Notes On A Scorecard
Feb. 29, 2012
Congratulations are most definitely in order for Sarah Scherer, from our top-ranked and undefeated rifle program, on qualifying for the United States Olympic Rifle Team. Sarah is also exceptional in the classroom and truly personifies the term student-athlete. We are very proud of Sarah and know she will represent TCU and Fort Worth very well in London this summer.
KEY AN EYE ON THE MAILBOX
Frog Club donors who had football parking in the 2011 season should be receiving renewal details for 2012 parking within the next few days, if not already. A letter, brochure and response form were mailed this week. The packet should answer all of your questions. However, feel free to call the Frog Club office at (817) 257-7700 should you need additional information. The deadline to request parking and make your Frog Club gift is March 30. If you have not had donor parking in the past but are interested for 2012, please also call our Frog Club office or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Despite having to reconfigure some of the lots due to stadium construction, we are excited to offer more parking options than ever before at TCU.
Next week, all of our loyal 2011 season-ticket holders will receive a packet of information explaining the procedures concerning 2012 seat selection. You will see a specific date and time assigned to you as well as your requested form of selection - online, in person or by phone. Seat selection will be based on the Horned Frog Priority Points System and begin on Monday, March 12. If you have any questions, please call the Athletics Ticket Office at (817) 257-SEAT (7328).
BIG WEEK FOR CONSTRUCTION
Amon G. Carter Stadium's east side has officially "gone vertical" with the installation of the first set of steel raker beams working from the north to the south. The Walsh Complex concrete floor foundation pours on Friday. This signifies that all of the in-ground mechanical plumbing work is completed and hits a milestone that keeps the project on time and moving forward for our football locker room, sports medicine center and equipment room to be ready by the start of camp in August.
Congratulations to our women's indoor track and field team on its Mountain West Championship! We also have individual champions in Whitney Gipson (women's long jump), Orlene Parris (women's high jump), Chaniqua Corinealdi (women's 60 meters and 200 meters), Charles Silmon (men's 60 meters & 200 meters) and Cameron Tabor (men's shot put). Special recognition also goes to head coach Darryl Anderson on being named the MW Coach of the Year for the third time in five seasons, twice with the women and once with the men. If you'd like to share in the excitement of our MW title, you can purchase a commemorative shirt through our online store at the following LINK.
As you know, our radio crew is the best in the business and it's great to see Brian Estridge, John Denton and Jeff Williams recognized once again by their peers in the Texas Associated Press. Our Voices of the Frogs have been awarded the state's best play-by-play call for their work on our 36-35 football win at Boise State.
STORMING THE COURT
We very much appreciate all of you for providing our men's basketball program with a true home-court advantage this season. Saturday's 83-64 win over No. 18 New Mexico, our second straight home victory over a ranked team, had Daniel-Meyer Coliseum rocking. It was great to have it loud in there, and our student-athletes truly fed off the energy you provided. It was outstanding to see the student section stretch all the way into the top level of the DMC and, of course, the excitement from everyone when they rushed the court to celebrate the victory. We only have one home game left this season, and it's another ranked team coming in as No. 21 San Diego State will be here Saturday at 6 p.m. It's also Senior Night. The seniors and our entire men's basketball program, in appreciation of a great year that has us competing for a Mountain West title, are truly deserving of a packed house. Let's try to sell out the DMC and send seniors J.R. Cadot, Hank Thorns and Craig Williams off in style.
SPRING SALE POSTPONED
Because of all the construction in Amon G. Carter Stadium and the Walsh Complex, as well as temporary housing quarters for our equipment operation, we apologize that there will not be a Spring Sale of TCU apparel and gear this year. We know this has annually been a popular shopping day for many of you. We do look forward to bringing the sale back next spring.
UP FOR BID
We have "Baseball Experience" packages up for auction on our website at the following LINK. Each experience includes tickets to the game as well as apparel, a meet and greet with the team, autographed items, a parking pass and much more. There are over 15 packages to bid on this week with the auction ending Sunday, so be sure to bid early and keep an eye out for your top choices. Each week throughout the season, there will be a different opportunity to bid on a number of experience packages.
ON THE DOCKET
It's another busy week with roughly half our sports in action, beginning tonight at 5:30 with a women's tennis home match versus UTA. Free pizza will be on hand for all those at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. Our women will also be home Saturday at noon versus Princeton, while our men's tennis team hosts Arizona Friday at 5:30 p.m. before facing Texas in Austin on Sunday. Baseball has a Big 12 preview this weekend as it hosts Oklahoma State in a three-game series at Lupton Stadium. Friday's game is at 6:30 p.m. with first pitch at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. It's the first of seven straight home games against future Big 12 opponents. Rounding out our home slate is equestrian as it welcomes South Dakota State to October Hill Farm in Hudson Oaks. Women's golf, recognized as Golfweek's Team of the Week, will look for a second straight tournament title when it heads to Columbia, S.C., this weekend to compete in the Darius Rucker Invitational. Our swimming and diving and track and field programs will also be in action with limited squads in individual competition.
The NCAA allows a student-athlete to be employed as long as the four basic rules of student-athlete employment are followed: 1.) Student-athletes must only be paid for work actually performed, meaning you can't be paid if you don't work. 2.) Student-athletes may only get paid at the going rate of pay for that job. 3.) Student-athletes may not use their reputation as an athlete to benefit the employer, meaning you can't be hired because of your athletic ability or reputation. 4.) Student-athletes cannot promote a commercial product or service. Remember to always ask before you act! Please contact our NCAA Compliance office at 817-257-7525 with any questions.
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