FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU coach Gary Patterson isn't surprised by his undefeated team's drop in The Associated Press poll.
Not after the Horned Frogs' 20-17 victory over Air Force in their Mountain West Conference opener.
"I told people we'll drop in the polls with the writers," Patterson said Tuesday during his weekly news conference, recalling what he said after the game. "It's all about perception, it's not about the facts."
Patterson figured that the close score combined with the perception some people around the country still have about BCS buster hopeful TCU and its conference would factor into the voting. And he apparently was right.
After reaching the Top 10 during the season last week for only the second time in 50 years, the Frogs (5-0) dropped two spots to 12th after winning on the road in an icy mist and bitter wind Saturday night.
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CARSON CITY, Nev. — A new report shows Nevada's Reno-Sparks region is the nation's hardest hit area when it comes to construction jobs lost in the recession.
The report released Wednesday by the Associated General Contractors of America ranks the metropolitan area 337th based on the percentage of construction jobs gained or lost in the past year.
From August 2008 to August 2009, Reno lost 35 percent of its construction work force.
The area of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., did only slightly better, followed by Tucson, Ariz., Wenatchee, Wash., and Redding, Calif.
On the other end of the spectrum, construction employment in Columbus, Ind., grew 14 percent. Other spots that improved include Anderson, Ind., Tulsa, Okla., Longview, Wash., and Baton Rouge, La.