TCU Horned Frogs

Notes on a Scorecard - September 7, 2010

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How about that sea of purple at Cowboys Stadium!  Saturday night was an outstanding show of support for the Horned Frogs and a great evening of national exposure for our football team, athletics program and University. We thank all of you and especially the 4,000 students who purchased tickets.


We need to continue the momentum from the stands at Cowboys Stadium with our home opener Saturday at 6 p.m. versus Tennessee Tech. It's important for our student-athletes and coaches to see a packed stadium when they come through the tunnel at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Saturday's home opener with Tennessee Tech Is "Heroes Day" and will truly be special as we prepare for our 80th season at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It will also be the final year of the existing structure at our Fort Worth icon as we'll begin our $105 million renovation immediately after the season. Please join us as we pay tribute to soldiers from Fort Hood. Frog Alley will also feature displays from our local police and fire departments.


The record-breaking year of season-ticket sales continues. Our new number is 18,200. When including our student allotment, we're now at 24,355. This is a tremendous source of pride for us. We are very grateful for everyone making this possible.


We're expecting sellouts for home dates against Baylor, BYU and San Diego State. There has been heavy demand for those games. The San Diego State contest is the final home date before the Amon G. Carter Stadium makeover. The best way to secure a seat is by purchasing season tickets either through our Web site (, calling (817) 257-FROG (3764) or by visiting our ticket office in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.



This weekend is more than just a home football game on Saturday. It's really a four-day celebration that begins Thursday with the Frog Club's Gary Patterson Luncheon as well as the Coach Patterson  Radio Show at Railhead. We'll conclude the weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. women's soccer home match against Oklahoma State at Jane Justin Field at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.


Our football program thrives on challenges and that defined the Oregon State game. The Beavers were a nationally ranked opponent and could very likely win the Pac-10 this season. TCU was placed in a most positive light with the exposure we received on ESPN. They did a great job in telling our story. We also had the opportunity to bring their folks to campus to show off our great facilities. Needless to say, they were impressed.

We're very appreciative of our relationship with Nike and the opportunities they have presented us. Our student-athletes felt honored to wear their new Pro Combat uniform against Oregon State. For the second straight year, we were one of just 10 programs nationally to be selected to participate in the Pro Combat series. It's another great statement on how our football program is viewed nationally.

We'll have an official announcement very soon on the exact dates and location of our Town Hall meetings to discuss our plan for seat and parking reallocation when Amon G. Carter Stadium is renovated. If you are interested in being at one of these meetings, like so many have already, please call (817) 257-5658 or send your name and contact information in an e-mail to Please put "Stadium Town Hall Meeting" in the subject line.



The excitement this fall is clearly not just in our football program. We had nearly 3,300 fans on campus Friday for home soccer and volleyball matches. Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium had 1,655 people on hand as our soccer team battled Houston to a 2-2 tie, while a crowd of 1,643 was packed into the Rec Center as volleyball dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to No. 21 LSU. Our athletics events continue to be a great gathering place for the TCU and Fort Worth communities.
Basketball season is just around the corner and season tickets will go on sale next week on The home schedule for our men's team was just bolstered by the addition of a Nov. 29 game with USC. Our women's team has a Daniel-Meyer Coliseum slate that includes Georgia and Oklahoma.


We are very excited to bring a couple of true Horned Frogs back to the TCU family. Former All-American Dave Roditi was a perfect fit to be our new men's tennis coach, while Roland Ingram, an absolute legend with TCU women's tennis, will return to the program as a volunteer assistant coach under Dave Borelli.

Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding our program. This is also your program and we value your feedback.

Go Frogs!

Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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