Feb. 6, 2014
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
We extend a very special welcome to all our new Horned Frogs who chose TCU as their destination on National Signing Day. Congratulations to our football staff on a great job on the recruiting trail! Make sure to visit our Signing Day Central on GoFrogs.com for a complete summary.
How about our women's basketball team picking up a terrific victory on the road last night at No. 23 Iowa State! Donielle Breaux hit the game-winning 3-pointer with just 5.3 seconds remaining to give us the 61-60 win in Ames.
TOWN HALL MEETING RECAP
I very much enjoyed the opportunity to visit with everyone at Monday's Town Hall Meeting. We appreciate all those who came to the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum or watched the live stream on GoFrogs.com. If you still have questions you want answered, please feel free to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you missed the meeting, the video is archived on our website at the following link: http://gofrogs.cstv.com/allaccess/.
We truly have student-athletes who make TCU and Fort Worth proud. Maddy Courvoisier and Brittany Slyman displayed the Horned Frog Factor on Sunday. They were in Weatherford at the home of Kendall Wetter. Kendall, who has Addison's disease, is with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has become an honorary member of our soccer program.
SUPER BOWL CHAMPION
Congratulations to our own Clint Gresham on his Super Bowl title with the Seattle Seahawks! He is the 17th Horned Frog to earn a Super Bowl championship ring. After a standout career as our deep snapper (2007-09), Clint is now in his fourth year with the Seahawks. In addition to his contributions on the field, Clint has also made an impact off the field. In case you haven't seen the below video, Clint took a lead role in The Making of a Champion. Please see the following link for a viewing: http://makingofachampion.org.
Jim Schlossnagle SHOW
Please mark your calendar for next Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. for the return of The Jim Schlossnagle Radio Show at The Woodshed Smokehouse. The program will air on 88.7 FM KTCU and preview the start of our season the following night, Feb. 14, versus Jacksonville at Lupton Stadium.
ON THE DOCKET
Ten of our 20 sports will be in action over the next few days. Women's basketball, fresh off last night's win at No. 23 Iowa State, hosts Texas Tech on Saturday at noon. Men's golf opens its spring season today at the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii. Men's basketball travels to Ames for a Saturday 3 p.m. contest televised on the Big 12 Network. Make sure to check your local listings for the viewing options in your area. In DFW, it's Channel 21. Equestrian has its annual competition at the Fort Worth Stock Show on Friday versus Delaware State at 5 p.m. We'll also face Delaware State on Sunday at 10 a.m. at our home facility in Springtown. Men's tennis is at North Carolina on Sunday for an 11 a.m. match. Track and field is in College Station on Saturday for the Aggie Invitational, while rifle heads to Columbus, Ohio, for the inaugural Patriot Rifle Conference Championship. Baseball will hold its Alumni Game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
BIG 12 CORNER
The Big 12 continues to set the standard for men's basketball excellence. The conference is No. 1 in the latest overall RPI, strength of schedule, non-conference RPI and non-conference strength of schedule. Five teams are in the top 25 and seven in the top 55 - tied for the most of any conference. Seven Big 12 teams (out of 10) have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 this season. The conference has had at least five ranked each week so far in 2014. Three Big 12 schools - Kansas (3), Iowa State (6), Oklahoma State (16) - are ranked among the top 16 in the ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI). Eight of the 10 conference teams are ranked among the top 53.
MEET THE STAFF
Justin Wickard is in his first season as an assistant coach with our track and field program. Justin, who has mentored 11 All-Americans in his various coaching stops, works primarily with sprints. He came to us after working the previous three seasons at Louisiana Tech. A native of Scottsbluff, Neb., Justin is a graduate of Utah State with a master's degree from Chadron State. During his student-athlete days at Utah State, Justin was a three-time West Region qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles and advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 2006, he competed at the USA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
With baseball season around the corner, we catch up with former outfielder David Hargrave '89. As a senior, he was part of our 1989 team that set a then-TCU record of 37 wins. David went straight to graduate school and earned his MBA. He spent 18 years at BNSF and was in Senior Management as a General Director. In 1999, David started his own company - PBC Outdoor Advertising. He then turned it into Powerhouse Retail Services. As one of the owners, he has helped grow it into a $90 million company. David resides in Keller with his wife and two children.
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
In this week's edition of the TCU Nation flashing the Horned Frogs' hand sign or apparel, we have the below image from Luis Rodriguez in New Orleans. If you have photos to share, please send them my way (email@example.com).
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: A classic 1980s comedy was Better Off Dead, starring a young John Cusack. You might recall an angry boy on his paper route chasing John with the memorable line, "I want my two dollars."
This Week's Quote: "He was wearing my Harvard tie. Can you believe it? My Harvard tie. Like oh, sure he went to Harvard."
Mid Fielder is a women's soccer student-athlete at Ocean State University. Mid has some time in between the end of the fall season and the spring non-championship season, so she decides to teach lessons to earn some spending money. Mid uses her name to advertise fee-for-lesson sessions. Specifically, Mid distributed brochures advertising private lessons using her name. Mid sought approval of the brochure after she had distributed to local club coaches via email.
Is this permissible?
No. NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11 states that a student-athlete may receive compensation for teaching or coaching sport skills or techniques in his or her sport on a fee-for-lesson basis, provided:
(a.) Institutional facilities are not used; (Adopted: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(b.) Playing lessons shall not be permitted; (Adopted: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(c.) The institution obtains and keeps on file documentation of the recipient of the lesson(s) and the fee for the lesson(s) provided during any time of the year; (Adopted: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(d.) The compensation is paid by the lesson recipient (or the recipient's family) and not another individual or entity; (Adopted: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(e.) Instruction to each individual is comparable to the instruction that would be provided during a private lesson when the instruction involves more than one individual at a time; and (Adopted: 4/2/03 effective 8/1/03)
(f.) The student-athlete does not use his or her name, picture or appearance to promote or advertise the availability of fee-for-lesson sessions. (Adopted: 4/2/03 effective 8/1/03)
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