TCU’s football team will practice for the last time Thursday morning, before breaking for Thanksgiving.All the senior players and senior staff members, such as trainers and video personnel, will continue a 16-year tradition of being carried off the practice field by the player or staff member of their choosing.Players are allowed to go home for Thanksgiving if their destination is within three hours’ driving distance. Many players team up and enjoy the holiday with a teammate’s family living in the area.Some spend the holiday at a coaches’ house, including Gary Patterson’s.Patterson said letting the players leave so close to the 2:30 p.m. Saturday game with No. 9 Baylor at Amon G. Carter Stadium makes him nervous.“Always. Most of them don’t go very far,” he said. “Everybody finds a place.”Fast, but not too fastPatterson reiterated Wednesday that if he makes any changes to his staff that he’d prefer to do it “sooner than later.”“But not so quick you make a mistake,” he said. Without a bowl game to prepare for the first time since 2004, Patterson said he’ll use the time to make recruiting trips.“One of our best recruiting classes came after not going to a bowl in 2004,” he said, “because the guys who come here really want to play. They’re not coming here because you won ballgames. They’re coming here because they want to play and they want to be good football players.”Want better view?If you have a ticket and are wearing a purple TCU shirt for Saturday’s game at Amon G. Carter Stadium, you’ll be allowed to move down to the lower east bowl, otherwise known as the student section. The seats are first come, first served. The game is sold out, but fans can still purchase standing-room only tickets for $35 at gofrogs.com or at the stadium ticket booths. Fans with SRO tickets are allowed to move down to the lower east bowl. Many students are expected to miss the game because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The team’s senior class will be honored during a pregame ceremony.Quotable“They’re having a good season. I hear that we’re going this way [down] and they’re going that way [up]. Nah. This is Art Briles’ fifth year. This is my second year in the Big 12. We’ll keep climbing and doing the things we need to do and see at the end of my fifth [year], then we’ll see where we’re at.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on comparing his program with Baylor’s.
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