Jamie Dixon first thought wasn't TCU to the Big East. It was Hawaii.
The Pittsburgh basketball coach started the discussions between TCU and the conference that led the school to joining the Big East. The announcement was made Monday. You can read more about it here.
But Dixon also said his first inclination was to add Hawaii as a football-only member to the Big East. He originally had the thought while in Hawaii in August. Dixon is a former assistant for the Warriors.
"They were having realignment issues out there," Dixon told me. "When you think about that, you're going there once every two years [to play in football]. There was a real clamoring by our league not only for one more team for scheduling purposes, but at the same time a quality team too. Hawaii offered the possibility of football only."
Ironically, Hawaii is studying whether to leave the WAC for a football-only membership in the Mountain West.
Dixon also said all 17 basketball teams could play in the Big East basketball tournament. Since 2009, all 16 teams have competed in conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.
"From what I understand, we can have five games the first day and have all 17 teams there," Dixon said. "It's doable to have the teams there. If you really think about it, it's just one more game on that first day."
Other Dixon insights:
--''I know initially you think, 'Texas?' I said, 'Hear me out and keep an open mind, it does make sense.' For us, we're adding the best football team. Who really improved themselves football-wise? Really only the Big East did with all the conference changes."
--"When I threw it out there he [Conte] kind of laughed at first. When we kept talking, he kind of warmed up to the idea ... Your first inclination is to think, 'TCU, Big East?' Then you think about and say, 'Its' pretty good. It's easier to get to than a lot of places.' "