March 20, 2013
Our new Amon G. Carter Stadium received some great recognition and exposure this week when it was announced as one of five nominees for Sports Facility of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. The other nominees are the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., Marlins Park in Miami and UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
HORNED FROG STATUE
As you can see from the below photo, our Horned Frog statue in Frog Alley is in mid-installation. We still have a few tweaks to make before it's completely in place.
Julien Brun is truly a special student-athlete for our men's golf program. He took medalist honors at this past weekend's National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. It was his third individual title of the season and school record sixth of his career, doubling our previous mark. Keep in mind that Julien, from Antibes, France, is just a sophomore.
STAT OF THE DAY
Thanks to everyone who made it out last Wednesday for our Spring Break special $1 Day at Lupton Stadium. The attendance of 5,612 for the 13-6 win over Northwestern State ranked third all-time for us. Just as impressive, we sold 3,053 $1 hot dogs that afternoon.
ON THE DOCKET
While we have a busy slate for our sports programs, our lone home events center around our 36th-ranked men's tennis program. We have a day-night doubleheader today with matches at 11 a.m. versus Prairie View A&M and 5:30 p.m. against Columbia. We'll then host Cal on Sunday at 1 p.m. If you're down in the Houston area, you can check out our 33rd-ranked women's team as it plays 11 a.m. matches on Saturday at Houston and Sunday at Rice. Baseball travels to Oklahoma for a three-game series with each contest televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. Track and field will utilize a split squad this weekend. The throwers will compete at the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington on Saturday, while the rest of the team will head to Waco for the Baylor Quad Invitational Friday. Women's golf returns to action in Baton Rouge at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.
MEET THE STAFF
Many of you who have called our Frog Club office know Julie Phipps as the friendly voice who answers the phone. Julie, our coordinator of Frog Club services, is now in her 12th year at TCU. In addition to keeping busy on the phone, she works with our donor parking and gift processing. A Fort Worth native, Julie and her husband, Terry, have four kids and two grandsons. A granddaughter is due next month.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame member and two-sport standout Royce Huffman II is part of a family with a long history of wearing the Horned Frog uniform. Dad (Royce) and grandfather (Alec) played football, Uncle Ken ran track and field and younger brother Chad played baseball and football. On the gridiron, Royce was a two-time all-conference selection as a punter and punt returner. On the diamond, he was a three-time All-American and the 1999 WAC Player of the Year. Royce is currently a principal at Option Orthopedics, a company that sells and distributes orthopedic and spine devices. He also consults with Synergy, an insurance and investment firm servicing professional athletes. Royce lives in Missouri City, Texas, with his wife, Haylie, and their children: Trace (8) and Presley (6).
SPANNING THE GLOBE
This week's edition of TCU supporters flashing the Horned Frog sign and apparel from all points worldwide comes from Mary Lane in Jackson, Miss. Please continue to send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) any photos you'd like to share.
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: The Kevin Costner, Rene Russo and Don Johnson golf classic Tin Cup produced the line, "Nice par, David." Who can forget Costner's character, Roy McAvoy, and his legendary final-hole 12 at the U.S. Open.
This Week's Quote: "How can you be so obtuse?" Make sure to check back next week for the answer.
Ocean State University (OSU) would like to honor an alumnus this weekend at a home athletic contest. This individual was an All-America basketball player at OSU and just earned his 1,000th win as a local high school coach. As part of the celebration, OSU will conduct a ceremony at halftime and provide a plaque. Is this arrangement permissible?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation - 3/15/13 - Institution Providing Recognition to High School Coach who is an Alumna or Alumnus (I) - states that an institution may publicly recognize a special achievement (e.g., retirement, coaching accomplishment) of a high school coach who is an alumna or alumnus of the institution and may provide benefits incidental to recognition of that award (e.g., award, certificate, meal) to the recipient and his or her relatives.
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