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Report: Big East interest in TCU

Posted on: September 28, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 10:07 pm
 

Citing anonymous sources, the New York Post is reporting that the Big East is interested in adding TCU.

Forget the geographic ramifications. TCU plays in the Mountain West Conference, but is nowhere near mountains in the west. The Big East is probably willing to do anything, including adding a school from Texas, to keep itself relevant. The names of Temple and Villanova have already been tossed around as future additions, at least in football.

That said, I guess this makes some sort of sense if the Big East believes it can add a market in Dallas-Fort Worth. TCU basketball is, at best, struggling. Both entities, TCU and the Big East, would be desperate to have access to an automatic BCS bowl berth in the future. That would be a heck of commute, though, for the Rutgers volleyball team.

TCU coach Gary Patterson said via text he was "surprised" at the report. A message left for TCU AD Chris Del Conte was not immediately returned.

Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2010 11:44 am
 

Report: Big East interest in TCU

I agree completely when you talk of SMU and TCU as basically being cross-town rivals.  I also find it difficult to consider Marshall-WVU as a rivalry, given the one sided nature of the series.  However, I live near Marshall and can assure you that there is too much heat to this series to not be considered a rivalry.  State bragging rights are on the line, and there is a ton of animosity between the two fan bases.  Little brother has not managed to take down big brother yet, but little bro has landed some nice punches.

BTW, Columbus and Ann Arbor are also almost 200 miles apart.  Are you trying to imply that OSU - Michigan can't be a rivalry due to distance?



Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Report: Big East interest in TCU

"Id take Marshall vs SMU and day of the week. Lets not forget that Marshall and West Va play very close to each other, its this thing called a rivalry. Wasnt TCU losing vs SMU at the half?? SMU had the death penalty right??"


Have you ever heard of DFW.  It is a metroplex.  They have an airport conveniently called "DFW."  D stands for Dallas.  FW stands for Fort Worth.  SMU is in Dallas.  TCU is in Fort Worth.  The two schools are seperated by 30 miles.

They have played 90 times, with TCU winning 44 and SMU winning 39 and 7 ties.  This is what is called a rivalry game.


Your "rivalry?"  WVU and Marshall have played 10 times and WVU has won every matchup.  Oh, and they are located almost 200 miles from each other.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Report: Big East interest in TCU

And we know what happened to Va Tech when they played Boise.

LOL let's not bring Virginia Tech into the argument. Boise dominated them for one quarter. And the rest of the game was close. Heck, Boise even had to come back to win the game on a late touchdown. The what happened?  Oh yeah, VT lost to James Madison the next week. Your statement didn't help your argument out. Moron.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 11:26 am
 

Report: Big East interest in TCU

The only thing laughable about this is he has got it opposite of what it is.  Fresno whipped Cincy, a BE favorite.  Utah beat Pitt.  And we know what happened to Va Tech when they played Boise.  Cincy or Pitt would be lucky to finish 3rd in either of the Western conferences.  The BE is a joke in football.  The only undefeated team W Virginia, should have lost to Marshall. 

You are quite the spin-meister, jjoey.  No offense, but Cincinnati is not a BE favorite.  Sure the Bearcats won the last 2 BE Titles, but they also lost a lot of talent and an excellent coach.  Cincinnati is rebuilding, and is no way favored to win the Big East, just as they were not favored to beat Fresno.  Had they played last year, Cincy would have walked all over FSU.  But hey, things change.  As for WVU, the Mountaineers are not undefeated.  They just lost a 20-14 heartbreaker @ LSU.  Too bad they spotted the Tigers 2 TD's early on with a turnover deep in their own territory and a long punt return, because WVU otherwise controlled the rest of the game.  Kudos to LSU, because that's how they do ya...great D & special teams.  Also, yes WVU should have lost @ Marshall, but they didn't.  It is bad if you need 15 points in the last 8 minutes just to force OT.  I was rooting for Marshall to pull the upset, but I have to give credit where credit is due.  WVU needed drives of 96 and 98 yards plus a 2 point conversion late in the 4th Qtr.  Not much margin for error in that scenario, and the 'Eers pulled it off.  Give them props...they grew as a team that day.  Lastly, what does Virginia Tech have to do with this topic anyway?  The Hokies are in the ACC, as they have for the past several years.  This is a conversation about the Big East and Mountain West.  Boise St and VT aren't in either of those conferences.

Now if you want to look at which conference is stronger this year, I would have to give the MWC the slight edge.  If you look at those collections of schools from a historical perspective, the Big East schools are far more impressive.  Casting an eye to the future, both appear to be rather vulnerable to raiding by BCS conferences.  But the MWC tooks to be teetering on the edge.  Utah and BYU are already heading out the door.  As good as Boise St is, that is still a net loss.  Plus the Big-12 and now the Big East are looking to expand by raiding the MWC.  The Big East is in a far more stable position, as the only threat is an expansion to 16 school Super-Conferences.  No offense, but I just don't see that happening anytime soon.  Say what you will, but in the long haul, the Big East is the better of the two conferences.




Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Report: Big East interest in TCU

Using TCU's current conference lineup....the total distance to all eight schools from Fort Worth  is 8,058 miles by car. Using all eight Big East schools, the total is  10,317 miles. Divided by eight..avg trip for TCU now is 1,007 miles per away game. In the Big East it would be 1,289, A difference of 282 miles per game, or about an extra 45 minutes of plane ride. In a car, the drive from Fort Worth, Tx to Morgantown, West Virginia is 1,239 miles, compared to BYU at around 1,200 miles and Utah, at 1,250 miles.  Cincinnati 968 miles, wyoming 898. The difference is negligible. The additional revenue would far outweigh any travel budget concerns, by a mile.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 7:59 pm
 

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Playing in the BE would make little difference in terms of distance. Eastern Texas is just about as close to the east as it is to the west. Plus TCU would be playing their games while all football fans were still awake on ESPN, instead of Versus. I can understand why they may be interested in having their games viewed in the most populated parts of the country, not to mention the obvious- a BCS conference.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2010 6:01 pm
 

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Comparing the Mountain West to the Big East is pretty laughable honestly. TCU struggled mightily the other night vs an SMU team that is no better than Rutgers or Syracuse. Andy Dalton has no armstrength and would be a backup in the bigeast. Granted Big East is down now and has been after losing 3 very good teams to the acc. You might have heard of them, Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College. TCU and Boise St are overhyped and are hiding behind an awful schedule. Anyone outh there really think theyd beat a top 10 team on a neutral field? Please.


The only thing laughable about this is he has got it opposite of what it is.  Fresno whipped Cincy, a BE favorite.  Utah beat Pitt.  And we know what happened to Va Tech when they played Boise.  Cincy or Pitt would be lucky to finish 3rd in either of the Western conferences.  The BE is a joke in football.  The only undefeated team W Virginia, should have lost to Marshall. 




Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:36 pm
 

Report: Big East interest in TCU

Id take Marshall vs SMU and day of the week. Lets not forget that Marshall and West Va play very close to each other, its this thing called a rivalry. Wasnt TCU losing vs SMU at the half?? SMU had the death penalty right??



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Report: Big East interest in TCU

"Aren't there some community colleges in Hawaii or Canada that the Big East could recruit?"





This coming from a guy that supports a team that couldn't beat their way out of a paper bag for years....You have the start of one decent year and you want to talk crap....that's funny




Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Report: Big East interest in TCU

Comparing the Mountain West to the Big East is pretty laughable honestly. TCU struggled mightily the other night vs an SMU team that is no better than Rutgers or Syracuse. Andy Dalton has no armstrength and would be a backup in the bigeast. Granted Big East is down now and has been after losing 3 very good teams to the acc. You might have heard of them, Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College. TCU and Boise St are overhyped and are hiding behind an awful schedule. Anyone outh there really think theyd beat a top 10 team on a neutral field? Please.


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