Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Frogs to Join aggy in the SEC?


Apparently Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel thinks so. I knew I preferred their coverage to that of SI and ESPN for a reason.

Now, of course, this will NEVER happen. But, Wetzel has some very, very reasoned arguments for why it should, if only as a near-last resort. The SEC doesn't NEED to add anyone; picking up aggy is more an act of financial greed and pity that anything. They're not doing it because they live in the same dream world as those dog worshippers where aggy is relevant in the college football world. They're only doing it for the large fanbase, access to the Houston market and direct pipeline into Texas recruiting, something only Arkansas and LSU are able to commonly tap. So, if that's the logic, why stop at Houston? Why NOT go after Dallas/Fort Worth? I'm not here to suggest that TCU does or will ever carry the Metroplex market. But if you were package our recent meteoric rise in popularity with SEC affiliation, plus have access to perhaps the largest concentration of football talent in the country? Well, it'd at least make for a pretty spectacular experiment, wouldn't it?

Of course, the question facing any team potentially moving into the SEC is the one of, "Does the increased exposure and financial windfall of joining the nation's best conference balance out with the fact that you made your road to a national championship infinitely more difficult?" I have a feeling schools like Arkansas and, very soon, aggy would deep down tell you they may have been better off keeping the SWC in tact. Regardless, let's say the unthinkable happens, the SEC needs to expand and their top choices turn them down and TCU is extended an invite. Would you prefer this to the Big East, all things considered? Comment away.


VikingFrog said...

I would love it if we go in a keep our program clean.

I don't think it will happen, but it would be sweet because that is where the best talent goes to play and you're lying to yourself if you think otherwise.

It would do incredible things for TCU Football and baseball recruiting. The common man notoriety alone would do wonders for our school and athletics department.

Frogger98 said...

I think it makes too much sense to happen. I think any college would jump at the chance, but don't think TCU is on the SEC's radar at all.

The logic in the story is sound. For the same reasons we are not attractive to the Big 12, we should be to any other conference. However, I have not seen any smoke at all regarding this previously and think something would have leaked if this was at all possible or in the works.

I think as long as TCU keeps putting great teams out on the field, then we won't be left out in the cold when the super conferences form, but don't think TCU can expect to win the lottery and go to the best conference just yet.

Although, it would be absolutely incredible. I would love to play A&M regularly. It would be a lot cooler than playing Baylor.

Lyle Lanley said...

I'm not holding my breath on this one.

InGaryWeTrust said...

I think that we could compete consistently in the SEC after 4 years of being able to recruit with the appeal of the conference's name. We have one of the top 2-3 coaches in the country, a brand new stadium, one of the most fertile recruiting areas in the nation, and, all of a sudden, the ability to raise 'stacks on stacks on stacks' in a limited time frame.

The thing that might present a problem is the administration's and GP's desire to "sell their soul" to win. Recruiting studs with criminal records, paying for players, not putting a priority on education/graduating, etc. There is no doubt that the best football in the NCAA is played in the SEC, but my God, it is a filthy operation.

If you want to win a NC, the SEC is not where you will get there first. If you want to play an awesome home slate every season, pump 15 guys a year into the NFL, and have the 5 games a year that are bigger than what would be our bowl game (outside of the BCS), then you go to the SEC.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

Oh I definitely do not think this is even a remote possibility - just Wetzel filling some column space.

HFrog77 said...

I think there is no possibility of this happening. But I'd love it to!

As a huge Frog fan/alum living in Gainesville, FL (HQ of Gator Nation), this would be a dream come true for me. Especially when TCU drums the Gators each year!

I think the path to a NC for us might be harder in the SEC, but we're a program that could definitely hang with the big boys.


Reed said...

just took shortnkerley's advice and went on baylorfans.com to look around... absolutely hilarious. they have whole forum threads debating what they will do when the big 12 falls apart... Love how they think they are a shoe in to the big east because of their "similar" basketball program

LOLfolding said...

I'm not really a basketball fan, but I didn't know Big East basketball teams were known for murder and shady cover-ups. Interesting.

Rotten Arsenal said...

I also didn't realize that despite being known for basketball, that the Big East must also consider not actually making past or even into the Men's Sweet Sixteen only once in the last 60 years and even more that, they must consider 3 TOTAL APPEARANCES in the tournament since 1950 quite an achievement.
And I bet Connecticut would welcome a women's team that has won ONE National Championship.