Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Feb. 6, 2013

Happy National Signing Day! This is always an exciting time for the Horned Frog Nation and especially our football, soccer and track and field programs. Click here for our Signing Day Central on to see our new football student-athletes and follow @TCUFootball (#TCUSigningDay) for updates on Twitter. Soccer and track and field will announce their signees at a later date.


It's not just National Signing Day but also Sellout Day at TCU. In addition to tonight's home men's basketball game versus No. 5 Kansas being sold out, our TCU Frog Club's National Signing Day Reception, sponsored by Bank of America, is also sold out. If you don't have a ticket to the basketball game, you can still see the action at 8 p.m. CST on ESPNU.

We need you to arrive early, make noise and provide a great atmosphere and home court for tonight's men's basketball game versus Kansas. The doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. game.

Our Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), comprised of representatives from each of our 20 sports, has put together a tremendous initiative to truly make a difference in the Fort Worth community. As you might know, a teddy bear is given to each child admitted to Cook Children's Hospital. To assist with this wonderful tradition, our student-athletes in SAAC will be holding Teddy Bear Drives at the following home basketball games this month:

TCU Men vs. West Virginia, Saturday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m.
TCU Women vs. Oklahoma State, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
TCU Women vs. West Virginia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
TCU Men vs. Oklahoma State, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m.

Please drop off your donation of a teddy bear at any of the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum entry doors during the game. Student-athletes will be there to greet and thank you!


Saturday is a 2-for-1 Big 12 doubleheader with our men's and women's basketball programs. Your ticket for our 3 p.m. men's game against West Virginia will be good for free admission to the 7 p.m. women's contest versus Texas Tech.

As we mentioned last week, we have sold out of baseball season tickets for the second straight year. The season tickets are being mailed this week. Single-game tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, Feb. 11.


Congratulations to the student-athletes, head coach David Roditi and everyone in our men's tennis program on its impressive 5-2 victory at No. 19 Stanford on Tuesday. We also extended our regular season winning streak in rifle to 22 in a row with Saturday's victory at UTEP. In the process, Sarah Scherer, who represented TCU and the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, shot an NCAA record in smallbore while tying the mark for aggregate score.


We're in the midst of a very busy week of competition. In addition to tonight's Kansas game and the men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Saturday, our men's and women's golf, men's and women's track and field, equestrian, men's tennis and baseball programs are in action. Men's golf began play in Hawaii today. Equestrian will host Baylor on Friday night at 6 at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Baseball has its annual alumni game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission is free at Lupton Stadium. Track and field will run at Texas A&M this weekend, while men's tennis continues on the road Sunday with matches against Tulsa and Oral Roberts. Women's golf opens its spring season Sunday in Puerto Rico.


One of the first people baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle will credit for the success of his program is Meredith Montgomery. The pride of Olney, Texas, Meredith is in her fourth year as our director of baseball operations. She is responsible for all the administrative aspects of the program, including travel, community work, the Diamond Club, Women's Clinic and First Pitch Banquet. She also serves as a game-day liaison with umpires and visiting teams. Meredith is a two-time TCU graduate, having earned her bachelor's and master's degrees here. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as an intern in our media relations office and was president of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.


I'm sure many of you remember Victor Payne, a four-year letterman and all-conference offensive guard from 1997-00. Victor was one of the original offensive linemen nicknamed the "Big Uglies," who cleared the way for LaDainian Tomlinson to set NCAA rushing records. Victor is now a landman with Brigham Land Management and is back at TCU completing his Petroleum Land Management Certificate from The Tandy Center for Executive Leadership. Victor remains active with our Lettermen's Association Board of Directors, representing the 2000s decade. He was also a charter member of the Comrades True Scholars Endowed Football Scholarship. Victor and his wife, Candice, have two sons, Sean and Seth, and live in Keller. Candice is also a Lettermen's member from her student days working as a manager and with our video department.


This week's edition of TCU supporters flashing the Horned Frog sign and apparel from all points worldwide comes from Taylor Baker, a finance-real estate major and accounting minor at TCU. We see Taylor in Arizona at the Grand Canyon. Please continue to send me ( your images. These are fun to share.


Last Week's Answer: I received several emails that last week's question of, "Is that a pledge pin on your uniform" was too easy. That tells me there are a lot of Animal House fans out there.


This Week's Quote: We're going to try and really challenge you with, "My practices aren't designed for your enjoyment." Check back next week for the answer on which movie this line is from.

It is important for prospective student-athletes and their families to remember when signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) that he or she is committing himself or herself to attend the University he or she signs with. A prospect will not automatically be released from an NLI should a coaching change occur in the prospect's sport. If a coaching change does occur, a prospect may request a release from the NLI he or she signed with the institution. However, a release is not guaranteed. If the prospect chooses to not attend the institution he or she signed with after being denied a release, the standard penalty of serving a year in residence and losing a year of eligibility will apply.

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.

Go Frogs!

Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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