Thursday, August 19, 2010

What's that you say, GP?

With all of yesterday's drama, including BYU threatening football independence and MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson reacting by plucking Fresno State and Nevada from the WAC (essentially killing that conference and eliminating BYU's contingency plan for their other sports as well as for filling out their football schedule in future years), who knew it would be the usually tight-lipped Gary Patterson possibly dropping the biggest bombshell? I'm sure we were all quite intrigued with this post-practice quote:

"All I can tell you is this: Just wait and see in the next two weeks before you make any judgments and see what happens in the national landscape," Patterson said. "Things that I know that maybe you don't know. That's all I'm going to tell you."

Say Whaaaaaaaat!?! What TCU fan (or college football fan in general) could hold back their imaginations from running wild after reading something like that. What does GP know? Let's speculate:

The optimistic portion of my brain wants to think...is there a Big 12 invite looming? With just ten teams, wouldn't it make sense for them to add a former SWC member who's churning out Top 10 teams and NFL Draft picks left and right? TCU donors just dropped $110 mil on a re-do of our aging stadium, and that money was raised in an incredibly short amount of time. Perhaps those donors were motivated by knowing that the Big 12 was just around the corner? I'd LOVE for this to be the case, but it just seems to good to actually be true. The Big 12 has said they don't want to add another Texas team, and TCU- as good of an athletic program as they have- isn't a huge TV draw.

Or was GP referring to the additions of Fresno and Nevada to the MWC (which pulled the rug out from beneath BYU's plan), not knowing that the public was already aware of that development? This is possible, although it's certainly less of a splashy 'ace up your sleeve' than most of us were hoping for.

But also, remember last year, when Patterson talked about pitting the MWC champion against the WAC champion the first weekend in December to determine who would go to the BCS, essentially allowing those two leagues to share an automatic bid? Well, with the WAC now all but dead, could the Mountain West be looking into a "Non-BCS Championship Game" with Conference USA? If the Mountain West can't get it's own automatic bid (and I'm not saying that that can't still happen), sharing one would be of interest, right? And while MWC vs. CUSA wouldn't be the kind of TV draw that, say, the SEC Championship is, it would would have some appeal because the two teams would be playing for something tangible, and would generate some revenue for both leagues.

Clearly I'm just guessing here, so please, share your thoughts in the comments section.

17 comments:

LT4heisman said...

You're optimistic Big 12 theory would have the Horns shakin' in their TOMS. That would mean they might actually have to play in Amon G.

Little moe with the gimpy leg said...

I think with recent stadium announcement and BYU making a move... there is def something going on behind the curtain.

I hope its TCU to the SEC. I know its a long shot, but with a&m now staying put who knows. Why wouldn't they want us? We are awesome in athletics. DFW is in one of the biggest tv markets. SEC would have a foothold in Texas. Also, there are a bunch of SEC alums in the DFW area. Im keeping my fingers crossed that we do not get screwed this time around. I also don't think BYU is going independent. They are trying to Texas the MWC and its not going to happen for them.

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gtgossett said...

SEC Gameplan:
Step 1) Steal Clemson (in-state rival to South Carolina)
Step 2) Steal Florida State (obvious rival to Florida)
Step 3/4) Steal TCU AND A&M

Side Effects
- Sets in motion the Superconference Meltdown with SEC members sitting pretty.
- Allows for SEC to gain an even larger recruiting foothold in Texas
- Creates THE baseball conference of America
- Gives them even larger share of the DFW/Houston TV markets
- Gives TU an enormous middle finger and tells them good luck with the Left Coast hippies, Austin, and enjoy playing with OU and themselves [not necessarily in that order]

GOFROGS!!!!! said...

I'm thinkin BYU stays and MWC adds Houston, puts MWC at 12 teams and a championship game. Plus Houston adds a potential 4th top 25 like the MWC would have had w/Utah still being there.

Texas Hammer said...

Sounds good to me, gtgossett.

buffalo said...

prediction: tcu gets dicked over.

Jack Burton said...

The eternal pessimist in me has to agree with buffalo…

John Lamberth said...

The longer you've been a Frog, the more pessimistic you are... I'm going to 11.

I'm gonna have to just rewire myself to not give a rat's ass about where we stand and just care about beating whatever team we play.

janorman74 said...

what about the big east? - i mean its a long shot but hell it'd be fun to whoop their ass up and down the field again - plus for some reason an undefeated Big East school can get mad praise in the media so maybe it wouldn't be bad for us. Hell we'd be auto-bid every year.

Joe said...

I want to believe that the SEC will, some day, come calling for the awesome Texas recruiting and television market that TCU could provide. However, I don't think that time is anywhere near. I agree with Gofrogs - I think MWC is about to add Houston and, if necessary, another school to hold a conference championship.

Man it would be awesome if the SEC let us in that door, though.

Little moe with the gimpy leg said...

IF WE HAVE ANY HACKERS, HACK INTO A SCHOOLS TWITTER ACCOUNT AND ANNOUNCE TCU IS GOING TO THE SEC.

Texas Hammer said...

Big 12 such a geographical fit...wish this would happen. Big East won't travel any better than MWC.

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janorman74 said...

Definitely you are right Hammer - i just want to be in a BCS conference so bad I'd take the big east

It would be fucking awesome to be in the SEC though

VikingFrog said...

The conference that makes a splash and goes to 16 first will hold a lot of the cards.

I'm on board for SEC although I don't know how plausible it is.

Angry Trey said...

The word that Fresno State and Nevada were invited came down during practice yesterday and I am 99% sure Gary already knew about that part, so I dont think that quote has anything to do with that.

He also mentioned "national landscape" and I dont know if you would use those words if you were just talking about Fresno, Nevada, or Houston. Could be wrong thought.