Center Eddie Lampkin didn’t travel with the TCU Horned Frogs to the Big 12 Tournament, and it appears we have a reason why. In a series of social media posts, the big man seems to be alleging abuse and misconduct within the program.
With those comments out there publicly, TCU head coach Jamie Dixon was asked about them Wednesday following a team workout at the T-Mobile Center. He didn’t offer much.
“I haven’t seen it,” Dixon said, via Frogs Today. “No comments on it.”
The seventh-year head coach did mention that upon the news surfacing there hasn’t been conversation between the two.
“I haven’t talked to him,” Dixon said. “I haven’t talked to him since today [when that report came out]…You know, we’ve been talking about it for a while on different things. So, I mean, obviously the injuries and some things, so yeah. It’s just what the word is. I’ve got to talk to him. I haven’t talked to him today.”
As far as when the team found out Lampkin wouldn’t be traveling, that took place yesterday. It was previously stated by team officials that he’d stepped away from the team to deal with personal matters.
“It was Tuesday, it was Tuesday morning, yeah,” Dixon said. “So, that was when. We wish him the best. I love him. And that’s a Horned Frog, and we’ll always love him. So, that’s how it is.”
This is the second time during the course of the 2022-23 season that Lampkin has stepped away from the team, the first also for personal reasons.
Over the past two seasons, Lampkin has started 51 games for the Horned Frogs, averaging 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He suffered a high-ankle sprain during TCU’s 83-60 win over Kansas on January 21, and has been dealing with ankle issues throughout conference play since then.
In Lampkin’s absense, Xavier Cork and JaKobe Coles wil play significant minutes, but this is obviously a huge blow for the Horned Frogs’ chances at making a run.
Now with Lampkin out of the lineup, TCU will struggle to replace his impact defensively and on the boards, two things that Jamie Dixon’s squad has built its success upon. Without him, the Horned Frogs are set to begin tournament play against No. 3 seed Kansas State on Thursday night. Tip off is set for 8:30 p.m. CT inside the T-Mobile Center.