Tennessee Tech over SMU? I mean, under the circumstances, I am okay with it.
The Big 12 is still working on the conference schedule which will provide more flexibility for teams.
The good news for TCU is the fact they’ve been talking to Tennessee Tech for several weeks. When TCU was trying to fill in games for Cal and Prairie View, they were already in discussions with UNLV and Tennessee Tech. UNLV was set to be played on August 29 in Las Vegas. According to a previous report from HornedFrogBlitz, the game versus Tennessee Tech was already in the works to be played on September 12, which was the original date the Frogs were set to host Prairie View.
But also... this kind of sucks.
“We didn’t talk much about the location of the 2021 game since it was determined fairly quickly that the 2020 game would not be played,” Hart said. “We agreed that this is a one-year disruption in our series and that we will talk through our plans for 2021 and beyond at a later date. We’re very disappointed for our student-athletes and fans — it’s an important rivalry and we were looking forward to defending the Iron Skillet in front of our home crowd.”
TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati told the Star-Telegram it wasn’t possible for the Horned Frogs to play the game this season once the Big 12 issued its updated scheduling format on Monday.
“We had a game contract already in place to play a non-conference opponent before the Big 12 scheduling mandate came down on Monday night,” Donati said. “Unfortunately moving the SMU game is not a possibility this year. We look forward to continuing the rivalry series in 2021 and beyond.”
The former Frog continues to make a name for himself on the PGA Tour.
“I would say there’s a little feeling of you belong there,” Hoge said in a telephone interview with the Star-Telegram this week. “But more than anything, just having experience of playing in a few U.S. Opens. I made the cut last year, so I feel like I’m getting more comfortable on the bigger stage. Hopefully I can go out and play well.”
Hoge is playing in the first group off No. 10 Thursday with a 9:05 a.m. tee time (7:05 a.m. San Francisco time), being paired with Dallas native and University of Texas product Scottie Scheffler and Danny Balin, who received one of the 20 exemptions for club pros from the PGA of America.
Hoge was in the midst of a breakout year before the PGA Tour suspended its season among the coronavirus pandemic. He had three top-10s, including a fifth-place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open in January when he was paired with Tiger Woods for the final round at Torrey Pines in San Diego. He out-shot Woods by two strokes that day, 68-70.