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TCU News: “The fact that we were able to keep everyone’s jobs is almost unheard of”

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The pandemic hurt TCU’s operating budget, but they were able to keep their staff intact.

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Basketball:

TCU men’s basketball games postponed this week as Jamie Dixon tests positive for COVID | The Star-Telegram

We hope that Coach is doing well and recovers quickly and fully.

Dixon is the second Big 12 coach to publicly announce he tested positive for COVID, joining Baylor’s Scott Drew.

A source said the Frogs have fallen below the Big 12 threshold of having six players available, although the program is not on “pause.” The few players that are eligible to continue practicing will do so.

With three straight games postponed, TCU is next scheduled to face Kansas in a road game at Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 26. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. However, that game could be pushed back a couple days in order to give TCU additional time for COVID protocols and meet the league’s threshold requirements.

Football:

TCU veteran offensive lineman expected to return for 2021 season | The Star-Telegram

Getting Myers, the Frogs’ most versatile lineman back, is huge for TCU.

Myers is a versatile lineman who has played tackle and guard in his time at TCU. He opened last season as the Frogs’ starting left tackle, playing the first three games there. He then started two games at right guard before missing the final four games.

Myers played in 11 games, including four starts at right guard, in 2019. He started nine of 10 games in 2018, including as the right guard against Ohio State that year. He also saw time at left tackle and left guard.

Myers, who is listed at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, will be entering his sixth season with the program in 2021. He redshirted as a freshman in 2016 and then played in five games in 2017.

Where TCU transfers will continue college careers | Horned Frog Blitz

Since we touched on this a few weeks ago, a few other Frogs have found homes.

True freshman quarterback Eli Williams became the next Frog to enter the portal. A three-star out of Sapulpa (OK), Williams was buried on the depth chart at TCU and was asked to switch to tight end. After playing the position for a week, Williams decided it was best to move on. Williams recently found a home at the JUCO ranks and will play at Hutchinson Junior College in Kansas.

Quazzel White was the first offensive lineman to enter the portal. White started three games for the Frogs at right guard but was injured against Kansas State. Following the injury he opted out the rest of the season and did not return. White entered the portal in early December and recently made a commitment to Utah State.

Athletics:

TCU lost one-third of its athletic revenue amid pandemic. Will it return in 2021? | The Star-Telegram

Here’s hoping to a very regular 2021 by the fall.

A source indicates that TCU lost close to one third of its athletic department revenue during the pandemic, which is roughly $25 million. The majority of that lost revenue is due to “live gate” being drastically reduced.

Donati is hopeful capacity increases for the 2021 football season.

“I don’t know what ‘21 looks like,” Donati said. “We think the vaccine will have an impact. We think that will give some people comfort in going to larger events such as football games, but we don’t know. Having a reduced capacity again would have significant financial implications for us.

“We’re very anxious to get back to full capacity. The live gate is a huge source of revenue for this department and university. Having to go through that again could have a massive impact on our sports programs here.”