Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Aug. 29, 2012

Season-ticket holders, Frog Club members, alumni, TCU faculty and staff and students should have received an email Monday with instructions on how to order single-game tickets before they go on sale to the general public. This pre-sale opportunity begins online tomorrow, Aug. 30, at 8 a.m. Through visiting team allotments and/or verified inventory after installation, a limited number of reserved tickets will be available to purchase. The number of tickets will vary for each game. Reserved tickets, including next Saturday's season opener with Grambling State (Sept. 8), Family Weekend with Virginia (Sept. 22), Homecoming versus Texas Tech (Oct. 20) and Senior Day against Oklahoma (Dec. 1) are among those available. There will be a limit of six tickets per account per game. Tickets will be assigned on a first come, first-served basis. Don't miss your opportunity to get tickets to all the games.


TCU students have until Friday to request tickets to road games for our inaugural season in the Big 12. Ticket quantities are limited. If demand exceeds supply, tickets will be issued on a lottery basis.

Don't forget our annual Meet The Frogs autograph session with your 2012 TCU football team on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. There will be a limit of one item per fan. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. We will also have merchandise stands available to purchase your 2012 TCU gear.

Everything is right on schedule with Amon G. Carter Stadium. We're onto landscaping and the finishing touches. We once again ask our Horned Frog faithful to hold their curiosity until our open house next Thursday, Sept. 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. We need to allow our builders and artisans to complete their work.


As a reminder, Friday is College Colors Day. I wear purple every day and hope to see all of you draped in purple as well, especially with our Go Purple Friday initiative again this year. Please check the link here for information on special discounts and offers from our Go Purple Friday partners.


I've received a good bit of emails recently about our football program playing at Oklahoma State a second straight year in 2013. We've been aware of this unique scheduling arrangement since we were accepted into the Big 12. We simply inherited Texas A&M's schedule. OSU was owed two games in a row at home by the Aggies, and so we'll be back in Stillwater again next fall.

Our volleyball program, off to a 2-1 start, will host a tournament this weekend at the Rec Center. We open play Friday at 7 p.m. versus SMU with Saturday matches at 12:30 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and 7 p.m. with Army. If you're in the Houston area, make sure to swing by Rice on Friday night at 7 to support our soccer program. We'll then have a home match Sunday at 1 p.m. versus Nevada at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. Cross country opens its season Friday with a meet in Waco, while men's golf begins play Saturday at the Carmel Cup in Monterrey, Calif.


Please mark your calendar for today at 3:30 p.m. for our next online chat on We'll discuss whatever is on your mind. Questions can be submitted in advance at the link here.


Sassan Sahba is one of the true unsung members of our athletics program. Sassan is in his third year as our coordinator of athletics facilities, serving under associate athletics director T. Ross Bailey. Sassan, who came to us as an intern before working his way into a full-time position, is from Garland, Texas, and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas Tech. Outside of T. Ross and our architects, no one knows every nook and cranny of Amon G. Carter Stadium like Sassan. In between playing an integral role in our facilities and game-day operations, Sassan is working on a second graduate degree as he's in our education administration program at TCU.


This week's edition of TCU images from around the world comes from Putt, a proud member of the TCU Class of 1974, when he hit the Parthenon in Greece. Please continue to email me ( photos of you, your family or friends providing TCU exposure from any destination worldwide.


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

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