On Saturday before TCU hosted No. 2 Kansas State at Amon G. Carter Stadium, I took this picture at the Horned Frogs team store. Sorry, this shot is not Ansel Adams quality.
The sign reads on top of the rack: "ALL #4 JERSEYS ON SALE"
Who wears No. 4? According to the roster listed on www.gofrogs.com, No. 4 is currently worn by freshman safety Jordan Moore. No wonder these jerseys aren't moving.
In a first for college football a team's depth chart is being dictated by the marketing/sales department.
Pachall dis-enrolled from TCU more than a month ago after a DWI. At the time, TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Pachall was going to enter a care facility. He also said if things went well, Pachall could return to the team in the spring.
But if Pachall is going to return why is TCU peddling his No. 4 jersey as priced-to-sell?
No one has touched the Pachall story at TCU since he left school. And this jersey sell is very likely an effort to clear inventory before the end of the year.
Pachall's replacement, Trevone Boykin, has been good, bad, and a freshman. In nine games he has completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 1,540 yards with 14 TDs and 8 Ints. For a freshman thrown into a trying situation, he has been good. Ultimately, if TCU is going to win big in the Big 12, Boykin has to improve.
What TCU can't know is whether Boykin is going to improve enough (Andy Dalton), or this is his ceiling (Casey Printers).
TCU has three games remaining (at Texas, vs. Oklahoma, bowl game) before it really has to address whether Pachall is going to return. As for now, his jersey would make a good stocking stuffer.
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