In case you missed it yesterday, we announced the debut of our new Frog Vision multimedia player. We are also in negotiations with our third-tier television rights, which will further enhance this package. Frog Vision is similar to what many of our Big 12 counterparts produce. It provides the ability to see one football game streamed online each season, as well as being able to access the live game audio from all our sports that have radio broadcasts, live video of select home games in baseball, men's and women's basketball, soccer and volleyball and coverage of all news conferences, including football coach Gary Patterson's weekly presser during the season. The monthly fee is $9.95. However, you can obtain a total savings of $40 with the purchase of an annual package for $79.95. We truly believe you'll enjoy the unprecedented programming we'll provide through Frog Vision.
TCU TICKET EXCHANGE
If you can't make it to every home football game, you can now exchange your tickets to family and friends through TCU. Avoid mailing or finding a location to meet and deliver tickets. With ticket exchange, everything is done via email. This is a great way to be sure your tickets are used for each home game. It's as simple as signing into your season-ticket account and selecting the game and ticket(s) you wish to exchange. This exciting new option will be available soon. Look for more information from our athletics ticket office later this month.
I have received numerous emails and phone calls regarding the policy about no personal stadium seat/cushions being allowed. Thank you for your comments, both for and against. We will continue to monitor the feedback and review the policy, as always, at the end of the season. Believe it or not, this policy has been around for many years. However, we've been consistently inconsistent in its enforcement since we had the space to spread out. We'll now have sellouts for all our games. Physical limitations requiring back support are valid, as are the comments about cushions taking up the space of other fans trying to enjoy the game. Unfortunately, our lower bowl does not have the space requirements that allow for cushions with backs. While one fan has the enjoyment of the back, another has "their" space occupied by someone's cushion. Our goal is to provide an enjoyable game day for all fans.
While we make Amon G. Carter Stadium a sea of purple this fall, 4,000 seats are allocated to the visiting teams for each of our home football games. Through visiting team allotments, we will have some extra inventory available. Be on the lookout over the next two weeks for an announcement on how to purchase these limited quantity single-game tickets.
Beginning today, Aug. 15, TCU students may request tickets to road games for our inaugural season in the Big 12. Requests must be submitted by Aug. 31. Ticket quantities are limited. If demand exceeds supply, tickets will be issued based on a lottery.
If you've been through campus or beautiful downtown Fort Worth recently, you might have noticed our nearly 600 new Big 12 banners that are now up. We'll soon be hitting the Stockyards and stretches of University Avenue between I-30 and our campus. A tip of the cap goes to our marketing office for a job well done in producing these.
FROM THE HARD HATS
It's definitely a busy time in Amon G. Carter Stadium as 671 contractors checked in for work Friday. The Champions' level club and suites are nearing completion, while cabinets and other woodwork are being installed in the Founders' club and suites. The work on the east side continues on schedule. The west side party patios are nearing completion, and the parking lots are starting to take shape. The project is still dangerous and continues to be a hardhat area. We know that curiosity levels are high, but we ask the Horned Frog faithful to be patient with us. The stadium will be open to the public on Sept. 6. In the meantime, please do not enter the project.
Our athletics season officially begins Friday when soccer, under new head coach Eric Bell, travels to New Mexico. Our volleyball program will host its annual Alumni Match on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Rec Center. Admission is free.
HORNED FROG CLASSIC NEARING
Please mark your calendar for the 34th-annual Horned Frog Classic golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 15, at Colonial Country Club. Become a sponsor or reserve a playing spot at www.tcufrogclub.com.
MEET THE STAFF
I recently received a nice suggestion about having a weekly feature in which we spotlight or introduce one of our departmental employees. Who better to start with than Tommy Love, our assistant athletics director for business and senior member in terms of service to TCU Athletics. Tommy is in his 38th year with us. He came to the Horned Frogs in 1974 as an assistant ticket manager and Frank Windegger's first hire as athletics director. Tommy was in the ticket office for two years before being promoted to ticket manager. He was in that role for nearly 25 years before moving to the business office in 1998. Tommy is a native of Tulia, Texas, which is midway between Amarillo and Lubbock. Prior to arriving at TCU, Tommy was a sportswriter for the Fort Worth Press and had TCU and the Texas Rangers on his beat. Tommy and his wife, Donna, have two children and three grandkids.
SPANNING THE GLOBE
This week's installment of images of folks sporting TCU apparel or flashing the Frog Sign from all points worldwide comes from John Augustat, fly fishing last month in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Please send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) any photos you would like to share.
As the popularity of social networking websites continues to climb, so does the potential for a violation of NCAA legislation. While it is permissible for coaches to communicate with prospects via social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), it is not permissible for coaches to publicize the recruitment of a particular prospect. For example, a coach may not post the names of prospects they are recruiting on a social networking website. In addition, it is not permissible for a coach to publicize a prospect's visit to campus. For example, it would not be permissible to post the following message on a coach's Twitter page: "Our top recruit, Free Throw, was on campus this weekend." NCAA legislation does allow coaches to communicate with prospects via the email feature of the social networking website, provided the message is sent only between the coach and the prospect, not for public viewing. Communication with a prospect that can be seen by the public (e.g., Twitter "@replies" or message boards) is impermissible and constitutes an impermissible form of electronic communication with a prospect. While it is permissible for coaches to communicate with prospects via social networking websites, boosters may not contact a prospect via any means of communication (e.g., social networking websites, chat rooms, message boards, blogs). Boosters may not initiate contact with a prospect for any reason (e.g., encourage prospect to attend a specific institution, encourage prospect to take a recruiting visit to campus). Impermissible contact with a prospect by a booster would result in a NCAA violation and could impact the booster's relationship with the institution.
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