Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thoughts on the MWC/BCS talk

As many of you read in this morning's dump or elsewhere on the internets, BCS Director Bill Hancock hinted at the BCS Meetings in Scottsdale that the Mountain West could become the 7th automatic-qualifying conference starting in 2012.

There are a lot of different ways to react to this news. On one hand, this could be the first little nibble of recognition for the strides that the conference has taken towards being legitimized in the eyes of the nation. The thought that this development could possibly lead to the MWC receiving it's much-deserved automatic BCS bid gives me major sports wood.

On the other hand, this also reeks of a politician (because really, the folks presently in charge of college football are no better) saying what needs to be said to placate an infuriated sliver of his constituents. It's nice to think about hope & change & a BCS that includes the Mountain West, but really- what's his motivation here? The BCS was never build to be fair. Hancock's job is to put as much spin as he can on the rotten system he's been put in charge of and to keep handing the Ohio States, Texases and Floridas of the world checks for as many millions as possible.

There is a third way to look at Hancock's statements, though, combining aspects of the first two and creating a dynamic that could be a huge boom for TCU- or another bust. With all of the whispers going around about conference expansion these days, could Hancock's words have been a hint to the leaders of the BCS conferences?

Was he really saying "if you guys don't tear up this conference, you're going to end up sharing some of your pie with them"? Because as much as the powers that be would loathe to give Utah, TCU or BYU a place at the table- you know DAMN sure they don't want to share their wealth with Wyoming, UNLV or San Diego State.

If you buy into that theory, then you're going to be watching the development of the rumors placing Utah in the Pac 10 very closely. If the Utes and/or BYU are poached from our conference, TCU could also land in a power conference expanding to 12 or 14 or 16....or find itself playing a frantic game of musical chairs for the 4th time in 15 years. Maybe the dominos fall in our favor- but then again maybe they don't.

I don't mean to make you paranoid- but I think every TCU fan has got to be at least a little worried about being left out once again to stare across the river at greener pastures...especially with this latest Hancock-tease.


G Daddy said...

I think we should be paranoid. Our Frogs joining the Big 12 is NOT a done deal if conference expansion occurs. We bring no new TV markets and a limited fan base to the equation. Regionally it makes sense, but this is all about money. I keep saying our strength lies in our separation from the big schools in Texas. As an outsider TCU does offer a major TV market and Texas recruiting pipeline to other conferences. But will they bite on it?

Kbateman_et said...

Hello Boi$e and $MU!(and maybe Hou$ton or Fre$no) and soo long Mountain West doormats! Let the Mountain We$$$t now be as exclusive as the....I don't know....BC$$!