Notes On A Scorecard
Oct. 5, 2011
Please make sure to check out this week's Sporting News. In its annual ranking of the nation's top sports cities, Dallas/Fort Worth is No. 1 this year based on the combination of having the NBA world champion Dallas Mavericks, the American League champion Texas Rangers and your Rose Bowl champion TCU Horned Frogs. There's a great cover photo with Mark Cuban, Michael Young and SuperFrog. This is just the latest in a run of outstanding national exposure for us.
We've said all along that Amon G. Carter Stadium is a live construction site, and that continues to hold true even as we just completed three straight Saturdays of home games. The upper deck steel and concrete continue to be installed. Please make sure you keep an eye out this week for the TCU being installed on the rear of the north end zone video board. This will provide tremendous visibility, especially as you drive over the Hulen Street bridge. As you know, our athletics facilities upgrades aren't just limited to Amon G. Carter Stadium. Over at our Physical Performance Center, otherwise known as the new weight room, the interior logos and graphics elements as well as the last shipment of equipment is delivering this week. The dedication of the facility will take place next Friday, Oct. 14. Elsewhere, our new surface at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex has been installed, enabling our student-athletes in that sport to resume workouts.
For those who made deposits on club seats, we're looking forward to seeing you with our Club Seat Selection Week (Oct. 10-14) that starts Monday. Please contact our Frog Club office at (817) 257-7700 if you have any questions.
HORNED FROG CLASSIC NEARING
Playing spots are still available for this year's Horned Frog Classic at Colonial Country Club on Monday, Oct. 17. Please register online HERE or call (817) 257-7700. It's the best collegiate benefit tournament in the nation. In case you didn't know, the winning team receives an all-expense paid trip to historic Pinehurst Resort to represent TCU in the Acura National Collegiate Alumni Championship!
ON THE DOCKET
While our football team heads to San Diego State this weekend, we have plenty of home athletics events to keep you on campus. Our volleyball program, with a 16-1 overall record and 3-0 Mountain West mark, hosts the Aztecs Thursday at 7 p.m. and UNLV Saturday at 1 p.m. We'll also have a pair of soccer matches with San Diego State and Texas Tech coming to Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium Friday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches start at 7 p.m. The first 2,000 fans at Friday night's soccer match will receive a free Vera Bradley blanket.
One of the many aspects of what makes TCU special is the people. You have an incredible leadership team in place in our administration. As a reward for their great efforts, it is my honor to announce the following individuals have been promoted to assistant athletics directors in their respective areas: Mark Cohen (media relations), Sean Conner (tickets), Chris Elrod (athletic-academic services), Chris Hall (sports medicine), Matt Lewis (equipment), Tommy Love (business office) and Don Sommer (strength and conditioning).
A special recognition is due to Agnes Kemboi from our women's cross country team. She placed second out of 137 runners at Saturday's historic Cowboy Jamboree, the nation's longest running cross country meet, in Stillwater, Okla.
Lately in the headlines there have been numerous national media reports regarding agents having impermissible relationships with student-athletes. The actions of an agent are governed by the professional players' associations (NFLPA, MLBPA, etc.). The Attorney General in many states is also weighing in on the Agent situation in relation to collegiate athletics. The NCAA rules primarily outline what a student-athlete may do in relation to an agent. A prospective or enrolled student-athlete jeopardizes their amateur status and becomes ineligible for intercollegiate athletics if they have agreed either orally or in writing to retain an agent for the purpose of marketing their athletic ability or reputation in that sport. An agent may not provide a benefit of any kind (i.e. cash, other gifts or services) to enrolled or prospective student-athletes or their relatives or friends without jeopardizing their amateur status. Remember, always ask before you act! Please feel free to contact our Athletics Compliance Office at (817) 257-7525.
KEEP IN TOUCH
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.
Christopher M. Del Conte