This year, AAF-Fort Worth will be presenting the TCU Football Program with their annual Dateline Award for bringing positive media attention to the Fort Worth Area.
As the 2009 season wore on, TCU garnered more attention for the Mountain West Conference and the Fort Worth community than any season since 1938 when Sammy Baugh led the HOrned Frogs to a National Championship win. Lee Corso, an ESPN College Gameday host, donned the HOrned Frog mask twice on national TV last fall, and names like Jerry Hughes and Andy Dalton were familiar to any well-versed college football fan. The Horned Frogs topped off their undefeated season with a first-ever invitation to a BCS bowl game, Tostito's Fiesta Bowl. Though it was a loss to Boise State, they finished the season ranked sixth in the nation.
TCU's MWC schedule won't be released until later this spring, but Head Coach Gary Patterson just announced the Horned Frogs' nonconference schedule on Monday. Two of the games will be againsts teams from BCS automatic-qualifying conferences. Also, the Horned Frogs will keep Fort Worth in the spotlight next year, as two of the four nonconference games will be syndicated nationally by ESPN.
Here is just one of the many highlights of TCU on ESPN last season:
About AAF-Fort Worth's Dateline Award:
The Dateline Award is given to a person, organization, or event that was successful in bringing positive national media attention to Fort Worth during the previous year. Previous Dateline Award recipients include celebrity the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Chef Tim Love, the North Texas Speedway, the Van Cliburn Competition and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.