us, and they had more emotion,” veteran TCU coach Gary Patterson said after Saturday’s loss to SMU. “Our young team learned a valuable lesson.” There’s still a quarterback problem to be solved, which usually can be offset by a good defense. Saturday, though, that was a problem, too. There’s more questions than answers right now.
On deck: Saturday vs. Kansas at noon on FS1.
Oh, well... that hurts.
Q: Did you have any conversation with TCU coaches about looking here when you decided to transfer from Texas?
”No, I had no conversations or anything with TCU. In high school I was interested, but coming out from Texas - they never came to me so the interest was never there.”
There are two sides to every coin, and watching how this plays out will be fascinating.
If this becomes the new world of college athletics, schools could be asking boosters to host parties for their athletes instead of buying suites at stadiums.
To Donati, that’s “unconscionable.”
“I understand the free market concept and I understand the country we live in is exceptionally prideful and that’s part of our freedom,” Donati said. “But I also think there’s a tremendous amount of monetary value in place on these kid’s educations. That’s a tremendous investment we’re making investing into this amateur model.
“I just think it’d be a shame to throw it away so haphazardly from what I’ve heard. It has potential to be a wild, wild west situation, which is scary as an athletic director.