Aug. 3, 2011
Greetings from Newport, R.I. It’s been an extremely busy, productive and fun last couple of days being in meetings with my BIG EAST colleagues. We’ve had discussions on a lot of topics relevant to the future of the league, including scheduling, television and expansion. One of the more popular questions I've received since the announcement that we're joining the league is what our BIG EAST Conference football schedule will look like in 2012. We will have home games versus Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida and West Virginia. Our road games will be at Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse. The BIG EAST represents 30 percent of the nation's television homes. We're in a great position when we negotiate our next television package in September 2012. As far as future conference expansion, any move that is made down the road will keep in mind how important it is to preserve the history and tradition of basketball, the sport that truly launched the BIG EAST to where it is today. Adding to the mosaic of what the BIG EAST brings to the table is the legendary clambake at the league's Football Media Day. It truly lived up to everything I had heard about it in advance. It's going to be incredibly exciting to be a member of the BIG EAST Conference.
I’ve received a few emails regarding the football schedule changes we announced Monday. The Friday, Sept. 30, SMU game will now be played on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2:30 p.m., and the kickoff time for the Sept. 24 Portland State contest has been changed from 6 p.m. to 1 p.m. In consultation with our contractors, physical plant staff and risk management team, a combination of lighting, parking, traffic and safety concerns with a night game in a partially-completed stadium necessitated the schedule changes. We will have plenty of water stations and cooling zones available for those concerned about the possible heat factor at the games.
FROG CLUB HITS SOCIAL MEDIA
A special tip of the cap to Jeremiah Donati, a new Frog Club gift officer, for leading our efforts in giving the Frog Club a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These platforms were created to better serve our current constituents and to help educate and identify new members. Last year was a record-breaking year for us as far as membership numbers and annual giving totals. Our hope is that this campaign can help us reach even higher goals in 2011-12. Become a Facebook friend of the Frog Club as well as following it on Twitter and becoming connected on LinkedIn.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
Our record-breaking football season-ticket campaign has now topped 20,000 seats sold as we work toward our goal of 25,000. There’s no time to rest. With a limited capacity this season, the best way to ensure your seat this fall and to improve your position for 2012 is to be a season-ticket holder. Season tickets should be in the mail by mid-August. Tickets for the Baylor and Air Force games will be sent next week. Other road games will be mailed later in the season. Beginning Aug. 15, TCU students may order road game tickets as well as their ticket for the BYU game at Cowboys Stadium. Also on Aug. 15, the general public may begin ordering single-game tickets.
This is definitely an exciting time around our department. The true sign that another athletics season is here is when sports begin practicing. Our football and soccer teams have already reported and volleyball comes in Monday. In fact, our soccer team held its first practice today at 8 a.m.
We still have a very limited amount of donor parking spaces available, but they are going fast. Please call our Frog Club office today at (817) 257-7700 to make sure your spot is reserved.
NEWS FROM THE LINKS
The 33rd-annual Horned Frog Classic will be held Oct. 17 at Colonial Country Club. Come be a part of this special event, which raises scholarship funds for our men’s and women’s golf programs. They currently have TCU's longest streak of consecutive postseason appearances. Last year’s Horned Frog Classic raised $250,000 and this year’s goal is $300,000. Come tee it up! More information can be found at www.tcufrogclub.com.
One of the unsung heroes of our department is Rhonda Hatcher. You might wonder what role does a TCU mathematics professor play in athletics. Rhonda is our Faculty Athletics Representative. Each school has a FAR, a member of the faculty designated by the university or college to serve as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. Each institution determines the role of the FAR at that particular university or college. According to one of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association's Guiding Principles, the role of the FAR is, "... to ensure that the academic institution establishes and maintains the appropriate balance between academics and intercollegiate athletics.“
A student-athlete may receive compensation for teaching or coaching sport skills or techniques in his or her sport on a fee-for-lesson basis, provided: (a.) Institutional facilities are not used; (b.) Playing lessons shall not be permitted; (c.) The institution obtains and keeps on file documentation of the recipient of the lesson(s) and the fee for the lesson(s) provided during any time of the year; (d.) The compensation is paid by the lesson recipient (or the recipient's family) and not another individual or entity; (e.) Instruction to each individual is comparable to the instruction that would be provided during a private lesson when the instruction involves more than one individual at a time; (f.) The student-athlete does not use his or her name, picture or appearance to promote or advertise the availability of fee-for-lesson sessions.
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
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics