Notes On A Scorecard

April 9, 2014


It’s Masters Week! Our own Masters Champion and TCU Horned Frog Charles Coody is in Augusta taking part in the first major of the year. In less than three weeks, on April 29, he’ll be at the Texas Star Golf Club in Euless for the Charles Coody TCU Coaches Classic. Join Gary Patterson and our head coaches for a day of fun on the links. Prizes include gear from Augusta National Golf Club. I’m told this year’s player gift packet includes something high tech and tickets to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial! Sign up today and support scholarships for our student-athletes. Please register online at or by calling (817) 257-7700.


We’re glad to hear so many of you enjoyed Saturday’s Spring Frog Fest. It was great to see the excitement in Amon G. Carter Stadium with our football practice and autograph session.


With our football season-ticket renewal process in the home stretch, a third consecutive sellout is in our sights. 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.


We’ll be hosting three Big 12 Championships this month with two of those on campus. The Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center will be the site of the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships on April 24-27. That same weekend, at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, we’ll be the host for the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championships.


TCU and Fort Worth icon Dan Jenkins will be covering his 221st golf major this week. His impressive total includes 64 Masters, 60 U.S. Opens, 45 British Opens and 52 PGAs. Dan was a golf letterman during his student-athlete days with us.


Please make a point to drop by the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center this weekend as both our tennis programs conclude the home portion of their regular-season schedules. Our women host Kansas State on Friday at 2 p.m. and Kansas on Sunday at 10 a.m. Our men will face Rice on Saturday at 1 p.m. Baseball, after sweeping West Virginia last weekend and now holding a five-game winning streak, returns to Big 12 play this weekend with a three-game series at Kansas. First pitch is 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games can be seen on ESPN3. The next home game is Tuesday night versus Houston Baptist. Track and field will head to Los Angeles for the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA. Men’s golf will travel to Spartanburg, S.C., to begin play Monday at the Wofford Invitational.


Congratulations to the Big 12 Conference on a job well done in hosting this past weekend’s Final Four in North Texas! How about those great games! We appreciate all of you who helped make sure the Horned Frogs were properly represented. The TCU signage and apparel being worn in Fort Worth and around AT&T Stadium were definitely noticed. It was also great to have members of our marketing, media relations and Frog Club staffs, as well as student interns in their offices, assisting with the Final Four and representing TCU.

Last week, you met Rudy Weiser. We now introduce you to Caten Hyde. Like Rudy, Caten is a graduate assistant working with facilities and game operations under associate athletics director T. Ross Bailey. A native of Lafayette, La., Caten is a 2013 TCU graduate with a degree in film/television/digital media. He’s currently in our master’s program for strategic communication. In the old adage of you never know how you’ll start a career in a chosen field, Caten sat behind T. Ross at a baseball game and just happened to strike up a conversation with him about working in athletics. As a senior, Caten was president of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He was also a member of the Order of Omega, the Greek Leadership Honor Society.


Last Week's Answer: Napoleon Dynamite, when asked at school how he spent his summer, eloquently said, “I spent it with my uncle in Alaska hunting wolverines!”

This Week's Quote: “The question isn't ‘what are we going to do,’ the question is ‘what aren't we going to do?’”


Several Ocean State University men's basketball student-athletes will participate in out of season skill instruction over the next few weeks with the coaches. The media relations director always receives questions regarding workout schedules, so he decided to send a press release to local media regarding dates of individual skill instruction and media interview opportunities.

Is this a violation?

Yes. NCAA Bylaw states that participation by student-athletes in skill-related instruction in sports other than baseball and football is permitted outside the institution's declared playing season, from the institution's first day of classes of the academic year or Sept. 15, whichever occurs earlier, to one week prior to the beginning of the institution's final examination period at the conclusion of the academic year [see Bylaw]. More than four student-athletes from the team may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches from Sept. 15 through April 15. Prior to Sept. 15 and after April 15, not more than four student-athletes from the same team may be involved in skill-related instruction with their coaches at any one time in any facility. Skill-related instruction shall not be publicized and shall not be conducted in view of a general public audience.


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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