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TCU News: The story of why the Frogs didn’t recruit Pat Mahomes

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A quarterback that never made it to Fort Worth kept TCU from recruiting one of the best ever.

Links O' War
Links O’ War
Danny Mourning

Football:

TCU football’s season opener is set for 2021 against a team it has never faced | The Star-Telegram

Well, our no-FCS teams dream is dead.

But sources have confirmed that TCU will open the season with a home game against Duquesne on Sept. 4 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It’ll be the first meeting between TCU and Duquesne, an FCS school out of Pittsburgh in the Northeast Conference.

TCU’s other nonconference games include home meetings against Cal (Sept. 11) and SMU (Sept. 25). Game times will be announced at a later date.

Kenny Hill elevated to QBs coach at TCU | 247 Sports

GP made it official yesterday.

Former TCU starting quarterback Kenny Hill has been promoted to quarterbacks coach on the Horned Frogs’ staff, head coach Gary Patterson confirmed on Wednesday during a zoom call with reporters. The former TCU and Texas A&M signal-caller joined Patterson’s staff as a student coach in 2018 before serving as a graduate assistant in 2019 and then as an offensive analyst in 2020.

Hill takes over quarterback coaching duties from Sonny Cumbie, who coached Hill in Fort Worth from 2016-2017, after Cubmie left the program after seven seasons to take the offensive coordinator job at Texas Tech in December. Cumbie, who quarterbacked Texas Tech in the mid-2000s, had held the same role in Lubbock in 2013 before joining the TCU staff in time for the 2014 season.

What happened with this player convinced TCU’s Patterson not to recruit Patrick Mahomes | The Star-Telegram

So Austin Aune ruined our shot at Pat Mahomes. Dang.

Back in 2012, Trey Haverty was impressed with Mahomes, then a junior quarterback at Whitehouse, and thought he was a fit for TCU. But there was a problem.

Famously, Mahomes was quite the pitcher, and TCU had just been burned by baseball players.

“We liked him but we had just taken Austin Aune, and he pulled out and played baseball,” said Haverty, who is now the safeties coach at SMU. “(TCU coach) Gary Patterson was scared that Mahomes would go play baseball, and then I went to Texas Tech.”

Basketball:

Nembhard, LeDee help TCU slip past Oklahoma State 81-78 | ESPN

This one was wild.

RJ Nembhard had 20 points, Jaedon LeDee converted a three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, and TCU beat Oklahoma State 81-78 on Wednesday night.

Mike Miles scored 18 points, Charles O’Bannon added 15 and Kevin Samuel 14 for TCU (10-7, 3-5 Big 12).

Miles made a layup to make it 78-all with 17 seconds to play. Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, rather than playing for the last shot, raced down court and missed a contested layup five seconds later. LeDee leaked out, took an outlet pass from Taryn Todd and was fouled as he made a driving layup. His free throw capped the scoring.

Cunningham’s potential tying half-court shot as time expired rimmed out.