Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Sept. 12, 2012

This past Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium will be a night we’ll always remember, and you made it possible! I was overwhelmed seeing the Big 12 logo on the field, the flyover and then “Rocket Man” delivering the game ball. The smiling faces of the TCU faithful gave me an incredible sense of pride that we truly built something special. It was then all topped off when Gary Patterson, upon becoming our all-time winningest coach, thanked the community in his post-game remarks followed by a fireworks display. The night truly belonged to the Horned Frog nation! It was a long time coming and your support made our dream a reality.


As wonderful as our opening night was, we also realize there is plenty of room for improvement in our game-day operation and presentation. Our staff appreciates the feedback many of you have shared with us. It’s very helpful. You learn a lot when you open a new stadium and host your first game. When all of you return next Saturday, we believe you’ll see that we’ve implemented many of your suggestions in providing you with the best possible game-day experience.

Gary Patterson perfectly used two words to describe our student body at the Grambling State game: “pure awesome.” You were the best! You arrived early and stayed to the end. You were noticed and much, much appreciated!


Our marketing department is to be commended on a job very well done with our home football opener. From the outstanding turnout for our inaugural Frog Walk to the great Fear The Frog banner unveiled by our student body, it was exciting for a couple of new traditions to really take off. We can’t wait to see it continue to grow at our next home game and throughout the season.


Four of our five remaining home football games are sold out. Due to Iowa State not using its full allotment of visiting team tickets, we have seats available for the Oct. 6 home contest with the Cyclones. It will be our first-ever Big 12 home game. Please make your purchase online here, calling (817) 257-3764 or dropping by our athletics ticket office in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

I’m sure everyone has seen by now that our kickoff time for next Saturday’s sold out home game with Virginia is 11 a.m. The contest will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2. You may not be aware that the Big 12’s television partners have a 12-day, 6-day selection process for its games. We’ll have most of our kickoff times 12 days out from the date of the game. However, there could be instances this year when the start time and TV is not known until six days prior. Even though some might prefer a later kickoff in the day than 11 a.m., these are just some of the nuances that we’ll be getting used to with membership in our new conference. Let’s make sure to have the same type of enthusiastic crowd as we had for the inaugural game at the new Amon G. Carter Stadium.

A very limited number of standing-room only tickets for next Saturday’s sold-out home game with Virginia will be available Monday at 8 a.m.

Make sure to visit our online store ( to get your official 2012 Nike coaches’ polos. Plenty of other great items, including a t-shirt commemorating Gary Patterson becoming our all-time winningest coach, are available. We also have unworn Rose Bowl jerseys of former Horned Frogs and current NFL players Jeremy Kerley and Colin Jones, as well as Luke Shivers, now available through our online auction here.

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A special “shout out” to a pair of freshman student-athletes who represented us very well over the weekend. Football’s Deante’ Gray, playing in his first collegiate game, set a TCU record with 160 punt return yards against Grambling State to earn Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. We then had soccer’s Makenzie Koch named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for her efforts in a pair of matches over the weekend, including Sunday's 3-0 win over Texas State.


Both our football and volleyball programs have nine-game winning streaks. For football, it’s the longest current streak in the nation. Volleyball’s run of victories has pushed our all-time record (263-260) over the .500 mark for the first time in program history. Keep in mind that we’ve been playing catch-up since our first year was a 4-30 season in 1996.

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It’s been great to hear that many of you are headed to Lawrence for Saturday's Big 12 football opener at Kansas. If you’re not making the trip, we’ll have an 11 a.m. kickoff with the game seen on FX. Our volleyball team, fresh off back-to-back tournament titles, including last weekend’s Wildcat Classic at the University of Arizona, will host the TCU Molten Invitational. The tournament field includes No. 3 USC, the highest-ranked team to ever play in the Rec Center. We’ll face the Trojans Friday night at 7. We’ll also have Saturday matches at 1 p.m. versus Prairie View A&M and 7 p.m. against Lehigh. Women’s soccer, coming off its 3-0 victory Sunday over Texas State, hosts Houston Baptist Friday at 7 p.m. before traveling to North Texas on Sunday. Cross country will compete Saturday at the Ken Garland Invitational in Denton, while both our men’s and women’s tennis programs open their fall seasons at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland.

Austin Price is our social media specialist. Like many of our staff members, Austin works tirelessly behind the scenes for the Horned Frogs. He oversees our official Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts, while also being an important resource for all our sports’ programs with their social media presence. Austin has been instrumental in many of our new initiatives through social media, including the recent Google+ Hangouts. He also works with our marketing staff on videos and graphics as well as assisting our campus with various streaming projects. A native of Greenville, Texas, Austin came to us in Fall 2010. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and is currently enrolled in our MBA program at the Neeley School of Business.

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This week’s edition of TCU supporters flashing the Horned Frog sign and wearing our apparel from all points worldwide comes from Cheryl Lenheiser. Left to right, we see Cheryl’s three children (Josh, Ryan and Parker) in Paris. Please continue to send me images ( These are fun to share.

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A "booster" is a representative of TCU’s athletics interests. All TCU employees are considered boosters under the NCAA legislation. An individual will also become a booster if he or she has ever:

•Been a member of any organization promoting TCU Athletics
•Made any type of donation to the Frog Club, TCU Athletics or any other TCU booster organization
•Assisted in evaluating or recruiting prospective student-athletes
•Assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families
•Promoted TCU Athletics in any manner

Remember boosters may not:

•Contact recruits, either in-person, by telephone, in writing or by any other method
•Contact the recruit's coach, principal or counselor
•Provide any type of benefit (money, services, items) to recruits or student-athletes, unless such a benefit is available to the general public and such a claim can be easily demonstrated

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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