Shelbi Vaughan, a Mansfield Legacy graduate who will be a freshman at Texas A&M this fall, finished third in the women’s discus Sunday at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Vaughan earned the bronze medal with a throw of 197 feet, 1 inch (60.07 meters).
Shelbi Vaughan, a Mansfield Legacy graduate who will be a freshman at Texas A&M in the fall, qualified for the finals in the women’s discus today at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Vaughan qualified on her first throw of 179 feet, 8 inches (54.78 meters) and will be seeded third in Sunday’s meet finals.
Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, an Arlington High School graduate, was one of three Aggies named today to the first-team unit of the preseason All-SEC team selected by league coaches. Joeckel, a junior, was joined on the first unit by receiver Ryan Swope and linebacker Sean Porter. Other A&M honorees included four third-teamers: defense end Damontre Moore, running back Christine Michael, offensive tackle Jake Matthews and kick returner Dustin Harris.
TCU linebacker coach Tony Tademy resigned earlier this week after seven seasons coaching the Horned Frogs. Tademy’s replacement has not been announced but two sources said former Miami head coach Randy Shannon is a leading candidate. Tademy, who has helped coach numerous TCU linebackers into the NFL, including David Hawthorne, Jason Phillips, Daryl Washington and Tank Carder, wanted to spend more time with his family and will likely take a high school assistant coaching job, several sources said. Two sources said Tademy is likely to be an assistant at Duncanville High School. Tademy was hired at TCU in 2005 after two seasons as defensive coordinator at McKinney High School. The Jacksonville, Ark. native also spent time coaching at his alma mater Louisiana Tech, Howard University, Houston, and Louisiana-Lafayette. Two TCU linebackers have earned all-conference accolades each season under Tademy, which is even more impressive when you consider under the Frogs’ 4-2-5 defensive scheme, only two linebackers are on the field.
Texas A&M football players Christine Michael and Sean Porter have been included on watch lists for 2012 national awards. Michael, a running back, is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top player. Porter, a linebacker, is included on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player.
Four Texas football players have been placed on watch lists for 2012 national awards. Three defensive players _ defensive end Alex Okafor, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and safety Kenny Vaccaro _ are on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player. Running back Malcolm Brown, the team’s top returning rusher (742 yards, 5 TDs last season), is on the Maxwell Award watch list.
The only players in Texas Tech football history to have their jerseys retired will be the first three inductees into the newly established Texas Tech Football Ring of Honor, school officials announced today.
Running back Donny Anderson (1963-65), center/linebacker E.J. Holub (1958-60) and receiver Dave Parks (1961-63) will be the first three players to have their names etched into the Ring of Honor inside Jones AT&T Stadium in ceremonies held Sept. 1, during the Red Raiders’ opener against Northwestern State. All three players are members of the College Football Hall of Fame.
DaCarlos Humphrey, a multi-position football player at Mansfield Legacy, has accepted a football scholarship to play at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Humphrey (5-foot-10, 165 pounds) played quarterback, running back and slot receiver for the Broncos during his high school career. As a senior, he accounted for 1,108 total yards, 16 touchdowns and five 2-point conversions. As a junior, he rushed for 919 yards and six touchdowns and holds Legacy school records for rushing yards in a game (280), rushing TDs in a game (four) and points scored in a game (28).
Humphrey, a 4.4 sprinter, also was a two-time regional finalist on the Legacy track team. Nebraska-Kearney is an NCAA Division II school in the MIAA Conference.
The Frog Horn blew and fireworks burst in the sky at midnight Sunday as TCU became an official member of the Big 12 Conference. About 800 to 1,000 fans filled the Rodeo plaza next to Billy Bob’s Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards to help the Horned Frogs celebrate the move from the Mountain West to the Big 12. TCU football coach Gary Patterson and athletic director Chris Del Conte whipped up the jubilant crowd like a pep rally even though the Frogs’ first football game in the conference is more than two months away. “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight it’s a official,” Del Conte said from the stage. “We fought our way back, we earned our way back and today we’re in the Big 12.” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby welcomed the Frogs from the stage and received a custom-made pair of Justin boots from Patterson and Del Conte. “I had dinner with Coach Patterson tonight and he seems pretty intent upon keeping the run he’s had going these last few years,” Bowlsby told the crowd to cheers. “It’s all good and there’s a lot of good ahead. Welcome to the league.” Other TCU coaches shared the stage including women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie, women’s soccer coach Eric Bell and men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson, who was wearing a cowboy hat. “Fifteen years ago we started this walk,” Patterson told the crowd. “We were 1-10, didn’t have any facilities. We’ve come a long way but we don’t need to stop now. This is not the end of the journey. Our goal is still to win the Big 12 championship in all sports and win a national championship as a university.” Fort Worth City Councilman Dennis Shingleton, a TCU alumnus, presented Del Conte with a proclamation marking July 1, 2012 as TCU day. The celebration continues Sunday. The Big 12 hired a plane to fly a welcome banner over the campus and Fort Worth between noon and 2 p.m. and SuperFrog will pose for photos at the TCU bookstore to promote new TCU-Big 12 merchandise.
Here are some photos taken during the Countdown in Cowtown festivities late Saturday night: The crowd gathers for the Countdown in Cowtown.
SuperFrog and TCU cheerleaders help fans countdown to midnight.
TCU AD Chris Del Conte (left) and football coach Gary Patterson watch the fireworks at midnight.
TCU coach Gary Patterson presents Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby with a pair of Justin boots.
TCU AD Chris Del Conte holds a proclamation from Fort Worth City Councilman Dennis Shingleton proclaiming July 1, 2012 as TCU day.