TCU Horned Frogs
Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Chris Del Conte

Nov. 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! We’re looking forward to hopefully turning Austin into a sea of purple for our Thanksgiving Day football contest with Texas. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. with the game televised on ESPN.


Did you know the famous “Hook 'em Horns” and “Gig ‘em” hand signs for Texas and Texas A&M both originated around games with TCU? At a pep rally in Austin before UT’s 1955 football contest with the Horned Frogs, the Longhorns’ hand sign was debuted. However, it didn’t deter our Southwest Conference championship team as we went on to post a 47-20 win in Austin. That was also Jim Swink’s signature game as he ran for 235 yards and scored a school-record 26 points. At a yell practice before A&M’s 1930 game with TCU, the Aggies’ hand sign was unveiled. It was also the first hand sign at the time in the Southwest Conference. Nevertheless, we recorded a 3-0 victory in College Station that day.

In case you missed it from yesterday, next year’s football schedule has been announced. Please see the link here, and mark your 2013 calendar.


In order to better provide you with an updated status of your account, we will now recalculate Horned Frog Priority Points totals on both Jan. 1 and June 1 of each calendar year. The new rankings established on Jan. 1, 2013 will affect 2013 football season ticket upgrade requests, as those requests will be accommodated based on your ranking within the Horned Frog Priority Points System. Specific information about 2013 football season tickets and the upgrade process will be sent out with your renewal information in February. If you are interested in making a gift and improving your ranking before we recalculate points on Jan. 1, please call the TCU Frog Club office at (817) 257-7700 or visit the Frog Club website at

Our new Frog Club website is officially live. We believe the new design features, including the Priority Points Calculator, will enhance your overall experience whether you are a long-time Frog Club member or simply interested in learning more about the Frog Club and giving to TCU Athletics. Please visit today and take a look for yourself.


As another reminder, bowl game ticket requests can be made online here. You just need to sign into your account. Don't miss your opportunity to watch the Horned Frogs play in their first bowl game as a member of the Big 12. All potential bowl games and tickets are available to choose from. You will not be charged until we receive an official invitation. Season-ticket holders and Frog Club members have a priority request deadline of Tuesday, Dec. 4, to place their order and be seated according to priority rank.

Our top-ranked and defending national champion rifle program continues to perform at the highest level. The regular season winning streak is now at 19 matches after Saturday’s victory at No. 3 and previously undefeated Kentucky. In the process, we set a new school record for aggregate score with a 4,718. We also established a new standard in air rifle while matching our previous mark in smallbore.



While you know about our football game at Texas on Thanksgiving, please make a point to make it out to the Rec Center on Saturday for our volleyball program’s Senior Day at 1 p.m. versus West Virginia. It will be the final match for seniors Meghan Horio, Emily Kirby, Megan Munce and Sloane Sunstrum. Volleyball is actually in Norman tonight to face Oklahoma. Men’s basketball, off to a 4-1 start, will be at the South Padre Island Invitational. We face Northwestern on Friday and will play either Illinois State or UAB on Saturday. The next home game is Nov. 29 versus Southern Utah. Women’s basketball is at Texas State on Sunday afternoon before returning home to host SMU next Wednesday, Nov. 28.


Jodi Christian is a fixture in the Schollmaier Basketball Complex. Now in her ninth year as the administrative assistant for our women’s basketball program, Jodi might watch more basketball than some coaches. In addition to always supporting our women’s team, she can also be seen watching her daughter, Hannah, play for the University of North Texas. Jodi also has two sons, Ryan and Todd. I’m sure you remember Ryan as a four-year letterman (2006-09) at tailback and wide receiver for our football team. Todd is playing football at Hardin-Simmons. Jodi was born in Denver, Colo., and grew up in Springtown, Texas.


This week’s edition of TCU supporters flashing the Horned Frog sign and apparel from all points worldwide comes from Matt Hope. We see Matt’s brother, Capt. Mark Hope, representing the Frogs while he was stationed at FOB Sharana in the Paktika Province of Eastern Afghanistan. A 2005 TCU graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mark went through the Air Force ROTC program on campus. Please continue to send me ( your images of TCU pride to share with everyone.


Nick Browne was a consensus first-team All-America placekicker for our football team as well as a two-time Academic All-American. He was actually a two-sport letterman as he played on our men’s soccer team and led us in scoring. After his graduation, Nick continued his football career in the arena leagues before beginning a real estate development career. He headed west in 2008 to attend USC's MBA program and now works in acquisitions and development for Caruso Affiliated, a lifestyle center and apartment developer in Southern California.


After a prospective student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent or a financial aid agreement with TCU, the permissible forms and frequency of contact with that prospect greatly increase. Before a prospect signs with TCU, most sports are limited to one phone call per week and no text messages. The calendar day after signing an NLI, TCU staff members are permitted to make unlimited phone calls and text messages. The deregulation of recruiting activities after signing also includes off campus contacts. Prior to signing, all sports are limited to a certain number of off campus contacts and evaluations with prospects. Starting the calendar day after a prospect signs with TCU, permissible recruiting coaches may have unlimited off campus contacts and evaluations.

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