For too long the NCAA has been a toothless snake, weaving and bobbing its head threateningly at U.S. academic institutions while never daring to finally strike.And then, just like that, it went for the jugular - 65 jugulars in fact.
The NCAA announced Wednesday that 99 teams at 65 universities will be losing scholarships for failing to meet student-athlete academic standards. Although this represents only a minute fraction of Division-I sports nationwide, even the smallest action is better than the lack of effort America is growing accustomed to.
Three days after the Horned Frogs were able to find little consistency on the mound in Tuesday's loss to Dallas Baptist, TCU will kick off a weekend series against Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. today in a game that has all the makings of a classic pitcher duel.Both teams will be starting pitchers who have already made an impact this season; TCU will be using sophomore Jake Arrieta (3-0, 1.96 ERA) against FAU ace Mickey Storey (2-1, 2.59 ERA).
The Horned Frogs employed a revolving door of pitching Tuesday night - and Dallas Baptist walked right through it. No. 21 TCU (6-5) lost 11-8 in a game that saw seven Horned Frog pitchers and a staff total of 11 walks; the struggles from the mound were compounded by the team's five errors, several of which came off of dropped fly balls in the outfield.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said although the players' effort is there, the results are yet to be seen.
Although the appeal process that followed last semester's dismissal of cheerleading coach Jeff Tucker came to a close, both sides of the issue are still refusing to discuss the specifics surrounding the initial removal.Tucker was dismissed from his coaching capacity in October, but the reasons behind the dismissal were not made available because of an appeal process Tucker invoked to contest the action.
These Winter Olympics were full of surprises, but at least one thing wasn't a shocker - how easily the men's Olympic hockey team was, well . iced.And you know what? I'm glad. I'm relieved, even. In a Winter Olympics that saw Michelle Kwan tearfully drift to the wayside - and Bode Miller drift pretty much everywhere - it may be safe to say that the squad Don Waddell built is the biggest disappointment so far.
The Lady Frogs (15-9) head to Provo, Utah, Saturday for their second game of the season against No. 18 BYU (20-3). TCU lost the teams' earlier matchup 67-64 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Jan. 25.The Frogs will have to do a better job this time of containing BYU forward Ambrosia Anderson, who sunk TCU with 24 points. Anderson took full advantage of a Horned Frog squad that has struggled all season to defend against the three; although it has improved since then, TCU's perimeter defense is still allowing opponents to average 37 percent shooting from long range.
It's been more than a month since the women's golf team last teed off at a major tournament - and at least one member has gotten tired of waiting around."Really, we're just excited to get started," said head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin. "We've had five good weeks of workouts and practices and ... lots of good mental work. It'll be nice to finally go and play. It's hard for us to be home for five weeks."
In a season full of record breaking performances, the TCU rifle team has closed the season with one more: its first athlete to qualify for the NCAA individual championships.Senior Celeste Green qualified for the 2006 National Collegiate Rifle Championships on March 10-11 in three-position smallbore shooting; her score of 586 in 60-shot smallbore at the Feb. 11 NRA Sectionals & NCAA Qualifier broke a TCU record that she set less than a month before.
Green, who was a 2003 NRA all-American, said being selected was an honor after missing the chance her freshman year at TCU.