If you're on the donor parking wait list for home football games this fall, you'll soon be hearing from our Frog Club office. Please contact them at (817) 257-7700 with any questions.
I'm sure you've seen the great news regarding the new five-year agreement for the champions of the Big 12 and SEC to annually meet in a bowl game starting with the 2014 season. If one or both of these champions play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship, another deserving team from the conference(s) would be selected for the game. This is just another sign of the momentum in the Big 12. It was also outstanding to see the strong national interest generated in the announcement of the game.
PURPLE IS HOT
Another great testament to the growing pride in wearing purple and the strength of the TCU brand is the threshold amount we have again reached in our agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company. We've surpassed the minimum amount in gross royalties for two consecutive years, triggering a clause in our contract that allows us to renegotiate more favorable revenue splits with CLC. This will only get stronger with the added exposure provided by our entrance into the Big 12.
Congratulations to our baseball program on its co-Mountain West championship. That makes it seven titles in seven years for baseball in the league. We won the outright championship our first six seasons in the MW before tying for the regular-season title this spring.
FROM THE LINKS
A special tip of the cap goes to men's golf on its strong performance this past weekend at the Ann Arbor Regional, allowing us to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the third time in the last four seasons. If you're in the Los Angeles area, please make a point to check out the Horned Frogs as they'll begin play Tuesday at historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.
STAT OF THE DAY
Our six Mountain West team championships in the 2011-12 athletics year ties a single-season school record set in 2009-10. In addition to those team titles, we also produced 29 individual conference championships this year as well as a national title in rifle.
IT'S A SLEEPOVER
How about the number of tents and sleeping bags blanketing the outfield grass this past Saturday night for our annual sleepover at Lupton Stadium! We set a new record with 394 overnight campers, breaking our previous mark of 250 from last year.
I hope you can join me Friday at 3 p.m. CDT for our next online chat on GoFrogs.com. Our website provides an opportunity for you to submit questions in advance. These chats are always fun for me to do, and I hope you enjoy them as well. We'll cover whatever topics are on your mind.
ON THE DOCKET
Our baseball program begins play Thursday at the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas. First pitch is 5 p.m. CDT for our opener versus San Diego State. Each game of the tournament will be televised live on The Mtn. Track and field begins its postseason competition Thursday in Austin at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
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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