Notes On A Scorecard
Nov. 10, 2010
NOTES ON A SCORECARD
Congratulations to head coach Gary Patterson, his staff and our student-athletes in the football program for an outstanding win at Utah. The nation took notice of the Horned Frogs in Salt Lake City. However, that's now in the past and it's on to a very good San Diego State team.
CHAMPIONSHIP AT STAKE
With all the hoopla surrounding our final home game at Amon G. Carter Stadium, let's not lose sight of the fact that we can win a share of the Mountain West Conference championship on Saturday versus San Diego State. More than ever, our student-athletes need and deserve a loud and raucous crowd. Let's provide them the same energy we had for the Baylor game in September. We've sold over 40,000 tickets and are hopeful of another sellout. San Diego State is just outside the top 25 and is 7-2, only six points away from being undefeated.
AMON'S LAST STAND
We're expecting approximately 500 former football lettermen to return to campus Saturday for our final game at the existing Amon G. Carter Stadium. These distinguished guests will be sorted by decade and form a tunnel at halftime for our current Frogs to run through for the start of the second half. Make sure to stick around following the game for a special farewell to our 80-year-old home. Coach Patterson and our players will take part in the ceremony, which will be capped by a fireworks show. Don't forget to arrive early as the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a complimentary Amon G. Carter Stadium historical guide, featuring a nostalgic look back by Dan Jenkins.
TURN BACK THE CLOCK
We will have $1 popcorn and hot dogs available throughout Saturday's football game. We have also produced a commemorative cup that includes images of Amon G. Carter Stadium representing the past and future. The cup is $2 if purchased separately and $5 with a drink.
The implosion of the West grandstands of Amon G. Carter Stadium has been set for Sun., Dec. 5, at 8 a.m. We'll have more details coming soon on the viewing locations.
WHITE OUT SUCCESSFUL
We would like to once again thank our fans for the excellent suggestions to have a White Out at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. It led to ISP Sports and Railhead Smokehouse providing the shirts to make it possible. Our student-athletes, and the national TV audience, definitely noticed the presence of the Horned Frog nation in the stands.
With the national media so prominent in Salt Lake City, including ESPN's College GameDay, it was an incredible weekend of positive exposure for the TCU brand. The USA Today, New York Times, ESPN.com, Sporting News, CBSSports.com and SI.com are just a sampling of the media present at the Utah game. The coverage was capped, of course, by our appearance on this week's cover of Sports Illustrated.
Congratulations to Gary Patterson for being a semifinalist for the Joseph V. Paterno Award and Andy Dalton making the semifinalist list for the Maxwell Award. Those are great honors for Coach and Andy representing us so well.
REC CENTER EXCITEMENT
Make sure to head to the Rec Center Thursday night. Our volleyball and women's swimming and diving programs are home simultaneously. We host Colorado State at 6 p.m. at the pool, while volleyball will face Wyoming in a 6:30 p.m. match that will be seen live on The Mtn. Our volleyball program will also host No. 14 Colorado State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
HOOPS SEASON IS HERE
Basketball season begins Friday with a home doubleheader at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Our 23rd-ranked women's team will host Houston Baptist at 5:30 p.m., while the men take on Jackson State at 8 p.m. The men will also be home Tuesday, Nov. 16, versus SMU at 7 p.m. Season tickets remain available through our Web site (www.GoFrogs.com), contacting our Athletics Ticket Office at (817) 257-3764 (FROG) or dropping by to visit them in person in the DMC.
As part of the process of our stadium renovation, several of our sports are relocating their offices to the Pond Street facility. The Frog Club will now be located in the former track and field office in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, while our NCAA compliance department will be housed in the former soccer office in the DMC.
Our staff has been preparing for a campus visit later this week by our Board of Trustees. We are very grateful for the support and guidance they provide in enabling us to have a nationally-prominent athletics program.
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.
Christopher M. Del Conte