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TCU was a legit College Football Playoff contender, but fell just short.
3/4/15: The TCU Horned Frogs are expecting to build upon a very successful 2014 campaign and a lot of that depends on the health and productivity of quarterback Trevone Boykin. Boykin will have surgery on his left (non-throwing) wrist and miss at least part of spring practices. The injury actually occurred last October, though Boykin never missed a snap. The surgery is currently set for the first week of April and will fix a fracture in the wrist. Fortunately, this seems like a minor hindrance at the time and should not affect the regular season, where Boykin is considered an early candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
2/25/15: It is old news that TCU could be considered snubbed in the first ever College Football Playoff, and indeed, no one wanted to play them. At least they handled themselves with grace, unlike a certain head coach and team that also is from Texas and plays in the Big 12. TCU head coach Gary Patterson has his own solution for the future. He would like to see the playoff field expanded to six teams and all Power Five conference champions get into the playoffs, with the final spot going to an at-large team. And, he would eliminate the conference championship games. Sounds like a decent plan, but good luck on getting the other conferences to abandon their cash cow conference championship games.
2/18/15: Not all coaching transitions involve coaches going to a different program, sometimes they are promotions within the program they are already at. That is the case for Chad Glasgow and DeMontie Cross. Glasgow had been the safeties coach and Cross was the linebackers coach for the Horned Frogs. However, longtime defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas is now retired, so the two position coaches were promoted to co-defensive coordinators. Glasgow was the defensive coordinator for Texas Tech under Tommy Tuberville, but that was not successful as they were out of the top 100 in most defensive categories. TCU is hoping that they continue the fine work of Bumpas - the Horned Frogs were second nationally in defense last season.
2/11/15: TCU was not a major player for the so-called elite recruits in 2015. In fact, the program did not sign any five stars and only one four star recruit (defensive back DeShawn Raymond from Round Rock, Texas). They finished ranked 34th by Rivals, and that is usually the case with the Horned Frogs. Of course, their coaching has been outstanding and the team was arguably snubbed from the playoffs this past season. They will have some replacing to do in the coaching ranks, though, as long-time defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas is retiring. Just a quick note on his abilities - he led TCU's defense to be the top ranked unit in college football three times in 11 seasons.
2/4/15: TCU generally does not get the highest graded players during recruiting. They are not Alabama or Florida State, and they do not have the same kind of tradition, facilities or boosters. At least not yet. But TCU typically does an excellent job of coaching up their players - and that was evident in their top 5 ranking at the end of the season. This year, TCU is ranked 31st in their recruiting class by Rivals. That is good, but does not have the five star prospects other programs have. But that should be of little concern. If the past few years have taught us anything it is that Gary Patterson and his staff can mold these guys into one of the best teams in the country.
1/28/15: TCU now has three years under their belt in a major conference, and their success shows that they were a proper choice for the Big 12. The TCU brand has never been stronger and the program never better. TCU now has a chance to show they are really running with the big boys after Daylon Mack decommitted from Texas A&M and indicated that TCU is now the leader. A prospect like Mack may not have considered the Horned Frogs in past years, but with TCU's recent success and bowl game wins, the school has a chance to get its strongest recruiting class ever.
1/21/15: The debate may never end - the one about whether TCU should have been in the College Football Playoff or not. Many believe they were snubbed and TCU validated those feelings by dominating their bowl game. But the TCU coaching staff handled it with grace and class - something Baylor could take a lesson from. In the end, TCU finished in third place in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll with their impressive 12-1 record. As for recruiting, TCU is currently ranked 24th and has a lot of three star recruits likely to come into the program. But do not let the ranking fool you, TCU is an elite program because they can coach guys up.