Frogs Garner Attention at Big 12 Media Day
Oct. 24, 2017
The Frog foursome spent Tuesday morning and early afternoon doing several interviews including CBS and ESPN and answering questions from large media contingent.
Two weeks after his team was picked to finish third in the Big 12, the highest in six seasons in the league, Dixon answered a question no TCU coach has ever had to answer. What were his thoughts on being picked higher in a preseason poll than the TCU football team, which was picked fifth in July.
“There have been a few jokes thrown around about that throughout the summer,” Dixon said. “Gary (Patterson) was giving me a hard time, but I guess he’s getting the last laugh right now. They’re fourth in the country and we’re proud of what they’re doing.”
For the first time in the Big 12 Conference, TCU was hyped up as a team to watch out for.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” said Dixon, whose team returns all five starts from last season’s NIT championship team. “We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve still got a lot to prove that we have to do for us and for our fans and throughout this league. So, it’s nice, but it doesn’t mean a thing to us.”
There was no confusion on TCU’s goals for the season, win the conference and play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. Most of the media seemed surprised at the success the Dixon-led Frogs have experienced.
“I know from the outside looking in, you never think you’re going to go tenth to first, but that was our belief,” said Dixon. “That was our goal last year. We thought we could. Some would say it’s unrealistic, but it can’t happen unless you believe in it.”
Earning the Coaches’ Respect
Kansas Head Coach Bill Self
“I think they’re here to stay. I don’t think TCU basketball is going to take a step backwards. We all take steps sideways sometimes based on personnel, but TCU is going to be a force in our league for as long as he’s there.”
Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
Texas Tech Head Coach Chris Beard
“He’s been doing 5-0 shooting skill work and he’s on the verge of doing 5-on-5. Watching him do skill work and watching him run through our 5-on-0, someone would say why didn’t he practice when you see him on the floor. He Looks fine. He goes extremely hard, always has, always does.”
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Video of Coach Dixon's press conference at Big 12 Media Day
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