receives invitation to join Mountain West Conference
university will announce whether the Frogs will leave
Conference USA Friday.
Its official: TCU has been invited to the Mountain
Now its up to the Board of Trustees to decide whether
TCU will move to its fourth conference in 10 years.
After months of speculation, athletics director Eric Hyman
confirmed Wednesday that TCU has been invited to join
the conference. The Board of Trustees will meet Friday
in a regularly scheduled meeting and vote on whether TCU
will leave Conference USA for Mountain West, chairman
John Roach said. He declined to comment when asked which
way the board is leaning, but published reports have indicated
that the university will accept the invitation.
Steve Fink, director of media relations, said a press
conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday to announce
to the universitys decision.
If the board votes to accept the invitation, TCU will
become an official member of the conference in July 2005,
TCU would join Air Force, Brigham Young, Colorado State,
New Mexico, San Diego State, Nevada-Las Vegas, Utah and
Wyoming in the Mountain West. Hyman said he did not know
whether the Mountain West had decided to invite any other
universities to join the conference.
Its my understanding that the conference is
issuing only one invitation, Hyman said. And
thats us, TCU. The ideal size of a conference is
Mountain West officials could not be reached for comment.
Hyman also said the university will need to pay an exit
fee to Conference USA, and he said he hopes the conference
will be fair.
We hope were treated just like our colleagues
who just left the conference, Hyman said.
The colleagues are the five teams Cincinnati,
DePaul, Louisville, Marquette and South Florida
that left Conference USA in November for the Big East.
Joining the Mountain West conference will cost TCU an
estimated $200,000 more a year in travel costs, but Hyman
said additional traveling is only an issue for sports
that travel to other conference schools to play. Sports
such as track and field, tennis, and golf compete in regional
Hyman said one of the benefits of joining the Mountain
West could be an increase in TV revenue. The current Mountain
West contract, reportedly worth $48 million over seven
years with ESPN, will expire in 2006. The conference will
be able to renegotiate a deal long before Conference USAs
$80 million, eight-year contract expires in 2009.
Roach said the Board has been conducting an ongoing review
of the conference situation, and Hyman has helped keep
the Board informed on all aspects involved in joining
the Mountain West. He said it would take a majority vote
from the Board to approve the conference change.
Eric Hyman has spent a lot of time on all the issues
related to the conferences, and the administration is
very informed, Roach said.
If the move to the Mountain West is approved, it would
be TCUs fourth conference in 10 years. The university
has been on an odyssey since the Southwest Conference
dissolved in 1995. TCU joined the Western Athletic Conference
in 1996 and left for Conference USA after the 2000-01
vagabond conference journey
Big 8 Conference takes University of Texas, Texas A&M
University, Texas Tech and Baylor University to expand
to the now Big 12, leaving the rest of the SWC without
Joins Western Athletic Conference
TCU and Rice join WAC to make 16 team conference
Mountain West Conference formed
Air Force, Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico,
San Diego State, University of Nevada- Las Vegas, Utah
and Wyoming leave WAC to make MWC
TCU Leaves for Conference USA
TCU reunites with former SWC foe Houston when they leave
the WAC for C-USA
Invite to MWC
TCU recieves an invite to move for the fourth time
in 10 years.