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TCU News: Happy New Year, Frog Fans

It’s 2020, and it should be a great year to bleed purple.

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Football:

LaDainian Tomlinson shares what motivated TCU in its 1998 Sun Bowl victory over USC | The Star-Telegram

The Sun Bowl was yesterday, and it still holds a special place in the hands of Frog fans. I had never heard the story of the USC players spitting on the Frog Horn, though.

USC provided extra motivation just before kickoff, too, as Tomlinson vividly recalled.

“You know what else? I remember the USC players disrespecting the horn, the TCU horn,” Tomlinson said. “They spit on it during their walkthrough. That’s what I remember.

“That was extra motivation for sure. It’s been about 20 years, so if I still remember that, everyone on that team remembers that.”

TCU went on to a 28-19 victory over USC, the program’s first bowl win in 41 years. Tomlinson made his mark mostly on special teams with 91 yards on kickoff returns. The then-sophomore also added 30 yards rushing, as well as a 25-yard reception.

Auburn unveils alternate Outback Bowl uniform in tribute to Pat Sullivan | Saturday Down South

This is excellent.

Sullivan passed the Sunday after Auburn’s Iron Bowl win. A College Football Hall of Famer, Sullivan won the Heisman Trophy in 1971. As the QB for legendary Tigers coach Ralph Jordan, Sullivan was 162-of-281 passing for 2,012 yards and 20 touchdowns that season. Sullivan’s 1970 season was statistically even better when he led the NCAA in total offense with 2,856 yards and averaged 8.57 yards per play, setting an NCAA record.

Ex-TCU C Joey Hunt clears way for Marshawn Lynch with crazy move | 247 Sports

This was so impressive.

Needless to say, Lynch might want to thank one his teammates -- center and former TCU football player Joey Hunt -- for lending a significant hand on one first down that the veteran running back picked up in his first NFL game since October 2018.

Keep an eye on Hunt, who impeded the path of two San Francisco linemen in a matter of seconds to create the gap Lynch needed to pick up the first down on the below play. Not something that you see every day in the NFL.

Former TCU star Trevone Boykin back in jail, facing new charges of misdemeanor theft | The Star-Telegram

Boykin can’t stay out of his own way. Such a sad spiral down.

NBC 5 reports that the misdemeanor theft charges stem from Boykin selling TCU memorabilia but not delivering the promised merchandise after buyers paid for it.

Bond amounts for those charges total $1,000 ($500 each). Records also indicate a misdemeanor charge for alleged theft of service that has a $750 bond.

NBC 5 reports that this charge is related to Boykin not paying an Arlington hotel for an Oct. 29 stay, allegedly using an alias when checking in.

Boykin faces three other charges, stemming from a pending domestic violence case in Tarrant County with those bonds totaling $100,000. He faces aggravated assault of a family member with a weapon ($60,000 bond), tampering with a witness in a family violence case ($15,000 bond) and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury ($25,000 bond).

Basketball:

JUCO forward Lat Mayen commits to Nebraska | Husker Online

The former Frog has a new landing spot.

Originally from Sudan, Mayen grew up in Adelaide, Australia, and was ranked as the No. 1 prep prospect as a senior at Australia Basketball Center of Excellence in 2017.

He committed to TCU, but his career never got off the ground with the Horned Frogs. He redshirted his first season due to a torn meniscus, and he played in just 17 games as a redshirt freshman before lingering knee issues ended his season.

Now a redshirt sophomore at Chipola, Mayen is finally healthy and is averaging 10.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 43.6 percent from 3-point range this year.