TCU Horned Frogs not receiving support they deserve

TCU has three more games to win.

Three wins and it will be playing in a BCS bowl game. This is an exciting time around Fort Worth.

But here’s a question: Why don’t more fans come to the games? I’m not talking about the die-hard Frogs fans who show up for every game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. I see those folks every time I walk the sidelines. Or a Frogs alum like my friend, Bob, who works in Chicago but flew in to catch a home game this year.

Considering how big the Metroplex is, it’s amazing that TCU is only averaging 29,901 fans through five games. That’s still 14,000 empty seats. The players deserve better. Head coach Gary Patterson and his coaching staff want to see a full house.

“I can’t control the fans,” Patterson told me this year when asked about why fans don’t fill up the stadium.

It’s not like the Frogs are a one-year wonder. They have the seventh-best record in the nation over the last four seasons. When it comes to private schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision, only Pete Carroll’s USC Trojans have a better record since 2005.

The university has done its part. They have marketed the Frogs’ football program in newspapers, they put up billboards, they made player trading cards and placed posters all around town.

The game-day atmosphere inside and outside the stadium is first class. TCU has tried to play most of its games in the late afternoon or at night so families can conduct their Saturday activities and enjoy college football afterward.

On a Thursday night against then-ninth-ranked BYU in mid-October, 36,180 fans showed up. But the next week, only 30,103 attended for homecoming against Wyoming. TCU radio color analyst John Denton was pleading at halftime for Frogs fans hanging in the parking lot to come into the stadium and cheer on the team.

Don’t think officials from the Sugar Bowl who attended the game didn’t notice the size of the crowd in supposed “football crazy” Texas.

Patterson previously turned down head coaching offers at Iowa State and Minnesota. The next offer might lure him out of Fort Worth. There are coaching openings at Washington and Clemson with more surely to follow after the season. Patterson will be a hot candidate again. He has good reasons to remain at TCU, but attendance isn’t one of them. TCU plays in Las Vegas tonight against UNLV and then faces No. 10 Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

When Nov. 22 rolls around for the last home game against Air Force, fans need to fill up the stadium and show the head coach and his team that their efforts as a top team matter and are appreciated.

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Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Sounds Off

Give credit to my boy Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Morning News blog for landing an interview with Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.

Bottom line, Stewart feels scapegoated and defended himself.

Rangers Top 2008 Draft According To Baseball America

The Rangers had the best draft in baseball according to a note sent to me by my man Jamey Newberg from his newbergreport.com:

A year after Baseball America tabbed the Rangers’ deep 2007 draft class as the second best in baseball, the publication has just published an article anointing Texas as having had the number one draft in baseball in 2008, ahead of the Royals, Giants, Twins, and Red Sox.   

First baseman Justin Smoak was named the number two power hitter in the draft (behind only Pittsburgh ’s Pedro Alvarez).  Righthander Joe Wieland, the club’s fourth-round pick, was recognized as having the fourth-best pro debut of any high school player drafted in 2008, trailing three players who went in the first round. 

BA will review the Rangers’ draft in detail on Monday. 

Jamey

6PM Sports Live From Arlington

I will be at the Parks Mall for the 6PM sportscast.   I will be at the Barnes and Noble where Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will be signing copies of his book Beyond Belief.

I have read the book and Josh goes into serious and disturbing detail of his cocaine use and his comeback to baseball and finding Jesus Christ.

The title is perfect and his story is very inspiring.

I’ll Take The Phillies

I think Philadelphia will win the World Series over Tampa Bay.

I have a rooting interest.  I got to know Charlie Manuel when he was the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians.  He used to wonder if he would ever get his chance to manage because he was an older guy.

He did well with the Indians as a skipper and now he has taken Philly to the World Series. 

Charlie’s mom past away recently so I know a win would mean so much to him personally.

Brian Stewart Is Not Calling The Defense

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips would not deny defensive coordinator Brian Stewart will not call the plays this Sunday against the Bucs.

“I’d say more active, yes,” Phillips said. “I’ve been with the defense, but I’m going to concentrate more, I guess you’d say.”

Stewart’s demise was reported by ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley.

This team has some cracks and if they don’t find a way to win Sunday the house may fall in on everyone.

Tony Romo Won’t Play Sunday

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will sit out another game with his broken pinkie. 

Romo said this at Terrell Owens radio show Tuesday at the House of Blues in Dallas.