Notes On A Scorecard
Jan. 19, 2011
GREETINGS FROM CHINA!
It's an absolute honor for me to be on a tour of Nike's impressive production facilities in Southeast Asia. I'm traveling with a group from Nike, the NCAA and several athletics directors from other schools who also share a close relationship with Nike. We began our 10-day journey in Vietnam. We then hit Hong Kong and Shanghai before concluding in Beijing. We'll be headed home Sunday and then back in the office first thing Monday.
FROGS ON THE NET
Thanks to the great team effort of TCU's Department of Film, Television and Digital Media and our own marketing and media relations staffs, we were able to stream live Sunday's Rose Bowl celebration on GoFrogs.com. I watched it at 4 a.m. from Saigon. Others from overseas were also tuned in. We had hits from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, France, United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands. Overall, there were 1,139 folks watching on-line. We also appreciate WFAA-TV (Channel 8) and WBAP Radio for their live broadcasts. It was just an awesome event.
CELEBRATING OUR ROSE BOWL CHAMPIONS
How about that crowd in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Sunday! Thanks to all of you for packing the place and showing how proud TCU and Fort Worth are of their football program. We also appreciate Mayor Mike Moncrief's support and all the Rose Bowl representatives who made the trip from California.
The limited supply of our Rose Bowl helmets, with the rose in the Frog's mouth, went very quickly during our Frog Club auction at Sunday's celebration. We'll have more available at the Feb. 2 Signing Day reception.
There's been a lot of interest in the four suites still remaining on the West side of Amon G. Carter Stadium. For more information, please contact associate athletics director Davis Babb at email@example.com or (817) 257-5658.
We're still finalizing our seating and parking plans for Amon G. Carter Stadium this fall. We'll keep you posted on the developments.
SIGNING DAY NEARING
Our Signing Day reception is sold out, but you can still watch and hear football coach Gary Patterson announce his incoming class on Feb. 2. GoFrogs.com will have live coverage of Coach Patterson's 2 p.m. press conference.
Work on the new Amon G. Carter Stadium continues. The demo debris should be totally hauled off by the end of the third week in February. Pier work for the north end zone structure and excavation for the service level on the northeast corner are underway. Over at Lupton Stadium, work on the expansion of the upper deck has begun and is expected to be completed by opening day, Feb. 18 versus Kansas.
It's been a week of milestones for women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie. Congratulations to Coach Mittie for earning his 400th career win in last Wednesday's game at Wyoming. He then picked up his 250th victory at TCU in our next game versus Colorado State. We have a battle for first place tonight in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum as we host BYU. Please note the special 8 p.m. start and make every effort to be there to support the outstanding student-athletes in our women's basketball program.
PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT
Baseball season tickets are a hot item. We're already ahead of last year's record pace on reserved seats. Don't hesitate on being able to see the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. Season tickets are available via our Web site (www.GoFrogs.com), by phone (817-257-3764) or dropping by our athletics ticket office in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Our men's and women's tennis programs open their spring seasons this weekend with new but familiar faces on the coaching staffs. Former Horned Frog All-American David Roditi is back on campus as our men's coach. The men begin play Sunday with a pair of home matches versus UTPA (11 a.m.) and UTA (4 p.m.). Dave Borelli, after serving as our men's coach the last four seasons, is now in his second tour of duty with the women. They open Saturday at 1 p.m. versus UTPA.
Our baseball program will host its second annual "Frogs for the Cure" Women's Clinic to benefit Komen for the Cure on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility. The cost is $35. To register or for more information, please contact TCU director of baseball operations Meredith Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 257-5155.
We'll soon be hosting the practices for the AFC champion when they come to town for the Super Bowl. In fact, the AFC team and ESPN will have their headquarters in Fort Worth. This will provide another tremendous exposure opportunity for TCU and Fort Worth.
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.
Christopher M. Del Conte