Feb. 26, 2014
FOOTBALL SEASON-TICKET RENEWALS
Football season ticket and donor parking renewals began last week. Be sure to renew online before Friday, Feb. 28, to be included in daily drawings for some great prizes like club passes or pre-game field access. Everyone who renews in February will be eligible to receive the Grand Prize of moving to No. 1 on the upgrade list. Check your mailbox, as we will mail renewal packets the first week of March. Almost 90 percent of our renewals thus far have been received online.
Congratulations to head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle on reaching 500 career victories with this past Sunday's 5-1 win over UTSA! Coach Schlossnagle has totaled 423 of those victories at TCU. Coach Schlossnagle represents us in a first-class manner and has truly built a program that makes TCU and Fort Worth proud.
Men's golfer Julien Brun continues to define excellence on the course, extending his school record for career tournament wins to seven by taking medalist honors at last weekend's Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif. Julien was six strokes behind after the opening round. He then shot a 66 and season-low 65 the next two days for a 2-stroke victory.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Julien Brun and rifle's Catherine Green are our Muscle Milk Student-Athletes of the Week. We've mentioned Julien's work. Catherine matched her career-best of 593 in air rifle while setting a season high with an aggregate score of 1,160 at last weekend's NCAA Qualifier versus Air Force. Catherine has now increased her aggregate score in each of her last four matches.
MAKE WINNING CHOICES
We were one of a select number of schools to receive a three-year grant for the NCAA's CHOICES Alcohol Education program. As part of this initiative, our Make Winning Choices campaign on campus has two remaining athletics events it will sponsor this semester: a March 21 6:30 p.m. baseball game versus Texas Tech and an April 1 men's tennis match at 5:30 p.m. against SMU. At these events, members of our Make Winning Choices committee will distribute 12 Big Tips for Winning Choices with Alcohol along with free t-shirts. Please join us in our support of Athletics through Make Winning Choices, as we do what we can to help keep students safe!
ON THE DOCKET
It's Big 12 Championships week for our swimming and diving and indoor track and field programs. Swimming and diving begins competition today in Austin, while track and field starts action Friday in Ames, Iowa. Please mark your calendar for Saturday night at 7, as we'll have our final home women's basketball game against Oklahoma. It will also be Senior Night as we recognize Meagan Henson and Latricia Lovings. Men's basketball will be at West Virginia on Saturday.
If you're in the Houston area this weekend, make sure to hit Minute Maid Park as we'll play in the Houston College Classic. First pitch on Friday is at 3:35 p.m. versus Sam Houston State. We'll play Rice on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Houston on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Men's tennis has home matches Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. versus Texas and Tulsa, respectively. Women's tennis heads to Seattle to face Sacramento State and Washington. Equestrian is at SMU on Saturday. We also have our football program returning to the field on Saturday for the start of spring practice.
BIG 12 CORNER
The Big 12 continues to be the No. 1 basketball conference in America. The Big 12 is No. 1 in the latest overall RPI, strength of schedule, non-conference RPI and non-conference strength of schedule. Seven teams are in the top 49 and eight are in the top 84. Seven Big 12 teams have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 this season. Despite having just 10 members, the Big 12 has had more teams nationally ranked this year than any other conference.
MEET THE STAFF
Our eighth-ranked equestrian program had an impressive 12-8 win over No. 4 Oklahoma State this past weekend. Logan Fiorentino is in her third year as our hunt seat coach. Last year's squad set a school record for wins with its 9-6 overall mark. In the process, we earned our highest seed (No. 5) in program history at Nationals. Logan joined the TCU family after three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Georgia. She helped lead the Bulldogs to a pair of national championships. Logan, who was a standout equestrian student-athlete, graduated summa cum laude from Georgia in 2006 with a degree in sport business. She later earned a master's degree in sport management in 2007. Logan is from Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., the same hometown that produced actress Lindsay Lohan and basketball star Wally Szczerbiak. Logan and her husband, Ray, have been married for 2 1/2 years.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
It was great to welcome back our men's and women's basketball alumni last weekend. Two of the more recognizable individuals were All-Americans Lee Nailon and Kurt Thomas (pictured below left to right). Lee's 24.9 scoring average in the 1997-98 season ranked third nationally. He still holds our single-game scoring record of 53 points versus Mississippi Valley State. Lee was a second round draft pick of the Charlotte Hornets. As recently as last year, he was still playing professionally overseas. Lee lives in Kansas but is looking to return to TCU to complete his degree. As a Horned Frog, Kurt became only the third player in NCAA history to lead the nation in both scoring and rebounding. He was the 10th-overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. He is now retired after a 19-year career. While with the New York Knicks last season, Kurt was the oldest active player in the NBA. Kurt and his family live in the Dallas area.
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: We went Back to the Future for George McFly's famous line, "You are my density."
This Week's Quote: We thank TCU men's soccer letterman Jim Brierton for his submission of, "My hypocrisy only goes so far."
Classes are not in session today at Ocean State University (OSU) in observance of President's Day. The baseball team played a doubleheader yesterday, so the student-athletes were unable to go home for the long weekend. Today is the baseball team's once per week required day off. Is it permissible for OSU to provide the student-athletes with some form of reasonable entertainment today? Yes. NCAA Bylaw 16.7 states that an institution, conference or the NCAA may provide reasonable entertainment (but may not provide cash for such entertainment) to student-athletes in conjunction with practice or competition. [R] (Revised: 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)
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