TCU Horned Frogs
Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Chris Del Conte

March 13, 2013

This week’s blog comes to you from Kansas City, site of our opening-round game versus Texas at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. CDT with the game televised on the Big 12 Network, seen in the Dallas-Fort Worth market on Channel 21. Please check your local listings for airings elsewhere.


It’s Spring Break at TCU, so our campus is a little quiet minus students. However, all our offices remain open to serve you.

Congratulations to our rifle program on its smallbore national championship! We finished third overall at the NCAA Rifle Championships. Led by Sarah Beard, Caitlin Morrissey and Sarah Scherer, our senior class had quite a run with a pair of team national championships in 2010 and 2012. We very much thank them for the outstanding manner in which they have represented TCU. We also had great representation at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as Charles Silmon finished third in the 60 meters, giving him his sixth career All-America honor.


There’s been a great buzz about our 31 for 13 football season ticket and parking renewal rewards program which continues throughout March. The earlier you renew, the more chances you have to win great exclusive prizes. We have already given away a football helmet, a Rose Bowl alternate white jersey, a pair of authentic receiver gloves and sideline passes to a home football game. All the details on our 31 for 13 program, including a prize calendar, are available on the TCU Athletics Facebook page here.

Our radio broadcast team, through the TCU Sports Network by IMG College, is well known as a true Horned Frog treasure. For the third straight year and fourth time in five seasons, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters have recognized play-by-play voice Brian Estridge, color analyst John Denton and sideline reporter Jeff Williams for having the best live sports play-by-play call in the state. This year's honor is for their work on our Thanksgiving Night 20-13 football win at Texas. Our radio broadcasts originate from flagship station WBAP 820 AM and 96.7 FM while also carried on KTCU 88.7 FM. Brian, John and Jeff continue to set the standard and are simply the best in the business!


If you and the family need a nice Spring Break activity this afternoon, we have $1 Day at today’s 2 p.m. home baseball game versus Northwestern State. All tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be just $1. Thursday is our next Jim Schlossnagle Radio Show from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Woodshed Smokehouse near campus. Friday's 6:30 p.m. home game with Kansas marks our historic Big 12 debut on the diamond. The first 500 fans at Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. contest versus the Jayhawks will receive a free TCU St. Patrick’s Day hat. Sunday, as always, will be Kids Day with first pitch at 1 p.m. for the series finale against KU.


In addition to tonight’s men’s basketball game versus Texas at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and all the action coming up at Lupton Stadium, we have a full slate of activity on tap this weekend. Our track and field program will host its lone meet of the year on Friday with the TCU Invitational at the Lowdon Track Complex. The high school portion of the meet will be held Saturday. Men’s tennis is at Arizona on Thursday, while our 19th-ranked women’s program opens Big 12 play this weekend with matches at West Virginia and Iowa State. Men’s golf, ranked ninth, will compete at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Swimming and diving will be represented at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Houston. As a final baseball item, please note that our game on Tuesday, March 19, with UTA will be played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. First pitch is at 7 p.m.


Gary Patterson often credits his staff for the success of his football program. One of those key members working behind the scenes is associate director of sports medicine David Gable. Now in his 11th season as the head athletic trainer for the Horned Frog football team, David also manages our new 6,000-square foot Walsh Sports Medicine Center as well as inventory control and purchasing for the sports medicine department. Prior to arriving at TCU, David worked at HealthSouth Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Ala. He also got his feet wet in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs. David is a native of Gering, Neb., and a 1993 graduate of Nebraska with a master’s from Ohio University. A veteran of the United States Army, David and his wife, Samantha, have two daughters: Kylee and Kamryn.


TCU baseball fans will remember Jonathan Mock as a staple on our pitching staff from 1990-93. Even after graduation, Jonathan remains a mainstay for the Horned Frogs. He is a multi-sport season ticket holder who remains active with our Lettermen’s Association while serving on our Frog Club Board of Directors. Jonathan is a partner with Site Property Company, a Fort Worth-based real estate development firm. He lives near campus with his wife, Whitney, and daughters Haden (11), Catherine (8) and Sophie (6).


This week’s installment of images of folks sporting TCU apparel or flashing the Frog Sign from all points worldwide comes from Lindy Segall. The image was taken after the annual Stonewall Peach Jamboree Parade. We see Lindy with loyal friends LuckyDog and ClaraBelle. Please continue to send me ( any photos you’d like to share.


Last Week's Answer: If you’re a baseball fan or someone with kids, you’ve undoubtedly come across the Sandlot. Scottie Smalls’ lack of awareness of the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth, caused his friends to scream their famous line, “You’re killing me Smalls!”


This Week's Quote: We move from the diamond to the links with the line, “Nice par, David.” Check back next week for the answer on which movie this line is from.

Outside the Playing Season

When a sport is not in season, no countable athletically related activities (e.g. practice, strength and conditioning, team meeting, etc.) may occur during any institutional vacation period (e.g. spring break). Individuals that perform duties on a department-wide basis (e.g. strength and conditioning coaches) may provide a workout program to student-athletes that are voluntary and at the request of the student-athlete.

Inside the Playing Season
The 20-hour weekly limitation during the playing season does not apply to activities that occur during an official vacation period. If a vacation period occurs during any part of the week in which classes are in session, the 20-hour limitation only applies to the portion of the week classes are in session. If an entire week is a vacation period and classes are not in session, the coaching staff is not required to give student-athletes the required day off from countable athletically related activities.

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