With the 2009 regular season in the books, it's finally time to broach the subject that's been taboo all year.
It's the topic head coach Gary Patterson had refused to even speculate on until the last win was in the books. It's that goal in the second-to-last brick in the pyramid that hangs in the Horned Frog locker room.
With a win over 1-11 New Mexico, we can finally - finally! - discuss what many fans have had on their minds since before the season even began: the Horned Frogs in the BCS.
Editor's note: The headline for this story was revised for accuracy at 2:54 p.m. Sept. 12.
A female student reported that she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance in a campus residence hall, according to a campuswide e-mail sent by TCU Police on Friday.
Campus police on Wednesday received the report about the incident, which was reported to have happened on or about Aug. 30, according to the e-mail.
Dormitory construction has made freshman housing scarce in recent years, but a larger-than-expected incoming class has forced administrators to find off-campus housing for this year's freshmen, university officials said.
During the summer, the university took out leases on six town houses on Cantey and Parmer streets, which will provide housing for about 20 freshmen beginning this semester, said Craig Allen, director of Residential Services. Another 20 freshmen have been placed in the GrandMarc apartments because of the shortage of on-campus space, Allen said.
An ugly game turned into a close one Wednesday afternoon as the No. 16 Horned Frogs dispatched Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10-7 despite early defensive woes for both teams.
The Horned Frogs started strong as starting pitcher Steven Maxwell struck out three in the first and Chris Ellington gave the team an early 2-0 lead with a single in the bottom of the inning.
The Islanders evened the score in the second when a base hit by Ernie Olivarez brought one man home and a throwing error by Taylor Featherston brought in another.
Reporters are sometimes asked to share their opinions, but a student reporter may be on the hook for giving his.
Brian Smith, a senior broadcast journalism major, was told this week that he is no longer allowed to use camera equipment owned by the MountainWest Sports Network to appear on the channel after he made what the university's Athletics Media Relations department considered to be a critical comment about Frogs' starting quarterback Andy Dalton on the network.
The TCU Facebook Fan Page, "TCU - Texas Christian University," is quickly becoming an active online tribute to the university.
Launched April 2, it has accumulated close to 2,000 fans. The page, which is updated several times daily, runs updates on everything from sports scores to photos of new buildings and videos of speeches given on campus.
What sets this site apart from others is that this site is run by the university rather than students.
The women's tennis team will close out the regular season at home Friday when they take on No. 5 Baylor.
The Horned Frogs (13-9, 7-1 Mountain West Conference) will bring a six-match winning streak into the match.
"They're one of the best teams in the country," said head coach Jefferson Hammond. "They're loaded from top to bottom. We're going to have to play our very best tennis to beat them. It's possible, we're capable and we just have to come out and really play."
The Office of Student Affairs plans to assemble a committee in April to discuss how the university can better serve students who have returned from active military duty, a university official said.
Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, sent an e-mail to all school faculty and staff last week inviting those interested to sit and discuss the programs the university currently offers to veterans, as well as suggestions for improvement.
For the second game in the row, drama in the eighth inning and a late TCU rally helped push the No. 22 Horned Frogs past the 18th-ranked New Mexico Lobos Friday night at Lupton stadium.
Sophomore RHP Steven Maxwell got the start for TCU, pitching five innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits. Tyler Lockwood got the win in relief, throwing 52 pitches in four inning and allowing only one earned run.
A close game against crosstown rival UT-Arlington became heated late Wednesday night when a scuffle broke out in the eighth inning and both teams rushed the field. One player was ejected from each team, but the Horned Frogs went on to win 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth.
The Horned Frogs improved to 16-9 with the win, their second against the Mavericks this season.
Sophomore Greg Holle had an outstanding performance, going seven and two-thirds innings and giving up only one run on three hits.