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Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:06 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

Following today's announcement by the Big East that the TCU Horned Frogs would be joining the Big East in 2012-13 in all sports, the nation turned its eyes back to the Mountain West Conference for some sort of reaction. After all, in TCU's six-year stay in the MWC, the Horned Frogs were one of the most successful members of the league, and could have been the catalyst for an automatic bid to be awarded out west (which still might happen, so that's worth mentioning).

Ah, but TCU went east, and now the MWC has to react. Here's the statement released earlier today by conference commissioner Craig Thompson:

"Today's intercollegiate athletics environment is very fluid," Thompson said. "Our Board of Directors and Directors of Athletics, as they have throughout the history of the MWC and with even more focus recently, will continue to analyze the landscape and chart our course in the context of ongoing changes. That includes conversations already underway with potential future members, as well as related discussions with our television and bowl partners.

"We appreciate the many contributions TCU has made to the growth and development of the Mountain West over the past six years. We look forward to shaping the future of the Conference in the coming months."

That's certainly a better response than Thompson's first draft, which was fifteen paragraphs of panicked expletives over and over. Probably. Maybe.

At any rate, losing TCU as a conference member is still a gutshot for the conference, as it sees its top football programs flee just as the WAC's top schools transition in. After all, even though TCU's scintillating 2010 campaign will still be "officially" considered in the MWC's bid to receive an automatic qualifier bid, is there any doubt that the BCS will find the conference lacking? There's no incentive for the BCS to actually bring the Mountain West into the fold -- just to maintain the appearance of due diligence. Shame, too, because it'd be nice to see that conference in a situation where it's not depending on one team to be perfect just to get the same shot at money as every other power conference gets. That arrangement didn't work for BYU , Utah , or TCU (all of whom have fled for more lucrative and forgiving situations), and Boise State shouldn't have to accept it either.


Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:16 am

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

Man whats the problem with TCU? They could probably beat every Big 10 team.

IF TCU was in the Big Ten, I don't doubt they would be able to compete and are capable of beating anyone in the conferece.  But in all likelihood, TCU would not be able to run the gauntlet of a typical Big Ten schedule.  The week to week pounding takes a toll, and contending to win the conference becomes a game of attrition.  The contenders not only have loads of talent, they have loads of talented depth.  I'm not sure TCU has that type of depth, so my expectation would be for TCU to do well early in the season, then fade in November as injuries take their toll.  I won't pretend to know how TCU would do, but I would expect them to lose 2 - 4 conference games.  In the Mountain West, TCU has typically faced 2 or 3 teams capable of beating them each season (this includes OOC games).  In the Big Ten, TCU would face 4-6 teams capable of beating them.  Most coaches will tell you they can really only get their teams "up" to perform at peak levels for 2-3 games per season.  In the Mtn West, that is enough to be playing at peak levels for all of your important games.  In the Big Ten, that means coaches for the better teams must deal with only getting their teams up to peak performance against half of the teams that are capable of beating them.  So you end up with a few games each season where you have to find a way to win even when you are not at your best.  It is really, really hard to run the table in the Big Ten.  Same goes for the SEC, Big-12 and Pac-10.  Fortunately for TCU, they are joining the Big East, where they can expect to be a contender.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:35 am

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

Man whats the problem with TCU? They could probably beat every Big 10 team. Have you watch them play a game this year? Or are you to busy watching all your weak Big 10 schools play every week. Im not a TCU fan but they sure look pretty impressive. Maybe you ought to broden your horizons and change your channel on Sat. from the Big AKA Little Sister Network!!!

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:56 am

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

it's a blog so there isn't much editing.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:52 am

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

I agree! That's what I was hoping for. It makes sense too, as they are in Texas. But I can understand how they might not really be interested in coming to the Big XII...

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:03 am

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

What was the "official" reason that Ohio St. canceled their home date with TCU in 2009?

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:28 pm

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

Who edits this?

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:19 pm

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

Dang...woulda been much better to join the Big 10...oh yeah you want to get to a BCS bowl...might do that in the Weak East...but don't even count on that...if TCU woulda joined the Big 10 they would be in something waaay down the list every year!  Good luck in the Rose!!!  If you think you've seen BIG linemen playing the "Little Sisters of the Poor" just wait till you get a hold of the 6'-8" 330 pound hog mollies the Badgers will put in front of you...and oh yea, the speed will be amazing and oh yeah, the defense will absolutely punish you!  You can study all the film you want, get as prepared as you can and guess what you know what they are going to do...and they will still jamb it down your throats all day long...and after that happens think about if you were in the Big 10 and next week you have to travel the Ohio State/MSU, then you get a bye and get Minnesota then Penn State, then, Iowa, then Illinois, then Northwestern, then you get another bye in Indiana, and oh yeah Michigan who beat Utah too...Purdue, after running this gauntlet TCU would have at least 4 losses probably 6 losses.  road games at Happy Valley, the Horseshoe, Camp Randall.  100K+ screaming so loud you can't hear the little voices in your head...Gordon Gee was soooooo right in his find out Jan 1 TCU!

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:59 pm

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

Because the Big 12 will not be around in 3 years. And please tell me why any University would want to go to the Big 12 with all the  turmoil that is going on? Last point, who is to say that the Big 12 did'nt ask TCU to join and the Frog's turned them downWink

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:08 pm

Mountain West issues statement after losing TCU

Makes no sense. Why wouldn't TCU just join the Big 12 when Nebraska and Colorado leave? Make it a Big 11 and keep the conference around for a while longer...

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