Dec. 18, 2013
We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! As a heads-up, the TCU campus will close on Monday at 2 p.m. through Jan. 1. All offices will reopen on Jan. 2.
We're very proud of our 446 student-athletes having an outstanding fall semester in the classroom. Nearly 50 percent posted a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Over 46 percent, including our entire rifle program, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Congratulations to our 31 student-athletes who received their degree this past weekend!
FROG CLUB GIVING
Please keep the Frog Club in mind if you need to make a charitable contribution for tax purposes or to renew your Frog Club membership before Dec. 31. As you know, the Frog Club raises funds to support student-athlete scholarships which are critical to the overall performance of our athletics programs. Every dollar contributed to the Frog Club makes a significant impact in the lives of our student-athletes. Please call the Frog Club office at (817) 257-7700 or you can make a gift online at the following link:
HOLIDAY HOOPS AND SANTA
Don't forget that we're offering $5 general admission tickets for all our men's and women's home basketball games over the holiday break, which extends to Jan. 8. Also, SuperFrog Santa will be making an appearance to take photos with children at the following games:
Thursday, Dec. 19, men vs. Grambling State, 7 p.m. (free TCU holiday magnet frame for the first 500 fans to take a photo with SuperFrog Santa)
Friday, Dec. 20, women vs. Sam Houston State, 5 p.m. (free TCU Christmas ballcaps to the first 200 fans)
Saturday, Dec. 21, men vs. Tulsa, 11 a.m. (free purple Santa hat to the first 500 fans)
BASEBALL TICKET REMINDER
If you haven't done so already, the deadline to renew your baseball season tickets is Jan. 10. The season opener is less than two months away on Feb. 14 when we host Jacksonville in the start of a three-game series at Lupton Stadium.
Congratulations to football's Jason Verrett on being a first-team Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American! Walter Camp is the nation's oldest and most prestigious All-America team. You can still see Jason and Casey Pachall, who both graduated last week, one last time in a TCU helmet. Both will play in All-Star Games next month. Jason has accepted an invitation to the Jan. 25 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., while Casey will be in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl on Jan. 11 in Charleston, S.C.
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER
Slow steps are being taken, but the rumor is true! I've joined the world of Twitter (@_delconte).
ON THE DOCKET
Beginning this evening, we have four straight days of home basketball games in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Both our men and women are off to 6-3 starts. The women host Abilene Christian tonight at 7 and then Sam Houston State on Friday at 5 p.m. The men welcome Grambling State to the DMC on Thursday at 7 p.m. before facing Tulsa on Saturday at 11 a.m.
BIG 12 CORNER
The Big 12 is ranked No. 1 in the nation in RPI for both men's and women's basketball. Six of the conference's 10 women's programs are in the top 27 of the RPI, while six men's teams are in the top 40.
MEET THE STAFF
We're glad to have Kyle Seay home at TCU. Kyle first came to us as a graduate assistant in media relations from 2006-08. After completing his master's degree here, his first full-time position in the field came at Oral Roberts. He served two years at ORU before moving on to the University of Houston. We were fortunate to bring Kyle back to the Horned Frogs in September as our assistant director of media relations. He works directly with our women's basketball and men's golf programs while assisting with football. The Boiling Springs, S.C., native is a graduate of Clemson. During his time as a GA with us, Kyle met his wife, Bryn, who is a TCU graduate.
SPANNING THE GLOBE
If there are photos of you or family and friends flashing the Horned Frogs hand sign or wearing TCU apparel from all points worldwide, please send them my way (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share.
NAME THE MOVIE QUOTE
Last Week's Answer: Legendary The Price is Right host Bob Barker, speaking to Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore, said "I can't believe you're a professional golfer. I think you should be working at the snack bar."
This Week's Quote: "Oh, and remember: next Friday... is Hawaiian shirt day."
The Ocean State University football student-athletes will receive rings for winning the Ocean Eleven Conference championship game. If any of the student-athletes want to exchange the ring for another item, is that permissible?
No. NCAA Staff Interpretation - 12/5/13 - Student-Athletes Selling Items Received for Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics (I) - states that a student-athlete may not sell or exchange for another item of value any item received for athletics participation.
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