November 30, 2016
John Denton Photo by Michael Clements (courtesy of TCU Athletics)
What a week it’s been for the Horned Frogs!
Since we last visited, TCU went to Austin and gained bowl eligibility with a road win over Texas. It appears to me that offenses are going back to the run game these days. Six Big 12 teams are averaging more than 200 yards per game on the ground.
Men’s hoops traveled west to Las Vegas and won two tough games en route to winning the Global Sports Classic. The win over UNLV — on the Rebels’ home floor — was impressive, and the win over Washington on Saturday night showed the depth that Jamie Dixon is developing with this team. So far, the impact of Alex Robinson and Vladimir Brodziansky has raised my eyebrows. Robinson helped finish off Washington with 24 points on Saturday. Vlad and Karviar Shepherd are turning into defensive forces.
Tonight is your chance to see the Frogs in person when they face Washington again at 6 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena. Last Saturday’s game was part of the Global Sports Classic tournament; tonight’s game is the second installment of a two-game contract the Frogs inked with Washington. Last year, TCU traveled to Seattle and got blown out by Washington, 92-67. This Frog team is good and getting better.
Speaking of hoops, congratulations to head coach Raegan Pebley and the Lady Frogs on their hard-earned win today over Butler, 73-47. Their record now stands at 5-1. The local school kids in attendance today were making noise and “Shakin’ The Scholl.”
Back to football: It’s hard to believe we’re closing in on the end of the season Saturday against Kansas State. It’s Senior Day, which is always bittersweet. It’s also a chance for the Frogs to get to win number seven and enter bowl season with momentum. They’ll have to do it against KSU and its great head coach Bill Snyder, or “The Wizard,” as I like to call him. He’s in his second term as the head coach at K-State (known for years as Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science), and he’s revived the program again. The Wildcats play an old-fashioned brand of ball-control offense and tough defense, all while controlling the clock. They actually use a tight end and a fullback as constants in the offense! This should be fun. More on Kansas State on Friday.
In the meantime, ponder these staggering factoids of the day:
Kick ‘Em High!
John Denton has been the color analyst for the TCU Sports Network from IMG since 1988. A former standout for the Horned Frog football team, Denton went from walk-on to a four-year lettermen as a kicker and punter for the Purple and White from 1981-84 and completed his career at the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl. Shown here with his former coach, the late Jim Wacker, Denton currently serves as the Director of Major Gifts for TCU Athletics.
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Today is March 30, and I wake up in Manhattan on a historic day for TCU Basketball. It’s also the latest date that TCU Basketball has ever played a game. Heck, the Masters is next week!! Tonight’s NIT Championship final vs. Georgia Tech is the last game in a “Season of Firsts” under new head coach Jamie Dixon.
When I was a kid, there were two Saturday afternoon television shows that used to draw my attention because of the variety of topics they would cover: The CBS Sports Spectacular and ABC’s Wide World of Sports. I wonder if today’s kids and millennials know of the guy spiraling off the ski jump in the Wide World of Sports opener