Notes On A Scorecard

April 2, 2014


As I’m sure you’ve heard, we’re very proud to welcome Raegan Pebley to the TCU family as our new head women’s basketball coach! Raegan has strong family ties to Texas and is a true rising star in the coaching ranks. She led Fresno State to Mountain West championships the last two seasons. She was previously at Utah State, where she started the women’s basketball program and eventually led the Aggies to consecutive postseason appearances. Raegan was a standout at Colorado and played two seasons in the WNBA. We're proud to have Raegan, her husband Keith, son Joseph and daughter Harper as our newest Horned Frogs!

Congratulations to director of equestrian Haley Schoolfield on becoming our first Big 12 Coach of the Year! Haley was recognized by her conference peers for the outstanding job she’s done in overseeing our equestrian program, which returns to action April 17 at the National Championships in Waco.


We have the perfect Saturday planned for you on campus! Our football program will have an open practice at 11 a.m. in Amon G. Carter Stadium. The first 1,000 TCU students will receive a free Chick-fil-A biscuit, while the first 500 fans can pick up a free TCU football t-shirt. The east side of the stadium will be open for fans to enter through Gates 7 and 8. Following the practice, TCU players will be available for autographs on the east concourse with complimentary 2014 TCU football posters provided. The poster will be the only item our players will sign. The ticket office, located near Gate 6 on the east side, will be open at 10:30 a.m. through the conclusion of the autograph session. Fans may renew their season tickets during this time. Concession stands and TCU's team store, all on the east side of the stadium, will also be open. Kids activities, including inflatables, games and face painting, will be set up in the northeast concourse area. Following the football activities, you can head to Lupton Stadium as our baseball program hosts West Virginia at 4 p.m.


Our football season-ticket renewal process is going very well, and we anticipate another sellout. If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to renew your tickets and/or donor parking before the April 25 deadline. Also, don’t forget to request your tickets to road games at the same time you renew your season tickets. We very much appreciate your support and thank everyone who has already renewed.


With the major league baseball season now underway, we’re proud to recognize our five Horned Frogs who are on opening day big-league rosters: Jake Arrieta (Cubs), Scott Atchison (Indians), Matt Carpenter (Cardinals), Andrew Cashner (Padres) and Bryan Holaday (Tigers).


Make sure to drop by the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center tonight at 5 as our women’s tennis program, with back-to-back road wins at Iowa State and West Virginia, hosts Baylor. We have a rare opportunity for all Horned Frogs in the area to watch our women’s golf team in a local tournament as we begin play Friday at the SMU Invitational at the Dallas Athletic Club. If you have the chance, please try to stop by for a round. Head Coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin and her student-athletes would appreciate your support. As mentioned earlier, our Spring Frog Fest will be highlighted by an open football practice at 11 a.m. in Amon G. Carter Stadium. Baseball hosts West Virginia in a three-game series. First pitch is Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Men’s tennis and women’s tennis have road matches Saturday at Texas and Texas Tech, respectively. Track and field travels to Gainesville for the Florida Relays, while men’s golf will be at the Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga.


The Big 12 Conference is the official host of this weekend’s Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. We have no doubt the fan and media experience will be unparalleled. We’ll have some TCU representation at the Final Four as several of our marketing and media relations staff members will be assisting the Big 12 in game-day duties.


Rudy Weiser defines a man behind-the-scenes in our operation. Rudy joined us in July as a graduate assistant for facilities and game operations. A native of Manhattan, Kan., Rudy is a graduate of Emporia State, where he was a baseball standout and two-time all-conference catcher. He received his degree in business management and American history. Rudy is following his dad, Tim, with his venture into athletics administration. Tim is a former athletics director at Kansas State and now deputy commissioner at the Big 12 Conference.


Last Week's Answer: It was the “other” Michael Bolton, in Office Space, who bemoaned, “Yeah, well, at least your name isn't Michael Bolton.”

This Week's Quote: “I spent it (last summer) with my uncle in Alaska hunting wolverines!”


Base Line is a full athletic scholarship men's tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Base was also awarded an academic scholarship, so his athletic aid was reduced pursuant to NCAA financial aid limits. His equivalency against team limits is now 60 percent. Base is going to attend summer school and OSU would like to provide athletic aid to help with expenses. Which of the following is a true statement?

A. Base may receive a 60 percent scholarship to attend summer school.
B. Base may receive a full scholarship to attend summer school.
C. Base may not receive any athletic aid to attend summer school.
D. None of the above.

The answer is B. NCAA Bylaw states that if an institution provides a student-athlete with a full athletics grant during the academic year but is required to reduce the grant in accordance with Bylaw 15.1.4 (reduction when excess aid is awarded), the institution may provide the student-athlete full athletically related financial aid to attend the institution's summer term.


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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