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TCU baseball shapes minds and player bodies for the MLB

TCU baseball shapes minds and player bodies for the MLB

Brandon Finnegan made baseball history as the first player to pitch in the College World Series and the Major League Baseball World Series in the same year.

A first round draft pick for the Kansas City Royals, in June 2014 Finnegan played in the CWS and months later he was in the World Series. But Finnegan isn’t TCU’s only breakout baseball player.

Since starting in 2004, Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle has seen 67 players drafted. They include Finnegan, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, and Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter. This year, six TCU players were drafted.  

“I’d be hard pressed to pick out a coach in college baseball who is better than Jim Schlossnagle,” said Matt Jennings a TCU alumni who covered Horned Frog baseball and other sports for and Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush.

Standout freshman, Luken Baker chose TCU over last year’s draft. As a senior in high school, Baker urged MLB: “Please don’t waste a draft on me. I am going to TCU.” 

Teammates celebrate withTCU's Luken Baker (19) at the dugout after he hit a three-run home run against Texas Tech during the ninth inning of an NCAA men's College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 19, 2016. TCU won 5-3. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Teammates celebrate withTCU’s Luken Baker (19) at the dugout after he hit a three-run home run against Texas Tech during the ninth inning of an NCAA men’s College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, June 19, 2016. TCU won 5-3. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Jennings said Schlossnagle “has continued laying this program from almost nothing to being one of the best programs in the country and I would say that his record more than anything would speak volumes of who is he as a coach.”

Schlossnagle also focuses on the player academics and athletic commitments.

“I think what you see out of players who come out of Jim Schlossnagle’s program is they are the guys who are going to work harder than just about everybody else,” Jennings said.

TCU Equestrian jumps over the competition at nationals

TCU Equestrian jumps over the competition at nationals

Getting to nationals wasn’t easy for the TCU equestrian team, as they ended the season with a 6-8 record. Despite the rocky start, the team ranked No. 6 heading into the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s National championship.

The team finished second at the NCEA’s National Championship held from April 13th-16th in Waco, Texas.

According to equestrian member Molly Peddicord, the team set the record of being the lowest ranked team to make it to the final round of the NCEA championships.

TCU Equestrian brought riders from both types of equestrian: Western and Hunt Seat. Peddicord said that Western is divided into horsemanship and reigning, while Hunt Seat is divided into flat and jumping. Within each type, riders participate in various divisions, showing off spins and jumps while maintaining control on a horse.

During the championships, No. 6 TCU defeated No.11 New Mexico State, No. 3 Baylor and No. 2 Georgia before losing to top seeded Auburn, 8-7.

Megan McMullen is a member of TCU’s equestrian team. (Courtesy of

Behind the cowboy hats, riding helmets and riding boots is a lot of hard work and dedication. Equestrian riders prepare themselves and their horse for competitions. “We have to take into consideration not only ourselves, but also an unpredictable animal,” said Megan McMullen, an equestrian rider.

TCU’s equestrian team trains at Turning Point Ranch, which is about 45 minutes northwest of campus in Springtown, Texas. The facility includes two indoor arenas and two outdoor arenas, along with 36 horse stalls. TCU is one of the only schools with two arenas, differentiating the team from others around the country, said head coach Haley Schoolfield, who added she is already looking ahead to next season.

“We are planning to pick up right where we left off at the end of nationals, which should propel us to the top.”

TCU’s women’s rifle team is among the elite

TCU’s women’s rifle team is among the elite

Forget baseball and football, one the best and most consistent teams at TCU is its all-women’s rifle team.

TCU’s is one of the few dominant programs in the country.

“Our rifle team is one of the best in the country,” said Brandie Davidson, a TCU athletic media relations assistant.

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A practice session for the TCU rifle team. (Courtesy of

The team went to its first NCAA Championship in 200. Since then it has made nine consecutive appearances.The Frogs were the first all-women’s team to win the championship team in 2010, which was also a year TCU hosted the NCAA Championship.

Rifle teams in colleges are not very common and often the public isn’t aware that students are compete on the national level. “It is not a high profile sport,” said Davidson. “A lot of people don’t know about it.”

TCU is one of six teams in the NCAA’s Patriot Rifle Conference. The conference also includes University of Nevada, Ohio State, University of Texas-El Paso, University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the Air Force Academy.

TCU won the 2016 Patriot Conference Championship in February and marked an undefeated season highlighted by a victory over UTEP.

Cowboys beat reporter has dream job

Cowboys beat reporter has dream job

Covering the Dallas Cowboys wasn’t a dream for a long-time NFL writer for the Star-Telegram, but after nearly 20 years he couldn’t see himself doing anything else.

Clarence Hill Jr. said he once wanted to be out on the football field, but found his true calling as a Dallas Cowboys beat writer.

Star-Telegram NFL writer, Clarence Hill

Hill spoke told students at the Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp that beat reporters focus on a specific issues or organizations over time. On a typical day, Hill said he attends a press conference, watches the Cowboys practice, takes notes, and interviews the coaches and players, before writing his blogs and stories. 

He said he also maintains a high social media presence.

“I have to do blogs, shoot video, take pictures, do radio, and do podcasts.”

Hill summed up his time covering the Cowboys into “two playoff wins, six coaches, countless scandals, controversies and unfulfilled expectations.”

He said he also has to cover arrests, drug scandals, and deaths on top of features.

“Being a beat writer for the Cowboys is a beat writer on steroids because we have to do so much,” he said.  

He said while office hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a reporter may not stop working until 10 at night. Hill has covered stories ranging from Terrell Owen’s suicide attempt to Keith Davis’s murder at a club.

Hill competes with local media like the Dallas Morning News, along with national media like ESPN.

“It keeps you on high alert,” he said.

Hill graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has written about the Cowboys since 1997.

He wrote a sports column for his high school newspaper. Still, he didn’t see himself as a sports reporter.

“Your dreams don’t turn out how you want them to be, they turn out how they are supposed to be.”