Notes On A Scorecard

Sept. 11, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone whose lives were affected by the tragedy 12 years ago on this day. It is a time of remembrance for us.

Thanks to an incredible Board of Trustees and the best Chancellor in the country, Dr. Victor Boschini, the momentum is everywhere on the TCU campus. In case you hadn’t heard, we moved up 10 spots, from No. 92 to No. 82, in the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings of national universities. We were also recognized earlier this year by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Great Colleges to Work For. All these accolades are on top of a record-breaking number of applications for the University. It’s truly a great time to be a Horned Frog!


We very much appreciate everyone who supported our football program at this past weekend’s game with Southeastern Louisiana. With the heat, we’re well aware it was not the most ideal conditions to watch a game. As such, we broke from stadium policy and were allowing everyone to enter with a bottle of water. We also had six cooling stations set up throughout the stadium with complimentary water. We sincerely apologize that we had some breakdowns in this process. Fans entering certain gates were not allowed to bring in water, while our cooling stations ran out of cups. Please note that at every future home game, fans can go to the concession stands and request a complimentary cup of water.
With our Thursday football game at Texas Tech, our very popular Go Purple Friday initiative will become Go Purple Thursday this week. Please see the following link to take advantage of the great offers by our corporate partners:


It was great to hear the positive feedback from many of you about Fort Worth Day in Frog Alley at this past Saturday’s home football game. Hats off to our marketing staff for organizing a great day of family fun!


Please mark your calendar for our next home game on Sept. 28 versus SMU, when we color block Amon G. Carter Stadium. Per the following link: Click Here, note whether your section is being asked to dress in white or purple for the game. Besides the Blackout for last year’s Kansas State contest, this is the first time we've attempted designating fans to wear specific colors based on seat location. On Monday, we should know the kickoff time for the game.

In case you missed its release on social media Monday, the first installment of our football intro video is available at the following link: Intro Video. The video will be updated throughout the season with highlights, the ability to change opponent uniforms and many more features.
Before you head to Lubbock for Thursday’s football game at Texas Tech, please drop by the Rec Center tonight as our volleyball program makes its home debut at 6:30 versus North Texas. The match will also be televised on FOX Sports Southwest. We’ll then host a tournament this weekend. On Friday, we’ll face Stephen F. Austin at noon and Houston at 7:30 p.m. The SFA match will be televised on FSSW. Saturday’s schedule has us playing Grambling State at 2 p.m. and Ole Miss at 7:30.

Soccer is at SMU Thursday night before hosting Arkansas on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game with the Razorbacks will air on FOX Sports Southwest. Cross country will compete Friday night in Houston at the Rice Invitational, while both our men’s and women’s tennis programs will be in action in Midland.

Four Big 12 football teams (TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor) are ranked in this week’s Top 25 polls. The Big 12 is the only conference with 70 percent of its teams ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today coaches poll.


Kelsey Davis is in her second season as an assistant coach with our women’s soccer program. Kelsey works with our goalkeepers. She was instrumental in Vittoria Arnold tying a school record with eight shutouts last season while also being the Big 12 Tournament’s Defensive Most Valuable Player. A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and a standout student-athlete at the University of Portland, where she is a 2009 graduate, Kelsey helped lead the Pilots to three consecutive trips to the Elite Eight at the NCAA Championship. Rated the nation’s top goalkeeper during her high school days, Kelsey was also a member of the U.S. National Team.

In case you missed our Tuesday online chat, here’s a link to what was discussed: Live Chat Transcript

Marshall Harris was a four-year football letterman before extending his playing career in the NFL. An All-Southwest Conference selection and our Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player at defensive tackle as a senior in 1978, Marshall was inducted last year into the TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame. Marshall also excelled in the classroom and was an Academic All-SWC selection. An accomplished artist, Marshall has his own art studio, Marshall Harris Studios, and is an adjunct art professor at TCU. He currently lives in Fort Worth.

In this week's edition of the Horned Frogs Nation showing their pride from all points worldwide, we see Bobette (Binkley) Bisbee ’76 on the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. St. Vitus Cathedral in the Prague Castle complex is in the background. If you have some great images to share, please send them my way (


Last Week's Answer: Dean Vernon Wormer, of Faber College in Animal House, was referring to the Delta Tau Chi Fraternity when he said, “The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.”


This Week's Quote: “Me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding.” Make sure to check back next week for the answer.

If a student-athlete's name or picture appears on commercial items (e.g., t-shirts, sweatshirts, playing cards, posters, photographs) or is used to promote a commercial product sold by an individual or agency without the student-athlete's knowledge or permission, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics. A student-athlete will lose his/her eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual: (a.) Permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind regardless of whether any compensation was received; or (b.) Receives remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual's use of such product or service.

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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