Notes On A Scorecard
May 2, 2012
GREETINGS FROM ARIZONA
It's been a very productive week with our future conference colleagues here at the Big 12 meetings in Phoenix. Gary Patterson, Trent Johnson and Jeff Mittie are with me. Representing each member institution are its athletics director and head coaches in football, men's basketball and women's basketball.
SEAT SELECTION UPDATE
Week seven is in the books, and it was another outstanding week of support from our Horned Frog fans. For the renewal period that began March 12, we have sold almost 20,700 tickets for an average of 4.5 seats per account. When combined with our club and suite sales in the fall, we have now set a new season ticket record at TCU with almost 24,800 seats sold. Thank you Horned Frogs!
Please mark your calendar for Monday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m. We'll have a meet-and-greet with new men's basketball coach Trent Johnson on the lawn outside the Kelly Center. Everyone is invited! Please register at the following LINK.
Can you believe that we now have carpet arriving! The Austin Commercial crew is actually installing final paint and carpet on the team and operational levels at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The old history continues to reappear with the installation of the old stone arches that once covered the doors. They are now used as decoration inside the Founder's Club area. The east side main steel and concrete super structures are nearing completion with plans to remove the 100-ton crane prior to graduation. The Walsh Complex project continues right on time, and even a little ahead of schedule, with hopes to move our sports medicine and equipment staffs back into full-time quarters by July 15. We very much appreciate everyone's patience with the dirt, noise and inconvenience over the last 17 months. The Camden Yards of College Football will most definitely be worth it when everything is finished. Here's a photo of the construction crew placing the last pre-fab piece on the east side.
Please join me in welcoming Drew Martin to TCU as our new assistant athletics director for marketing and licensing. Drew brings a nice blend of experience from both the corporate and athletics world. He was most recently the regional marketing manager for Pepsi Beverages Company after serving 14 years in various roles at Texas A&M. In his last five years in College Station, he was an assistant athletics director for branding and creative development on the athletics department senior staff.
Congratulations to our four football student-athletes who have been presented an opportunity to play in the NFL. In addition to draft picks Tank Carder (Buffalo Bills) and Greg McCoy (Chicago Bears), Logan Brock (Houston Texans) and Braylon Broughton (New Orleans Saints) signed free-agent contracts.
We very much appreciate Mayor Betsy Price for the nice recognition of our national championship rifle program at last night's City Council meeting.
HITTING THE BOOKS
We're in the home stretch of the spring semester as dead days on campus arrive tomorrow with final exams beginning Monday. We wish all our student-athletes the best on a great finish to the academic year.
ON THE DOCKET
How about last night's thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind baseball victory over Oklahoma! First place in the Mountain West will be at stake this weekend when we host New Mexico in a key three-game series at Lupton Stadium. First pitch Friday is the usual 6:30 p.m. time. However, please note that Saturday's game will start at 5 p.m. with Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Men's golf, in pursuit of its 23rd consecutive postseason appearance, will be in Tucson, Ariz., this weekend at the MW Championship. Our women's tennis program, the MW regular season and tournament champion, begins NCAA Regional play May 11 versus South Carolina in Durham, N.C.
1. Only TCU coaches and athletic department staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process. Alumni, friends and other representatives of athletics interest who are not employed by the University are not permitted to contact a prospective student-athlete (or members of his/her family) via letter, telephone or in-person (on or off-campus) for the purpose of soliciting their participation in our athletics program. For recruiting purposes, TCU faculty members are permitted to engage in in-person contact with prospects, but only on the University campus.
2. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he/she signs a National Letter of intent or financial aid agreement to attend the University. The prospect does not lose his/her prospect status until the start of classes at TCU or the beginning of official team practice, whichever occurs first.
3. Do not do anything for a prospective student-athlete or a current student-athlete without specific authorization from the TCU Athletics Department.
4. The prohibition of contact with a prospective student-athlete is not intended to relate to unavoidable incidental contacts with prospects by representatives of athletics interests. It is understood that a representative of athletics interests may from time to time have contact with a prospective student-athlete and/or their family members. Such contact is permissible so long as it involves normal civility. For instance, if you meet a prospective student-athlete during your normal course of business or social activity, there is no violation so long as you do not discuss TCU athletics. If you are attending an alumni event or athletics event and you find yourself speaking with the parents of a prospect, do not discuss the athletics program and excuse yourself from the discussion in an appropriate manner.
5. If a student-athlete accepts any extra-benefits based on his/her status as an athlete or because of athletics ability, the student-athlete will lose all eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics.
6. Representatives of athletics interests are reminded that the NCAA rules regarding student-athletes remain in effect throughout the entire calendar year, including the summer vacation period.
As always, ask before you act. If you have any questions, please contact our NCAA Compliance office at (817) 257-7525.
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