Big 12 newcomer: Breaking down TCU's sports programs

A look at each of TCU's 18 sports programs and how they stand going into the Big 12.
by Berry Tramel Published: July 14, 2012

A look at each of TCU's 18 sports programs and how they stand going into the Big 12:

FOOTBALL

Coach: Gary Patterson (Kansas State 1983), 11 seasons.

2011-12: 11-2, Mountain West champion, beat Louisiana-Lafayette in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Big 12 readiness: Solid. TCU is the nation's only program with six 11-win seasons in the last seven years. The Horned Frogs have won three straight Mountain West titles.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Coach: Trent Johnson (Boise State 1983), just hired.

2011-12: 18-15, 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference.

Big 12 readiness: Lacking. The Frogs haven't made the NCAA Tournament since 1998 and are about to take a major step up in competition.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western 1989), 13 seasons.

2011-12: 16-14, 9-5 in the Mountain West.

Big 12 readiness: Solid. TCU is moving to a tough conference, but the Frogs have made nine NCAA Tournaments in Mittie's 13 seasons.

BASEBALL

Coach: Jim Schlossnagle (Elon 1992), nine seasons.

2011-12: 40-22, won an NCAA regional at Texas A&M and lost to Ole Miss two games to one in the Super Regional.

Big 12 readiness: Will be a Big 12 power. The Horned Frogs reached the 2010 College World Series and have been to three Super Regionals in the last four years.

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Coach: Liz Wort (Duke 2007), one season.

2011-12: Fifth in the Mountain West Conference.

Big 12 readiness: OU and OSU are national powers, and Texas annually places high in the NCAA, too, so the Frogs will be hard-pressed to match.

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

Coach: Liz Wort (Duke 2007), one season.

2011-12: Sixth in the Mountain West Conference, 11th in the NCAA South Central Regional.

Big 12 readiness: Iowa State and Texas Tech have been national powers in recent years, so the Frogs will be overmatched at times.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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