Thursday, September 22, 2011

Say what now?

Chip Brown, the rivals.com writer who has made a name for himself throwing out rumors based on his conversations with "sources", is now talking up the Frogs as a candidate to join the Big 12. No need to get your hopes up just yet, but it's certainly better to have positive rumors out there as opposed to so many of the negative stuff we've heard in regards to TCU's situation over the past few months and years.

11 comments:

theredbarron said...

I know there are a lot of people pushing for the big 12, but do we really want to be back in a situation where ut controls our destiny? Did we not learn anything from the last time?

EdK said...

It's called sleeping with the enemy. Unless a miracle happens -- knock, knock it's the SEC -- TCU has to decide between the Big East and the Big 12.

And when UConn and Rutgers make their move to the ACC and kill the Big East, we can only hope and pray TCU has already jumped to the Big 12. Not a pretty picture either way.

(There will always be the warm waiting arms of the stinking, petty MWC.)

shortnkerley's said...

When the shit inevitably hits the fan, wouldn't you rather be aligned with the tech, ok state, baylor, etc, than the cincy, Louisville, south Floridas of the college football world? Beggars can't be choosers.

Travis said...

Amen Short!

The scenario that kept me up last night was this nightmare: Big 12 doesn't come calling us, but instead call our future rivals Louisvile and WVU, along with our good friends BYU. Talk about a kick to the balls! Then we really are screwed, and yes, say hello again to the MWC.

The way I am starting to view this is this: we may only have two years as an AQ member. I would rather roll the dice and partner with our regional rivals and the other former Big 8 programs that might be left behind if and when the shift West comes again.(and it probably will within 5 years) Plus, it will be alot easier to travel to Stillwater than Morgantown, altough it is West "Fuckin" Virginia, a sight to behold.

Then again, the Big 12 may make it much longer than any of us could realize with equal revenue distribution(forget the LHN, they are keeping it) and the right three universities being added to the competitive mix.(Assuming they go back to what their name actually signifies)

Sorry, I have personally never been sold on the Big East, only the AQ status it provides TCU Shitty reason to have to change conferences, but we did what we had to do. I would rather have that same AQ status as a Big 12 member. I lived the SWC past, 88-92, we are nothing like those years now, trust me.

shortnkerley's said...

Nobody wants WVU. They make Tech look like Harvard academically.

EdK said...

WVU may be "bakword" but it is the plum of the Big East, footballwise. Honestly, I would have loved to be battling neck-and-neck with the Mountaineers for Big East supremacy every year. Oh, well.

Rotten Arsenal said...

Supposedly, the Texas legislature sent a letter to UT telling them to stay and add (among others) us.

If I had to choose between conference disasters waiting to happen, I'd choose Big12 if for no other reason than it would be more games to easily travel to, but I'm not all excited about getting shoehorned in by the Texas Government the way Baylor and Tech did in the formation of the conference.

theredbarron said...

Clearly if the choice was between a stable big 12 or stable big east, I would much rather be in the big 12, but that is not reality. I'm not sold on the premise that when "shit hits the fan," we are better off in the big 12. Ask baylor how they felt about their "alignment" with okie light and texas tech three days ago. If we were in the big 12 this year, would our conference outlook have been any better then baylors?

I'm not saying we shouldn't go. I'm just saying that we need significant monetary assurances from the big 12 members before we jump ship. If it goes to the super conference format, the four major conferences would be the SEC, Pac 12, Big 10, and the ACC. Three out of four of those are significantly based on the east coast.

HAIR said...

What does monetary assurance do for us in the case of a 4 conference arrangement?

theredbarron said...

Raise the penalty for leaving the conference early to an amount that actually acts as a deterrent (i.e. high enough where this doesn't happen again next year). The majority of the penalty is paid directly to TCU because we are taking all the risk by joining a conference that was just on the brink of imploding. If the penalty is owed directly to TCU instead of the conference, the schools leaving would have a very high incentive to bring us along with them.

HAIR said...

Ideally that would be great, but think it's a pipe dream to think we would be the only one to have that type of clause in the conference and that anybody would agree to that. I am not sure how much bargaining power we will really have if in fact this happens.