Notes On A Scorecard

March 19, 2014

We have another national championship at TCU! Congratulations to Lorraine Ugen on winning the long jump at last week's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. It's Lorraine's second straight national championship in the event as she also captured the 2013 outdoor title. In fact, Lorraine and Whitney Gipson have combined to win four of the last five indoor and outdoor long jump national championships.

Speaking of TCU and national championships, did you know we have now won a combined 14 individual and team national titles over the last nine years?


We're very proud of men's swimmer Cooper Robinson earning selection to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships next week in Austin. He will compete in the 200 back. Cooper will forever be in our history books. Last year, he became our first Big 12 champion in any sport. 


As I'm sure you know, we're looking for a new women's basketball head coach. After a successful 15-year tenure, Jeff Mittie decided to head home and take the head coach position at Kansas State. We wish Jeff the best. Our national search for his replacement is well underway. I appreciate the many suggestions I've been receiving on who we should hire. We look forward to announcing a new head coach in the near future. With our $59 million Daniel-Meyer Coliseum renovation underway, Big 12 membership and Fort Worth location, we have a very attractive job to offer.


In case you haven't been by campus lately, there are definitely signs of the early stages of the $59 million renovation of our basketball home.

The next edition of Talkin' TCU Baseball with Jim Schlossnagle is Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Woodshed on the Trinity River, just west of University Drive. The show, hosted by John Denton, is carried locally on KTCU 88.7 FM and features insight and interviews with TCU players and coaches. The Woodshed will have a Josh Michael concert following the show in addition to 2-for-1 snacks on the gravel.


Our women's basketball program begins play tonight in the WNIT. We're at Colorado with an 8 p.m. CDT tip. Baseball opens Big 12 play this weekend with a three-game home series versus Texas Tech. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. We also host the annual TCU Invitational this week at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex. Field events begin Thursday afternoon. The college meet is on Friday with the high schools on Saturday. Men's tennis has a Thursday 5:30 p.m. home match versus No. 19 Columbia, before heading to Texas A&M on Saturday. Women's tennis, after its win last week over Texas, returns to Big 12 play this weekend with road contests at Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Women's golf will be in Baton Rouge for the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.


It was great to see the Big 12 lead the way nationally with seven men's basketball teams selected to the NCAA Tournament. It's especially impressive when considering we only have 10 schools in the conference. Women's basketball also distinguished itself well with six NCAA Tournament teams. 


Andy Waeger is in his second season as an assistant coach for our swimming and diving program. Andy joined us after serving as the head coach for seven years at Lock Haven University. He also had head coaching experience for two seasons at Slippery Rock. Andy was a four-year letterman and team captain during his days as a student-athlete for Fairmont State in West Virginia. He won the conference title in the 200 breast and 400 medley relay. The Dublin, Ohio, native then began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. Andy and his wife, Kim, have been married for nearly four years and have a 2-year-old son, Aiden.

Many of you remember Corey Santee after his standout men's basketball career (2002-05) for us. Corey is our all-time leader in assists while ranking second in scoring and minutes played. He was a three-time All-Conference USA selection. After TCU, Corey played internationally in three different countries as well as with the Fort Worth Flyers in the NBA's Development League. Corey currently lives in Ohio and runs an AAU organization called Ohio Unity, where they coach, train and mentor kids from the third to 12th grade. He is also the director of player development for the boy's varsity team at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. 


Last Week's Answer: The 2000 classic, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, provided the memorable line, "They loved him up and turned him into a horny toad." Thanks to Travis Vanderpool for submitting that to us.

This Week's Quote: My good friend Wes Phelan quizzes you with, "He was the patron saint of quality footwear." 


Skip Pass and Assist are two basketball student-athletes at Ocean State University (OSU). Both of these student-athletes are going to be playing on an outside team this summer and have to raise money for participation and travel. Which of the following is true?

A. OSU can provide the names of boosters to Skip and Assist's outside team administrators.
B. OSU can provide the names of boosters to Skip and Assist.
C. OSU boosters can make donations and earmark them for Skip and Assist's expenses.
D. None of the above.

The answer is D. NCAA Educational Column - 3.1.12 - Donations to Outside Sports Clubs or Training Centers (I) - states that NCAA Division I institutions should note that it is not permissible for a member institution or a member institution's booster club to sponsor or make a donation, directly or indirectly, to an outside sports club or training center (e.g., amateur club team, Olympic training center) that involves a student-athlete from that institution or any prospective student-athletes. Further, it is not permissible to provide the names of representatives of the institution's athletics interests to an outside sports club or training center participants for the purpose of soliciting donations. However, it is permissible for a representative of the institution's athletics interests to donate to an outside sports club or training center, provided the representative acts independently of the institution, the funds are distributed through channels established by the organization conducting the fundraising activity and the funds are not earmarked directly for a specific student-athlete or prospective student-athlete.

NCAA Official Interpretation - 5.8.95 - Institution Providing List of Athletics Representatives to Student-Athletes - states that it is not permissible for an institution to provide to a student-athlete a list of its athletics representatives (i.e., boosters) for the purpose of contacting such individuals to participate in fund-raising activities related to the student-athlete's participation on an outside organization's competitive tour. 


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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