We are very proud of our football program on being ranked 13th by USA Today and 14th by the Associated Press in the season-ending polls. It's quite a testament to head coach Gary Patterson, his staff and the student-athletes in our football program on being one of just four schools nationally to finish in the top 15 each of the last four seasons. We're also one of just two programs to win at least 11 games each of the past four years.
FROM THE HARD HATS
Depending on weather, pier work will be starting any day on the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Over the last year, I've been learning a lot about the construction process and its terms. In case you're not familiar with piers, they are the concrete supports that drill into the ground to help hold everything in place. As TCU associate athletics director T. Ross Bailey, our point person on the project, says, "We hope to be going vertical with the steel sometime in March."
Congratulations to men's basketball student-athlete Amric Fields on being named the Mountain West Player of the Week. It was also nice to see Gary Patterson recognized by Sporting News as the nation's third-best football coach. We're biased, of course, in believing that Coach Patterson should have been at the top of the list.
DFW IS NO. 1
It will be an honor to represent TCU tomorrow night at the 2012 Rangers Dr. Pepper Awards Show. Representatives from Sporting News will be on hand to make a presentation on Dallas-Fort Worth being the nation's No. 1 sports city. You might recall we had a similar ceremony at our Nov. 19 home football game with Colorado State. It will be great to share in the excitement with our good friends at the Rangers and Mavericks.
ON THE DOCKET
Beginning tonight with our men's program hosting UTPA at 7 p.m., we have a couple of home basketball games on tap for you this week. Our women have their conference home opener Saturday at 3:30 p.m. versus Colorado State. You can also watch them tonight on The Mtn. at 10 p.m. CST from San Diego State. Our men will be on TV Saturday at 8 p.m. on The Mtn. at Colorado State. Track and field returns to action Saturday when it travels to College Station for a meet at Texas A&M.
FIRST PITCH BANQUET
One of my favorite nights each year is the First Pitch Banquet put on by our baseball program. This year's event will be Friday, Feb. 3, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. Former TCU standouts Jake Arrieta, Matt Carpenter, Andrew Cashner, Sam Demel and Chad Huffman, who have all made the major leagues and are still active players, will take part in a panel discussion. Please click HERE to register for this great evening.
We hope all of our students have enjoyed their break. We definitely look forward to their return to campus next week.
Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. when we hold our next online chat on GoFrogs.com.
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KEEP IN TOUCH
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.
Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics