FORT WORTH, Texas — Thousands of TCU fans had to huddle under jackets and blankets at the April spring game last Saturday at Amon Carter Stadium. Count TCU football’s leader as unimpressed.
“I didn’t think it was that cold,” Coach Gary Patterson said with a shrug.
The weather hovered around the 30s for most of the day, and the wind chill fell into the 20s. It was unseasonably cold. For comparison, the weather during outdoor practice on Tuesday was well over 70 degrees.
It was cold enough that TCU canceled a baseball game later in the day. Patterson was happy to show off his mettle after growing up in Kansas.
Iowa State and West Virginia canceled their spring games due to frigid weather conditions in Ames, Iowa, and Morgantown, W.Va. However, that didn’t stop thousands of fans from converging on Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday to catch their first look at the 2018 Horned Frogs.
TCU’s offense and quarterbacks struggled to get into a rhythm, but Patterson was quick to dismiss the idea that the conditions played any role.
“It better not have or they’ll play poorly at West Virginia,” Patterson said. “It’s always cold (there) and Kansas. Last two times we went there, we nearly had snow.”
Another Horned Frog simply shrugged off the cold weather. Quarterback Michael Collins grew up in Connecticut and played his first season at Penn.
“Oh yeah, that was just normal,” Collins said with a laugh. “I wasn’t in long sleeves or anything…I played in a blizzard in high school.”
Luckily, the cold front across North Texas seems to be finally subsiding. Temperatures for the rest of this week could rise into the 80s.
When TCU football finally comes back in September, we’ll all be clamoring for that cold front to return.