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NOTES ON A SCORECARD - Dec. 14, 2011

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If it seems a little quiet around the athletics facilities, and campus in general, it's because we're in final exams. We have 48 student-athletes set to graduate this semester. For the nine in our football program, graduation will come at the team hotel in San Diego on Tuesday, Dec. 20. As we've done in the past because of bowl travel, Chancellor Boschini will officiate a special ceremony for them. A tip of the cap to offensive lineman Spencer Thompson who will have his master's degree in hand by the time he steps on the field for us in the Poinsettia Bowl.


As soon as our football team departs Saturday for San Diego and the Poinsettia Bowl, we will begin work on its new locker room. It's part of an overhaul of the Walsh Complex that will also see a new sports medicine center and equipment room. The "wrecking ball" is due to hit the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium in the next few days. Our hope is to have the entire side leveled by the time students arrive back on campus in mid-January. Also next month, we'll complete a process that will feature all permanent film towers on our football practice fields.



As those of you around our football program know, we have the best director of football operations in the country in Mike Sinquefield. He's one of three finalists for an award recognizing his efforts. You can show your support for Sinq by voting for him at the following LINK.


Please mark your calendar for tomorrow at 3 p.m. CST as we'll hold our next online chat on These are always a lot of fun for me to do. You can submit questions in advance at the following LINK.


Even though TCU will be officially closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2, we'll still have some basketball going on to bring you to campus. There's no better way to begin your New Year's Eve than by taking in a Dec. 31 doubleheader at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Our women will face Texas Southern at 2 p.m. before the men host Tulsa at 6 p.m. If you're going to be in San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl, it's not that bad of a drive to Los Angeles. You can support our men's basketball team in action Monday night, Dec. 19, at USC.


How about Kurt Thomas signing a contract to continue his NBA career with the Portland Trailblazers! For some, it seems like just yesterday that Kurt was leading the nation in both scoring and rebounding at TCU. He will now enter his 17th NBA season as the league's oldest player.



Congratulations to Justin Fuente on becoming the new head football coach at Memphis. Justin did an outstanding job in his five seasons with us, including the last three as co-offensive coordinator. It's a great tribute to the success of your program when your assistants are in position to become head coaches elsewhere. Justin always represented TCU with class, and we're very excited for him to have this opportunity.


Be on the lookout next week for season-ticket renewal information for baseball. The Feb. 17 season-opening series with Ole Miss at Lupton Stadium is just around the corner. We have a school-record 34 home games on tap this spring.


As a reminder, there's no easier way to knock out your Christmas shopping than by simply visiting the online store on our website at the following LINK.


The NCAA holds Bylaw 10.1 in high esteem. The majority of the 434-page NCAA manual (a book without pictures mind you) provides answers to specific, sometimes very specific, questions (e.g., When can a coach recruit? What is considered to be acceptable academic progress for a student-athlete? What types of snacks can be given to student-athletes?). Bylaw 10.1 is different. Through this bylaw, the NCAA makes a broad, overreaching statement about ethical behavior within college athletics. Cited in most major infractions cases, 10.1 addresses situations where an institution (coaches, student-athletes and staff) knows an activity is impermissible /unethical and chooses to act anyway. Bylaw 10.1 is the heart of the NCAA rules, placing the responsibility of ethical behavior squarely on the shoulders of all individuals within an athletics department.

Specific prohibitions of Bylaw 10.1 include:

1.) Academic fraud
2.) Lying to the NCAA or institution during a rules violations investigation
3.) Providing a banned substance to a student-athlete
4.) Arranging a meeting between a student-athlete and an agent
5.) Knowingly providing a prospect or current student-athlete an extra benefit


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. We welcome all calls and emails.

Go Frogs!

Christopher M. Del Conte

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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