How about Gary Patterson being featured on the cover of this summer's edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football! It's a tremendous honor for Coach, our football program and all of TCU to receive this type of recognition and exposure. Check newsstands Thursday when the issue is due to hit shelves.
Congratulations to LaDainian Tomlinson and best wishes to him on his retirement from the NFL! He has truly represented himself, his family and TCU with class. We are very proud of LT and look forward to continuing a great relationship with him. He'll be back on campus this week with his annual youth football academy. We'll also make sure he has a copy of our football schedule to hopefully have him at Amon G. Carter Stadium for as many games as possible this fall.
NEW LOOK FOR FROG CLUB
Our rebranding efforts continue across the board in our department. In case you missed its Monday release via Facebook and Twitter, included below is our new Frog Club logo.
IN THE CLASSROOM
It was rewarding to see 68 of our student-athletes named to the Academic All-Mountain West Team for the spring semester. We also had 55 student-athletes tabbed MW Scholar-Athletes for posting a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5.
FROM THE HARD HATS
The Austin Commercial crew is busy getting ready to repave Lots 1 and 2 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Final finishes are going in at the club and suite levels, while equipment arrives daily for the concession stands. The press box is taking shape with the walls, windows and railings being installed. The officials' locker room was enhanced Tuesday with an original piece of artwork. Ron Murphy was a longtime Southwest Conference football official who draws cartoons for various referee publications. As a favor to his longtime friend and TCU associate athletics director Ross Bailey, Ron produced the below piece for the officials' locker room. The relationship between Ross and Ron began when Ross was our head athletics trainer and helped take care of the men in stripes.
The light at the end of the tunnel is glowing brighter and brighter at the Walsh Complex. Final clean-up crews are busy in the sports medicine area. Our new lockers in the football locker room will be spotlighted for administrators nationally at next week's NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) Convention in Dallas. Our team of director of football operations Mike Sinquefield, director of equipment services Matt Lewis and Ross Bailey, along with final touches from head coach Gary Patterson, put 90 years of experience together into what we believe might be the best athletic locker ever designed. Everything is on track for a July 16 move in for our sports medicine and equipment staffs.
SPANNING THE GLOBE
My new favorite weekly feature is sharing photos of the TCU Nation sporting TCU apparel or flashing the Horned Frog sign from locales worldwide. Pictured below (from right to left) are Jerry Graves, TCU graduate school from 1976-78, and son Brian Graves at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. They are by the monument on Hole #6, called Hogan's Alley, honoring Ben Hogan for his 1953 British Open Championship. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) images you'd like to share in future blogs.
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(a.) Refusal to furnish information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an NCAA regulation when requested to do so by the NCAA or the individual's institution;
(b.) Knowing involvement in arranging for fraudulent academic credit or false transcripts for a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete;
(c.) Knowing involvement in offering or providing a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete an improper inducement or extra benefit or improper financial aid;
(d.) Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual's institution false or misleading information concerning the individual's involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation; or
(e.) Receipt of benefits by an institutional staff member for facilitating or arranging a meeting between a student-athlete and an agent, financial advisor or a representative of an agent or advisor (e.g., "runner");
(f.) Knowing involvement in providing a banned substance or impermissible supplement to student-athletes, or knowingly providing medications to student-athletes contrary to medical licensure, commonly accepted standards of care in sports medicine practice, or state and federal law. This provision shall not apply to banned substances for which the student-athlete has received a medical exception per Bylaw 126.96.36.199; however, the substance must be provided in accordance with medical licensure, commonly accepted standards of care and state or federal law;
(g.) Failure to provide complete and accurate information to the NCAA, the NCAA Eligibility Center or an institution's admissions office regarding an individual's academic record (e.g., schools attended, completion of coursework, grades and test scores);
(h.) Fraudulence or misconduct in connection with entrance or placement examinations;
(i.) Engaging in any athletics competition under an assumed name or with intent to otherwise deceive; or
(j.) Failure to provide complete and accurate information to the NCAA, the NCAA Eligibility Center or the institution's athletics department regarding an individual's amateur status.
Remember to always ask before you act. If you ever 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