TCU Ruling Out Big East Football-Only Scenario?

SALT LAKE CITY UT - NOVEMBER 6: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs throws a pass against the Utah Utes during the second half of an NCAA Football game November 6 2010 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Utah. TCU Beat Utah 47-7. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

There's been plenty of expansion talk out there and I've been avoiding most of it ever since the Big East said it wants to expand. Frankly, so much of the stuff out there is just getting recycled and is a repeat of things that were discussed earlier this year.

But one scenario that had been gaining steam was that the TCU would potentially join the Big East as a football-only member. That looks like it might not happen now.

Chris Del Conte, TCU's Athletic Director, seems to indirectly say that moving only its football program to the Big East might not be the best situation:

"We’re an athletic department," he said in a telephone interview with Sporting News. "Whatever endeavor we do, you’re united as one. That’s who we are. That’s how we always compete. We compete as one unit."

Recent reports have linked the Horned Frogs to the Big East’s plans to expand from eight football-playing schools to 10. Citing sources, some of the reports suggested the conference would want TCU as a football-only member.

Sure it makes sense that the Big East would only want the football part of TCU. Having lesser revenue teams travel the far distance to play each other doesn't make a lot of sense. But on the other hand, I get TCU's point.

And even more than that, say TCU pulls its most lucrative asset, its football team, out of the Mountain West. Why would the MWC want to even allow TCU's other teams to compete there? I mean, if someone came into your house, jacked your big screen TV, would you then let him stay for dinner and crash on your sofa afterwards? I don' know, I guess I never thought about it that much.

But it looks like it may be all or nothing if the Big East wants TCU.

Frankly, I still think it's a move it has to make if TCU is willing to jump ship. The Horned Frogs give the Big East a quality team, which might even end up in the National Championship game this year. You can't let a few travel dollars get in the way of that.

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