on TCU’s move to the Big EastNovember 29th, 2010 at 11:24 pm by Leila Rahimi under Sports
Let it be known I am all for chaos.
As a reporter, it is what I deal in, my currency if you will. If there were no change, I would not be able to have a job. Everything would be the same and then current events would be chisled in stone tablets and such.
Why the manifesto? Because TCU’s move to the Big East is a good move. The Horned Frogs have positioned themselves smartly. The Big East now has the Dallas-Fort Worth TV market to diversify its media exposure portfolio and the Horned Frogs have an excellent platform to not only showcase their sports, but to also, finally, automatically qualify for a BCS berth. Questions no more for TCU in 2012. If you’re good enough for the BCS, then the BCS you shall have. That’s fair. And smart. On paper, this is a win-win-win situation, for TCU, the Big East and the BCS.
But it’s that third win in where it gets tricky.
As a Texan I like outlaws and TCU and Boise State have been the outlaws. Unfortunately for them it means playing each other in the Fiesta Bowl like they did in January of this year, but it also meant the BCS was openly flawed. It ignored good teams because of the conferences they were in. And then we as reporters could ask the questions, like, “What if TCU played an Auburn or an Oregon for the National Championship?” “Don’t they deserve to be there too?” or “Because of the conference, do they deserve to be there?”
By their shear existence we all knew what they were doing needed to be acknowledged. Theoretically, the only obviously fair way to do that was by a playoff. Playoff. The dirty word which we can not utter when discussing the BCS.
Enter the Big East.
TCU’s football program is a consistent, iron-clad lynchpin in the credibility of the Big East’s football teams. U Conn is no slouch but 7-4 should not a BCS conference champion make. This is an up-and-down year for the Big East. The same can be said for the Big 12. But TCU certainly helps the Big East’s credibility in the need to justify the conference’s automatic bid.
For now, everyone will continue to be happy in BCS-land. Well, maybe everyone except for Texas A&M, who is the latest victim of the Big 12 South tiebreaker system, but hey, we’ve been there before, haven’t we? Show some compassion!
Let the Horned Frogs have their day. Even if we know they also held the noble key to the answers we needed. They shouldn’t fall on that sword unless they had to. And thanks to a shrewd move by all, they won’t.