The Curse of Jeremiah Donati

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The awful coach, (that this curse can’t keep around-although he already did once), made some awful decisions and we’re mad that he might leave, but we’ll also help him pack. Then, some of the 18 and 19 year olds that we live and die with made a few costly errors. Then, those same 18 and 19 year olds didn’t hit very well today. Then, our lord and savior, and all-world closer, (who we were mad at that awful coach-that we want to stay, but will help him pack-for not bringing in last night), gave up a run and we lost us a game.
We blame all of that on an athletic director who we are mad at because we had to wear masks,(even though we really didn’t, but we’re going to be pissy about it), and we all couldn’t pack Lupton(even though if it’s not a series against Texas or Tech, we wouldn’t anyways), and even though a few weeks ago we could go 100% capacity. And we packed Lupton, and it was fun as hell, until we lost....because of the athletic director.

That was a pretty good post except that you completely failed to reference the low energy PA guy, or @steelfrog , as clearly both helped cost us a chance at Omaha. Now you must buy me a beer, Sir!
 

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I hardly ever post, but after today's baseball game........

When it's all said and done an AD job is to hold those below him accountable. An AD may choose how he he does that, but just based on observation of the current AD I don't believe he has. CDC praised those beneath him, but I am sure behind closed doors he had expectations and did and said things none of us are aware of to make sure we succeeded. Since JD took over it seems the others may be ruling him instead of vice versa for whatever reason. The last 3 football and basketball seasons, and especially this baseball season have killed me and my son. What's even worse is that I am not an alum, yet TCU was my dream school (another story for another day). I feel for you alums because I am sure it pains you all. I really wish I knew where the problem lies within the athletic department but something just doesn't feel right. I have been trying to put my finger on it but can't. I want to get back to where we where were when CDC was in charge because those were some awesome years. JD was hand picked and I want him to step up and succeed. So grow some balls, engage with those who love TCU and make TCU the prominent national figure it can be.
And JD if you or any of your staff even visits this site, WE CARE. Do what you need to do. I know you can't control everything, but sometimes hearing an outside perspective helps. Like I said, even though I am not an alum, I am just as passionate as those who are. You want to hit me up, go for it. CDC always responded to me and I want you to do even better than that. Just remember, TCU really is the little guy who CAN kick everyone's a**, so let's do it.
I have faith he can pull it off, so for those of you who think I am full of S*** so be it. We have come too far just to watch it fade way.

Good post. To me Danny Morrison set the bar. When he would visit the tail gate lots in football and just walk up and introduce himself, you wanted to say when he left, “how much money did you need again”? I had an issue once with tailgating that I sent to CDC. He called me at home and during our conversation I told him about Danny Morrison. He gave me his cell # and the very next week he walked right into our tailgate to say hi. I saw him doing that at many more games. I have emailed ADJD once, no answer, to me that says volumes about what he is about, I have never seen him in the parking lots at football games.
 

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Good post. To me Danny Morrison set the bar. When he would visit the tail gate lots in football and just walk up and introduce himself, you wanted to say when he left, “how much money did you need again”? I had an issue once with tailgating that I sent to CDC. He called me at home and during our conversation I told him about Danny Morrison. He gave me his cell # and the very next week he walked right into our tailgate to say hi. I saw him doing that at many more games. I have emailed ADJD once, no answer, to me that says volumes about what he is about, I have never seen him in the parking lots at football games.

I met Danny Morrison once. Was at the railhead for the GP radio show. He had just accepted the new gig with Carolina but he still visited w/me for several minutes. I thought that was class.

I used to see CDC at games all the time and he would always say hello. Once was at UTA and he's there, at a road game after hours and dressed to the 9s. He would atleast act like he remembered me. I emailed him once. Nothing earth shattering, just that when @steelfrog and I were on the front row of the UGA section at the Liberty Bowl Super Frog came over. I thought that was cool as heck so I emailed him the photos. He responded. Then I mentioned it next time I saw him and again he atleast acted like he remembered me. Class.

I'm not gonna blame ADJD for all the covid seating mess because frankly there was no right answer. Not really sure how we expect him to hold CGP or CJS, 2 sacred cows, accountable for much of anything. I do know that I sent him an email once, nothing major, just kudos to the way the baseball stadium staff treated my guest who has some health issues, but he never responded. Not saying fire him over that, but in a head to head comparison, CDC wins there.
 

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the Morrison stuff is legit. I had to do a double take when I saw him perusing the lowly tailgate lots and mingling with the lolpoors. How much would it take to get him back?
 

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Amazing how many of you guys have had the same experience with Donati as me. I didn't email CDC much, but when I did email him, I always received a personal phone call....and that is impressive. Twice I have emailed Donati....never got a response.

In fact, once Windegger retired from his cushy job (i.e. status quo/golf tee time by 1pm), I almost always received a response from Hyman, Morrison, or CDC. I may have not always liked the response, but I always felt heard and respected. With a few exceptions, the athletic program as a whole was moving in a sustained, positive direction for at least 15 years. At best, we've been drifting since CDC moved to Austin.

I've heard Donati is a nice guy, but so far I have seen nothing to indicate he is up to the job. All 3 major sports have declined under his watch. I didn't expect him to take on GP as GP is too powerful and JD would lose that battle.

On the other hand, I did expect him to do better on the Dixon to UCLA situation. One only had to make a few calls to people familiar with the Pat Sullivan fiasco on what happens when you keep a coach who wants to leave. An experienced AD could have negotiated a smaller buyout in exchange for a home and home with UCLA football and basketball programs. Everyone could have come out a winner (including Jamie) with a decent compromise.

As for Schloss, Donati has totally messed up. We had a phenomenal coach and it was a phenomenal match for both parties. Then, mysteriously the sudden flirtation with MSU. Looked like he was gone, then equally mysterious...... nothing happened. No new deal for Schloss, no improvements to the stadium, no nothing from either party. I don't know what happened for Schloss to look at MSU. What I do know, however, is that Donati should have put that situation to rest with a new contract or announcement of new commitments to the facilities. The fact that we saw neither, tells me Donati didn't care if Schloss left or not, but he didn't have balls to fire him (or didn't have the political support) so he has just let him hang with the hopes Schloss would leave on his own. This is typical behavior from a weak leader in any organization. I've concluded that is what we have in JD.

I don't hate JD, but I'm done with him. It's in Boschini's court now. Maybe Boschini (who I respect highly) has been too tied up with COVID, the political wars with the faculty, and the woke Board of Trustees to take this on, but JD works for him.

Our Rose Bowl trophy is getting a bit rusty....we can't live on it anymore.
 

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The last 3 football and basketball seasons, and especially this baseball season have killed me and my son.
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I hardly ever post, but after today's baseball game........

When it's all said and done an AD job is to hold those below him accountable. An AD may choose how he he does that, but just based on observation of the current AD I don't believe he has. CDC praised those beneath him, but I am sure behind closed doors he had expectations and did and said things none of us are aware of to make sure we succeeded. Since JD took over it seems the others may be ruling him instead of vice versa for whatever reason. The last 3 football and basketball seasons, and especially this baseball season have killed me and my son. What's even worse is that I am not an alum, yet TCU was my dream school (another story for another day). I feel for you alums because I am sure it pains you all. I really wish I knew where the problem lies within the athletic department but something just doesn't feel right. I have been trying to put my finger on it but can't. I want to get back to where we where were when CDC was in charge because those were some awesome years. JD was hand picked and I want him to step up and succeed. So grow some balls, engage with those who love TCU and make TCU the prominent national figure it can be.
And JD if you or any of your staff even visits this site, WE CARE. Do what you need to do. I know you can't control everything, but sometimes hearing an outside perspective helps. Like I said, even though I am not an alum, I am just as passionate as those who are. You want to hit me up, go for it. CDC always responded to me and I want you to do even better than that. Just remember, TCU really is the little guy who CAN kick everyone's a**, so let's do it.
I have faith he can pull it off, so for those of you who think I am full of S*** so be it. We have come too far just to watch it fade way.
I don't think baseball falls into the category with basketball or football. They have consistently been a top 10 team...won another conference tournament, tied for regular season. They are a top ten program. Men's Golf has performed well..
Football has fallen some lately...but over the past 20 years have had some outstanding seasons. It's a tough conference...for me the Frogs have provided much to be proud of.
 
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Good post. To me Danny Morrison set the bar. When he would visit the tail gate lots in football and just walk up and introduce himself, you wanted to say when he left, “how much money did you need again”? I had an issue once with tailgating that I sent to CDC. He called me at home and during our conversation I told him about Danny Morrison. He gave me his cell # and the very next week he walked right into our tailgate to say hi. I saw him doing that at many more games. I have emailed ADJD once, no answer, to me that says volumes about what he is about, I have never seen him in the parking lots at football games.

I had the same interaction with Donati. He only focuses on the 1%.
 
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I had the same interaction with Donati. He only focuses on the 1%.
I can understand that at a big state school where it is impossible to regularly interact with the average fan, but at a small school like TCU, those kind of things matter. CDC understood that. Donati seems to think he's too cool for anyone that's not a big money donor.
 

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Amazing how many of you guys have had the same experience with Donati as me. I didn't email CDC much, but when I did email him, I always received a personal phone call....and that is impressive. Twice I have emailed Donati....never got a response.

In fact, once Windegger retired from his cushy job (i.e. status quo/golf tee time by 1pm), I almost always received a response from Hyman, Morrison, or CDC. I may have not always liked the response, but I always felt heard and respected. With a few exceptions, the athletic program as a whole was moving in a sustained, positive direction for at least 15 years. At best, we've been drifting since CDC moved to Austin.

I've heard Donati is a nice guy, but so far I have seen nothing to indicate he is up to the job. All 3 major sports have declined under his watch. I didn't expect him to take on GP as GP is too powerful and JD would lose that battle.

On the other hand, I did expect him to do better on the Dixon to UCLA situation. One only had to make a few calls to people familiar with the Pat Sullivan fiasco on what happens when you keep a coach who wants to leave. An experienced AD could have negotiated a smaller buyout in exchange for a home and home with UCLA football and basketball programs. Everyone could have come out a winner (including Jamie) with a decent compromise.

As for Schloss, Donati has totally messed up. We had a phenomenal coach and it was a phenomenal match for both parties. Then, mysteriously the sudden flirtation with MSU. Looked like he was gone, then equally mysterious...... nothing happened. No new deal for Schloss, no improvements to the stadium, no nothing from either party. I don't know what happened for Schloss to look at MSU. What I do know, however, is that Donati should have put that situation to rest with a new contract or announcement of new commitments to the facilities. The fact that we saw neither, tells me Donati didn't care if Schloss left or not, but he didn't have balls to fire him (or didn't have the political support) so he has just let him hang with the hopes Schloss would leave on his own. This is typical behavior from a weak leader in any organization. I've concluded that is what we have in JD.

I don't hate JD, but I'm done with him. It's in Boschini's court now. Maybe Boschini (who I respect highly) has been too tied up with COVID, the political wars with the faculty, and the woke Board of Trustees to take this on, but JD works for him.

Our Rose Bowl trophy is getting a bit rusty....we can't live on it anymore.

Are you saying that Windegger did not answer his emails?
 
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I don't think baseball falls into the category with basketball or football. They have consistently been a top 10 team...won another conference tournament, tied for regular season. They are a top ten program. Men's Golf has performed well..
Football has fallen some lately...but over the past 20 years have had some outstanding seasons. It's a tough conference...for me the Frogs have provided much to be proud of.
Golf is an entirely different issue…so many problems and so few solutions

Bill is a good guy that has a routine down for making the post season but not for ever being great

we have zero commitment from leadership to make any changes that will matter facility, local club relationship status or staff wise

it is what it is - but I have yet to find an former TCU golfer that likes where we are as a program
 

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I am truly just curious. Turning the question around implies, at a minimum, we are ok with stagnation at the AD position.
Should he have fired Gary Patterson because football has had it's troubles the last three years? Should he have fired the basketball coach CDC brought here?

Tell me what he is supposed to do. Should he have gone into Gary Patterson's and Jamie Dixon's offices and given them a pep talk or told them to start winning big now or they're outta here?
 

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Google his name and “Twitter” and start reading. There you go - now you Twitter.