Notes On A Scorecard

Sept. 15, 2010

From sellouts to trips to the White House, it's been a great week for the Horned Frogs.

The Horned Frog Nation has responded for our fourth-ranked football team. From the great turnout at Cowboys Stadium for the Oregon State game, to over 37,000 for Tennessee Tech and now a sellout for Baylor, our student-athletes and coaches very much appreciate the tremendous support. Coach Patterson has said repeatedly that the noise level at the end of the Oregon State game was a major reason for our victory. You make a difference.

With our sellout Saturday, please arrive early to avoid long lines at the will call windows and gates to the stadium. Since we are now scanning tickets and checking bags, we want to make sure everyone is able to get through the gates in time for the opening kickoff. Will call tickets can be picked up throughout the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our ticket office in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The will call windows will open Saturday at 9:30 a.m., six hours prior to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff. We will have four fan stations set up under the east and west stands for Saturday. We will have free water in 10-gallon coolers and cups at each station, ice towels for wiping faces and an EMT at each location.

I would like to extend my apologies to those who had a negative experience with our new shuttle drop-offs last game and would like everyone to know that we are now going back to how everything was run last year. Free game day parking and shuttle service is available from the TCU parking lot on Sandage and Berry as well as Paschal High School, located on Berry Street, and McKinney Bible Church on Hulen Street. Shuttles will begin 2 ½ hours prior to kick-off and the last shuttle will depart Amon G. Carter Stadium 45 minutes after the conclusion of the game. The shuttles for Paschal High School and the TCU Sandage Lot will drop on Stadium Drive near the Brown-Lupton University Union and Campus Recreation Center. The shuttles from McKinney Bible Church will drop off on Pond Street by the Mid Court lot.

Our new record total is 19,119 football season tickets sold. With our student allotment, we're at 25,274. This is an incredible statement to the momentum that surrounds TCU. Following the Baylor game, we'll still have four home games remaining with conference match-ups against Wyoming, BYU, Air Force and San Diego State. Buy your tickets early and have them e-mailed directly to you to avoid waiting in lines.

It's not just football games that have become a tremendous gathering place. We rank in the top 25 nationally for volleyball attendance with more than 1,000 fans per match. We also average over 1,500 for soccer games. With men's and women's basketball season tickets now available, please continue this support for our student-athletes who represent us so well.

Our rifle team was recognized with other NCAA champions at the White House earlier this week. In his remarks, President Obama singled out the "sharp shooters from TCU." It was an incredible honor for our student-athletes and coach Karen Monez. I believe President Obama was, in turn, honored to receive a pair of TCU boots. I hope he wears them proudly. Our rifle program also set the standard in the classroom last year with the highest team grade-point average for any sport.

Our Town Hall meetings. to discuss seat and parking reallocation when Amon G. Carter Stadium is renovated, have been set for Oct. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. in the third floor ballroom of the Brown-Lupton University Union. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please call (817) 257-5658 or send your name and contact information in an e-mail to Please put "Stadium Town Hall Meeting" in the subject line. We have received a tremendous response thus far and are expecting a full room. Seating will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since sellouts are a theme for this week, we also have one Thursday night for our TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This year's honorees truly represent greatness at TCU: Royce Huffman II, Aaron Schobel, Reggie Smith, Angela Stanford and Bobby Tyler. These Horned Frog legends will also be honored at Saturday's football game. If you happen to come across them at any of our weekend festivities, please introduce yourself, congratulate them and thank them for all they've done for TCU.

A few sponsorships still remain available for the 32nd annual Horned Frog Classic on Monday, Oct. 11, at Colonial Country Club. I hear the winners are headed to Pinehurst to represent TCU in the Acura National Collegiate Championship. Sign up at Rumor has it that all players will receive a TCU golf bag as part of the player gift package this year.

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.

Go Frogs!

Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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