Notes On A Scorecard
Nov. 9, 2011
BIG GAME SATURDAY
TCU football coach Gary Patterson and his staff have done another outstanding job in putting us in position to contend for another conference championship. We're back in the top 25 this week and obviously have a big game Saturday at Boise State. Mountain West title implications are at stake. If you can't make the trip, the game can be seen on VERSUS as well as being heard on WBAP 820 AM and 96.7 FM, 88.7 KTCU, 100.7 KKHT-FM in Houston and through GoFrogs.com.
Our volleyball program has had a great season with a 21-5 overall record and 8-4 mark in the conference. Our final two home matches are this week. Please make every effort to be there Thursday night at 7 as we host top-25 Colorado State. It's our Purple Out Match. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free purple TCU volleyball t-shirt. Our final home contest will then be Saturday at 1 p.m. versus Wyoming.
HOOPS IS HERE
There's excitement for basketball. Our men's basketball season-ticket sales are up from last year and the openers for both our programs are 48 hours away. Our men open at home Friday at 7 p.m. versus Florida Gulf Coast, while our women are at No. 13 Georgia. There's doubleheader action in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday. The women host UT-San Antonio at 6 p.m., while the men face Austin College at 8.
We're in the midst of a national search and have been very pleased with the interest in our women's soccer head coach opening. When you look at the TCU campus, the Fort Worth community, our facilities and future Big 12 affiliation, we have a lot to offer in attracting a very strong candidate pool.
Our rifle program, the 2010 NCAA champions, has now won 24 straight regular-season matches. We became one of just three schools all-time to shoot a team aggregate score of 4,700 with a 4,701 in a victory at Murray State last weekend. In a recent competition against national power Alaska-Fairbanks, Sarah Scherer became just the second woman in NCAA history to shoot a perfect score of 600 in air rifle. Congratulations also to our equestrian team for its Sunday win over fifth-ranked Oklahoma State.
One of our favorite days is always Reading Frogs, when our student-athletes and other campus groups read to local kids. As you can see from the below photo, we had a great turnout Saturday in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility. Click HERE for more photos from the event.
By not having a home football game for three consecutive weeks, and just one game on campus for a six-week period, we've been able to continue our great progress on the renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium. We believe you'll notice some little things here and there when we return home next Saturday, Nov. 19, to face Colorado State at 2:30 p.m.
We're proud of all our former student-athletes whether they go on to compete professionally or not. A special "shout out" has to go to Andy Dalton, one of 13 former Frogs currently on an NFL roster. How about the job he's doing in representing the Horned Frog Nation with the Cincinnati Bengals! Andy has led the Bengals to a 6-2 record and a tie for first in the AFC North Division. Andy defined class on and off the field during his time at TCU, and we couldn't be more proud of him.
Today begins an early signing period (Nov. 9-16) for all sports outside of football, soccer and track and field. Here are a few reminders about the NLI process:
Q: Once a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent, can they be recruited by other institutions?
A: No. Once you sign a National Letter of Intent, all other participating conferences and institutions are obligated to cease recruiting you. Accordingly, you have an obligation to notify any recruiter from a National Letter of Intent institution of the fact you have signed a National Letter of Intent.
Q: Can a student-athlete make a verbal commitment to a school and sign a National Letter of Intent with a different school?
A. Yes. A verbal commitment, stating publicly one's intentions to attend a certain institution, is a non-binding, oral agreement between you and the institution. The only binding nature of the commitment is your word and the institution's promise. The National Letter of Intent program does not recognize verbal commitments. It is not uncommon for a student to verbally commit to one institution and subsequently sign a National Letter of Intent with another institution. And, on some occasions, a university may accept your verbal commitment and later offer the National Letter of Intent to another prospective student-athlete.
Q. When is it permissible to release the name of a prospect that has not signed a National Letter of Intent but will be attending TCU?
A. An institution may publically release the name of a prospect's commitment to attend TCU when he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or signed acceptance of the institution's written offer of admission and/or financial aid agreement. Additionally, the media relations staff must receive confirmation from compliance before releasing this information.
As always, ask before you act. If you have any questions, please contact our NCAA 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