Spring Frog Fest returns after year off

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    One TCU football event returned Saturday after a year-long hiatus because of construction on Amon G. Carter Stadium.

    The spring equipment sale, known this year as “Spring Frog Fest.,” was held on the lawn of the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center.

    A couple thousand fans turned out for the sale, Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations, said.

    Fans stood in long lines to purchase some of the merchandise offered by the official TCU Store. Merchandise included sweats, shoes, hats, polo shirts and jerseys.

    TCU Store employee LeAnn Sherwood said some items had been marked down as much as 50 percent.

    Jake Sanchez, a TCU fan, said he was disappointed that the event was cancelled last year, but understood why.

    Sanchez, who has attended the sale in the past, said he was making up for last year and admitted that he usually buys an abundance of merchandise.

    A live band, bounce houses, food and player autographs were also available for fans.

    One thing that Sanchez said stole the show was the unveiling of the new frog statue outside of Amon G. Carter Stadium.

    Steve Gray, Bill Shaddock and Ricky Stuart, the three donors responsible for the statue, were on hand for the dedication as well as the sculptor Paul Tadlock. Head coach Gary Patterson and Ross Bailey, associate athletic director, also attended the unveiling ceremonies.

    Patterson said he enjoyed the chance to get off the field, out of the office and enjoy the fans.

    "When we get a chance to unveil a frog that looks like he’s looking down on your opponent as you walk in the stadium and then to get a chance to see your fans one more time, is great," Patterson said.

    Patterson said that while it isn’t up to him, he sees the event continuing in the future.