Notes On A Scorecard

Dec. 1, 2010


How about those Frogs! This football season best illustrates what can happen when you allow yourself to dream. After Saturday's games, we could very well find ourselves in the national championship game. If not, we know we're headed to "The Granddaddy of Them All" in Pasadena. We have such a rich football history with appearances in the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. We're only missing the Rose Bowl. Just imagine how special it will be to see the Frogs playing for a national championship or taking the field New Year's Day in Pasadena!


It is very important for everyone to purchase bowl tickets from TCU. We are very attractive to the bowls because of how we sell tickets through our allotment. We brought over 20,000 fans to Arizona last year for the Fiesta Bowl. Next Wednesday, Dec. 8, is the deadline for Frog Club members and season-ticket holders to request tickets to all possible bowl games for us. Make sure to get your orders in and purchase tickets through TCU as we head west to either the national championship game in Arizona or the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.


Monday was a historic day with the announcement of our new home in the Big East Conference. It was incredible to see the buzz created by the Horned Frogs. All the national media were talking about TCU and continue to do so. As excited as we are about this move, we also want to extend our sincere appreciation to Commissioner Craig Thompson and all our friends in the Mountain West Conference. Commissioner Thompson has been incredibly good to TCU and we are forever indebted to him. We built relationships throughout the league that we will always treasure. The Mountain West Conference is a great league and provided an opportunity for our programs to grow and flourish. Please join me in showing the highest level of respect for the Mountain West Conference as we continue competition in the league through next year.


You count your blessings for friendships that you make, never knowing how things will turn out. The Big East Conference will allow us to see our old friend and Pittsburgh Panther coach Jamie Dixon on a regular basis. Jamie remains one of the more revered figures in our men's basketball history. I first met Jamie 20 years ago at UC Santa Barbara, where I was a student and he was just starting his coaching career. Jamie was in town for our home football game with Baylor and first brought up the possibility of TCU joining the Big East Conference. He saw it as a perfect fit, and he was right.


Between an implosion and BCS announcement, this Sunday won't be your normal Sunday on campus. The demolition of the press box side of Amon G. Carter Stadium is well underway for an 8 a.m. Implosion that day. The wrecking ball took care of the trademark tower in the southwest corner. It's exciting for all of us to see the progress every day and know we have a first-class facility just around the corner for you.


Plans are being finalized for an official TCU watching party Sunday night in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for the BCS selection show. We'll keep you posted via e-mail and through our Web site with all the details. We hope you'll be able to join our football student-athletes and coaches on this special occasion.


Our marketing staff does a great job in making it possible for underprivileged kids to attend our sporting events through Project Purple. If you ever have any tickets that will go unused for one of our sporting events, please contact Julie May ( or 817-257-6658) in our marketing office. We'll make sure to find a good home for them.


We still have four suites available on the West grandstands of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Please contact associate athletics director Davis Babb ( or 817-257-5658) if you are interested in the purchase of a suite or have any questions.


Our on-line store has Mountain West Conference football championship apparel available. Make sure to stop by for a visit (


Our men's basketball team has improved to 5-2 with impressive back-to-back home wins over Houston and USC. We host Prairie View A&M tonight at 7 and then Northern Iowa, a Sweet 16 team a year ago, Saturday at 1 p.m. Our women`s team has a home game Thursday at 6:30 p.m. versus Houston.


Don't miss the final Gary Patterson Radio Show on Thursday at 6 p.m. from Railhead Smokehouse. We very much appreciate LegacyTexas Bank for this year's sponsorship.


Congratulations to volleyball players Christy Hudson and Irene Hester for being named All-Mountain West Conference. Christy is just the second volleyball player in our history to be a three-time all-conference selection. We closed the season with a victory over Big East member South Florida.


Speaking of All-Mountain West Conference teams, our football program saw 16 student-athletes recognized with Andy Dalton, Tank Carder and Jeremy Kerley being named Players of the Year. Tank was also a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.


We have so much to be proud of at TCU, and it's not just our football program. It is an absolute honor to serve our outstanding student-athletes and coaches. 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.

Go Frogs!

Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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