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TCU News: COVID-19 is dominating the sports news cycle

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History is being made as the sports world looks to find ways to contain its spread.

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Around Campus:

TCU moves classes online until April 3, extends spring break over coronavirus concerns | The Star-Telegram

On campus athletic events will be held without fans in attendance.

TCU has joined more than 100 colleges across the country that have moved classes online in response to COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. There were more than 125,000 cases across the globe as of Wednesday, including more than 1,200 in the U.S. and 21 in Texas, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The college is enacting the change “due to rapid spread and unpredictability of the disease,” according to the message from the university.

“TCU’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our community and these measures are being put in place to secure that as best we can,” Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. said in the release. “We have a responsibility to each other, our campus and the greater community to help ensure good health, decrease the potential impacts of COVID-19, and to prevent its exposure to vulnerable populations.”

Basketball:

TCU’s Big 12 Tournament run ends in first round loss | The Dallas Morning News

It was an ugly start for the Frogs.

Slow start creates a hole

TCU had about as bad a start as imaginable. With three minutes to go in the first half, Kansas State led 25-8 and the Frogs had more turnovers than points. An ugly stretch from 8:04 to 3:53 saw both teams go scoreless. Only Nembhard, who had 12 points in the first half on 4-6 shooting, kept TCU remotely close to staying in the game.

Kansas State out-muscled TCU on the boards, notching 21 rebounds to the Frogs’ 10. TCU has had problems scoring in the first half all year, and those problems came to light against a team that had won only 10 games heading into Wednesday.

Football:

HornedFrogBlitz Mailbag; latest on TCU football and recruiting | 247 Sports

Kill’s impact on the offense should be positive. Right?

Besides fundamentals and just reshaping the run and pass game, what are the actual changes we are trying to make to the offensive scheme? Are we going to add some pro concepts, more air raid, spread what are we trying to do to make our offense more explosive/sound?

I know in talking with Kill he wants to get better at running the football to open up the pass. Some things that have been told to me is that he’s told the receivers they better get ready to block better. That’s not to say this is going to be a predominantly run heavy team, but let’s face it, the Frogs blocked poorly on the perimeter last season. I think you will see more pro concepts, the Frogs have some very athletic tight ends and I think there is a focus on getting them involved, which last year we heard the same thing (almost every year), but it actually came to fruition. The tight ends had one of the best years in recent memory.

Projecting Big 12 win totals for every team in 2020 | 247 Sports

5-4 in conference? Seems reasonable.

Projected Big 12 wins: 5

Bud’s take: “TCU hit the scheduling lottery in drawing just four road games and one of them coming at Kansas.”

The word: The best way the Horned Frogs can turn back last season’s demise is to open conference play with a momentum-changing win in Fort Worth against Oklahoma State on Oct. 3. TCU would essentially supplant the Cowboys as the new sexy darkhorse behind Oklahoma and Texas and most importantly, establish early confidence. Over a four-week stretch beginning in late October, TCU battles Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Texas in consecutive weeks. That’s where the rubber could meet the road for Gary Patterson.