Fox to spotlight watch party Sunday

Campus will be brimming with Horned Frog fever Sunday as the university is scheduled to hold its annual “Meet the Frogs,” in which fans will get to meet and receive autographs from their favorite players and afterward will be able to hear the team’s BCS bowl fate during the BCS Selection Sunday event at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. FOX is set to film footage of fan reactions inside the coliseum to air on the network’s BCS Selection Show.

“We’re honored FOX thought enough of the program to spotlight us in this manner,” said Mark Cohen, athletics media relations director.

Cohen said the large amount of fan support from the university and community support from Fort Worth aided FOX in choosing TCU to film for its show. The fact that the football team posted its first undefeated 12-0 season and will receive its first BCS bowl opportunity were also attractive to the station.

“Meet the Frogs” will be held in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and will include SuperFrog and members of the TCU spirit squad. Following the meet-and-greet, doors to the coliseum will open at 5 p.m. for BCS Selection Sunday festivities. Cohen said this “Meet the Frogs” is the same event that was postponed at the beginning of the semester due to fears about H1N1.

Fans who attend “Meet the Frogs” will receive a commemorative 2009 Mountain West Conference Championship poster, and children will have the chance to participate in a special field goal kick challenge and play on the practice field. Cohen said autographs are always popular features, and the event is a perfect segue into the viewing party event.

“It’s a great way to spend the day, to pay tribute and put TCU and Fort Worth in a positive light with a live network TV appearance,” Cohen said.

Concession stands in the coliseum will be open and will offer items for purchase, including MWC championship merchandise and clothing, Cohen said.

Although Cohen said he wasn’t sure how many people will show up for the events, Cohen said he was confident both events Sunday will have big crowds turning out because fans have set new attendance records at football games this year.

“It’s such a great way to celebrate the football team’s success,” Cohen said. “Plus, we have the attraction of being a live TV audience.”