After finishing the 2010-11 season with its first BCS bowl win and ranked No. 2 in the final BCS poll, TCU faces the task of replacing five defensive starters.
For the past three years, TCU has had the best statistical defense in FBS football and has finished first in total defense an unprecedented five times under head football coach Gary Patterson 8212; more than any other program since NCAA started tracking statistics in 1937. Only Toledo (1969-71) and Oklahoma (1985-87) have also finished first in total defense three consecutive seasons.
The Rangers' hectic offseason remained abuzz Thursday, when outfielder Josh Hamilton was able to avoid salary arbitration and agree to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Texas Rangers. It was immediately clear that Hamilton hoped that this deal will eventually lead to a future long-term contract that would keep the All-Star and 2010 American League MVP in Arlington for many years to come.
"I want to be here for a long time," Hamilton said at a news conference at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Thursday. "Hopefully, this will be just a drop in the bucket."
Junior guard J.R. Cadot led TCU in scoring with 15 points and was perfect from the field, shooting 7-for-7 on field goals, as the Horned Frog men's basketball team defeated Prairie View A&M 78-61 Wednesday night.
TCU entered the game against the Panthers looking to improve its home record to 5-0 and its overall record to 6-2 for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Cadot also led the way defensively, reeling in nine rebounds for the Horned Frogs.