‘Tired of losing.’ How TCU changed its mindset, and its fortunes

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TCU strength and conditioning coach Kaz Kazadi deserves much of the credit for the Frogs’ turnaround, according to his players (Frogs Today/Melissa Triebwasser).


By Melissa Triebwasser
Frogs Today staff writer


LOS ANGELES — The great Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

They might be playing a different sport, but I would venture that many TCU football players agree with the sentiment as they prepare to play in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night.

To hear the Frogs say it, the biggest change the program has instituted is what happens away from the field under the direction of coach Kaz Kazadi and the human performance staff.

While the conditioning has clearly improved, nutrition and recovery have taken a larger role, and the overall focus on what players do off the field dramatically changed, it’s the mental side of the game — and life — that you hear players reference over and over again.

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