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Heart of the City: TCU

June, 20, 2011
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School: Texas Christian
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Enrollment: 9,142
Bowl appearances: 24 (11 in BCS era)
NFL first-round picks: 4
Losing seasons: 39
10-win seasons: 8 (7 in BCS era)

Source: ESPN Stats & Info (Note: Numbers date back to 1936, the first year of the AP poll. NFL numbers date back to 1970.)

The good: TCU's program his risen to new heights under coach Gary Patterson, culminating in a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin after the 2010 season, and membership in a BCS conference (Big East) beginning in 2012. The Horned Frogs have earned a reputation as one of the top programs in Texas of late, which has allowed them to start recruiting like any good AQ-conference team. Continued winning and more BCS bowl appearances (two in the past two seasons) will allow that to continue. Patterson's hard-nosed defense has allowed TCU to rise from also-ran to BCS participant, winning 25 of 26 games in the past two years, and going 36-3 over the past three seasons.

The bad: As a small school, TCU doesn't have the alumni base of some of the larger schools in the state, like Texas and Texas A&M. The Horned Frogs also began $143 million in upgrades this year on the west stands at Amon Carter Stadium, which was built in 1930 and badly needed renovation. It seated just over 44,000 fans. But even with the recent success, the stadium has been difficult to sell out because the school resides in a city with so many alumni from bigger schools nearby. Metroplex citizens are more apt to head to Austin or College Station or even Norman, Okla., for a game on Saturday, instead of Fort Worth. There's no denying the on-field product Patterson's teams have trotted out of late, though.


School: Texas Christian

Location: Fort Worth, Texas�

Enrollment: 9,142�

All-time bowl appearances: 24 (11 in BCS era)�

All time NFL first-round picks: 2�

Losing seasons: 39

10-win seasons: 8 (7 in BCS era)�

The skinny

The good: TCU's program his risen to new heights under coach Gary Patterson, culminating in a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin after the 2010 season, and membership in a BCS conference (Big East) beginning in 2012. The Horned Frogs have earned a reputation as one of the top programs in Texas of late, which has allowed them to start recruiting like any good AQ-conference team. Continued winning and more BCS bowl appearances (two in the last two seasons) will allow that to continue. A hard-nosed defense for Patterson has allowed it to make the rise from also-ran to BCS participant, winning 25 of 26 games in the last two years, and 36-3 over the last three seasons.�

The bad: As a small school, TCU doesn't have the alumni bases of some of the larger schools in the state, like Texas and Texas A&M. The Horned Frogs also began $115 million renovations this year on the west stands at Amon Carter Stadium, which was built in in 1930 and badly needed renovation. It seated just over 44,000 fans, but even with the recent success, being in the city with so many alumni from bigger schools nearby has made it difficult to sell out. Metroplex citizens are more apt to head to Austin or College Station or even Norman, Okla. for a game on Saturday, instead of Fort Worth. There's no denying the on-field product Patterson's teams have trotted out of late, though.�

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