NCAA College Football TCU Should Reject Big East's Football-Only Invitation

Pete MisthaufenAnalyst INovember 17, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 23:  Tailback Ed Wesley #34 of the TCU Horned Frogs carries the ball against the Air Force Falcons at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Big East recently voted to expand to ten football playing members.  Rumors abound that TCU and UCF are two of the favored candidates.

Rumors also abound that these invitations could be for football-only.

Both schools have stated that they do not want to be football-only members of the Big East.

If the Big East refuses to offer full membership, TCU needs to reject the invitation and stay in the Mountain West Conference.

This seems contrary to reason, because TCU would be giving up a spot in an automatic qualifying conference and a much easier route to the BCS every year.

TCU would be playing on ESPN rather than Versus, CBS College Sports, and the MTN.

On the other hand, TCU would get the opportunity to get hyped by the East Coast media and massive exposure it major TV markets.

Even so, TCU, JUST SAY NO!


Because a football-only invitation is a continuation of second class status.  It would result fewer TV games and sacrificing non-football sports for the sake of a brass ring.

Right now in the MWC, TCU receives tremendous nationwide TV coverage, even if not always on ESPN.  A TCU fan this season has already seen 10 games in HD available nationwide and still has yet another TV game left.

Non-football sports receive TV coverage around the country on Direct TV, which carries the MTN.  Much like the Big Ten Network, TCU fans can watch MWC specific shows, talking about teams in the conference on a daily basis.  The MWC just did it first.

TCU would be required to leave the MWC if it accepted a football-only invitation, meaning its other sports would likely head to the Missouri Valley Conference.  And while the MVC is very good conference for non-football sports and much closer than the MWC, TV coverage is virtually absent.

The slightly increased revenue from being in the Big East for football would be entirely offset by the reduction in revenue for every other sport.

But the most important reason for rejecting a football-only invitation is that it confirms that the Big East is not serious about football. Instead, the basketball schools will continue to run the conference and the Big East will still continue to be at risk for total destruction.

And a football-only member can get kicked out, like what happened to Temple.

A football-only invitation is sort of like being asked to come in the back door so the neighbors can not see you come in the front.

A football-only invitation would have TCU still sitting in the back of bus.

A football-only invitation is not worthy of TCU and sells TCU short.

An all-sports invitation would instead indicate that the Big East is headed on the right path towards becoming a truly legitimate football conference, no longer subject to being raided and pillaged by neighboring AQ conferences.

TCU has already been left behind too many times --- it happened in the SWC, WAC, CUSA, and now in the MWC, with BYU and Utah moving out.  TCU does not want to leave the MWC for second class status in another conference.