We have a very limited number of donor parking spaces for home football games still available. If you're interested, please call our Frog Club office immediately at (817) 257-7700.
WELCOME COMMISSIONER BOWLSBY
I'm sure you saw the great news from Friday that Bob Bowlsby will be the Big 12's new commissioner. I've known and admired Bob for a long time, and he's a perfect fit for the Big 12. He's highly respected throughout the country and brings outstanding leadership to our league. I'm very much looking forward to working with Bob and seeing him continue the momentum established by acting commissioner Chuck Neinas. Bob has an incredible pulse on the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics. There is no better person than Bob Bowlsby to guide the Big 12 Conference into an exciting new era.
While the Frog is still a part of our brand, we are utilizing just the arched TCU (image below) as our primary athletics logo and mark. We will also be debuting a deeper shade of purple this fall. In the past, we heard from many of you who said it appeared our uniforms and helmets looked bluish on TV. For over a year, we worked in conjunction with Nike on this new look. Rest assured, though, you'll still see the arched TCU and Frog this fall.
Congratulations to men's golfer Johan de Beer on capturing the Mountain West individual championship in Tucson, Ariz., this past weekend. Combined with Sanna Nuutinen, we have the MW medalist in both men's and women's golf this spring. Our men's and women's golf programs also have our longest current streaks of consecutive postseason appearances. The men will be making their 23rd straight trip to the NCAA Regionals, while the women are in their 17th straight postseason.
A special tip of the TCU cap and congratulations to TCU and Fort Worth treasure Dan Jenkins on his Monday night induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. If you saw his acceptance speech Monday night on Golf Channel, he was Dead Solid Perfect with it.
FROM THE HARD HATS
The trademark 100-ton crane at Amon G. Carter Stadium is gone. This is a significant milestone as it provides confirmation that the super structure work on the east side is finished. We have an Aug. 1 completion set for the west side with a Sept. 1 date for the east side. We're also still on target for a July 15 completion of the Walsh Complex which will feature our new sports medicine center, equipment room and football locker room.
MEET Trent Johnson
We hope to see you Monday at 5:30 p.m. for an opportunity to meet and visit with new men's basketball coach Trent Johnson on the lawn outside the Kelly Center. Please register at the followingLINK. Please also mark your calendar for a meet-and-greet with new soccer coach Eric Bell on Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in the Moncrief Club.
We're halfway through final exam week as we work towards our special day on Saturday when 71 student-athletes will graduate. Included in that total are student-athletes from baseball, women's golf, women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track, who will actually miss Saturday's commencement while being on the road with their respective teams. One of the many things that make TCU special is how our Chancellor and Provost annually hold a special graduation ceremony for our student-athletes, and their families, who miss commencement because of athletics competition. This year's follow-up ceremony will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the Moncrief Club.
We're excited to again be the host of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The game will be hosting a reception Thursday to celebrate its 10th anniversary and return to Amon G. Carter Stadium after a two-year hiatus because of our renovations.
We had some special guests on campus yesterday as we hosted the annual meeting of the equipment managers from each of the Big 12 institutions. Led by our own Matt Lewis, the group toured Amon G. Carter Stadium and all our athletics facilities.
ON THE DOCKET
Even though its final exam week, it's also busy for us with postseason and conference championship competition. Our women's golf team begins NCAA West Regional play Thursday in Erie, Colo., while our women's tennis team heads to Durham, N.C., to face South Carolina in opening-round NCAA Regional action. Three of our sports will be in Colorado Springs. Men's and women's track and field will compete at the Mountain West Championships, while baseball opens a three-game series Friday at Air Force.
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
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