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GoFrogs: From The Desk of #ADJD

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    GoFrogs: From The Desk of #ADJD

    Dear Horned Frogs Fans:

    For the first time since 1972, our football program heads to the state of Indiana. With so many of our students and alumni from the Midwest, including the nearby Chicago and Indianapolis areas, we're looking forward to seeing a good bit of purple at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium.

    If you can't make the game, it will be televised on Big Ten Network (BTN) which is Channel 610 on DIRECTV and Channel 405 on DISH Network. If you have regular cable, just check your local listings. It's also available on the FOX Sports Go app. Like they do for all our games, the TCU Alumni Office has organized watching parties around the country. CLICK HERE for a complete list of where to find one near you.

    We were pleased with our crowd, especially the students, at our season-opening football game. With our new video board and the introduction of beer sales among the highlights, it was exciting to bring you an enhanced game-day atmosphere and fan experience. Like any coach will say, we do know there's room for improvement.

    Among the changes you'll see for our September 21 SMU game, and the remainder of the season, will be two student gates open on the east side of the stadium. Due to construction, we had to reduce the student entrance to one gate this past Saturday. The two gates for students will be the same setup we had prior to construction. We do encourage students, as well as all fans, to arrive early to avoid potentially long lines at the gates that occur close to kickoff. Fans with tickets will need to enter Gates 6 or 10 on the east side or any gate on the west side.

    We very much appreciate our donors for their support in the debut of our new Frogs Helping Frogs program at the season-opening football game. To assist those affected by the delay on the east side expansion project, season-ticket holders in premium areas, like the Champions Club, provide unused tickets to east side donors. All told, there were 120 seats repurposed! For more information on this project and to assist with future games, please contact our Frog Club office at 817-257-7700.

    In case you missed it, our next home game versus SMU on September 21 has been set by the Big 12 Conference and our television partners as a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

    WinStar World Casino has been a phenomenal corporate partner for us, and the relationship has been strengthened even further with WinStar becoming the presenting sponsor of our new east side Legends Club.

    A special thank you to WinStar general manager Jack Parkinson for making this possible. The Legends Club presented by WinStar will be a world-class facility. In addition to home football games next fall, it will be used year-round for internal functions, community events, conferences, weddings and more.

    While you know about our football win, please take note of our soccer, volleyball and cross country programs. Under the leadership of head coach Eric Bell, soccer has climbed to a No. 17 appearance in this week's United Soccer Coaches Poll. It's our highest ranking in program history. We have won five straight matches, the latest being a 3-2 victory over Ohio State. Our next home contest is Sunday at 1 p.m. versus Washington.

    Head coach Jill Kramer's volleyball program opened with a 3-0 record after winning the Cowtown Classic. Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year Audrey Nalls was named Most Valuable Player. Women's cross country runner Mariah Castillo became the first Horned Frog to place first in a 5K since 2012 when she crossed the finish line first at the Ken Garland Invitational in Denton. Additionally, equestrian will enter this season with a No. 8 national ranking.

    Our student-athletes are also off to a great start when it comes to recognition. After our opening football win, the Big 12 named Garret Wallow as its Defensive Player of the Week with Jonathan Song the Special Teams Player of the Week. Garret had a career-high 13 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss with a sack. Jonathan's five field goals were one shy of TCU and Big 12 records.

    We've had back-to-back Big 12 Newcomer of the Week recipients in soccer with Gracie Brian and Grace Collins. Gracie had our game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at No. 25 SMU as well as two goals in a 6-0 victory over Sam Houston State. Grace had goals in wins last week over Little Rock and Ohio State. Emily Alvarado earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after being in goal for the shutouts over SHSU and SMU.

    Hayden Springer, our Big 12 individual champion, will make his first PGA Tour start today at 12:55 p.m. when he tees off on the No. 10 hole at a Military Tribute at The Greenbrier at Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Hayden earned an exemption to the event after winning the Big 12 Championship on that same course in April.

    Congratulations to Associate Athletics Director Mark Cohen who was nominated for TCU's prestigious Wassenich Award for Mentoring. Mark was recognized at Tuesday's Fall Convocation as one of four finalists of 49 nominees. A group of student interns in the communications office nominated Mark for his role in serving as a positive role model and mentor and also to show their appreciation for the impact he has had on their lives.

    One of my favorite traditions is our annual Welcome Back BBQ with all 500-plus student-athletes joining in a celebration of a new athletics season. A shout out to Desmond Bane from men's basketball for being our featured speaker. CLICK HERE for a look back at the evening.

    In case you missed it, we have a Big 12 Mini Plan available for our final three home football games. For just $150, you can secure your seats when Texas, Baylor and West Virginia come to Amon G. Carter Stadium. We also now have single-game tickets available.

    Basketball upgrades for returning season-ticket holders will begin Monday, September 16. Look for an email on Friday, September 13, with your priority selection date and time.

    Please mark your calendar for Thursday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. as we host our annual TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame induction dinner in the Brown-Lupton University Union. This year's class features Shannon Brazzell (football), Matt Carpenter (baseball), Tony Jeffery (football), Jill Sutton-Dodd (women's basketball), Brooke Tull (women's golf) and Phil Turner (baseball). For more information on attending, CLICK HERE.

    This fall will mark the 41st year of the Horned Frog Classic, presented by Greenwood Office Outfitters. The signature Frog Club event provides scholarship support for our 500+ student-athletes. This year's event will take place Monday, October 7, at Colonial Country Club. CLICK HERE to register.

    It was great to have over 60 of our former men's basketball players back on campus for a reunion this weekend. The festivities included a dinner at Fred's Texas Café, an outing to Top Golf, alumni game and 3-point shooting contest. David Preston '91 was our top scorer in the alumni game with 16 points, while Nile Murry '06 defeated Junior Blount '03 to win the 3-point competition.

    If you're on the road to West Lafayette, Indiana, this weekend, or perhaps Ames, Manhattan, Stillwater, Lubbock or Norman later this season, keep an eye out for our new football equipment truck and trailer. We appreciate the efforts of Lonestar Truck Group in making this happen for us. It's a smooth-looking ride!

    This month's Fist Bump goes to Chris Salters.

    Chris provided further illustration in how once you're a Frog, you're always a Frog. Our former director of athletics video production, Chris has a particular skillset when it comes to video board operation. He was a behind-the-scenes star in helping us transition to our new board and having it ready for its smashing debut in our football opener.

    Fifteen of our 19 active NFL players earned their TCU degree. That's 78.9 percent!

    Whether it's through email (AthleticsDirector@tcu.edu), Twitter (@JDonati_TCU) or Instagram (JDonati_TCU), please feel free to always share feedback on our athletics program, experiences at home events or if we can ever be of assistance.

    Go Frogs!

    Jeremiah Donati, J.D.
    Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
  2. “We were pleased with our crowd, especially the students, at our season-opening football game.“

    Wonder what the goal was for attendance against UAPB?

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