They come from Division I schools as big as Cal and Nebraska and junior colleges as small as Frank Phillips Junior College in Borger and Colby Community College in Colby, Kan., but they are all donning the purple and white this season.And the roads traveled to get to Fort Worth for a couple of smooth-shooting, left-handed players were as different as the schools they went to before TCU.
Take Henry Salter, for instance.
It may be impossible to argue with the women's basketball team's decade of success or men's basketball's early-season prosperity, but it is evident the programs have been recruiting outside traditional avenues to strengthen their teams.The two programs have a combined 10 players - five on the women's team and five on the men's team - on scholarships this season that have either transferred from another Division I program or have come from a junior college.
Not even a year after the most horrific school shooting in this country's history, the debate has been brought back to college campuses.The debate as to whether students should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm into a college classroom has been a prevalent topic among special-interest groups, university administrators, lawmakers and students alike since that fateful April 16th morning in Blacksburg, Va.
We all get tired.And I am not talking about the kind of tired you get the morning after a long night of responsible - or careless - partying, or the level of tired you might be after pulling an all-nighter in the library for an 8 a.m. final.
No, I am definitely not talking about the mornings that ask yourself, "Why did I order that last drink?" "Why did I order that second taquito at Whataburger?" or "Has it really been three days since my last shower?"
It is the tired you get when you are frustrated or disappointed.
After finishing a layup off her own missed 3-point attempt, Adrianne Ross was feeling it.It was just one of eight buckets in a half to remember for the Lady Frogs' All-American guard, who dropped 19 points in the first half. Her offensive output steadied the pace for TCU's 75-63 win against Fresno State Wednesday night.
The win snaps a two-game skid and was the team's 23rd win in its last 25 games at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, erasing the bad taste of a rare home defeat against Cal on Nov. 23.
MVP of the FallWomen: Calli Corley, senior libero, volleyball
Men: Chase Ortiz, senior defensive end, football
No two student-athletes saw their individual efforts lift their respective teams quite like Corley and Ortiz did this fall. Corley was the catalyst for a team that accumulated 22 wins, second most all-time for the program. Her 568-dig season, good for nearly five a game, made her the all-time leader in the statistic.
When urging students to develop a more worldly perspective during their years at TCU, the university's efforts might fall flat on their face before they can gain any traction.But this cannot be said of TCU officials in their pursuit of a more diverse college experience, especially when an Italian minor is close to being finalized.
The move to make Italian available as a minor is a step in the right direction in order to help solidify the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as a viable and valuable part of the university.