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TCU News: Things have been happening

The Big 12 gets a schedule, TCU Football makes national news.

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Big 12-approved scheduling model includes 9 conference games, 1 nonconference game | ESPN

TCU will not play SMU in 2020, so their nonconference opponent is TBD. All we know is that the game will be played in Fort Worth.

The model gives the Big 12 the flexibility to move back the Big 12 Dr Pepper Championship game to Dec. 12 or 19.

“I would like to salute the work of our university presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, coaches, medical advisors and administrators who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively during these extraordinary times,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “We believe this change provides the best opportunity going forward. However, we will undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through the season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead.”

Every Power 5 conference has determined its scheduling model for a season that has already been significantly altered by the coronavirus pandemic, and the Big 12 joined the ACC as the only leagues that kept one nonconference game.

The Big 12 did not publish its schedule on Tuesday, but with the sweeping changes across all conferences, marquee matchups such as West Virginia-Florida State, Baylor-Ole Miss, Oklahoma-Tennessee and Texas-LSU have been lost for the season.

TCU vs. SMU game canceled | 247 Sports

Some of you are celebrating.

TCU leads the all-time series 51-47-7. The meeting this season would’ve been the 100th meeting between the rival programs. During the Gary Patterson era, TCU holds a massive advantage in the series; 16-3. Prior to last season’s 41-38 win by SMU, the Frogs had won seven consecutive games in the series.

The game would’ve been the fourth game on the schedule for SMU and the first for TCU if they were to play. No word yet has been given on who TCU will open the season with but some sources feel UNLV is still on the table as well as Sam Houston State.

Word out of Las Vegas is the Raiders have expressed that they would rather have their fans have an opportunity to attend games at the brand new $1.4 billion Allegiant Stadium before UNLV fans. Owner Mark Davis has already gone public in saying he will not allow fans in the stadium this season. That has left UNLV possibly moving all of their games back to Sam Boyd Stadium.

TCU football players boycott practice after coach repeats slur used by player | The Star-Telegram

“This behavior is not OK now or ever,” Jordan said. “There needs to be repercussions to these actions.”

TCU center Kellton Hollins, who is a member of the team’s leadership council, posted on Twitter late Monday: “As a leadership council, we have spoken with Coach P about the events of today. We have discussed ways to move forward while keeping in mind the mental health of the football team. Coach P understands the significance of what he said.

“Regardless of the context, the word is unacceptable to use but even more so in today’s climate. As a team, we will continue to hold coaches and everyone accountable especially as it pertains to the injustices of America.”

Several players defended Patterson in social media posts Monday, saying the incident is being taken out of context.

“We all know what was said and I will not speak on it because what he said was wrong, but it was misconstrued,” TCU safety Trevon Moehrig said. “What I will say is that I know the kind of person Coach P is and where his heart is at. I also know the situation and what occurred unlike most of y’all. He has done so much for me and players before me. The media is eating this up cause it’s another story for them to get attention.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson posts apology on social media for ’unacceptable’ use of racial slur | Dallas Morning News

TCU head coach Gary Patterson posted the following apology on social media Tuesday morning after his use of a racial slur during practice.

Patterson: “I met with our Seniors and Leadership Council last night about how we move forward as a team, together. We are committed as individuals and as a program to fighting racial injustice of any kind.

“I apologize for the use of a word that, in any context, is unacceptable. I have always encouraged our players to do better and be better and I must live by the same standards.

“Our players, past and present have always been the strength of our program. These men are and will always be my motivation and driving force.”