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TCU News: Another transfer joins the Frogs, Evans has work to do, Spielman’s off the field hobby

The Frogs hope to make beautiful music this fall.

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Football:

TCU Football’s Patterson says five-star RB Evans has plenty of room for improvement | The Star-Telegram

There’s work to be done for the precocious talent.

“Everyone else needs to keep getting better,” Patterson said.

That includes Evans, the Galena Park North Shore standout who was once regarded as the nation’s top 2020 prospect by 247Sports. He ended up as the No. 16 prospect in the country, landing at TCU after a bizarre recruiting process in which he initially signed with Georgia.

Asked where Evans needed to grow, Patterson said: “Like all freshmen — everything.”

Patterson kept his answer short again when asked if he could see the high-ceiling potential in Evans as many recruiting experts did, saying: “Not right now. He’s learning how to go through college.”

TCU is expected to rely heavily on its running game much like it did last season. The Horned Frogs will be starting the season with an unproven quarterback in Matthew Downing, who has assumed the starting job with Max Duggan sidelined indefinitely with a heart condition.

Best- and worst-case scenarios for TCU in 2020: Horned Frogs’ success will ride on an inexperienced QB | The Dallas Morning News

It seems to hinge on whoever is playing QB.

Worst-case scenario

A completely new quarterback will inevitably lead to many uncertainties for the offense. With only three weeks until the start of the season, TCU may still be making adjustments to rework the offense around Downing. The worst case for the Frogs would be that they start off the season with slow momentum. If the team starts off with a loss or two, it will be hard for the young quarterback and his team to gain confidence.

Another situation TCU has struggled with in the past is being injury-prone, and injuries would be detrimental to the Frogs this season.

Former Auburn WR Zach Farrar will walk on at TCU sources confirm | Horned Frog Blitz

Another big, tall, experienced receiver for... whoever... to throw to.

Originally a 2016 recruit, Farrar signed with Oklahoma out of Southlake Carroll. He redshirted in his lone season for the Sooners and ended up heading to Mississippi Gulf Coast College. While at the JUCO program, Farrar caught 11 passes for 266 yards with 4 touchdowns in 2017.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder out of Southlake Carroll was one of the more heavily recruited receiver prospects in Texas for the 2016 recruiting class. As a senior caught 56 passes for 1,115 yards and 18 TD...named to Texas AP Sports Writers Class 6A All-State Honorable-Mention team.

Farrar adds to an already impressive transfer haul the Frogs had in the off-season. In addition to Farrar, the Frogs landed Dylan Horton (New Mexico), TJ Storment (Colorado State), Mark Jackson Jr. (Oklahoma), JD Spielman (Nebraska) and Marcel Brooks (LSU).

JD Spielman Balancing College Football And Music | Yahoo Sports

Just a really cool thing.

JD Spielman, son of Vikings GM Rick Spielman, is on the TCU football team. He’s also a performer on a different stage, and this summer he found a partner to help him hone a different craft, reports Mike Max (2:47).

Basketball:

Just like football, college basketball season could have conference-only feel to it | The Star-Telegram

First spring. Now fall. Is winter the next season to be significantly impacted by COVID-19?

“As of now, the prospects don’t look strong for a nonconference season and it may make more sense with our testing protocols to only play conference-only,” Donati said. “That’s something that we have yet to determine as a conference, but it’s something that we’re all thinking about and something we’ll have to make a decision on some time in the near future.”

As disappointing as it would be to see the nonconference portion of the schedule eliminated, Donati and TCU basketball coach Jamie Dixon remain confident that there will at least be a basketball season in some fashion. And March Madness — preferably in March.

The NCAA’s biggest moneymaker is March Madness. In fact, it’s essentially the organization’s only moneymaker.

And the tournament has its maximum TV value in March when it’s the biggest sporting event going on (in other words, it would seem the NCAA would shorten the regular season to keep the tournament in March rather than delay the tournament to, say, April or May).

“Having only one source of revenue from the NCAA Tournament is not a good business model,” Dixon said. “That’s not a good growth strategy. But we’re going to figure it out, just like MLB and the NBA and football are doing.”