Notes On A Scorecard
May 30, 2012
BIG 12 MEETINGS
Greetings from Kansas City! I'm here at the Big 12 meetings with my colleagues from across our future conference home. We've gathered to discuss items relevant to our league. It's great to see the camaraderie shared by everyone and the genuine excitement for the Horned Frogs' entrance into the Big 12 effective July 1.
PRIORITY POINTS DEADLINE
As a reminder, TCU's fiscal year ends Thursday. This date is especially important because that's when we annually re-calculate Horned Frog Priority Points and rankings. If you haven't done so already, this is a great opportunity to make a parking gift. This will enable you to improve your June 1, 2012 priority points ranking that will not only affect road and bowl game ticket allocation for the upcoming football season, but also impact 2013 football seating at Amon G. Carter Stadium. All requests for seating upgrades during the season ticket renewal period will be based on your priority points system ranking. Please make sure your gifts are in before Thursday's deadline and call the Frog Club office at (817) 257-7700 if you have any questions.
PROMO MATERIALS COMING
Be on the lookout soon for our football poster, trading cards and other promotional elements for the 2012 season. You might have even noticed the first wave of our bus wraps that are making the rounds in Fort Worth.
COLLEGE STATION BOUND
Congratulations to our baseball program on its ninth straight trip to the postseason! We'll begin play Friday at 12:35 p.m. as a No. 2 seed versus No. 3 Ole Miss at the College Station Regional. Host and top-seed Texas A&M and No. 4 Dayton round out the field. If you can't make the trip to College Station, all the games will be televised online on ESPN3 as well as being carried on KTCU 88.7 FM.
HITTING THE LINKS
Our men's golf program began play Tuesday at the NCAA Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. It's our third trip in the last four years to the national tourney. All the action can be followed online at http://www.ncaa.com/content/di-mens-golf-team-leaderboard.
As the popularity of social networking websites continues to climb, so does the potential for a violation of NCAA legislation. While it is permissible for coaches to communicate with prospects via social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), it is not permissible for coaches to publicize the recruitment of a particular prospect. For example, a coach may not post the names of prospects they are recruiting on a social networking website. In addition, it is not permissible for a coach to publicize a prospect's visit to campus. For example, it would not be permissible to post the following message on a coach's Twitter page: "Our top recruit, Free Throw, was on campus this weekend." NCAA legislation does allow coaches to communicate with prospects via the e-mail feature of the social networking website, provided the message is sent only between the coach and the prospect, not for public viewing. Communication with a prospect that can be seen by the public (e.g., Twitter "@replies" or message boards) is impermissible and constitutes an impermissible form of electronic communication with a prospect. While it is permissible for coaches to communicate with prospects via social networking websites, boosters may not contact a prospect via any means of communication (e.g., social networking websites, chat rooms, message boards, blogs). Boosters may not initiate contact with a prospect for any reason (e.g., encourage prospect to attend a specific institution, encourage prospect to take a recruiting visit to campus). Impermissible contact with a prospect by a booster would result in a NCAA violation and could impact the booster's relationship with the institution.
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