Notes On A Scorecard

Feb. 19, 2014

Our football season-ticket renewal process begins online Friday. Check your mailbox 7-to-10 days after the online sales start for a hard copy of the renewal packet. Please note the April 25 deadline. For those who renew online within the first week, I'll be randomly selecting names and announcing daily via my Twitter account (@_delconte) the recipients of some premium experiences. We'll have items like pre-game field passes for football next season, two tickets to my suite for a home game and access to the Champions Club. We'll be providing five exclusive hats every day throughout the campaign to those who renew. The final grand prize winner will be moved up to No. 1 on the upgrade list.

We had a great first meeting with a group of TCU students who are interested in helping us "Amp Up" our social media efforts. When it comes to engaging our younger demographic for recruiting purposes, ticket sales and other promotional efforts, there's no one better to go to than our own student body. I'm still learning this social media craze, so I look forward to our students teaching me a few things.


We thank Chris Herren for his campus visit Monday night to meet with our 500 student-athletes. If you aren't familiar with Chris' story, try to catch the ESPN 30 for 30 on him. Chris knows firsthand about the life and pressures student-athletes face in today's world. It was rewarding to see our student-athletes captivated by his message.

We were proud to have 15 student-athletes, representing our equestrian, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field and volleyball programs, take part in a Patient Project on Sunday at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. Our student-athletes worked with the patients on a variety of craft projects in displaying the Horned Frog Factor.


Congratulations to men's basketball's Kyan Anderson and track and field's Tricia Terry on being our Muscle Milk Student-Athletes of the Week! Kyan averaged 27 points in our two games against Baylor and Kansas. Tricia won the 3,000 meters and was third in the mile at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Her time of 4:42:52 in the mile was a new school record.


We appreciate everyone who made it out to Lupton Stadium for our season-opening series this past weekend versus Jacksonville. The total attendance for the three games was an impressive 10,222. Brandon Finnegan received Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors for his seven scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts in an opening game 5-0 victory.

Please mark your calendar for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. as we'll host our annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic in the Schollmaier Basketball Complex. National Girls and Women in Sports Day is an initiative set forth to advocate equitable and quality sports opportunities for girls. We host this event for young women in the community, providing them with the chance to participate in a clinic and interact with our female student-athletes. It's open to all girls eighth grade and below. The cost is only $4 and includes a ticket to the women's basketball game versus Baylor at 11 a.m. The clinic will take place for one hour. Registration is at 9 a.m.


It's another full week of activity for our student-athletes! We hope to see you tonight at 7 as our women's basketball program hosts Kansas State in the annual Frogs for the Cure game. Our men, meanwhile, are at K-State for an 8 p.m. contest on ESPNU. We'll then have a Daniel-Meyer Coliseum doubleheader on Saturday, as the women host Baylor at 11 a.m. and the men take on Iowa State at 3 p.m. We also have a full tennis slate on campus this weekend. Our men's program is hosting the TCU Invitational at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. We'll face USC Upstate on Friday at 5:30 p.m. with matches versus San Francisco on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Lamar at 3 p.m. Our women will actually begin the tennis weekend with a Friday 3 p.m. home match against SMU. Equestrian hosts Oklahoma State on Saturday at 11 a.m., while rifle is also home on Saturday for an NCAA Qualifier match versus Air Force. Baseball heads to Corpus Christi for a tournament in which we'll face BYU, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UTSA. Men's golf returns to action this weekend for the Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.


Did you know the Big 12 is the only conference in the nation to have all its head men's basketball coaches take a team to the NCAA Tournament? The Big 12 also has a nation's best six coaches who have led squads to the Final Four. Our own Trent Johnson is in select company as he's taken three different schools (Nevada, Stanford, LSU) to the NCAA Tournament.


Tim Allmon is in his fourth year as the assistant video coordinator for our football program. Tim works with our coaching staff in the preparation of weekly breakdowns as well as importing and editing all practice drills and footage. A Dallas native, Tim was part of a graduating class of 19 at Dallas Lutheran School. He then moved on to SMU, where he received his degree in TV/Radio. Tim was hired by Mike Maples in the SMU football video department in 2003. Tim worked with Mike at SMU for five years, before Mike came to TCU as our football program's video coordinator in 2008. Tim then joined Mike in 2010, just in time for our Rose Bowl run. When he's not in the football video office, which isn't often, Tim can be seen at a Dallas Mavericks game. He has been a Mavs' season-ticket holder for 15 years.

Our TCU Lettermen's Association is hosting a men's and women's basketball Alumni Reunion Doubleheader on Saturday. It coincides with our women facing Baylor at 11 a.m. and the men taking on Iowa State at 3 p.m. More than 100 former men's and women's players, coaches, staff, trainers and managers, representing 70 decades of TCU basketball, will be on hand. We will be recognizing our past teams during timeouts. At halftime of the women's game, we will host a women's skills contest. There will be an alumni game at halftime of the men's game. Make sure to come out Saturday to see some familiar faces.


Last Week's Answer: Rachel McAdams, as Claire Cleary in Wedding Crashers, said, "We're a folk singing group from Salt Lake City."

This Week's Quote: "You are my density."


Charley Cross Country is a student-athlete at Ocean State University. Charley allowed the use of her name and photograph to promote a social event via a social networking site. Specifically, a friend who works for a local promotional firm contacted Charley asking if she would be interested in having a birthday party at a local nightclub. Charley agreed to the party. Without Charley's knowledge, her friend designed a digital poster to promote the party using Charley's name and photo that included the name of the promotional firm and commercial establishment where the party would be held. Charley's friend sent the poster to Charley via a social networking site. Charley did not sign a contract with either the commercial establishment, nor did she receive any compensation or remuneration for use of her name and picture. Charley stated she did not realize that sending the poster to others via her social networking site would be considered an advertisement for the promotional firm and commercial establishment. Charley was only hoping to promote her own birthday party. Charley attended the party and paid a cover charge, but did not receive any benefits.

Is this a violation?

Yes. NCAA Bylaw states that after becoming a student-athlete, an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual:

(a.) Accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind; or

(b.) Receives remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual's use of such product or service. This is an actual fact pattern for a secondary violation posted on LSDBi. In this case, the student-athlete was instructed to remove the poster from her social networking site and a cease-and-desist letter was sent to the promotional firm which included education about using student-athlete names and pictures. Lastly, the violation was discussed at the next coaches meeting.


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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