Earlier this week, TCU announced it was moving the start of spring practice from March 4 back to March 23. The move came less than a month before the 15-day session was scheduled to begin.
Bleacher Report saw the sudden switch as a "red flag" and conducted an exhaustive investigation as to why the 2010 Fiesta Bowl runner-up Horned Frogs would make such a move.
After countless hours and millions of dollars on research, Bleacher Report came up with its top five possibilities that a nationally prominent program would dare disrupt so many lives at the 11th hour with such a delay.
The TCU men's basketball team plays at No. 19 New Mexico on March 3, one day before the original start date of spring practice.
Football coach Gary Patterson may have sensed an upset brewing and didn't want to take any attention away from basketball coach Jim Christian's program.
The Horned Frogs, currently 11-14 and 3-7 in the Mountain West Conference, could use the upset victory as the impetus for a MWC tournament championship the following week.
Bleacher Report, however, must acknowledge that if the University of New Mexico is playing any role in the football team's practice switch, it's more likely due to TCU investigating how on earth Lobo football coach Mike Locksley could coax ESPN and Rivals four-star high school defensive tackle Calvin Smith to shun defending national champion Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, and Florida State for the likes of Locksley's program that went 1-11 last season.
Gary Patterson won nine Coach of the Year awards in 2009. Bleacher Report hears that TCU just recently received funding to build a trophy case to hold all of Patterson's hardware. The case isn't going to be close to completion by March 4.
That funding originally was intended for Amon G. Carter Stadium, but then school officials decided that the 750-year-old stadium is plenty good enough for a perennial top-10 program.
We've all heard the legend of defensive ends Jerry Hughes—No. 98 in your program, No. 1 in your hearts—and Tommy Blake before him coming to TCU as undersized running backs and morphing into the Mutant Ninja Teenage Horned Frogs.
TCU has the art down to such a science that it only needed 19 extra days to get that next player ready.
If a 2010 recruit is expected to fill that void, we at Bleacher Report have our money on 5'10" RB Ethan Grant (though we haven't figured out how the Frogs will make him 6'3").
TCU, which may start in the 2010 polls behind Boise State because of the Broncos' 17-10 victory in the Fiesta Bowl, is rumored to be thinking about painting its field at Amon G. Carter Stadium purple to rival BSU's Bronco Stadium and needs the extra time to find just the right shade from the Home Depot.
As long as the Frogs don't let Nike anywhere the design of the colored field, they should be fine. Did you see those "special" unis TCU wore against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl (and previously against Utah)?
Uh, if Nike calls in March, let the Frogs' answering machine pick up.
The TCU coaching staff could secretly be obsessing about the fake punt Boise State's Kyle Brotzman executed perfectly, leading to the Broncos' game-winning touchdown.
The Frogs were hoping that Brotzman was going to quit school after his freshman season and open up a "Fake Punt Fantasy Camp"—he would've made a killing right after the Fiesta Bowl—but that has not happened.
Now TCU itself must train its junior-to-be punter, Anson Kelton, on the art of throwing a perfect pass during a critical moment of a BCS game
Of course, some theorists out there say simply that the delay is due to TCU's 2009 season ending so late and coach Gary Patterson wanting to give his players enough time to recharge.
Bleacher Report, however, has dismissed that theory as too obvious.