Notes On A Scorecard
Nov. 17, 2010
NOTES ON A SCORECARD
It was a true nostalgia-filled Saturday as we welcomed back over 600 former football lettermen to our game with San Diego State, while also saying goodbye to the Amon G. Carter Stadium as we've known it for 80 years. We were able to win a share of the Mountain West Conference championship and allow our 26 seniors to earn their 42nd victory, tying them for the all-time record at TCU.
PACKING THEM IN
We can't thank you enough for helping us sell out Amon G. Carter Stadium in its final game en route to yet another single-season attendance record. It was our third sellout of the season and fourth in the last eight home games. We averaged 42,466 fans per game this season to break last year's previous record total of 38,187. We also packed them in at Jane Justin Field at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium as we ranked eighth nationally with an average attendance of 1,468 per home match.
GET READY TO GO BOWLING
Ticket information for our football team's bowl destination, which we won't know until Dec. 5, will be distributed Thursday to season-ticket holders and Frog Club members with a Dec. 8 deadline. Make sure to get your orders in early for wherever the Frogs go bowling.
Eddie Williamson, our beloved offensive line coach, is home from the hospital and doing great after experiencing chest pains during Saturday's game. Coach Williamson has been absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible support all of you have shown him. Thank you for keeping one of our absolute finest in your thoughts.
GO PURPLE FRIDAY!
Kelsey and Gary Patterson and Brownstone Restaurant invite you to Go Purple Friday benefiting the Gary Patterson Foundation on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brownstone Restaurant on 840 Currie Street. A portion of the evening's proceeds will support economically-disadvantaged children and other charitable causes.
HEADED TO THE WORLDWIDE LEADER
Kudos to Mark Cohen, our media relations director, for arranging what they call the ESPN "Car Wash" for Gary Patterson on Friday. Coach will travel to Bristol, Conn., for in-studio appearances on a multitude of ESPN shows that include SportsCenter, College Football Live, Mike and Mike, Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt, First Take and SportsNation. Make sure you also catch GameDay on Saturday.
We hope you picked up a copy of Sports Illustrated this past week to see Andy Dalton on the cover. It was great exposure for our program and our terrific senior quarterback.
Congratulations to center Jake Kirkpatrick of our football team for being one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award. He's the only offensive player included. It's the second straight season we've had a Rotary Lombardi Award finalist. Jerry Hughes made the select group last year. Andy Dalton, Tejay Johnson and Ed Wesley are also in the running for various national awards.
Albertson's is one of our great corporate partners. They are donating one turkey to the Tarrant Area Food Bank for every point scored by our football team this season. A group of football student-athletes will be making the delivery on Thursday. We've scored 454 points this season for our second-best total in school history. The record of 498 was set last year.
FROM THE HARDWOOD
Make sure you check out the excitement Jim Christian has going with our men's basketball program. With a great recruiting class in hand, we're off to a 2-0 start after an 84-64 victory over SMU. The next two home games are Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 versus Houston and USC, respectively. Our 23rd-ranked women's team won its season opener and hosts SMU tonight at 6:30.
SETTING THE PACE
Congratulations to Festus Kigen from our men's cross country program for winning the 10k race and becoming the first TCU male to capture a regional championship as he finished first at Saturday's South Central Regional in Waco. Festus has earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.
OUR OWN HALL OF FAMER
Congratulations are also extended to women's tennis coach Dave Borelli for his induction this past weekend into the ITA Women's Collegiate Hall of Fame in Williamsburg, Va. Dave is only the third male coach to be inducted into the women's hall of fame.
HITTING THE BOOKS
Our Academic-Athletic Services Office just finished priority registration for our student-athletes. It was a culmination of two weeks and lots of hard work by the AASO staff.
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