TCU’s Stoic Success Earns Street Cred
By Bo Carter
College Correspondent, sportsandoutdoors.guru
FORT WORTH — National media praise flows freely for TCU head coach Gary Patterson in recognition of his handling of the final ranking of No. 6 in the College Football playoff snub.
Recall, the Horned Frogs were ranked No. 3 and solidly positioned in the top four for the playoffs, then beat Iowa State 55-3. Defying all logic, the CFP committee rewarded TCU’s dominant performance by dropping the Frogs to sixth – and out of the playoff picture.
With Patterson taking the lead, the players and staff never whined nor publicly ripped the decision. Instead, they prepared for the Chick Fila Peach Bowl with the determination of prison escapees, and made Ole Miss pay. TCU’s how-do-you-like-me-now approach resulted in a total beat-down of respected Ole Miss, which beat Alabama in the vaunted SEC West. Residual benefits are yet to come.
When the preseason magazines come out next summer, and the first polls are posted next autumn, look for the Froggies – with nine starters returning on offense – to be ranked in the top three in the nation. Where they belonged all along.
In case you missed it, Major Applewhite — one of the most popular figures in recent Texas Longhorns football lore – quietly departed the Charlie Strong staff in Austin in favor of a position at the University of Houston. Granted, the Horns offense, notably at QB, was clunky and inconsistent, but this one raised eyebrows. Hmmmm … North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman finished his first season with the Bison at 15-1, helping the Bison capture a NCAA Division I-record fourth consecutive championship…Former Boston College and NC State head coach Jim O’Brien is retiring after 40-plus seasons as a coach and associate head coach at Virginia since 2012…Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is working on the remaining five years of his nine-year contract extension after the 2010 season with certain buyout options…Oklahoma co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell have left the 2015 coaching staff. OU named Jeff Montgomery as co-defensive coordinator.
Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith inked a new contract extension…Former California assistant head coach/passing game coordinator Rob Likens is the new offensive coordinator at Kansas…Colorado State tabbed Ricky Logo as defensive line coach…Houston has hired former Utah State assistant coach Todd Orlando as defensive coordinator. Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman will take over as fulltime head coach at UH this week… former UH interim head coach (1-0 after the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl victory over Pittsburgh) David Gibbs was named defensive coordinator at Texas Tech; Red Raiders also picked Zac Spavital as defensive assistant coach.
Getting a late start on 2015 with the recent hiring of Jim Harbaugh as head coach, Michigan added assistant coaches Tim Drevno, D.J. Durkin and John Morton… Mississippi State rehired former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz who had left for Texas prior to the 2013 season and had that assignment at Louisiana Tech in ’14…Oregon State support staff member Todd McShane and former graduate assistant coach Keagton Kristick are reuniting with new Nebraska head coach Mike Riley…SMU head coach Chad Morris has completed his 2015 coaching staff…Virginia Tech will retain its 2014 assistant coaching staff with a cost-of-living raise across the board. Tech offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler gained a contract extension through June 30, 2016…Wisconsin is set to hire former Pittsburgh interim head coach Joe Rudolph as offensive coordinator… New Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen received a six-year contract with a $2.45 million base salary.