TCU Can't Find Its Way Home: Frogs and Their Rotunda of Changing Conferences

Ross BenesContributor IINovember 30, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs takes to the field with offensive guard Josh Vernon #78 and tackle Zach Roth #70 against the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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With the recent move to the Big East, TCU will now join their fourth new conference since the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1996. That's a new conference nearly every four years on average. The United States hasn't even had as many Presidents as TCU has had conferences in that time span.

TCU has been dominant in each of the three previous conferences it has joined since 1996, winning at least one championship a piece in all three: WAC, C-USA and MWC. Ever since Dennis Franchione took over the program in 1998, the Horned Frogs have gone 122-38. That is a 76.25 percent winning percentage.

That consistency doesn't appear to be slowing down whatsoever, as TCU prepares to join an automatic-qualifying BCS conference. The Big East is by the far the weakest BCS conference, which means the competition TCU will face in the future will only be slightly better than what they have beaten in recent years. So, TCU should continue to roll.

If that happens, how long will TCU stay in the Big East? Every time the Horned Frogs dominate a conference, they get an invitation from a conference with more money/lure, which they then accept.

With Nebraska and Colorado leaving, the Big 12 is likely to make a bid on successful programs to keep up with the expansion of the Pac-10, Big East and Big Ten. It would be a no-brainer for the Big 12 to invite TCU, especially after the Frogs have a couple of Big East championships under their belt.

Not only has TCU been attractive by winning, but they also share a history with the traditional rivalries they had with Texas schools of the Big 12 South, which is something TCU has lacked in their last several conferences. The move would also be convenient geographically, but that has become increasingly insignificant in today's college football.

So when the time comes and the Big 12 throws money/invitation towards TCU, will they accept? Or have Horned Frog fans finally found a place they can call home?