TCU: Random Thoughts on Them Joining the Big East

Gary BrownCorrespondent IINovember 30, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates with running back Matthew Tucker #29 against the University of New Mexico Lobos on November 27, 2010 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. TCU won 66-17. (Photo by Eric Draper/Getty Images)
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Yesterday the Big East became a better football conference when it was announced TCU would be joining the conference.

Get news on TCU's move at our Big East home page.

While the change won’t occur until 2012, fans of Big East football can breathe easier knowing a team that currently has a lofty national ranking is coming their way.

TCU can feel good knowing that in the future a perfect season will mean a chance to play in a BCS bowl no matter what.

Visit our TCU home page for the latest on TCU's move east.

Here are some other quick thoughts to think about:

  • The largest football-playing school in the Big East is South Florida with an enrollment of approximately 35,000. The smallest is Louisville with 14,962 students. TCU has about 9,000 students.
  • What was the Big 12 thinking? TCU was good enough the last few years to be an upper-tier team in the Big 12. Colorado and Nebraska are gone next year, and the league is in need of two more teams to be able to host a conference championship game. TCU was the most logical addition out there.
  • Who will the Big 12 eventually add? There is not a conference out there that is not looking for more revenue, and a conference championship game is a significant opportunity to create cash. Would Arkansas leave the SEC? Could the raid by the Pac-10 still possibly take place? Is LSU an option? Will the Big 12 have to raid Conference USA? Will teams defect from the Big 12 for greener grass in other places?
  • Here is the scoop: Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech did not want to face the Horned Frogs on a consistent basis. Right now TCU is the best football school in Texas.
  • So long Mountain West. Utah is heading to the Pac-10. BYU will be going independent, and now TCU is out of there. These departures leave the league lacking a certain panache.
  • Boise State can’t seem to get a break. Obviously the move to the Mountain West by Boise State was meant to enhance their opportunities, but take courage, Bronco fans. Even with what is left of the Mountain West, the Broncos are still going to be in a better conference when they leave the WAC in 2011.
  • What if Gary Patterson leaves? Can the Horned Frogs keep playing at such a high level if Patterson takes a job with a school that can pay him considerably more than TCU?
  • Notre Dame...can you hear the creeping sounds of becoming more and more an afterthought in college football? When the BCS takes a look at how a school receives a bid to its bowl games, there needs to be serious discussion about how the Irish fit in.
  • Does the NCAA let student-athletes keep their frequent flyer miles?