Notes On A Scorecard
April 27, 2011
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
We have just one suite remaining for purchase for the 2012 season. A special tip of the cap to TCU associate athletics director Davis Babb and our Frog Club officers for an amazing job very well done. If you are interested in that lone remaining suite, in the South End Zone, please contact Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-257-5658.
FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
In case you missed it from yesterday, our football season opener at Baylor has been moved to Friday, Sept. 2, and will be televised on ESPN. Combined with our Oct. 28 game with BYU at Cowboys Stadium, we'll now have two ESPN games this season. Coming off our Rose Bowl championship, having these ESPN dates was very important for us in recruiting and being able to showcase our football program to a national audience as the spotlighted game that evening. We very much thank ESPN for these opportunities.
We will soon be unveiling the creative pieces as part of our marketing campaign for the 2011 football season. With everyone so fired up about TCU football and how overwhelming the renewal process has been going, our goal is to sell 25,000 season tickets. We had a record 19,143 last year and anticipate everyone renewing by May 15 for this fall. Our goal of saturating Tarrant County in waves of purple this spring and summer will begin in early May with the posting of billboards and continue with bus, print, online and radio ads as well as other exposure vehicles. We'll also once again team with our partners to bring Go Purple Fridays back in the fall along with the season t-shirt that rallied our fan base last year and raised over $13,000 for the Mayor's Homeless Initiative, Directions Home.
We celebrated the 2010-11 athletics season with our student-athletes Monday night at our annual All-Sports Banquet. Congratulations to Bart Johnson (football) and Melissa Loh (women's golf) on being selected our Dutch Meyer Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Andy Dalton (football) and Jessica Young (track and field) were our Pop Boone Athletes of the Year with Andy also being our Chancellor's Award recipient. Rifle's Alex Ferguson was our Hal Jay Community Spirit Award winner. Football All-American Tejay Johnson was named our William Koehler Academic Achievement Award recipient, while his former teammate Colin Jones was our selection for the inaugural Breakout Student-Athlete Award.
A FULL DOCKET
Our men's and women's tennis teams are in Fort Collins, Colo., this week, looking to repeat as Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions, while our track and field program is headed to Philadelphia for the prestigious Penn Relays. Baseball is at BYU for a three-game series beginning Thursday. All three games will be televised on BYU-TV.
For those of you in the San Antonio and Houston areas, keep an eye out Friday for Jim Christian, Prentice Lewis, Jeff Mittie and Gary Patterson. They'll be in San Antonio for lunch before heading to Houston in the evening. We'll also have a coaches' event in Dallas on July 14. Please contact the TCU alumni office for more information.
COODY CLASSIC SUCCESS
Thanks to everyone who participated in our record-breaking Coody Classic last Friday. We had 200 players this year, 60 more than our previous-best total. Congratulations to the winning team of Bill Poteet, Billy Poteet, Bryan Poteet and Kyle Wright. John Denton and his Frog Club staff do an outstanding job in organizing this first-class event and major fundraiser for us. The Coody Classic is a very important part of TCU.
The latest addition to our online store (http://shop.gofrogs.com) is t-shirts recognizing our Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championship. Replica TCU baseball jerseys continue to be the hot seller these days.
DRIVING IN STYLE
We have another opportunity for you to show your Horned Frog pride! Be on the lookout the first part of next week for a new TCU specialty license plate becoming available. More information will be posted shortly on GoFrogs.com. We appreciate the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for helping make this possible.
Best wishes to all our former football standouts looking to hear their name called at this weekend's NFL Draft. Having as many players as we do among the draft hopefuls is great exposure for TCU and our football program.
FROM THE CLASSROOM
This is a more stressful time than normal for our student-athletes. We're now in dead days on campus with final exams next week. It's amazing how fast a semester goes.
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