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TCU News: “We’re learning more all the time, and yet there’s much we don’t know”

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Football:

Texas offers TCU WR commit Chase Jackson | Burnt Orange Nation

Texas now becomes the prominent program to date to extend an offer”

A three-star talent with nine offers to date, Jackson announced his pledge to the Horned Frogs on May 3, but at that point, Jackson’s offer list featured only two other Power 5 invitations — Indiana and Minnesota.

On the surface, Jackson’s productivity as a junior certainly warrants a bit more attention, as he hauled in 56 receptions for 1,342 yards — good for 23.9 yards per catch — and 15 touchdowns. So it seems as if TCU may have unearthed a diamond in the rough, which has become a common theme for the program under Gary Patterson’s guidance.

That said, Texas now becomes the prominent program to date to extend an offer to the recent TCU commit, so the impact that invitation has will be something to monitor in the coming weeks.

The 6’2, 170-pound Jackson is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 106 wide receiver and as the No. 12 player in Oklahoma, per the 247Sports Composite.

Why testing capacity could determine the course of the Big 12’s season | The Athletic

The more they can test, and the quicker they can get results, the more likely they are to keep playing.

“We’re learning more all the time, and yet there’s much we don’t know,” Bowlsby said. “What we do know is that testing is the best way to intercept early after infection and that we need to do a rigorous testing regimen.”

There is a rather important detail in that agreement, one these ADs had to hustle to answer before and after their Tuesday meetings: Can their testing labs actually deliver on that plan? If they’re going to make that pledge, they better make sure it’s legitimately possible.

“Our testing labs, they know what our demand is going to be and the turnaround,” West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons said. “We worked with them to say, ‘Can you do this?’ We don’t want to go down the path here in the next month and say, ‘Oh, we can’t do this now.’ So we’ve all asked the questions of, if this is gonna be our protocols, can you meet our needs? Because we don’t want to test on a Wednesday and not have a test result back until Sunday.”

Pro Frogs:

Video Exclusive: QB Andy Dalton On Faith, Family, Football - And Pilates | Sports Illustrated

Andy Dalton is a Cowboy. Crazy, right?

“As soon as I signed here,’’ Dalton says of his one-year deal, “I was like (via text) “Hey man, I’m here to help you in any way I can. ”I’m trying to serve and help him as much as I can. Just getting to know him and being around him, we’ve got a great relationship. He is really talented and I’m excited to see what he is going to do this year.’’

But Dalton is also excited about how he’ll be able to contribute in the event the $31.409 million man Prescott is sidelined - and how that opportunity could provide the veteran an NFL springboard after this season.

I feel like I’m a starter in this league and I feel like I have a lot of football left,’’ he said. “We’ll see how it all shakes out this year. I’m excited for this year and what’s to come.’’

Around Campus:

A ‘phenomenal teacher,’ longtime TCU professor dies at 65 from COVID-19 complications | The Star-Telegram

With classes starting, please, please, please wear your mask, practice physical distancing, and protect those that can’t protect themselves.

Rhodes, who was known as a “professor’s professor,” taught law in the Neeley School of Business, first starting as an adjunct professor in 1982. He practiced law until 1984, before becoming a full-time lecturer at TCU and became a well-respected and successful professor.

“This loss is devastating for me to relay and to bear, as I know it is for so many of our students, faculty and staff who admired Rob so much,” said Daniel Pullin, the John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business, in a TCU memorial. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”