Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Oct. 10, 2012

I receive a lot of emails on topics ranging from seat backs and chair backs in our stadium to anything involving our athletics program. Your voice is always being heard. In our management and senior staff meetings, we discuss the topics you bring to us. We then use this blog to communicate weekly with you on those issues and hopefully answer your questions.

We are pleased to announce that we will install backs to all bleachers in the 200, 300 and 400 levels of Amon G. Carter Stadium in the offseason. These new purple backs will match what you currently see on the east and west sides on game days. Due to the stadium configuration and the 100 level remaining unchanged from the facility's original design, there is not enough room to permanently install backs to each row of bleachers. We will, however, offer a new Frog Seat with a seat back to all season ticket purchasers with reserved seats in the 100 level.


We appreciate the great efforts by many of you in ensuring unused tickets go to TCU fans. As a reminder, if you will not be able to attend a game, you can transfer unused tickets to other fans electronically through TCU by clicking here. This is an easy and convenient way, through TCU, to get tickets into the hands of other Horned Frogs so they can attend the game. For more information, please contact our Athletics Ticket Office at (817) 257-FROG (3764). In the event you would like to donate tickets to local children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a game, you can allocate the tickets to Project Purple through our marketing department at (817) 257-7969.

The Amon G. Carter Stadium Legacy Brick Program is back by popular demand! The Frog Club is once again offering Horned Frog fans the opportunity to become a permanent part of our beautiful new stadium with a personally engraved 4-inch x 8-inch brick. All bricks will be installed at the east side entrance of the stadium, adding on to the bricks installed during the first phase. Bricks are a charitable contribution of $135, $100 of which is tax-deductible and helps fund student-athlete scholarships. Visit or call 1-855-BRX-4-TCU (279-4828) today to cement your legacy into TCU's football history!


Two of the more crucial and exciting moments in any football game are the opening kickoff and the start of the second half. With the new club and suite amenities, as well as the unique tailgating options around the stadium, we realize it is sometimes difficult to get to your seats quickly. However, we ask that you please make the extra effort to arrive at the game early or be back in your seats to cheer on our young team at kickoff. We know our football student-athletes and coaches appreciate having a decided home-field advantage in the Big 12. Please be loud and help ensure our stadium continues to have a hostile environment for opposing teams. However, remember to keep things classy. You are representing TCU.


We're now less than a month away from the start of our basketball seasons. The season-ticket renewal process is underway for both our men's and women's programs. If you have not been a season-ticket holder in the past, you can go ahead and place your order now and your seat will be allocated at a later time. Please visit here, drop by our Athletics Ticket Office in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum or call (817) 257-FROG (3764). Single-game tickets will not be available to purchase until Nov. 9 for all non-conference games and Dec. 15 for Big 12 contests.

Our Physical Performance Center, which opened last fall, has been certified Gold in ratings by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED rates new facilities for their design and construction. We took pride in our use of recycled products during the construction process.


We hope to see many of you at Baylor on Saturday for our 6 p.m. football game. Before making the trip to Waco, stop by the Rec Center and catch our volleyball team in action as it hosts Kansas State on Saturday at 1 p.m. If you're in Oklahoma, you can see our soccer team play at Oklahoma State on Friday night at 7 and on Sunday at Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Cross country returns to action Saturday at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.


Chris Hall, our assistant athletics director for sports medicine, is one of the true veterans of our athletics program. He's now in his 29th year as a member of our athletic training staff and ninth year as the director. Taking over for current associate athletics director T. Ross Bailey in 2003, Chris became just the second director of sports medicine in TCU's history. He oversees the athletic training support for our nearly 450 student-athletes. His peers recognized his work when he was recently presented the prestigious Athletic Training Service Award. With his bachelor's and master's degrees, Chris is a two-time TCU graduate. His wife, the former Becky Brill, was a Horned Frog swimmer who was inducted into the TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame in 2008. They have three children: Katie, Ryan and Jared. Ryan is following in mom's footsteps and is a sophomore on our swimming and diving team.


This week's edition of TCU supporters flashing the Horned Frog sign and apparel from all points worldwide comes from Fred Hosey `66, when he was in Wittenberg, Germany, in July 2011. Fred is seen telling Martin Luther's wife, Katie, all about the Horned Frogs. Please continue to send me ( your images. These are fun to share.


The NCAA legislation states that student-athletes cannot receive a benefit, gift or service that is not available to a member of the general population. This is the definition of an extra benefit. Student-athletes are educated throughout the year on what items or services might or might not violate this legislation. A business that runs specials (e.g. 2-for-1 meals) may give the same deal to student-athletes as long as the deciding criteria for an individual receiving this deal is not their athletics status. For example, a business wishing to hold a promotion where all TCU freshmen receive a buy-one-get-one free special may give this deal to student-athletes as long as those student-athletes are freshmen at TCU.

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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