TCU Vandalism Lines Ford Stadium

March 2, 2011  

By E’Lyn Taylor and Aida Ahmed
ejtaylor@smu.edu, aahmed@smu.edu

TCU vandalism spray painted in the breeze way of SMU Ford Stadium facing the Morrison Bell Track. (PHOTO BY E'LYN TAYLOR / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

UPDATE 3:23 P.M. SMU spokesman Kent Best told the Daily Mustang that a total of 15 to 16 sections inside the stadium were vandalized, as well as an SMU golf cart. He confirmed that there are cameras outside the stadium but after SMU Police checked the footage, they found that the vandalism was not caught on tape. Police say there are still no leads but that they will be watching the area very carefully.

UPDATE 10:20 P.M. SMU Police logged the incident in their daily report log on Feb. 28 stating that a staff member reported spray paint on walls inside gate four. The incident occurred some time over the weekend.

Could some Texas Christian University fans be out for revenge this week?

Orange spray paint graffiti with messages of “TCU” and “TCU Frogs” covers a significant portion of the breezeway of Ford Stadium. The messages cover doors, an ice machine and the pavement inside the stadium. The initials “C.J. & T.M” are also spray painted on the walls of the breezeways. The vandalism starts at the visitor main entrance to the stadium and continues on to the Loyd All-Sports Center.

There is no information on when and how the culprits vandalized the stadium, but one student athlete said he saw the vandalism Tuesday.

Andrew Ward, the assistant director of Facilities and Operations for the SMU Mustangs, said they are looking into the incident.

“The vandalism is under investigation and we are getting people to come clean it up soon,” Ward said.

This is not the first football vandalism incident between the two schools. A large ‘M’ sat on the TCU home field several years back.

SMU spokesman Kent Best said that the last incident of TCU vandalism was in 2007, when someone spray painted ‘TCU’ around Ford Stadium.

SMU Police Chief Rick Shafer could not be reached for comment.

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Comments

10 Responses to “TCU Vandalism Lines Ford Stadium”

  1. John Worsham on March 2nd, 2011 11:49 pm

    Looks like high school stuff to me, not TCU.

  2. MrMustang1965 on March 3rd, 2011 1:42 am

    Dumb Froggies! Orange paint? LOL If you’re gonna vandalize a rival school’s property at least use your school color! Wanna be Teasips! LOL

  3. Kinger on March 3rd, 2011 9:04 am

    I agree that it’s probably a middle schooler who can’t think of anything clever to tag. Why would a TCU student be doing this now? It’s not the week of the big game; heck, it’s not even football season. You’d think TCU kids would use purple, and let’s be honest, why does TCU need “revenge” on SMU?? TCU just won the Rose Bowl, they don’t really care about SMU. By the way, the SMU band prank on the TCU field was pretty genius! This is pretty lame.

  4. John Frog on March 3rd, 2011 11:43 am

    I can’t really see any fellow frogs doing this. Then again there are a bunch of idiots out there. What was the SMU band prank?

  5. Chris on March 3rd, 2011 11:57 am

    Awe man, c’mon. That busch leauge Texas Tech stuff man.

  6. Porter on March 3rd, 2011 12:21 pm

    If SMU cannot make a profit from this, they wont care. If there is no one to be fined, there will be no investigation. I do not understand how vandalism is running rampant on campus, there are several SMU “Police” squad cars that burn gas 24 hours a day looking for people to harass and fines they can place.

  7. B on March 3rd, 2011 1:05 pm

    In any case, I’m a fellow Horned Frog and am not happy that anyone would use TCU’s name for petty vandalism like that, whether they be from our university or not (as it seems in this case).

    As far as a couple of previous pranks that was asked about, the SMU band dropped rye grass seen onto TCU’s field while in their “M” formation in 1999, and then someone in 2007 used weed killer to spell Pony [up arrow] on the football field. While pretty clever, I dont know about the extent of damages and costs incurred by these and other pranks, and I hope that everyone would stay away from any vandalism in general. Let’s keep the rivalry classy – see you on the football field. Go Frogs.

  8. Taylor Baker on March 3rd, 2011 1:16 pm

    No way this was done by anyone affiliated with TCU. Most likely some HP middle school or high school kids looking to stir up some trouble.

  9. Lee on March 4th, 2011 10:58 am

    TCU fans are the (…) New Orleans Saints fans of college football. Wait until they have another losing season and their stadium will empty. (…) I hate that school.

  10. SG on March 6th, 2011 12:55 am

    As a TCU alum I am proud of my Frogs! I have friends who attended SMU and would not want anything like this to happen to there campus. Both schools have a wonderful campus and damage like this is unacceptable on either of them.

    If I had to guess it would be board teenagers who are stupid enough to leave there initials on the wall and use orange paint. Everyone knows a true Frog – would have used Purple!!!