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TCU News: “It’s overwhelming at times.”

Raegan Pebley has been doing her best in a trying time for her program.

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Basketball:

TCU’s women’s basketball hopeful that NCAA could still recognize tournament teams | The Star-Telegram

It won’t happen, but it would have been nice for a team that deserved the recognition.

“It doesn’t need to be seeded and bracketed,” Pebley said. “But I know those committees already had a good sense of who their at-large bids were and finalize who the teams were. That way seniors and teams can have that sense of closure, at least.”

As of now, the NCAA is not planning to go that route. The selection committees have been sent home. But it does seem like a realistic and feasible idea. After all, Pebley described the heart-breaking scene when the team found out March Madness had been canceled.

“It’s devastating,” Pebley said. “I’ve had to have really hard conversations and share awful news with teams before and individual players before, and this is right up there at the top. One of the worst.

“Yesterday I was in survival mode and taking care of everybody and today I woke up mad. And I am sure there’s going to be sadness too that happens at some point. It’s overwhelming at times.”

TCU basketball player enters NCAA’s transfer portal | The Star-Telegram

Arnette has been a valuable part of the bench mob, but this former valedictorian may want to play meaningful minutes.

The TCU men’s basketball team has seen their first player enter the NCAA transfer portal this offseason.

Walk-on guard Dylan Arnette has entered the portal, according to a source. TCU is not expecting any other players to enter the portal as of now, but as the source said of today’s college basketball landscape: “It can change quickly.”

It’s unclear what schools may have an interest in Arnette. He has spent the past two seasons with the Horned Frogs.

He redshirted as a freshman in 2018-19, and then appeared in four games last season. He didn’t contribute any stats during his limited minutes.

Football:

Detroit Lions Sign Former Eagles OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai | Sports Illustrated

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Last season, Vaitai played 477 snaps — with most of his snaps coming at right tackle.

He earned grades of 62.1 in pass-blocking and 75.4 in run-blocking, per Pro Football Focus.

His pass-blocking ranked 77th, and he graded out as the 22nd-best offensive tackle in the NFL.

It is expected that Vaitai will replace the recently released Rick Wagner, who largely struggled in his three seasons with the Lions.

Eagles Draft Target – Jeff Gladney | The Painted Lines

Could Gladney Island dock in Philly?

Jeff Gladney’s Fit with the Philadelphia Eagles

Stopping the big play has to be on the fore front of Jim Schwartz’s mind in 2020. According to Pro Football Focus, Gladney allowed only 10-46 receiving for 333 yards on targets 20-plus yards downfield. To break it down even further, Gladney allowed only 19 receptions for 470 yards on 78 targets 10-plus yards downfield. Quite simply, this guy makes plays down field and is always around the football.

The Philadelphia Eagles were one of the most frustrating defenses to watch on 3rd and long situations in 2019. Pro Football Focus indicates that Jeff Gladney had 19 career forced incompletions on third down while at TCU. To the delight of many Bird’s fans, this is a guy who plays with an aggressive style of football that would make him a welcome addition to the Philadelphia Eagles defense. The Eagles haven’t had a guy with this level of speed and quickness since Asante Samuel in 2011.