TCU Horned Frogs
Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Chris Del Conte

Aug. 22, 2012

I've been asked a good bit about tours of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Please mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. We'll have an open house for everyone to take a self-guided tour through our new football home. You can check out everything from your own seat to the Founders' suites, Champions' Club, press box and visiting team locker room. If you can't make it on that day, we'll keep you posted on some other possible opportunities we might have down the road to do a walk-through of the stadium.


We are very excited to be debuting a cool feature this fall at home football games courtesy of our TCU Mobile app and the new Amon G. Carter Stadium wireless contract with AT&T. You can now order and pay for food and beverages directly from your smartphone. Just use the new TCU Mobile app embedded with Bypass Lane. Don't wait in lines anymore. You can now order from your seat! To sign up for a Bypass account, simply go here. If you are an iPhone or Android user, download the TCU app from your app store.


All football season tickets have been mailed. If you haven't received yours by Sept. 1, please contact our athletics ticket office at (817) 257-3764 (FROG).

A special tip of the cap goes to assistant athletics director for ticket operations Sean Conner on receiving the 2012 Chancellor's Staff Award. Sean played a leadership role in our once-in-a-lifetime experience of reseating Amon G. Carter Stadium. He trained the ticket office and Frog Club staffs for this spring's intense 10-week period that saw many of TCU's longtime constituents reseated via in-person visits, the phone and online. The process subsequently saw us sell out of football season tickets for the first time in school history with a new record total of nearly 32,000. Through Sean's guidance, our ticket office and Frog Club staffs were able to connect with TCU season-ticket holders, donors, alumni, faculty, staff and fans, working one-on-one with folks to not only explain the reseating process but also put many at ease with their uncertainties in this first-time venture. Sean has been with TCU for seven years and has entrenched himself with the campus and Fort Worth communities. He is accessible and someone who is always willing to take the time to speak with one of our stakeholders. He represents what it means to be a Horned Frog.


The stretch run is here for Amon G. Carter Stadium. The furniture is in the club and suites, and we're finishing the installs for the Founders' area this week. The digital menu boards are installing for the concessions stands, while the landscaping process has begun. Time is definitely tight between opening the facility and hosting games, but we have plans in place for our operations. We ask for a little patience as we get up and running. Please know that if we make a mistake, we will make it moving full speed. Customer service and fans raving about their great experience at Amon G. Carter Stadium are our goals.

Do not forget to sign up for this year's Gary Patterson Luncheon Series! This Frog Club members-only event is the lone place you can get all the inside information on our football program from Coach Patterson himself. I am thrilled to announce that two of the luncheons this fall will be held in the new Champions' Club on the west side of Amon G. Carter Stadium. The season luncheon pass is $250 and includes a special gift. Individual pre-paid tickets are $35, while tickets at the door are $45. To purchase your season passes or for individual luncheons, please click on the registration link or call the Frog Club at (817) 257-7700 for more information.


TCU takes tremendous pride in its relationship with Fort Worth. We very much appreciate the support of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors' Bureau with our marketing efforts in our inaugural Big 12 season. Please check out the CVB's website promoting our partnership with Fort Worth by clicking here.

Our first home athletics event of the year is this weekend as we host a tournament at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. Please come out Friday at 7:30 p.m. as we face Montana. We also have a home match Sunday at 1:30 p.m. versus Stephen F. Austin. This will be the first opportunity for you to see our new-look soccer program under first-year head coach Eric Bell. Eleven of our 22 players on this year's team are freshmen. We opened the season last Friday with a 1-1 tie at defending Mountain West champion New Mexico. When you consider we lost 7-1 to the Lobos last year, this was a definite sign of improvement. Our volleyball program opens its season this weekend as it travels to Nashville for a tournament at Belmont University.


Many of you who have been to our football office or called on the phone are very familiar with administrative assistant Gisele Kates as the friendly face and voice who greets you. Gisele arrived at TCU in 1997 in the media relations office. She then moved to her current role in football in 1999. As Coach Patterson will tell you, Gisele is one of the true anchors of our program. She was born in Japan and is a self-proclaimed Air Force brat. Her daughter, Tiffany, received her bachelor's and master's degrees from TCU and is now vice-president of fund accounting at Goldman Sachs.


Our latest installment of images of TCU alumni and fans sporting Horned Frog apparel across the world comes from Jim Wilson, TCU Class of 1988. His wife, Amy '89, and daughter Sarah are wearing purple and flashing "Go Frogs" while in the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tenn. They were there for a dance competition. Please continue to email me ( photos of you, your family or friends providing TCU exposure from any destination worldwide.


Here are the recruiting periods defined:

•A contact period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campusrecruiting contacts and evaluations.

•An evaluation period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.

•A quiet period is a period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.

•A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution's campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospective student-athlete during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw for a prospective student-athlete who visits an institution as part of a group. During a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance, except as provided inBylaw, and may not visit aprospective student-athlete's educational institution. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during a dead period.

Remember to always ask before you act. If you ever have any questions, please contact our NCAA 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