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Posted Dec 5, 2011


Cirminiello Week 14 Thought: TCU - Totally Consistent University

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Richard Cirminiello

TCU … Totally Consistent University.

Wasn’t this supposed to be the year that a certain degree of rebuilding was going to take place in Fort Worth? QB Andy Dalton was leaving for the NFL, and Boise State was arriving in the Mountain West. It was time to reset expectations for at least one year, right? Uh-uh. With Saturday’s demolition of UNLV, a seventh consecutive victory, the Horned Frogs secured 10 wins for the fourth straight year, and the sixth time in the last seven seasons.

For this ultra-steady program, it all begins with 11th-year head coach Gary Patterson and his staff of underrated assistants, such as defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas and offensive coordinators Justin Fuente and Jarrett Anderson. Collectively, these guys do about as good a job as any staff in America of elevating the play of the kids they recruit. While the caliber of athletes that the Frogs typically attract has steadily improved, it’s never going to match what regional Goliaths Texas and Oklahoma are able to sign each and every February. TCU is not a football factory, which makes Patterson’s position as the head of development and quality control so doggone important.

This supposed rebuilding year for TCU wound up being just a peg below last season’s 13-0, Rose Bowl-capped campaign, a profound statement for the program. Think about what the Frogs have accomplished in 2011: They captured a third straight Mountain West crown with a very young team. Plus, the title was won on the field, when they became the first team in six years to beat the Broncos in Boise. They were once again in the hunt for a BCS bowl game, while breaking the seal on budding star Casey Pachall at quarterback. Heck, even his predecessor, Dalton, is playing well as the Cincinnati Bengals starter, which you just know the coaching staff is going to use as a recruiting tool between now and the next signing day in February.

The preseason consensus was that TCU would play second-fiddle to Boise State in 2011, before beginning a rather curious marriage with the Big East next fall. Instead, the Horned Frogs enter the postseason as conference champs, with the knowledge that the Big 12 awaits their entry beginning in 2012, an astounding turn of events. Yup, it’s been another terrific fall of football in Cowtown. And as long as Patterson continues to fend off the propositions of interested athletic directors, even better days may be on the horizon at TCU.
 
- Cirminiello: TCU - Totally Consistent U.
- Harrison: The BCS changes that need to be made  
- Zemek: The BCS selection problems
- Sallee: Honey Badger for the Heisman