conference change is about money
been sitting and waiting ever since the news that Louisville
and Cincinnati would be leaving Conference USA for the
Big East Conference. Waiting for that invite to get
TCU the heck out of Dodge.
Waiting by the phone, mailbox and computer seeing if
the commissioner from the Mountain West Conference will
send us an invitation so that all the rumors and speculations
can finally be put to rest.
Now that TCU has up and decided to split from C-USA,
everyone has a thought or an opinion on whether or not
TCU should really leave.
So, lets skip the dancing and get straight to
the point Money.
That is what college athletics have come to these days.
The almighty dollar and the mountain of opportunities
that come with it.
Money is why Division 1-A football doesnt have
a playoff system. Money is why there are conference
championship games for some conferences and not others.
Watching the rich get richer, while the mid-major schools
flounder for any type of press.
Weve all seen the money TCU will have to spend
to get into the Mountain West. The $1 million entrance
fee along with the dont let the door hit
ya on your way out exit fee that could cost upwards
of $400,000. Even the travel costs are climbing to $250,000.
Staggering numbers, yes. Money that to some could be
reason enough to stay put in the dwindling C-USA.
Just dont spend the money because we can use it
elsewhere, and weve got a good TV contract, and
we can keep that money.
That oh-so-good TV contract is most likely going to
be reworked. ESPN is not going to pay $80 or so million
to C-USA to televise Tulsa and Rice, even on a Wednesday
night. What about that game is the slightest bit interesting?
Unless you just really need to watch football on a Wednesday,
youll skip right over it. That number will change
and become sizably less.
what about that money that could be used elsewhere?
Its all about the money TCU could earn by moving.
A change in conference is an investment. If youre
starting a business you dont keep the profits
to buy a car, because that money should be put back
into the business in the hopes of making more money
in the future.
Yes, that car is nice at the moment, but what about
the money you lose because you didnt put that
profit back into the business?
That is the real reason why TCU should or should not
move. Not because of the nearly $1.5 million dollars
spent, but because the future return on the move might
be profitable for the university.
Will there be more exposure? Will there be a larger
TV contract? Will the potential money earned be better
than the current money lost? That is what you need to
know, not that TCU will have to pay to leave C-USA.
We can look at all the other sports at TCU and other
universities, but why? Football is, for a vast majority
of these schools, the No. 1 revenue maker for the university.
TCU will not earn money by having Tulsa and Rice and
Southern Methodist play here. But what about another
game against Boise State, currently still in the Western
Athletic Conference but is expected to be invited to
the MWC as a traveling partner, or a game against Colorado
State. A real football game against a real football
team. Not another game against SMU.
has been playing musical conference ever since the dilution
of the old Southwest conference. They traveled to the
WAC, where just as soon as TCU got there Colorado State
and Utah among others proceeded to leave. They then
moved to C-USA with its strong basketball foundation,
hoping the football program would grow from there as
well, but now Louisville and Cincinnati are leaving
which leaves TCU once again alone in a conference that
is greatly diminished.
Its time TCU found a home. A place they could
put down roots and not worry about leaving. Mountain
West is TCUs type of football conference. TCUs
purple wagon will fit right in along the mountains.
Ashley Menzies is a senior news-editorial journalism
major from Aledo.