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TCU Horned Frogs
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First season 1896
Athletic director Chris Del Conte
Head coach Gary Patterson
18th year, 167–63–0 (.726)
Home stadium Amon G. Carter Stadium
Stadium capacity 44,008
Stadium surface Grass
Location Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Conference Big 12
Past conferences Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Southwest Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Mountain West Conference
All-time history
TCU Horned Frogs Historical Teams
1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
All-time record 643–541–57 (.541 (as of 2018))
Postseason bowl record 17–16–1 (.515)
Claimed national titles 2[1]
Heisman winners 1
Consensus All-Americans Template:American college football All-Americans
Current uniform
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Colors Purple, Black, Grey, and white


Fight song TCU Fight
Mascot Super Frog
Outfitter Nike
Rivalries SMU (rivalry)
Baylor (rivalry)
Texas (rivalry)
Texas Tech (rivalry)

The TCU Horned Frogs football team represents Texas Christian University located in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs are a member of the Big 12 Conference, which they joined in 2012. Previously, TCU was a member of the Mountain West Conference. They are head coached by Gary Patterson who is 101-29 since obtaining the job in 2000. The Horned Frogs play their games at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.

TCU began playing football in 1896 and has a share in the split national championship of 1935 and were outright national champions in 1938. TCU has one Heisman Trophy winner, Davey O'Brien, and has had seven former players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

TCU was reckoned as a major power in college football throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s when it was a member of the now defunct Southwest Conference. TCU suffered set backs in the program starting in the 1960s but has seen a recent resurgence under current head coach Gary_Patterson. TCU has finished in the AP Poll's Top 10 seven times in the past ten years.



Early Years (1897–1922)

TCU's first year of football was 1896, when it still went by the name AddRan Male & Female College. TCU won its first game ever played by beating Toby’s Business College to the score of 8–6, apparently not having to use any substitutes. TCU finished its first ever season with a record of 12–0–0.[2]

Prior to joining the Southwest Conference in 1923, TCU amassed a record of 165–15–0. In 1912, TCU went 8–1–0 and scored 230 points while only allowing 53 points the whole season.

In 1920, TCU won its first conference title as a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (TIAA). The Horned Frogs' 9–1–0 record earned them a spot in the Fort Worth Classic, also known as the Dixie Bowl, against Centre College. Although the game was played in Fort Worth, Centre won the game 63–7.[3]

Early Southwest Conference years (1923–1933)

In 1923, TCU endured a 5-game winning streak during its first year in the SWC, but it earned a 2–1–0 conference record and a 5–4–0 overall record. One loss that year was a 40–21 decision against TCU's emerging rival, the SMU Mustangs, who went 9–0 en route to a conference championship.[4] The next year, TCU finished second place in the conference with a 5–1 SWC record and another 5–2 overall record.[5]

After two great seasons, the Horned Frogs righted the ship. Prior to 1923 TCU had had a revolving door of coaches, with no coaching the football for more than two years. Following entrance to the SWC, the school established a high degree of stability, employing just four coaches over the next 43 years, and would not hit last place again until 1953.[3] Under those four coaches (Bell, Schmidt, Meyer, and Martin, the Frogs accumulated a record of 262–165–30.

Matty Bell, who began coaching the Frogs in 1923, had his best year in 1928, his last year as coach. That year's only losses came at home 7–6 to the Baylor Bears and to Texas by a score of 6–0. That year the Frogs finished in second place in the conference at 8–2–0 overall and 3–2 in conference play.[6]

The 1929 season saw the arrival of Coach Francis Schmidt and TCU's first SWC title. The title was won in the last game of the year on November 30, 1929 against SMU. Coming into the game TCU led SMU in the conference standings. TCU had 4 wins, while SMU's conference record was 3–0–1. Since this was the last conference game of the year for both teams, TCU could win its first SWC title with a win or a tie. The first half of the game was scoreless, but in the third quarter Weldon “Speedy” Mason tacked on 40 yards to a 16-yard pass from SMU quarterback Bob Gilbert. After the extra point, the Mustangs led 7–0. TCU would not score until its second time on the SMU] 1-yard line in the fourth quarter. That is when TCU quarterback Howard Grubbs ran behind All-SWC fullback Harlos Green and Mike Brumbelow for the game-tying score. The Frogs left plenty of time on the clock for SMU to answer their score, but Grubbs, now playing defense, intercepted Gilbert's pass. TCU then ran the clock out to force the tie and to win its first SWC title.[7]

The Dutch Meyer era (1934–1952)

1935 began the first year for TCU coach Noah Everett. That year TCU and SMU again met to decide not only the SWC title but the first trip to the Rose Bowl for a team from the SWC. Grantland Rice of the New York Sun called it the "Game of the Century" and reported the following:

In a TCU Stadium that seated 30,000 spectators, over 36,000 wildly excited Texans and visitors from every corner of the map packed, jammed, and fought their way into every square foot of standing and seating space to see one of the greatest football games ever played…this tense, keyed up crowd even leaped the wire fences from the top of automobiles…”[8]

SMU scored the first 14 points of the game. TCU, led by All-American quarterback Sammy Baugh, tied the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Then, with seven minutes left in the game SMU, on a 4th and 4 on the Frogs' 37 yard-line, lined up to punt. Quarterback Bob Finley threw a 50-yard pass to running back Bobby Wilson who made what is described as a “jumping, twisting catch that swept him over the line for the touchdown.”[8] TCU would lose the game 20–14, but would be invited to play the LSU Tigers in the 1936 Sugar Bowl, where the Frogs would be victorious 3–2 at messy and muddy Tulane Stadium.[9]

Even with the loss to SMU, who later lost to Stanford in the 1936 Rose Bowl, TCU claims 1935 as a national championship year. Dan Jenkins states that one of the first statistical national polls was created by Frank G. Dickinson in 1924. By 1935 there were several other polls, and “…only one of them was big and caught on big and rivaled Dickinson. This was the Paul O. Williamson System out of New Orleans. It quickly gained nation-wide respect and a large syndicated circulation.”[10] The Williamson System awarded TCU a shared championship with LSU in 1935, the year before the first sportswriter poll by the Associated Press. The Dickinson poll awarded SMU the national title, and several smaller polls designated the University of Minnesota and Princeton University as their champions[11] TCU would go undefeated in 1938 under the tutelage of coach Dutch Meyer and behind TCU’s only Heisman Trophy winner—quarterback Davey O'Brien. That year the Frogs' closest game came against the University of Arkansas where they beat the Razorbacks 21–14 in Fort Worth. They were invited to the 1939 Sugar Bowl and beat the Carnegie Tech Tartans from Pittsburgh by a score of 15–7 in front of more than 50,000 spectators.[12]

Dutch Meyer coached TCU from 1934 to 1952. His record of 109–47– is the highest amount of victories at TCU.[13] He also is responsible for seven SWC championships. Meyer coached and won the first Cotton Bowl Classic game in 1937.

The Abe Martin era (1953–1966)

When Dutch Meyer retired, his backfield assistant, Abe Martin, became head coach at TCU. One of his three tries at a SWC title came in 1958. The Frogs only losses were to Iowa by a score of 0–17 and at #18 SMU, 13–20.[14] The 1958 season ended in a scoreless tie against the Air Force Falcons in the 1959 Cotton Bowl Classic. Martin-led TCU teams amassed a 4–1–1 record in bowl games. The lone win came in the 1957 Cotton Bowl Classic against a Jim Brown-led Syracuse team in front of 68,000 spectators.[15] A blocked extra-point attempt was the difference in the game and allowed the Horned Frogs to win 28–27.

Pittman/F.A. Dry Era (1967–1982)

After TCU won the 1959 SWC championship, the Horned Frogs did not earn another share of the conference title for twenty years. During this time, TCU played the role of the underdog. In 1961, Bill Van Fleet of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram called the Horned Frogs' 6–0 win at then-No. 1 Texas, "the season's greatest upset of the year."[16] In 1965, TCU traveled to El Paso to play in the Sun Bowl against UTEP; the Frogs won 13–12. The state of football at TCU eventually declined and in the 1980s to 1983 the Frogs never won more than two games in three seasons.

Jim Wacker (1983–1991) and NCAA Probation

TCU would have a successful year in 1984 under coach Jim Wacker. That year TCU leaned on All-American running back Kenneth Davis. The Frogs would be invited to the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston for their bowl invitation in 1984 to play the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Frogs would lose against the Mountaineers 31–14. TCU wouldn't attend another bowl game until the 1987 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, which they won, 20–10, over the Virginia Cavaliers.

In 1986, the NCAA placed TCU on three year probation.[17] They found that 6 boosters provided football recruits and football players with cash and other forms of payment. The final penalty of the NCAA was to ban TCU from post-season play for one season, a forfeiture of TV revenue for the 1983 and 1984 seasons, only 10 scholarships for the 1987–88 academic year and only 15 scholarships for the 1988–89 season. The NCAA said it would have given TCU a harsher penalty: a three-year ban from postseason play, a three-year television appearance ban and no new scholarships for two years.[17] In the NCAA's public release they imposed a reduced penalty because TCU self-reported the violations, suspended the players in question, fully cooperated with the enforcement committee and presented a lack of previous infractions.[17]

The Pat Sullivan era (1992-1997)

In 1992, TCU hired Pat Sullivan, a Heisman winner from Auburn, as their next coach. Sullivan's tenure at TCU was plagued with inconsistency, but marked the beginning of the new TCU renaissance.

In 1992, his first year as head coach, Sullivan introduced a new arched TCU logo. This change to the uniforms was part of a broader plan by Sullivan and the school to replace the expectation of losing with a new look and attitude. Since it's introduction the arched TCU has become the preferred and most popular of the school's logos.

In 1992 Sullivan's team finished 2-8-1, but one of their victories was a 28-14 triumph over the Texas Longhorns, which was a major accomplishment for the program at that time.

The 1993 team continued to show signs of improvement, finishing 4-7.

1994 was Sullivan's best year. In the final game of that season, Sullivan led TCU to a 24-17 victory over [[Texas Tech Red Raiders|Texas Tech] before a crowd of 43,000 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. That victory propelled the Frogs to finish the season with a 7-5 record and a share of the Southwest Conference title. It was the first time TCU had won the Southwest Conference title since 1959.

After the 1994 season, the team regressed. The Frogs went 6-5 in 1995, the last year of the Southwest Conference. The team struggled even more during Sullivan's final three years, when the team competed as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished 4-7 in 1996, and a disastrous 1-10 campaign in 1997 led to Sullivan's firing.

One of Coach Sullivan's greatest contributions to TCU was recruiting LaDainian Tomlinson to Fort Worth.

Dennis Franchione (1998–2000)

Under Dennis Franchione, and with the help of LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU defeated the University of Southern California in the 1998 Sun Bowl. In the three years Coach Franchione was at TCU his bowl record was 2–0 and he accumulated three WAC Championships. Franchione coached the entire 2000 regular season, but controversially left for the head coaching position at the University of Alabama before the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl.

The Gary Patterson era (2000–present)

Defensive Coordinator Gary Patterson took over as head coach for the bowl game in 2000. In 2001 TCU left the WAC for Conference USA (C-USA). TCU would only stay in C-USA for four years before accepting an invitation to join the newly formed Mountain West Conference (MWC).

As head coach Gary Patterson has won five conference championships. In 2002, TCU won the C-USA title; in 2005, TCU won the MWC title their first year in the league, and the Frogs claimed additional conference crowns in 2009 and 2010. Coach Patterson has had a winning season every year except 2004, and TCU has gone to a bowl game every year except 2004.

In the 2005 Houston Bowl, played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, the Horned Frogs defeated the Iowa State Cyclones by a score of 27–24.

In the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl TCU defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 37–7.

In 2007, the Horned Frogs returned to play in the 2007 Texas Bowl, a revival of the old Houston Bowl, and defeated the Houston Cougars, 20–13.

In a return to the Poinsettia Bowl in 2008 the perpetually underrated #11 Frogs defeated unbeaten #9 Boise State 17–16. Boise State was the second to last unbeaten team in the nation in 2008 besides the Utah Utes. TCU's Poinsettia Bowl victory helped them finish the 2008 season ranked #7 in the country.

In 2009, TCU again attained national prominence with its second undefeated regular season (12–0) since Dutch Meyer led the Frogs to perfection in 1938. They lost in the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, 17–10, to the Boise State Broncos, on January 4, 2010—their first major-bowl appearance since the 1959 Cotton Bowl.

In the following year, the Horned Frogs capped their second consecutive perfect regular season with a win in their first Rose Bowl, a 21–19 victory over Big 10 co-champion Wisconsin on New Year's Day, 2011. This capped off only the second undefeated and untied season in school history.

After going 11-2 and winning the Mountain West title again in 2011, the Horned Frogs played Louisiana Tech, once again in the Poinsettia Bowl, defeating them 31-24 in a somewhat lackluster performance after narrowly (and somewhat controversially) missing their third BCS Bowl bid in a row.[18] On October 10, 2011 the TCU Board of Trustees approved an invitation to join the Big 12, and will enter that conference on July 1, 2012. The move to the Big 12 is a return "home" in a sense for the Horned Frogs, as they will renew many of their rivalries from the old Southwest Conference.

In the 2012 off season the long time home for the Horned Frogs, Amon G. Carter Stadium concluded large renovations. The re-developed Amon G. Carter Stadium will feature suites, club seats and improved fan amenities in many areas – new and more comfortable seating, wider concourses, new and improved restrooms and concessions areas, handicap accessible accommodations, elevators and escalators to move patrons among levels, and new lighting. Additionally, the stadium will feature a new press box. The stadium was used during the 2011 season while being renovated, and will be completely ready for TCU's move to the Big 12 in the 2012-13 season.[19]

Home Stadium

The Horned Frogs have played their home football games at Amon G. Carter Stadium, located on the campus of TCU, since 1929.

Named for the famous Fort Worth newspaper magnate who made the original donation to finance the stadium, Amon Carter opened in 1929 with an original capacity of 22,000. The first game played in the stadium resulted in a 70-6 TCU victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Renovations in 1947 and 1955 added additional seating and an upper deck, which increased capacity to roughly 45,000. The stadium remained in this configuration until 2010, when a major renovation reduced the entire stadium to its original lower bowl, before erecting a new stadium on the same site. The design of the current Amon Carter stadium was influenced heavily by the surrounding architecture of Fort Worth, with emphasis on Art Deco style. The Frogs will open the new stadium in time for the 2012 season.

Amon Carter stadium features a natural grass field and a seating capacity of roughly 45,000. Standing-room only concourses allow capacity to exceed this number when ticket demand exceeds seating availability. The 2012-2012 renovation added a 54 ft. video board over the North end zone, with a smaller videoboard located in the Southeast corner. The attendance record at Amon Carter stadium was set on November 14, 2009, when the No. 4 ranked Horned Frogs beat the No. 16 ranked University of Utah Utes 55-28.

Before the construction of Amon Carter stadium, the Horned Frogs played their home games on campus at Clark Field, located at the current site of Mary Couts Burnett Library.



TCU's school colors are purple and white. Historically, black has also featured prominently in the school's uniforms. As early as 1935 the football team wore black leather helmets with a purple stripe, or occasionally purple helmets with a black stripe. Jerseys were purple with white numbers were, worn with beige or khaki pants.

Beginning with the introduction of plastic helmets in the 1946 TCU dropped black from their uniforms and introduced a new purple helmet with a white stripe. The team's pants remained khaki colored until the 1950's, when they were changed to white.

During this period the exact shade of TCU purple varied wildly depending on the uniforms worn, though a royal purple was most common. In 1971 the school hired Jim Pittman as its head coach. Pittman had been an assistant at the University of Texas when the Longhorns had changed their color from orange to burnt orange, and wanted to do something similar at TCU. Pittman chose to introduce a very pale shade of lilac into the TCU uniforms, and the team quickly became known as the "Lavender Hill Mob." These uniforms are often regarded as the worst in TCU's history. TCU returned to a royal purple in 1974 following Pittman's premature and tragic death on the sidelines.

Beginning in 1998, TCU began once again incorporating black into the uniforms. The practice was started by Coach Franchione, who introduced a new helmet with black facemask, and purple jerseys with black pants. In 2012 the school debuted helmets which featured a black stripe in addition to the black facemask, reflecting the helmets worn during the TCU championship years of the 1930's.


TCU was the last school in college football to wear leather helmets, switching to hard plastic helmets in 1946. Prior to 1946 the TCU football team wore either black helmets with a purple stripe, or purple helmets with a black stripe. Since the introduction of plastic TCU helmet has gone through a number of designs.

In the 1950's TCU wore a purple helmet with white stripe down the middle. In 1954 a gray facemask was introduced, and in 1958 white numbers were added to the sides of the helmet.

In 1965 a new helmet was introduced featuring a purple shell and a white stylized Horned Frog on the side. A different, fiercer Horned Frog design was used for the 1966 helmets, featuring just the Frog's head. In 1967 the school used a pattern similar to that of Texas A&M.

In 1977 the school introduced a "Flying TCU" logo, which remained on the helmets until 1991, and remains popular with the school and especially students today. In 1992 Head Coach Pat Sullivan introduced an arched TCU design, which eventually became the official logo of the school. This logo has been featured on every TCU helmet, with slight variations, ever since.

Championships and Bowl Games

National Championships (2)

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Result
1935 Dutch Meyer Williamson Poll 12–1 Sugar Bowl TCU 3, LSU 2
1938 Dutch Meyer AP Poll 11–0 Sugar Bowl TCU 15, Carnegie Mellon 7
Total national championships: 2

TCU holds two national championships in football, one from 1935 and the other from 1938. In 1935, TCU spent most of the season ranked No. 1 in the country before losing a regular season game to then No. 2 ranked SMU in the "Game of the Century." SMU went on to lose to Stanford in the Rose Bowl, while TCU went on to beat LSU in the Sugar Bowl. Since the Associated Press and wire services didn't award national championships until 1936, TCU recognizes a statistical poll created by Paul O. Williamson who awarded his national title to LSU and TCU for the 1935 season. The 1938 team was undefeated and was the consensus #1 team in the Associated Press Poll.

Conference Championships (17)

TCU has won a combined 17 conference championships in 5 different conferences

Year Conference Coach Record
1920 TIAA W. L. Driver 9–1–0
1929 Southwest Conference Francis Schmidt 9–0–1
1932 Southwest Conference Francis Schmidt 10–0–1
1938 Southwest Conference Dutch Meyer 11–0–0
1944 Southwest Conference Dutch Meyer 8–3–0
1951 Southwest Conference Dutch Meyer 6–5–0
1955 Southwest Conference Abe Martin 9–2–0
1958 Southwest Conference Abe Martin 8–2–1
1959 § Southwest Conference Abe Martin 8–3–0
1994 § Southwest Conference Pat Sullivan 7–5–0
1999 § Western Athletic Conference Dennis Franchione 8–4
2000 § Western Athletic Conference Dennis Franchione 10–2
2002 § Conference USA Gary Patterson 11–2
2005 Mountain West Conference Gary Patterson 11–1
2009 Mountain West Conference Gary Patterson 12–1
2010 Mountain West Conference Gary Patterson 13–0
2011 Mountain West Conference Gary Patterson 11–2
Total conference championships: 17

§ – Conference co-champions

  • Note that the 1920 TIAA Championship was disputed between TCU and Austin College. Although TCU defeated the Kangaroos 9–7 on October 9, 1920, one of the TCU players, Allen Rowson, was declared ineligible after the 1920 season due to transfer rules.

Conference affiliations

  • 1896–1913: Independent
  • 1914–1920: Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • 1921–22: Independent
  • 1923–95: Southwest Conference

Bowl Games

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The 2010 Fiesta Bowl with Boise State against TCU

TCU is one of just eleven teams who have competed in all four of the modern day BCS bowls (Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange) and have a combined 3-2 record in those games. TCU has also won the Cotton Bowl twice.

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1921 Fort Worth Classic L Centre College 7 63
January 1, 1936 Sugar Bowl W LSU 3 2
January 1, 1937 Cotton Bowl Classic W Marquette 16 6
January 2, 1939 Sugar Bowl W Carnegie Tech 15 7
January 1, 1942 Orange Bowl L Georgia 26 40
January 1, 1945 Cotton Bowl Classic L Oklahoma State 0 34
January 1, 1948 Delta Bowl L Ole Miss 9 13
January 1, 1952 Cotton Bowl Classic L Kentucky 7 20
January 2, 1956 Cotton Bowl Classic L Ole Miss 13 14
January 1, 1957 Cotton Bowl Classic W Syracuse 28 27
January 1, 1959 Cotton Bowl Classic T Air Force 0 0
December 19, 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl L Clemson 7 23
December 31, 1965 Sun Bowl L UTEP 12 13
December 31, 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl L West Virginia 14 31
December 28, 1994 Independence Bowl L Virginia 10 20
December 31, 1998 Sun Bowl W USC 28 19
December 22, 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl W East Carolina 28 14
December 20, 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl L Southern Miss 21 28
December 28, 2001 Bowl L Texas A&M 9 28
December 31, 2002 Liberty Bowl W Colorado State 17 3
December 23, 2003 Fort Worth Bowl L Boise State 31 34
December 31, 2005 Houston Bowl W Iowa State 27 24
December 19, 2006 Poinsettia Bowl W NIU 37 7
December 28, 2007 Texas Bowl W Houston 20 13
December 23, 2008 Poinsettia Bowl W Boise State 17 16
January 4, 2010 Fiesta Bowl* L Boise State 10 17
January 1, 2011 Rose Bowl* W Wisconsin 21 19
December 21, 2011 Poinsettia Bowl W Louisiana Tech 31 24
Total 28 bowl games 13–14–1

* denotes BCS game

Top 25 Finishes

Year Record AP Poll UPI/Coaches Poll
1935 12-1 1 Shared National Championship (w LSU)
1936 9-2-2 12
1937 4-4-2 8
1938 11-0 1 Consensus National Championship
1951 6-5 11 10
1955 9-2 6 6
1956 8-3 14 14
1958 8-2-1 10 9
1959 8-3 7 9
2000 10-2 21 18
2002 10-2 23 22
2003 11-2 25 24
2005 11-1 11 9
2006 11-2 22 21
2008 11-2 7 7
2009 12-1 6 6
2010 13-0 2 2
2011 11-2 14 13

Individual Awards

Retired numbers

National Awards

Davey O'Brien, 1938

Sammy Baugh, 4th in 1936
Jim Swink, 2nd in 1955
Kenneth Davis, 5th in 1984
LaDainian Tomlinson, 4th in 2000
Andy Dalton, 9th in 2010 [20]

Davey O'Brien, 1938

  • Doak Walker Award

LaDainian Tomlinson, 2000

  • Rimington Trophy

Jake Kirkpatrick, 2010

  • Lott Trophy

Jerry Hughes, 2009

  • Ted Hendricks Award

Jerry Hughes, 2009

Michael Reeder, 1995

  • Rudy Award
    (Awarded to the Div I football player than best exemplifies
    Character, Courage, Contribution and Commitment)

Drew Combs, 2008

  • Jim Brown Trophy

LaDainian Tomlinson, 2000

Coaching Awards

  • Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award

Jim Wacker, 1984
Gary Patterson, 2009

  • Walter Camp Coach of the Year

Gary Patterson, 2009

  • George Munger Award

Gary Patterson, 2009

  • Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

Gary Patterson, 2009

  • AFCA Coach of the Year

Gary Patterson, 2009

  • The Woody Hayes Trophy

Gary Patterson, 2009

  • Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year

Jim Wacker, 1984
Gary Patterson, 2009

  • Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year Award

Gary Patterson, 2009

  • Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award

Gary Patterson, 2009

College Football Hall of Fame inductees

The following Horned Frogs have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame:

Ki Aldrich, Center, 1960
Sammy Baugh, Quarterback, 1951
Madison A. "Matty" Bell, Coach, 1955
Darrell Lester, Center, 1988
Bob Lilly, Tackle, 1981

Rags Matthews, End, 1971
Dutch Meyer, Coach, 1956
Davey O'Brien, Quarterback, 1955
Francis Schmidt, Coach, 1971
Jim Swink, Halfback, 1980

AP 1st-Team All-Americans

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all hometowns are in Texas.

Year Position Jersey # Name Hometown
1927 E 31 Rags Matthews Fort Worth
1929 G 44 Mike Brumbelow Jacksboro, Texas
1930 HB 5 Cy Leland Lubbock, Texas
1932 G 44 Johnny Vaught Fort Worth
1934 C 22 Darrell Lester Jacksboro
1935 C 22 Darrell Lester Jacksboro
1935 QB 45 Sammy Baugh Sweetwater, Texas
1936 QB 45 Sammy Baugh Sweetwater
1937 QB 8 Davey O'Brien Dallas
1937 T 22 I. B. Hale Dallas
1937 C 48 Ki Aldrich Temple, Texas
1938 QB 8 Davey O'Brien Dallas
1938 T 22 I. B. Hale Dallas
1938 C 48 Ki Aldrich Temple
1942 T 71 Derrell Palmer Albany, Texas
1944 T 32 Clyde Flowers Perryton, Texas
1949 QB 43 Lindy Berry Wichita Falls, Texas
1951 C 34 Keith Flowers Perryton
1951 QB 49 Ray McKown Dumas, Texas
1951 T 77 Doug Conaway Hillsboro, Texas
1955 HB 23 Jim Swink Rusk, Texas
1955 C 54 Hugh Pitts Dumas
1956 T 75 Norman Hamilton Vanderbilt, Texas
1956 HB 23 Jim Swink Rusk
1958 T 75 Don Floyd Midlothian, Texas
1958 FB 20 Jack Spikes Snyder, Texas
1960 T 72 Bob Lilly Throckmorton, Texas
1963 FB 38 Tommy Crutcher McKinney, Texas
1981 WR 7 Stanley Washington Dallas
1984 RB 36 Kenneth Davis Temple
1991 TE 86 Kelly Blackwell Richland Hills, TX
1995 K 17 Michael Reeder Sulphur, LA
2000 RB 5 LaDainian Tomlinson Waco, Texas
2002 LB 44 LaMarcus McDonald Waco
2003 K 9 Nick Browne Garland, Texas
2005 KR 17 Cory Rodgers Houston
2009 DE 98 Jerry Hughes Sugar Land, Texas
2010 S 3 Tejay Johnson Garland
Total 39


Head coaches

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Gary Patterson, current head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs.

Years Coach Wins Losses Ties Pct.
1897 Joe Field 3 1 0
1898 James Morrison 1 3 1
1902 H. E. Hildebrand 0 5 1
1904 C.E. Cronk 1 4 1
19051907 E.J. Hyde 10 11 2
19081909 J.R. Langley 11 5 1
1910 Kemp Lewis 2 6 1
1911 Henry W. Lever 4 5 0
1912 W.T. Stewart 8 1 0
1913 Fred Cahoon 3 1 2
1914 S. A. Boles 4 4 2
1915 E. Y. Freeland 4 5 0
1916 – 1917 Milton Daniel 14 4 1
1918 E.M. Tipton 4 4 0
1919 T.E.D. Hackney 1 7 0
1920 – 1921 W. L. Driver 15 4 1
1922 John McKnight 2 5 3
1923 – 1928 Matty Bell 33 17 5
1929 – 1933 Francis Schmidt 45 6 5
1934 – 1952 Dutch Meyer 109 79 13
1953 – 1966 Abe Martin 74 64 7
1967 – 1970 Fred Taylor 15 25 1
1971 Jim Pittman 3 3 1
1971 – 1973 Billy Tohill 11 15 0
1974 – 1976 Jim Shofner 2 31 0
1977 – 1982 F. A. Dry 12 51 3
1983 – 1991 Jim Wacker 40 58 2
1992 – 1997 Pat Sullivan 24 42 1
1998 – 2000 Dennis Franchione 25 10 0
2000 – present Gary Patterson 115 34 0

Current coaching staff

Name Title Position Coach
Gary Patterson Head Coach none
Sonny Cumbie Co-Offensive Coordinator Quarterbacks
Doug Meacham Co-Offensive Coordinator Inside Receivers
Chad Glasgow Defensive Coordinator Safeties
Dan Sharp Assistant Coach Defensive Line
Rusty Burns Assistant Coach Outside Receivers
Curtis Luper Assistant Coach Running Backs
Jarrett Anderson Assistant Head Coach Offensive Line
Zarnell Fitch Assistant Coach Defensive Line
Jason Phillips Assistant Coach Linebackers
Paul Gonzales Assistant Coach Cornerbacks
Kyle Cox Graduate Assistant Offense
J.W. Walsh Graduate Assistant Offense
Mike Bethea Graduate Assistant Defense
Hudson Fuller Assistant Coach Offensive Analyst
Jeremy Modkins Assistant Coach Defensive Analyst
Eric Russell Assistant Coach Director of Player Personnel/Special Teams


Because TCU was a member of the Southwest Conference for 72 years, rivalries remain with many of the schools that once participated in that conference. Most of former Southwest Conference members are located within the state of Texas.

The admission of TCU to the Big 12 in 2012 will renew some of these famous rivalries. In the years since the SWC's demise, TCU has added a few minor rivals in both Conference USA and the Mountain West, including Louisville, Southern Miss, BYU, Utah, Air Force and a growing rivalry with Boise State. Their three main rivals, however, remain:

Southern Methodist University

  • Main article: Battle for the Iron Skillet

This rivalry is prominent for both schools. TCU leads the football series with SMU, 44–40-7. as of the 2011 season's game, a surprise SMU overtime win, 40–33.[21] The SMU - TCU football game is called "The Battle for the Iron Skillet", with the winning team gaining possession of a ceremonial iron skillet. Since 1915, when SMU was founded and began football competition, the game has not been played in only three years when both fielded football teams — 1919, 1920 and 2006. The schools are scheduled to compete through at least 2016. Because they are no longer members of the same conference, annual meetings may or may not be scheduled after 2016.

Baylor University

  • Main article: The Revivalry

TCU is tied in its series with Baylor at 50–50-7. This rivalry, known as The Revivalry, harkens back to 1899 in the early days of TCU football when TCU was known as AddRan Christian University. When the series started, TCU (then AddRan) and Baylor were both located in Waco, Texas. One well-remembered incident in the rivalry occurred in 1971. TCU coach Jim Pittman collapsed and died on the sideline during the 1971 TCU at Baylor football game, the only time in collegiate history that a coach died while a game was in the progress of being played. TCU-Baylor is one of the most played rivalries in all of NCAA College Football despite a near 16 year break after the collapse of the Southwest Conference in 1995. Some TCU fans have long held a deep resentment resulting from Baylor being asked to take a spot in the new Big 12 Conference ahead of TCU, in 1996. The two schools concluded a home-and-home series in 2007, and have continued their rivalry in Fort Worth in 2010 and Waco in 2011. TCU and Baylor return to being conference mates with yearly football games scheduled, when TCU begins Big 12 Conference participation for the 2012 season.

Texas Tech University

  • Main article: The West Texas Championship

The football series dates back to 1926, 23–28–3.[22] TCU was the first Southwest Conference team to play Texas Tech. The Texas Tech University Goin' Band from Raiderland was the first college marching band to travel to an away game when Will Rogers financed their trip to accompany the Red Raiders to Fort Worth.[23] [24]

After the collapse of the Southwest Conference, Texas Tech was the first of the schools that joined the Big 12 Conference in 1996, to schedule a non-conference game with TCU. This first post-Southwest Conference game between TCU and its former conference mate was played in the regular season in 2004.

Prior to Texas Tech joining the SWC, a traveling trophy was exchanged between the Horned Frogs and Red Raiders. The trophy was of a miniature saddle and the game between the teams was dubbed "The West Texas Championship."[25] TCU and Texas Tech return to being conference mates, competing in football annually, in 2012.

Future non-conference opponents

TCU has released a partial list of non-conference opponents for the near future:[26] [27]

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vs Stephen F. Austin vs Arkansas at Arkansas at SMU
at Minnesota vs South Dakota State

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