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Gary Patterson wants to make us all believers in Zachary Evans.

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Around Campus:

TCU coaches, AD reduce salaries amid coronavirus pandemic | The Star-Telegram

It’s not just coaches... faculty and staff are feeling the burn as well, with salaries, retirement matching, and tuition credits all taking hits.

A source confirmed that, among others, football coach Gary Patterson, men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon, baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle and athletic director Jeremiah Donati were among a group who voluntarily reduced their salaries during this crisis.

Another source added that football assistants Sonny Cumbie, Chad Glasgow, Jarrett Anderson and Dan Sharp also voluntarily took pay cuts.

“I am extremely proud that our coaches stepped up and made these voluntary pay cuts,” Donati said in a text message to the Star-Telegram. “They truly understand the environment we, and so many others, are in. It really shows their commitment to TCU.”

According to tax documents for 2017, Patterson made $4.9 million while Dixon made $3.4 million and Schlossnagle made $1.2 million that year.

Patterson made a $50,000 donation to the school’s crisis fund last month as well.

Football:

TCU’s signing of Zachary Evans merits a question more than a red flag | The Star-Telegram

You knew Mac was going to have to chime in.

Gary Patterson previously made a point of shying away from “knuckleheads,” and this is not suggesting his highest-rated recruit ever fits that description.

Gary is also known to say TCU doesn’t land five-star kids; that TCU must take a two- and a three star and turn them into a five-star.

Now he has to take the five-star talent and convince him he’s just a two-star.

“I am not in town but he was a 3.1 GPA student and graduated early,” Patterson said Thursday afternoon about Evans’ arrival in a direct message via Twitter. “We will write the rest of his paragraph as it unfolds!”

5 key issues for TCU heading into next season: Can the Horned Frogs find their identity? | Dallas Morning News

Paging Parker Fleming...

Find an identity on offense

This is a big-picture issue, but it’s one that’s plagued TCU over the last two years. After enjoying success as a spread-’em-out passing team behind quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Kenny Hill, the Frogs haven’t found a consistent identity. Part of that is due to the quarterback carousel in Fort Worth. That should end this year, as Max Duggan is projected to hold onto the starting job entering the season. Hopefully, his presence and stability will allow TCU to find an offensive identity and stick to it.

TCU makes final six for Landyn Watson | Horned Frog Blitz

I really really really want this kid as part of Carter Boys 21.

Watson has put up good seasons in his three years as a varsity player for Hutto. The past two seasons he has combined for 105 tackles with 14.5 sacks. He earned first-team all-district honors as a sophomore and was voted as his district’s defensive lineman of the year during his junior season.

Watson was a one-time commitment to LSU before re-opening his recruitment in late November last year.

TCU currently has four commitments for their 2021 recruiting class including one defensive end commit; Wichita Falls Hirschi strongside defensive end Chris Murray. The Frogs are still in pursuit for at least one more defensive end for the class. At the conclusion of the 2020 season, the Frogs will lose two players at the position; Parker Workman and Brandon Bowen.

Watson is ranked as the No. 19 weakside defensive end prospect in the nation and No. 46 overall player in Texas according to the industry-generated 247Sports composite rankings. Current crystal ball predictions favor Virginia Tech with 70% of the current predictions. Watson is tentatively scheduled to visit the ACC program in June for an official visit.