A fresh slate in 1983-84

October 15, 2012

Having graduated all eight of the seniors who truly were the Killer Frogs, the TCU men’s basketball team of 1983-84 was starting with a clean slate. That became the theme of that season’s media guide, shown above. It was Jim Killingsworth‘s fifth season in Fort Worth, and only one player remained from the previous season’s 23-11 squad that finished tied for fourth in the Southwest Conference and reached the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Youth would be the theme and depicted by wide-eyed Tommy Carley watching Killingsworth erase the Killer Frogs tag. The new crop, which included Frog greats Jamie Dixon, Dennis Nutt, Carven Holcombe, Tracy Mitchell and Tony Papa. would struggle to an 11-17 mark that season, but they would rebound to a 16-12 mark in 1984-85, setting up back-to-back years of 20-plus wins and SWC crowns in 1985-86 and 1986-87.