Dec. 12, 2012
HITTING THE BOOKS
It's final exam week on campus. Best wishes to our student-athletes and all students on campus as they hit the books.
Great seats are still available for our Dec. 29 trip to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., versus Michigan State! Ticket purchases can be made here. Because this is our first bowl appearance as a member of the Big 12, it is critical that we make a good showing in Tempe. Ticket sales for this game will undoubtedly influence possible future appearances in other destination games such as the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Alamo Bowl and Holiday Bowl. If you cannot attend the game, please consider supporting our football program by purchasing tickets and donating them to "Project Purple," which identifies underprivileged youth in the Phoenix area and provides them and their families an opportunity to attend the game and cheer on the Frogs. Please call the TCU Athletics Ticket Office for more details at (817) 257-FROG (3764).
Per this article there's been a national trend of decreased attendance in college football. However, the entire TCU and Fort Worth communities can take pride in TCU ranking first nationally for the largest attendance increase by a BCS automatic-qualifying school this year. Our season average of 46,047 increased 37 percent over last year and was 104.6 percent of capacity at the new Amon G. Carter Stadium.
BIG 12 BASKETBALL TICKETS AVAILABLE
Beginning tomorrow, Dec. 13, season-ticket holders and Frog Club members can purchase single-game tickets for our men's and women's Big 12 home basketball contests. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to have access to these tickets before they are available to the general public. We want the DMC packed with Horned Frog fans for our first season in the Big 12. There will be a maximum limit of six tickets per account per game. Our men open Big 12 play at home on Jan. 5 versus Texas Tech, while the women face defending national champion Baylor on Jan. 2.
NEW MOBILE APP AVAILABLE
We're excited to announce that GoFrogs.com has a new mobile application for iOS and Android devices. For more information, please visit here.
Jason Verrett from our football program has had an outstanding season. TCU is proud to see him recognized with All-America honors from the Associated Press, SI.com and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Jason will represent TCU next month in New Haven, Conn., at the prestigious Walter Camp All-America weekend.
ON THE DOCKET
With final exams here, it's a quiet week on the athletics front. Our men's and women's swimming and diving programs resume competition Saturday at the San Antonio Classic. We'll then begin a stretch of three home basketball games in four days. Our women host Sam Houston State on Sunday at 2 p.m. and No. 6 Georgia on Wednesday night at 7. The men welcome Southern on Tuesday with an 8 p.m. tip.
MEET THE STAFF
Jason Jones has arguably seen as many TCU athletics events in recent years as anyone. Since arriving on campus in Fall 2002, Jason has worked his way up from an undergraduate student assistant to graduate assistant and now assistant director of equipment services. Jason is one of our many tireless workers behind the scenes. A native of Decatur, Texas, Jason works with our football program and is the direct contact for our baseball, soccer, track and field, rifle and equestrian teams. He is also part of a true TCU family. His mom, Gail, is a TCU graduate and younger sister, Jennifer, is currently a student on campus.
SPANNING THE GLOBE
This week's edition of TCU supporters flashing the Horned Frog sign and apparel from all points worldwide comes from Jon Wilcox `75. Jon and his wife, Susan, are seen in Iguazú Falls, Argentina, in October. As loyal Horned Frogs, they planned their trip to South America around home football games. They wanted to make sure they didn't miss any of the action at the new Amon G. Carter Stadium. Please continue to send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your images. These are fun to share.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
I'm sure many of you remember Royal West, a four-year letterman (1991-94) and two-time All-Southwest Conference defensive tackle for the Horned Frogs. After graduation, Royal stayed in Fort Worth and now works for Morrison Supply as a regional sales manager. He and his wife, April, have four boys and live in Keller. Royal is pictured below with his youngest son, Colton, enjoying TCU's victory over Texas on Thanksgiving night.
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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