Aug. 20, 2014
GREETINGS FROM THE BIG EASY
This week’s edition comes from New Orleans, where I’m gathered with my Big 12 counterparts for meetings regarding the upcoming Champions Bowl and discussion of some of the current hot topics in the NCAA.
MEET THE FROGS
Thanks to Coach Patterson, we have a special bonus for you at Saturday’s Meet The Frogs. Our 11 a.m. Mock Game in Amon G. Carter Stadium will be open to the public. Following the Mock Game, which is a scripted non-contact traditional end to preseason camp, our players will conduct a 30-minute kids clinic on the field. Everyone will then head to the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility at 12:30 p.m. for the start of our two-hour autograph session.
Please note that our student-athletes will only sign the team posters provided at the event. No extra items will be allowed. Parking will be available in Lot 1, Lot 2 and Lot 2A. Our Team Store will be selling new TCU apparel. There will also be photo opportunities and the ability to help TCU with next Friday’s College Colors Day.
After Meet The Frogs, make sure to head across the street to the Rec Center to check out our volleyball program’s 2 p.m. alumni match. Admission is free!
Help us spread the word that we are color blocking at each home football game this season. Everyone’s individual tickets are marked at the bottom with what color you are requested to wear, based on your seat location, for each game. Please note that next Saturday's season opener versus Samford is a Purple Out. We ask everyone coming to Amon G. Carter Stadium to wear purple that night. Click Here for our game-by-game guide this season.
WELCOME BACK DISNEY!
As we’ve mentioned previously, we’re proud to develop a relationship with our friends at the Disney Institute. When it comes to customer service, no one does it better than Disney. They work with collegiate athletics programs across the nation. Disney met this week with some of the folks in our department in addition to CSC and Sodexo. We’ve always taken great pride in the fan experience when visiting TCU. Part of our mission, though, is to always get better at what we do. We want to make sure you have great interactions with everyone on our end, from the moment you enter our parking lots at your arrival to the time you exit the stadium at the end of the game.
In case you missed it, we were very excited to announce last week that head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle agreed to a contract extension through 2020. Jim has done a truly phenomenal job in establishing TCU as one of the nation’s premier baseball programs. Most importantly, he’s done it the right way with class.
FROM THE HARD HATS
As you can see from the below photo, our baseball indoor practice facility is nearing completion. The turf is being installed inside, while the outdoor area is being leveled for its playing surface. Everything will be in place by the time we begin our fall workouts.
ON THE DOCKET
Our 2014-15 athletics season officially gets underway Friday with our women’s soccer program in Pullman, Wash., to face Washington State. The 7 p.m. CDT game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. We’ll then make the short trek to Moscow to face Idaho on Sunday afternoon. The home opener is next Friday, Aug. 29, versus Missouri at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. Volleyball opens its season next weekend, traveling to Penn State for a tournament. Our opening match on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CDT is against the defending national champion Nittany Lions.
Please mark your calendar for next Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m. CDT for our next online chat on GoFrogs.com. We’ll answer whatever topics are on your mind.
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: The late and great Robin Williams, in the classic Good Will Hunting, said, "You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to."
This Week: "Maybe the 80s will be like radical or something. I figure we'll be in our 20s and it can’t get worse."
Corn R. Kick is a women's soccer student-athlete at Ocean State University who is receiving a 50 percent athletic scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. Preseason practice started last week, and the head coach found out that he has only awarded 13.6 of the 14.0 NCAA maximum number of scholarships. The coach would like to use this 40 percent to increase Corn's scholarship. Since the period of award has already begun, is it possible to increase Corn's aid?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that institutional financial aid may be increased for any reason at any time. (Adopted: 1/11/94, Revised: 2/26/03, 4/23/08, 10/27/11 effective 8/1/12; awards may be executed before 8/1/12)
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