Jan. 29, 2014
IT'S A RECORD!
We want to thank everyone who was at Saturday's sold out men's basketball game versus Kansas, enabling us to set a new TCU and Daniel-Meyer Coliseum single-game attendance record of 7,494. Our students were phenomenal in creating an unbelievable atmosphere. In both our Big 12 home games this semester, our "Purple Haze" student section has been as strong as anywhere in the conference. We truly appreciate you!
A SPECIAL SIGNING
As you might have seen in local news reports and on social media, we made it "official" with a very special addition to our baseball program. Four-year-old Micah Ahern, who is battling neuroblastoma, signed the paperwork to be a Horned Frog in the entering class of 2027. Head coach Jim Schlossnagle, his staff and student-athletes define the Horned Frog Factor in welcoming this very special young man into their program.
We currently have seven sports nationally ranked: No. 8 equestrian, No. 9 rifle, No. 19 baseball, No. 20 men's golf, No. 30 women's tennis, No. 38 men's tennis and No. 41 women's golf.
CHECK YOUR MAILBOX
Baseball season tickets were mailed this week. Single game tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 3, at 8 a.m. The season opener is just over two weeks away, when we host Jacksonville on Friday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
SUPER BOWL HORNED FROG
Best wishes on Sunday to former TCU standout and now Seattle Seahawks' deep snapper Clint Gresham. It's fun and impressive to say he's the 25th Horned Frog to be on a Super Bowl team. Clint has remained very close to TCU since graduating in 2009 and is now in his fourth season with Seattle. Keep an eye out Sunday for the Seahawks' No. 49!
In addition to a very busy time with our various sports programs in action, here's a quick reminder on some key upcoming events:
Monday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m. - Town Hall Meeting in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. We'll cover whatever is on your mind in our "State of TCU Athletics" address. If there are certain items you'd like to see on the agenda, or specific questions you want answered, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m. - Signing Day Reception in the Brown-Lupton University Union Grand Ballroom. This popular event to introduce the new additions to our football program is an annual sellout. Don't delay in reserving your spot at the following link: Click Here or by contacting our Frog Club office at (817) 257-7700.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m. - Women's Baseball Clinic in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility. This year's event is sponsored by Roger Williams AutoMall with all ticket proceeds benefitting the Tarrant Komen Foundation. Register at the following link: Click Here
Friday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. - First Pitch Banquet at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. It's the official kickoff to the TCU baseball season. Six-time Major League Baseball All-Star and two-time batting champion Nomar Garciaparra is this year's guest speaker.
ON THE DOCKET
Beginning tonight at 7 versus No. 11 Oklahoma State, our women's basketball program has a pair of home games this week against nationally-ranked opponents. We'll also host No. 20 West Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m. Men's basketball team will be in Lubbock on Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. contest against Texas Tech. To watch the game, check your local listings for the Big 12 Network. In the Fort Worth-Dallas market, it's Channel 21 (KTXA-TV). Rifle is home Saturday for a Patriot Rifle Conference match versus Ohio State. Track and field returns to action in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Invitational. Women's tennis heads on a trip to the Midwest for matches this weekend versus DePaul, Purdue and Illinois, while men's tennis will compete at the USTA Dallas Challenger.
BIG 12 CORNER
Seven out of 10 Big 12 men's basketball teams have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at some point this season. The Big 12 continues to be the nation's top conference in the RPI. Four teams are in the top 16 and seven in the top 55, the most of any conference.
MEET THE STAFF
As a student-athlete and now our Western head coach, Kindel Walter has been a part of our equestrian program since its inception in 2006-07. As a senior, Kindel helped lead us to the 2008 Varsity Equestrian Western National Championship in just our second year as a program. After graduation, Kindel worked in private business for one year before returning to TCU on the coaching side. After serving two seasons as our Hunt Seat coach, the Norco, Calif., native is now in her third year with the Western discipline. In our first season in the Big 12, Kindel coached Alexie Estrada to Big 12 Co-Horsemanship Rider of the Year honors. In 2007, Kindel received the Bob Lilly TCU Athlete of the Year Award by the Greater Fort Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kindel was followed to TCU by younger sister Kelsey, also an equestrian student-athlete. Kindel and her husband, Jason, have been married for 15 months.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Chris Hauck '83, who swam middle distance free-style events, was one of the first lettermen under head coach Richard Sybesma in the late 70s and early 80s. Chris even tried his skills as a walk-on with our football team. He is now president of Lynx Research Consulting, a boutique primary marketing research firm with clients around the world. Chris, wife Jules and kids Kali, Spencer and Talulah live in Boulder, Colo. Chris remains a passionate fan of all TCU sports and a loyal Horned Frog!
No matter where you might be far and wide, remember to always represent the TCU Horned Frogs Nation and wear purple on Fridays!
SPANNING THE GLOBE
We appreciate the below photo from Brett Taylor. Taken last summer at the finish line for "The Color Run" in Tacoma, Wash., we see Brett and Jenny Taylor displaying their TCU pride. If you have photos to share of you flashing the Horned Frogs hand sign or wearing TCU apparel from all points worldwide, please send them my way (email@example.com) to share.
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: The great Chevy Chase, as Bushwood Country Club member Ty Webb in Caddyshack, said, "Thank you very little."
This Week's Quote: "I want my two dollars."
Net is a volleyball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU) who graduated this past December. Although she has exhausted her eligibility for volleyball, Net is going to enroll this spring in a graduate program and participate on the women's track and field team. The volleyball team is currently using all 12 scholarships. If OSU continues to provide her with athletic aid, can the coach use the mid-year replacement legislation and provide a scholarship to a freshman that just initially enrolled in Spring 2014?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation - 4/22/11 - Mid-Year Replacement of a Multi-Sport Participant (I) - states that an institution may replace a football or women's volleyball student-athlete who graduates at mid-year or who graduated during the previous academic year (including the summer) with another counter (who, in football, shall count as an initial counter), even if the student-athlete being "replaced" remains enrolled as a graduate student receiving athletically related financial aid and/or participates in another sport.
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