TCU Horned Frogs
Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Chris Del Conte

July 10, 2013

In case you missed the email from earlier this week, we have sold out our allotment of tickets for the Aug. 31 season-opening football game with LSU in the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium. As a reminder, all ticket locations were allocated according to priority rank as of June 1, 2013 in the Horned Frog Priority Points System. Many of you requested tickets in the “prime seating” locations; however, due to the limited number of seats we were given in those areas, we could not fulfill every request. The number of tickets we received from Cowboys Stadium and the minimum rank required for each price level is listed below:





Premium Club




Lower Club




300 Level Club




Corner and EZ




400 Level




Student Tickets




All orders were filled and everyone who requested tickets received them. Unfortunately, as stated above, we were not able to accommodate everyone’s requested price level. If we were unable to allocate seats at your requested price level, we refunded the difference and allocated seats in the next best available level based on your priority points ranking. As a reminder, the maximum number of tickets allowed per account based on your ranking was 10. Any additional tickets requested were allocated in the upper level $70 price.


We’re very proud of former TCU standout Matt Carpenter on his selection to represent the St. Louis Cardinals in Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in New York. Matt defined student-athlete during his time as a Horned Frog and was a key part of our baseball program’s success. We couldn’t be happier for a guy who truly plays the game the right way and loves TCU!



How about our TCU Showgirls having their uniform on display in an exhibit at the upcoming College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta! This is a tremendous honor for our squad under the direction of spirit coordinator Lindsay Westbrook. The TCU Showgirls' uniform features a Western look with custom boots designed by Justin Boots of Fort Worth. The exhibit will take place when the new College Football Hall of Fame opens in late August 2014.


When August hits, our marketing department will be blanketing the streets of Fort Worth with street banners for our upcoming football season.

With football season around the corner, the media blitz is underway. We’re currently in our two-week period of watch list announcements for major awards. Big 12 Media Day in Dallas is July 22, and our TCU Media Day is July 31. We also have several national media outlets scheduled to make campus visits in the next month, including Sirius/XM broadcasting its College Sports Nation Show live from TCU on Aug. 19.

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, July 18, for our annual and very popular Gary Patterson Women’s Football Clinic. This year’s event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the newly air-conditioned Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility. Don’t delay in reserving your spot by clicking here.



Ninety percent of Big 12 teams played in the 2012 football postseason, the highest percentage ever for a conference. The Big 12’s five Heisman Trophy winners since league play began in 1996 is tied for the national lead in that span.



Dominique Neville is a new addition to Gary Patterson’s staff as our assistant director of football operations. Dominique joined us in April after working as a staff accountant at Ernst & Young in Atlanta. She is a native of Huntsville, Ala., with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's in accountancy from Auburn. While at her alma mater, Dominique worked two years in the athletic department's business office and four years with the football program. She was part of the recruiting/game day operations staff as well as assisting the director of football operations and recruiting coordinator. Dominique was president of the Students of Auburn Recruitment. She was also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Fraternity and Beta Alpha Psi Honorary Accounting Fraternity.


Major Steve Reed excelled for us in both the water and classroom. A three-time Academic All-American and our 1990 Dutch Meyer Award recipient, Steve recorded the second-fastest time in TCU history in the 200 Butterfly. He also became the highest finisher in our Southwest Conference era. Following his TCU days, Steve qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials. In 2004, he was inducted into our Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame. After TCU, Steve spent 13 years in the Army as an officer. He currently lives in Duluth, Ga., where he is an auto claims representative for State Farm Insurance. He remains extremely active in fitness and dancing. Steve and his significant other for 13 years, Renate Dugans, are head instructors and performance team directors/choreographers for SALSAtlanta, a dance company promoting Salsa, Cuban Popular, and Afro-Cuban dancing.



In this week's edition of the TCU Nation showing Horned Frogs pride from all points worldwide, we see TCU director of major gifts and longtime radio color analyst John Denton with his family on their recent vacation to Hawaii. Pictured left to right, at sunset on Maui’s Kaanapali Beach, are John, daughter Meredith, wife Linda and daughter Erin. John is celebrating his 25th year on our football radio broadcasts. If you have some great images to share, please send them my way (



Last Edition's Answer: Robin Williams, whom we first enjoyed as Mork from Ork, played John Keating in Dead Poets Society when he said, “Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”


This Week's Quote: “Hey, ma! Can we get some meatloaf?” Make sure to check back next week for the answer.


Over the past several years, social media has continued to become more and more popular and prevalent in our daily lives. While the NCAA rules do not specifically address Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media technology by name, there are regulations currently in place which do govern the actions of not only a member institution's coaching staff, but also the actions of their boosters.

Coaches and institutional staff members are permitted to "friend" or "follow" a prospective student-athlete via social media in certain instances, and they may also communicate with prospects using the private messaging functions so long as this is done in accordance with the rules that permit an institution to send general correspondence to a prospect via other forms of communication (e.g. regular mail or fax). Additionally, communicating with a prospect publicly on his or her wall, commenting on a post or "liking" a post remains impermissible until the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent or an institution's written offer of admission and/or financial aid.

There are also NCAA regulations that govern boosters and their use of social networking websites when it comes to prospective student-athletes. It is NEVER permissible for a booster to initiate contact with a prospective student-athlete via the "friend" or "follow" functions on social media websites. Additionally, it is not permissible for a booster to post a comment on a prospective student-athlete's Twitter or Facebook page until he or she is no longer a prospective student-athlete.  It has always been impermissible for boosters to engage in any contact or type of correspondence or communication with prospective student-athletes until they either officially report to campus for pre-season practice or until they enroll and attend classes at the particular institution (the sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball report to campus for pre-season practice prior to the start of classes for the fall semester). Once either of those events takes place, the prospective student-athlete is no longer a prospect, he or she then becomes a student-athlete.

The world of social media is ever-changing and extremely difficult to monitor so we ask for the supporters of TCU Athletics to remain vigilant and report any potential violations of these regulations to the Compliance office. We invite your questions, concerns and comments regarding the NCAA rules and regulations, as they can be complex and confusing at times.

As always, ASK BEFORE YOU ACT! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Athletics Compliance Office at (817) 257-7525.


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