Dec. 4, 2013
With final exams next week, tomorrow begins our “dead days” on campus. We wish all TCU students the very best on a successful close to the semester.
We very much appreciate the great atmosphere you provided at this past Saturday’s home football game with Baylor. Your support for our student-athletes and efforts with the Purple Out were truly noticed.
How about our men’s basketball program last week! They traveled 9,627 miles and posted a 3-1 record on its road trip to Washington State and the Great Alaska Shootout. We opened our travels with a 64-62 win over the Cougars in Pullman. Victories over host Alaska-Anchorage and Tulsa then moved us into the Great Alaska Shootout championship game against Harvard. Kyan Anderson and Amric Fields were named to the all-tournament team.
Congratulations to volleyball’s Yvonne Igodan on her selection to the All-Big 12 First Team. Ashley Smith, Yvonne’s teammate, was also recognized by the conference as the Big 12 Co-Rookie of the Week. Ashley was instrumental in last Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Kansas State.
With a combined 11 men’s and women’s home basketball games over the holiday break, we’ll be offering $5 general admission tickets for all contests between Dec. 15 and Jan. 8.
ON THE DOCKET
We look forward to seeing you tonight in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum as our women’s basketball program hosts Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. Men’s basketball is at Mississippi State Thursday night at 6. You can watch the game on ESPNU. Track and field opens its indoor season with a Saturday meet at Texas A&M.
BIG 12 CORNER
The Big 12 football champion will be decided on “Championship Saturday” with two top-25 matchups, marking the third time in as many years since round-robin play began that the Big 12 champion will be determined on the last week of the season. The Big 12 is the only BCS automatic-qualifying conference in which every team has at least one win in conference play.
MEET THE STAFF
Assistant athletic trainer Mike Baum joined the TCU Horned Frog family in July after a year internship with the New England Patriots. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Mike works directly with our football program. During his undergraduate days at Boston University, he assisted with the crosstown Boston College football team. While earning a master's degree from North Carolina, Mike was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Tar Heels’ 2011 men’s soccer national championship team. He also worked with the UNC football and track and field programs. Mike gained additional experience as an intern with the Buffalo Bills.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
I'm sure many of you recall that football letterman Reuben Vaughn ’00 traveled the great distance of nine miles from his home in southeast Fort Worth to the TCU campus in 1996. As a staple on our defensive line, Reuben was part of the 1998 team that beat USC in the Sun Bowl and the 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl championship squad. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Reuben began his coaching career with stops at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M and now Texas State, where he is the recruiting coordinator for the Bobcats. Reuben is married to the former Denise Childs and they have a four-year-old daughter, Morgan Camille.
SPANNING THE GLOBE
In this week’s edition of the TCU Nation flashing the Horned Frogs hand sign or wearing TCU apparel from all points worldwide, we have a great photo from Phillip Reeder. He was driving through New Mexico over Thanksgiving and came across the below image on the side of the road in Mescalero, N.M. Please continue to send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) images to share.
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: Steve Carell, during a painful scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, screamed, “Yooooooooow, Kelly Clarkson!"
This Week's Quote: "Nobody makes me bleed my own blood...nobody!"
Ocean State University (OSU) men's basketball student-athletes have the following schedule during the upcoming Christmas vacation period:
Required to remain on campus for practice until Dec. 15.
Permitted to go home from Dec. 15-22.
Return to campus Dec. 23 for holiday tournament.
There are two international student-athletes on the team who are unable to go home during the break, and the dorms will be closed during that time. Can OSU provide expenses for the international student-athletes to stay in a hotel from Dec. 15-22 while the team is not required to remain on campus?
Yes. An 11/21/2000 previously approved incidental expense waiver allowed an institution to provide expenses for meals and lodging for international student-athletes from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22. There were no members of the men's basketball team who resided within driving distance of the university and who could host the student-athlete during that time period.
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
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics