February 03, 2004
to conference leaves students in limbo
students have varying opinions on whether they want to
party in the Mountain West.
The student body had mixed emotions on the first day back
to classes Monday since TCUs decision to leave Conference
USA for the Mountain West Conference.
In response to the changing lineup of teams, a senior
economics major Todd Dalrymple said the decision was a
Conference USA blew up, and we are going to bigger
and better things.
John Walls, a junior advertising/public relations major,
said the move would do great things for exposure and increase
Changing conferences is necessary to prove TCU can
play with the big kids, Walls said.
Abby Schneider, a sophomore fashion merchandising major
and TCU Showgirl, said the move would not directly affect
the Showgirls although it would be exciting to play new
The decision to leave did not satisfy all TCU students
Shannon Eurich, a senior marketing major, said all the
conference movement is unsettling.
We cant seem to find our place, Eurich
The MWC, on the other hand, had no doubt in its mind that
it made the right decision.
There is one best fit in the country and that is
Texas Christian University, said MWC commissioner
TCU held a press conference to announce the Board of Trustees
decision to accept the invitation Friday afternoon.
At the conference, Cecil Samuelson, BYU president and
chairman of the MWC board of directors, passed out MWC
hats to John Roach, chairman of the Board of Trustees,
Chancellor Victor Boschini, and Eric Hyman, athletics
As Roach put on his new hat, a reporter from the crowd
asked, Does the hat mean a yes?
Roach smiled and tipped his hat to the crowd, making the
Roach said the MWC has all the right elements, including
a strong initiative in regards to its athletic and academic
programs and a vision for the future. He said all these
elements made the MWC attractive.
Roach, Boschini and Hyman said TCUs experience with
C-USA was wonderful and that they hope to continue playing
Hyman said whether TCU accepted the invitation or not,
it would still enter a new conference for
the 2005-06 year.
Due to the shifts in Division 1-A athletics, which caused
Louisville, Marquette, South Florida, Cincinnati, and
DePaul to leave for the Big East, C-USA would have never
been the same, Hyman said.
Head football coach Gary Patterson said conference realignment
will not affect his team.
Were just like soldiers, he said. Just
tell me where to fight.
Thompson said the MWC has no plans for further expansion.
He said the issue will go back to the conferences
board of directors though.
Now we will hold it at nine, Thompson said.
As TCU made the switch official, Boschini offered the
student body one piece of advice, saying With apologies
to Horace Greeley: Go Mountain West young men and