Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The SEC should be looking at TCU as a member

There are rumors going around that the Big East is talking to TCU about joining the much maligned BCS conference. The obvious benefit for TCU is the Big East's automatic BCS bid for it's championship team. It also lets the Horned Frogs thumb their nose at Boise St. and the Mountain West, pretty much leaving blowing their chances to up their combined dreams of BCS social climbing in the dust.
TCU and the Big East do seem to be a good fit, but the Big E still faces the looming possibility of getting raided by the Big 10. That could seriously hamstring its status as a legitimate football conference.
It's at this point that another conference seriously needs to be looking at adding TCU as a member: The SEC. The conference seemed seriously earlier in the year of inviting Texas A&M as its 13th member. In reality, TCU would be a better option. The Horned Frogs are a program on the rise, as opposed to TAMU. The Aggies have been on the downward spiral for years, and do not seem to be getting any better.
I wrote earlier this year that the SEC needed to be more American Idol than The Celeberty Apprentice. Meaning that it should be looking at potential member schools that are on the rise than schools that are looking at reviving their flagging football programs. TCU definitely fits the American Idol category. It's already been to one BCS bowl, (which is one more BCS bowl or championship game than half the SEC). There are more benefits to TCU than Texas A&M, such as a larger market in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. And not having to deal with the continuing Freudian nightmare that Texas A&M exists in. (The Texas A&M Corps of the Cadets may be the best argument for keeping the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. Seriously) Plus, the SEC would have the upper hand in the negotiations, with the ability to set its terms for TCU's membership. That wouldn't happen with a Texas or Oklahoma, both of which would probably want to bring along a ton of baggage (i.e. other Big XII schools).
TCU is a team on the rise, but could hit a brick wall as a member of the Big East. It could possibly do better in the SEC. And the SEC would benefit from having TCU as a member more than any of the Big XII schools. Its a partnership the SEC seriously needs to look at. 

(via Fox Sports Southwest)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree.

TCU is one of the wealthiest schools in the country, has a top 5 baseball/football program and is top 25 in almost all varsity sports.

They are building a new 150$ mil stadium.

Great academics.