Notes On A Scorecard
Feb. 15, 2012
I expect our student-athletes to serve as ambassadors for the university and will not tolerate behavior that reflects poorly on TCU, the athletics department, our teams or other student-athletes within the department. We educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community and it is disappointing to me, personally, when they fall far short of these goals.
We have an excellent athletics program at TCU and an indicator of that excellence is the fact that we will not tolerate criminal conduct among our student-athletes.
Our student-athletes are a microcosm of society and unfortunately that means some of our players reflect a culture that glorifies drugs and drug use. That mindset is not reflected by TCU nor will it be allowed within athletics.
Congratulations to the student-athletes in our men's basketball program, head coach Jim Christian and his staff on a memorable Valentine's Day in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Tuesday night. A special "shout out" as well to all the students in the crowd. You made a huge difference throughout the game and played a big part, just like Hank Thorns, in our win over UNLV. I loved the storming of the court! To be down 18 points to the No. 11 team in the nation and rally for a 102-97 overtime win says a lot about the character of our young men. We're now 5-4 in the Mountain West, a league that ranks fifth overall in conference RPI and ahead of the ACC and Pac-12. Congratulations again to everyone involved in our men's basketball program. You made TCU proud!
KEEPING THEM FED
Men's basketball coach Jim Christian went above the call of duty in providing the complimentary Chicken Express meal to our students at Tuesday night's game with UNLV. TCU and Chicken Express have become synonymous with each other, and we truly value our relationship.
FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
There was definitely a lot of excitement with Tuesday's announcement of our first-ever Big 12 football schedule. Our debut in the league will be Sept. 15 at Kansas. The historic first Big 12 home game at Amon G. Carter Stadium will be Oct. 6 versus Iowa State. Please click HERE to see our complete 2012 schedule.
HOW ABOUT A BRICK
Horned Frog fans have the unique opportunity to cement their legacy in the newly renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium. For just $125, you can purchase a personally engraved brick that will be installed at "Frog Alley" as part of the east side project. To make this even more attractive, $100 of the order is a tax-deductible gift to the TCU Frog Club. It serves as one's membership dues and, as always, earns valuable Horned Frog Priority Points. To order a brick, please click HERE. For more information or questions regarding the Amon G. Carter Stadium Legacy Brick Program, please contact Michael Levy in our Frog Club office at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 257-7739.
Across the board in our department, whether it be in the administrative, coaching or support staff areas, we are always looking at ways to get better. One of the best avenues is benchmarking our peers. Our marketing staff, which does an outstanding job, recently traveled to men's basketball games at Oklahoma and Baylor to observe the game-day operation. It was most beneficial and we very much appreciate the friendship and camaraderie among our soon-to-be Big 12 brethren.
DONOR PARKING UPDATE
Renewal information will soon be sent to those who had parking spots last year. If you did not have a spot but are interested in parking for this season, please call the TCU Frog Club at (817) 257-7700. You will be added to our waiting list. Once renewals are fulfilled, we will accommodate new requests.
FROM THE HARD HATS
We continue to make great progress on the renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium. We are now framing up the west side suites and club area. East side beam work continues with steel expected in early March. At that point, you'll start to see the upper deck taking shape.
COODY CLASSIC NEARING
This year's Charles Coody Classic, honoring our 1971 Masters champion, will be held March 30 at Texas Star Golf Club. This annual tradition is one of our more popular fundraising events of the year. Player spots and sponsorship packages remain available. For more information, please contact our Frog Club office at (817) 257-7700 or click HERE for an event brochure.
TALKIN' TCU BASEBALL
Talkin' TCU Baseball with Jim Schlossnagle debuts next Monday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. from Buffalo Bros on the TCU Sports Network from IMG. Longtime Horned Frog color analyst and director of major gifts John Denton will host the one-hour show which features the head coach of the Horned Frogs as well as TCU players and special guests. Talkin' TCU Baseball can be heard locally on KTCU-FM 88.7 and on GoFrogs.com.
ON THE DOCKET
This is an extremely busy time with most of our sports in season and competing over the next couple of days. Our women's basketball team is at UNLV tonight, while our men's swimming and diving program is competing in Houston. Our No. 1-ranked rifle team is home Thursday for Air Force as well as Saturday for an NCAA Qualifier. Baseball season officially arrives Friday night at 6:30 as our 10th-ranked Horned Frogs host No. 22 Ole Miss in a three-game series at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is 2 p.m. Saturday and then 1 p.m. Sunday. We actually have four sports in action at home at the same time on Saturday. In addition to baseball and rifle, women's basketball faces Boise State at noon in the DMC with men's tennis taking on Wichita State at 1 p.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Men's basketball will be at Boise State Saturday at 3 p.m. CST on The Mtn. Equestrian will be competing in a tournament at Fresno State, while our women's tennis team travels to Oklahoma Sunday.
Over the past several years, social media has continued to become more and more popular and prevalent in our daily lives. While the NCAA rules do not specifically address Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media technology by name, there are regulations currently in place which do govern the actions of not only a member institution's coaching staff, but also the actions of their boosters.
Coaches and institutional staff members are permitted to "friend" or "follow" a prospective student-athlete via social media in certain instances, and they may also communicate with prospects using the private messaging functions so long as this is done in accordance with the rules that permit an institution to send general correspondence to a prospect via other forms of communication (e.g. regular mail or fax). Additionally, communicating with a prospect publicly on his or her wall, commenting on a post or "liking" a post remains impermissible until the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent or an institution's written offer of admission and/or financial aid.
There are also NCAA regulations that govern boosters and their use of social networking websites when it comes to prospective student-athletes. It is NEVER permissible for a booster to initiate contact with a prospective student-athlete via the "friend" or "follow" functions on social media websites. Additionally, it is not permissible for a booster to post a comment on a prospective student-athlete's Twitter or Facebook page until he or she is no longer a prospective student-athlete. It has always been impermissible for boosters to engage in any contact or type of correspondence or communication with prospective student-athletes until they either officially report to campus for pre-season practice or until they enroll and attend classes at the particular institution (the sports of cross country, football, soccer and volleyball report to campus for pre-season practice prior to the start of classes for the fall semester). Once either of those events takes place, the prospective student-athlete is no longer a prospect, he or she then becomes a student-athlete.
The world of social media is ever-changing and extremely difficult to monitor so we ask for the supporters of TCU Athletics to remain vigilant and report any potential violations of these regulations to the Compliance office. We invite your questions, concerns and comments regarding the NCAA rules and regulations, as they can be complex and confusing at times. As always, ASK BEFORE YOU ACT!
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