Notes On A Scorecard
Feb. 22, 2012
NEW LOOK COMING
TCU is fulfilling its ambitious vision for the future through our long-term relationship with the world's most innovative brand, Nike. We have enlisted their branding, product and design talent to help us achieve our goals to continue to transform TCU into a world-class institution. One piece of this is powerful and unique branding that's consistent across all athletics and allows us to respect the past and represent the bright future of TCU. Much like we saw a few weeks ago when a "leaked" version of our football schedule made the rounds and wound up being different than our actual slate, we are in ongoing discussions with Nike and nothing has been finalized in regards to a new logo.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS AVAILABLE SEPT. 1
I've received several questions on when single-game tickets will be available for the coming football season. That day will be Sept. 1. The prices for reserved seats are as follows: Grambling State and Virginia will be $45, Iowa State is $50, Kansas State and Texas Tech $60 and Oklahoma $65. Group tickets will not be available until July 1 at the earliest. However, group tickets are not available for the Texas Tech, Kansas State and Oklahoma games.
FOOTBALL ROAD GAME TICKETS
To be eligible to order and receive tickets to road football games next season, you must be a 2012 season-ticket holder. There will be a limit of four tickets per season ticket account and requests for road games may be made at the same time season tickets are purchased. There is no guarantee all requests will be filled. We will try to accommodate as many requests as possible with all requests and allocation based on your rank in the Horned Frog Priority Points System.
Be on the lookout next week for mailers coming your way regarding the Amon G. Carter Stadium reseating process as well as donor parking for this coming football season.
BACK TO THE FIELD
Football season is once again here as Gary Patterson'ssquad will return to the field Friday at 4 p.m. for the first of 15 spring practices.
These are exciting times on the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Steel arrives on site at the end of this week and will start flying on Monday, meaning we will officially be "going vertical" at that time. Over on the west side, glass is being installed throughout the club and suite level. The locker room, equipment room and sports medicine makeover in the Walsh Complex continues on schedule. Some framing has started on the locker room along with installing all the mechanical aspects, air conditioning ducts, plumbing, etc.
How about the atmosphere at Lupton Stadium for this past weekend's season-opening series versus Ole Miss! Our average of 5,207 fans per game ranks first nationally among private schools and seventh overall. Friday's season-opening attendance of 5,912 was second all-time at TCU, behind only last year's opening day crowd of 6,099 versus Kansas. Included in Friday's total was 1,958 students. On behalf of head coach Jim Schlossnagle, his staff and the student-athletes in our baseball program, we sincerely thank everyone for their support.
Congratulations to head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin, assistant coach Lori Sutherland and our women's golf program on their championship at the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla. We trailed by two strokes entering the final round and beat three top-10 teams in the process. It's our 14th tournament title under Angie, our third-longest tenured head coach behind only Richard Sybesma (swimming and diving) and Bill Montigel(men's golf).
MAKING A BIG SPLASH
With the Mountain West not sponsoring men's swimming and diving this season, our program went to Houston this past weekend and competed in the Conference USA Invitational. We turned in one of our strongest performances in school history, setting 10 school records and notching 18 NCAA "B" qualification standards. Edgar Crespoearned Swimmer of the Meet honors after winning the 100-breast and 200-breast.
ON THE DOCKET
We hope to see you at tonight's 6:30 home women's basketball game versus Air Force. Our men, meanwhile, are at Air Force this evening before hosting another ranked team in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum when No. 18 and Mountain West leader New Mexico comes here Saturday at 6 p.m. The Lobos are one of three MW teams ranked in the top 25. Our women's swimming and diving program as well as men's and women's indoor track and field travel to conference championships this week, and our baseball team heads to Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series. Men's tennis is at Texas A&M Friday, while our women's team will host the Aggies Monday at 5:30 p.m. Equestrian is at New Mexico State Saturday, and men's golf begins play Sunday in a tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.
Our next online chat on GoFrogs.com will be Thursday at 3:30 p.m. CST. Please visit our website now to submit your questions in advance.
1. Only TCU coaches and athletics department staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process. Alumni, friends and other representatives of athletics interest who are not employed by the University are not permitted to contact a prospective student-athlete (or members of his/her family) via letter, telephone or in-person (on or off-campus) for the purpose of soliciting their participation in our athletics program. For recruiting purposes, TCU faculty members are permitted to engage in in-person contact with prospects, but only on the University campus.
2. A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after he/she signs a National Letter of Intent or financial aid agreement to attend the University. The prospect does not lose his/her prospect status until the start of classes at TCU or the beginning of official team practice, whichever occurs first.
3. Do not do anything for a prospective student-athlete or a current student-athlete without specific authorization from the TCU Athletics Department.
4. The prohibition of contact with a prospective student-athlete is not intended to relate to unavoidable incidental contacts with prospects by representatives of athletics interests. It is understood that a representative of athletics interests may from time to time have contact with a prospective student-athlete and/or their family members. Such contact is permissible so long as it involves normal civility. For instance, if you meet a prospective student-athlete during your normal course of business or social activity, there is no violation so long as you do not discuss TCU athletics. If you are attending an alumni event or athletics event and you find yourself speaking with the parents of a prospect, do not discuss the athletics program and excuse yourself from the discussion in an appropriate manner.
5. If a student-athlete accepts any extra-benefits based on his/her status as an athlete or because of athletics ability, the student-athlete will lose all eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics.
6. Representatives of athletics interests are reminded that the NCAA rules regarding student-athletes remain in effect throughout the entire calendar year, including the summer vacation 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