The spring has been the thing.
“I told Schloss, you have the program we want to have in a few years. We’ve modeled it after baseball,” Roditi said. “There’s a lot of similarities because we’re both battling scholarship issues and the cost of TCU going up and up. But the community has done a great job of embracing us.
“The success of football is huge for us too. What Coach P [Gary Patterson] has done the last 10 years — the American kid wants to go to a college with the big football experience. It’s all come together for us and the administration has been very supportive with all the crazy stuff we’ve done with the fans.”
Roditi has become known for turning TCU into a home-court advantage for the tennis program, joking: “I like telling people, coming to a TCU tennis match is like going to a wedding without the boring ceremony.”
This to me is the most interesting battle for the fall.
Wyatt Harris will likely get the first chance to replace Wallow. Harris spent the 2020 season as Wallow’s backup while playing all special teams. As a true freshman in 2019, Harris started seven games at linebacker. Like Wallow, Harris may not be the most athletic linebacker on the roster, but he has great awareness and some have said he’s the smartest linebacker on the roster. Harris participated in the spring with no contact; he worked mostly in walk-through settings and some individual drills.
Thomas Armstrong and Zach Marcheselli both got most of the reps during spring camp and could provide some competition. Armstrong had the most tackles from a linebacker perspective in the Frogs’ spring scrimmage.
Red hot and climbing.
TCU moved up two spots to No. 3 after a 4-0 week, putting the Horned Frogs all alone atop the Big 12 standings. Texas, which had been tied for first place entering the week, lost two of three at home against Texas Tech, dropping the Longhorns three spots to No. 6 in the rankings. The Red Raiders climbed three places to No. 8.
Didn’t even know the Frogs added another transfer.
McNeilly, a Toronto native, has been a longtime assistant under A&M coach Buzz Williams. McNeilly was an assistant under Williams the last two seasons with the Aggies (2019-21) and the five seasons before that at Virginia Tech (2014-19). McNeilly worked under Williams at Marquette, too, from 2008-14.
Under Williams at Marquette, McNeilly also crossed paths with TCU assistant Tony Benford. Benford was on Williams’ staff from 2008-12. The relationship McNeilly has with Benford, a source said, was a driving force in bringing him in.
McNeilly joins a TCU program that has added a couple Texas A&M transfers this offseason. Forward Emanuel Miller and guard Cashius McNeilly — Jamie McNeilly’s nephew — have announced their intentions to join TCU in recent weeks.