UPCOMING COACHES' EVENTS
If you're in the San Antonio or Houston area, perhaps we'll see you tomorrow. A group of us, including football coach Gary Patterson, men's basketball coach Trent Johnson, women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie and rifle coach Karen Monez, depart early Thursday morning for our annual coaches' events in those cities. We'll be in San Antonio for lunch and then to Houston in the evening. It will be fun for us to visit with everyone and talk about what's happening on campus and with the Frogs. Please mark your calendars for our upcoming events May 16 in Austin and July 12 in Dallas.
Saturday's 6-1 women's tennis victory over New Mexico was special on multiple fronts. In addition to capping an undefeated Mountain West season and giving us the league's outright championship, it was also the 100th win for Dave Borelli as TCU's women's tennis coach. Congratulations Dave-O!
As you know, birthday parties are a staple at Lupton Stadium. Folks of all ages choose to celebrate their special day with us at the ballpark. We have set an unofficial TCU record this spring with 118 birthday parties, breaking the previous mark of 103 from last season. If you are interested in setting up a birthday at a TCU baseball game, please contact Brian Pound in our marketing office at email@example.com or (817) 257-4786. You can also find more information available at the following LINK.
We're proud of all our former student-athletes, but one in particular really had quite a day on Sunday. In case you missed it, former baseball standout Matt Carpenter went 4-for-4, including his first big league homer, with five RBIs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 10-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. He was just a double shy of the cycle. He then came back last night with the game-winning pinch-hit sacrifice fly in a 2-1 10-inning victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Carp was a mainstay for head coach Jim Schlossnagle. His final season at TCU was 2009, but he truly helped set the stage for us to make the College World Series the following season.
Our next online chat on GoFrogs.com will be next Wednesday, April 25, at 3 p.m.
ON THE DOCKET
Our women's golf program will look to defend its Mountain West championship when it begins play Friday at the conference tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. Men's golf will also be in action as it competes at the Boilermaker Invitational in Lafayette, Ind. After concluding a 12-game homestand last night, baseball will take its seven-game winning streak to San Diego State for a three-game series against the Aztecs. All three contests will be televised on The Mtn. First pitch is 8 p.m. CDT Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Those are the only road dates in a stretch that has us playing 20-of-23 games at home. We'll return to Lupton Stadium Tuesday night at 6:30 to face Texas A&M. Our lone home event of the week is men's tennis hosting New Mexico on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Rounding out our weekend of activity is track and field at the Michael Johnson Invite in Waco.
Here are some key rules to remember:
1. Only TCU coaches and athletic department staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process. Alumni, friends and other representatives of athletics interest who are not employed by the University are not permitted to contact a prospective student-athlete (or members of his/her family) via letter, telephone or in-person (on or off-campus) for the purpose of soliciting their participation in our athletics program. For recruiting purposes, TCU faculty members are permitted to engage in in-person contact with prospects, but only on the University campus.
2. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he/she signs a National Letter of intent or financial aid agreement to attend the University. The prospect does not lose his/her prospect status until the start of classes at TCU or the beginning of official team practice, whichever occurs first.
3. Do not do anything for a prospective student-athlete or a current student-athlete without specific authorization from the TCU Athletics Department.
4. The prohibition of contact with a prospective student-athlete is not intended to relate to unavoidable incidental contacts with prospects by representatives of athletics interests. It is understood that a representative of athletics interests may from time to time have contact with a prospective student-athlete and/or their family members. Such contact is permissible so long as it involves normal civility. For instance, if you meet a prospective student-athlete during your normal course of business or social activity, there is no violation so long as you do not discuss TCU athletics. If you are attending an alumni event or athletics event and you find yourself speaking with the parents of a prospect, do not discuss the athletics program and excuse yourself from the discussion in an appropriate manner.
5. If a student-athlete accepts any extra-benefits based on his/her status as an athlete or because of athletics ability, the student-athlete will lose all eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics.
6. Representatives of athletics interests are reminded that the NCAA rules regarding student-athletes remain in effect throughout the entire calendar year, including the summer vacation period.
As always, ask before you act. If you have any questions, please contact our NCAA Compliance office at (817) 257-7525.
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