Notes On A Scorecard
Nov. 30, 2011
In the big picture, we’re here to provide our student-athletes with life experiences to make them well-rounded individuals. A great example is last week’s trip by our baseball program to the Dominican Republic. It was about so much more than the three games we played against the New York Mets’ Dominican teams. It was an idea from head coach Jim Schlossnagle about reaching out to others and exposing our student-athletes to how fortunate we are to be in our surroundings. Our baseball student-athletes were outstanding in their community outreach, including hand digging a foundation for a house. They even dug out a tree all by hand. It was truly a great experience for the kids and a memory of a lifetime. We extend our gratitude to the donors who made this trip possible.
We have 19 seniors playing their final game at Amon G. Carter Stadium Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against UNLV. Please make every effort to be in your seats as early as possible as we honor our all-time winningest class in a pre-game ceremony. They not only represent you in a first-class manner on the field, but in the classroom as well. All of our seniors are on pace to have their degree by next fall with 18 of them being finished by May. We're also looking to win an outright conference championship for the third straight year, something that's never happened before in our history.
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions and there’s been a good bit of speculation about where we’re headed for our bowl game. We’ll learn our destination on Sunday. As you know, the Mountain West has tie-ins with four bowl games. By contract, the assignment of teams is not determined by finish in the standings. It’s strictly by selection and in the following order: Las Vegas Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, Independence Bowl in Shreveport and the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. All the Mountain West-affiliated games are in play for us right now. If you haven’t ordered your bowl game tickets yet, please be on the lookout Sunday for more information as soon as we learn where we’re headed.
I’m real excited to share a new initiative with you. Each month, we will extend an invitation on Facebook for any students, faculty, staff, alumni, fans, etc. who might be interested in joining me for a cup of coffee to talk about what’s happening in our program and throughout intercollegiate athletics. These discussions will take place at Yogi’s on Hulen. Selected individuals can bring up any topic they'd like and ask whatever is on their mind.
The last game in Amon G. Carter Stadium is Saturday with work on the east side renovation beginning just two days later on Monday. As a result, Frog Alley will close to traffic on Dec 5. However, we will continue to have an alternate walking path across the Kelly Center lawn for basketball patrons. Work is also beginning on the access road for the new football locker room.
Our last installment of Rose Bowl banners are back on auction at the following LINK on GoFrogs.com. Since it’s the season for giving, wouldn’t this make for a great Christmas gift? We only have a limited amount remaining. Our weekly on-line auction starts and ends on Mondays and will continue through Christmas, or until we’re out of banners. Starting bids are $100.00. Between 2-to-3 banners are up for auction each week.
ON THE DOCKET
In addition to Senior Day for our football program on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., we have plenty of basketball for you this week. Both our men’s and women’s programs are coming off 1-point wins on Saturday. Interesting in that a certain football coach around here often talks about just winning by one point. Our men, who are 4-2 with victories over Virginia and Houston, host Lamar tonight at 7. Make sure to also not forget our Big 12 preview Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. versus Texas Tech in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Our women are at Houston tomorrow evening at 7 before returning to the DMC Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest with Lamar.
Let’s give some recognition to our volleyball program. We went 25-7, won four tournaments, beat two postseason teams and just missed our second NCAA appearance in the last three seasons. Congratulations to head coach Prentice Lewis, her staff and the student-athletes on an outstanding season.
Please join me in welcoming Greg Featherston, our new assistant athletics director for compliance, to TCU. Greg is a University of Texas graduate who was most recently the director of compliance at Georgetown University. Greg’s office is in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. If you happen to be in the area, please feel free to drop by and introduce yourself.
In late October, the Division I Board of Directors adopted a package of proposals that included significant changes to current academic and financial aid legislation. We covered academics last week. Here is a brief overview of some of the more substantial changes in regards to financial aid:
•Cost of Attendance: Student-athletes who receive full athletics scholarships or get other institutional financial aid combined with athletics aid to equal a full scholarship may receive additional institutional aid up to the full cost of attendance or $2,000, whichever is less. This change is effective for aid agreements that take effect Aug. 1, 2012.
•Multiyear Grants-in-Aid: Institutions may award student-athletes a multiyear grant up to the full term of eligibility. One-year grants will remain the minimum. This change is effective for aid agreements that take effect Aug. 1, 2012.
•Exempting Non-Athletic Aid: Only athletically related aid will be counted toward team limits in equivalency sports. This change goes into effect on Aug. 1, 2012.
•Minimum Equivalency Values: Requiring institutions to award a prescribed minimum amount of athletics aid, much like the current legislation in effect in the sport of baseball, is legislation that is currently being discussed. The minimum percentage amounts and effective date have yet to be determined.
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