FORT WORTH - Proof that working out is beneficial in so many ways ... was at the TCU Rickel Building about an hour ago where, before I did what the senior citizen ladies like to call "The Show", I bumped into TCU men's basketball point guard Ronnie Moss.
Moss said what just about everyone around the TCU athletic department has known for months - that he will not be coming back for his senior season on the men's basketball team. TCU head coach Jim Christian had suspended Moss indefinitely in late January for a variety of reasons, and the relationship between the two was beyond repair. And Christian was as reticent as a mime when this subject came up ever since.
Moss was the team's leading scorer, and easily its most talented player.
Moss said he has no hard feelings towards anyone at TCU, including Christian. He said he loved him, and it sounds like they agree to disagree. Moss said he's looking to either play one more year of college ball, which could include transferring to a Division I program, or an NAIA school. He said he really does not want to sit out a year under D-I transfer rules. The way he was talking, he sounds like he is leaning towards playing overseas now.
But his mother wants him to earn his degree. From the way Moss talked, it sounds like he needs about one full academic year to finish.
If you remember, Moss was the most heralded recruit by TCU coach Jim Christian in his first class three years ago. But despite Moss' solid Division I skills as a ball handler and scorer, Christian wasn't winning with Moss and there were other issues that forced his hand.
"We wish Ronnie the best in his future endeavors," Christian said in a statement. "Our team has turned its attention to the new additions to the roster and staff and couldn't be more excited for the upcoming season. We look forward to the bright future of this basketball program."
Even if you are a TCU fan who was disappointed the way Moss' career evolved, pull for this kid. He is not a bad guy. There is, however, some growing up left. Moss is a nice young man who knows how to say all the right things. In my dealings with him he was always nice, and very polite. How he behaved in a practice or behind closed doors is another matter.
Facebook Mac Engel