Pride and celebration swelled throughout Fort Worth on Monday as TCU accepted an invitation to the Big 12. Athletic director Chris Del Conte fought back tears and talked of dreams coming true.
Hey, this Big 12 marriage/Horned Frog marriage is looking better all the time.
But soon enough, TCU, we need you to put down those purple pom-poms and get to work. Help convince a few holdouts to get this league back to its namesake. The Big 12 needs 12 schools.
Lots of powerful people are on board. OU president David Boren. Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder. Anyone with a clue from the old North Division.
But the 10-Team Party has some sharp and savvy supporters. Texas kingpin DeLoss Dodds. OSU athletic director Mike Holder.
“I'm more of a quality guy,” said Holder. “I like the dynamic of 10. I think that's the best way to do it.
“No disrespect to TCU. (But) you can't replace a Nebraska or a Texas A&M.”
Or a Missouri, which seems headed to the Southeastern Conference. The only variable is time.
But new blood can help change the perception that the Big 12 is a dying conference. Just because the Big 12 never will find another Nebraska doesn't mean it has to go into bunker mentality.
Look at all the positive vibes in the few days since it became apparent TCU was headed our way. Can't find a Nebraska? Grow your own.
West Virginia, Brigham Young, Boise State. All have a better football pedigree than TCU. None sit on I-35 or within 20 minutes of the Big 12 headquarters, but add any or all to the conference, and the Big 12's excitement level and television attractiveness soar.
“If Missouri should leave, we should act very, very quickly to get back to 10,” Boren said. “I personally feel we should get back to 12 as soon as we can. It shows stability and strength.”