Tuesday, June 8, 2010
- The four Texas schools in the Big XII conference have decades (if not a century) of history as being a family. The continuation of this almost sacred relationship is important to our State and to higher education in Texas.
- As the Big 10, PAC 10 and Big XII discuss re-alignment, the best possible scenario for these four schools (U.T., A&M, Tech and Baylor) is to stay in the Big XII Conference as it currently exists. That is the absolute BEST THING FOR ALL OF US – KEEP THE BIG XII INTACT.
- However, if some schools in the Big XII North feel compelled to go elsewhere (we hear rumors of Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska looking toward the Big 10), the next best scenario is to KEEP ALL SIX SCHOOLS FROM THE BIG XII SOUTH AS A PACKAGE DEAL. Do not leave Baylor out.
- There was a report today that the PAC 10 might extend an offer to invite five of the South schools to join the PAC 10 (Texas, A&M, Tech, Oklahoma and OSU). The report said Baylor would be replaced with Colorado. This is Armageddon for our University. This would be devastating to Baylor and to the state of Texas. WE MUST STICK TOGETHER.
- Baylor is superior to Colorado academically. Baylor has athletic facilities superior to Colorado. Colorado doesn’t participate in the number of sports that Baylor does. Baylor’s overall record in all collegiate sports dwarfs that of Colorado. Our football, basketball (women’s and men’s), baseball, softball, track, tennis, golf programs are vastly superior to Colorado’s. The Baptist church base extends across the country and certainly trumps the University of Colorado’s local base limited to a small town in Colorado.
- I am asking you to commit to me to keeping all six schools from the Big XII South together if we can’t keep the whole Big XII intact. BAYLOR MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE. Make it clear that when it comes to our four Texas schools, IT IS ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!!
By winning the Super Regional series in Austin this weekend, TCU would join an even more exclusive club. That's because only nine schools have ever played in a BCS Bowl and the College World Series in the same school year (although a few have done it multiple times). It would be pretty sweet for TCU to be #10.
-Funding for the project is at about 80%. The fundraising deadline for the renovation to take place next offseason is June 30.
-The new seating capacity will be just over 40,000, but with the ability to easily increase to 50,000-55,000 should the need arise.
-The north & west sides of the stadium will be redone first, with the 2011 season being played in a partially-completed stage with a temporary capacity of 34,000. The east side is expected to be complete in time for the 2015 season. This is a change from what we've been hearing, which was that the east side renovation would be done almost immediately after the west.
-After the soccer and football facility upgrades, there are long-range plans to possibly double the capacity of Lupton Stadium.
Since we are all just trust-fund PUNKS, according to some among the killerfrogs crowd, I figured I'd post this in hopes that you'd forego your helicopter safari in the Serengeti this summer and help raise that last $20 million or so to make this thing happen.
TCU baseball rounding third on the way to Omaha Star-Telegram
TCU rolls into Austin playing its best ball Star-Telegram
Are the Horns' bats enough to get past TCU? Austin American-Statesman
Could Mountain West target Kansas, K-State? Topeka Capital-Journal
Mountain West doesn't invite Boise State...yet Star-Telegram
Mountain West puts off expansion- for now San Diego Union-Tribune
Conference chaos derails Boise's big day Idaho Statesman
Wait continues for Boise State Idaho Press-Tribune
MWC holds off on Boise invitation Salt Lake Tribune
MWC expansion plans put on hold- for now The Coloradoan
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