Thursday, January 20, 2011
TCU not happy game could move
By Richard Durrett ESPNDallas.com
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte isn't happy with the possibility the Mountain West Conference will move the TCU-Boise State football game this fall to the blue turf in Boise.
As reported first by the Idaho Statesman, league commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed the league favors altering the schedule so Boise State can play TCU at home in the only conference game between the schools before the Horned Frogs head to the Big East starting in 2012.
Nothing has been decided, but the issue could come up next week at the league's board meetings in Las Vegas. Del Conte said it came up for discussion in some meetings about two weeks ago.
"It's our home game and they told us it would be our home game and to change the rules midstream is not appropriate," Del Conte told ESPNDallas.com by phone from China, where he's visiting this week. "I'm hoping they do what we originally said, which was that it would be a home game for TCU. To me to change it is not right, but that's been the discussion."
The MWC is in the middle of two BCS-evaluation windows. The first four-year window ends after the 2011 season, and the league gets to count all of TCU's success in that period.
But the second period started in 2010, and the league counts all of Boise State's results in that window. So from a conference standpoint, it's more important that the Broncos perform well to help the conference with possible automatic BCS bids in the future.
Because TCU is leaving the Mountain West, the school does not get a vote when it comes to whether the game is moved. Del Conte believes that because Boise State was inserted on the schedule to replace Utah, which departed to the Pac-10, TCU should get that home game, as agreed upon.
"We've been a valued member of the conference," Del Conte said. "I don't think just because we're going to the Big East for a different opportunity that we should be treated differently."
Richard Durrett is a reporter and columnist for ESPNDallas.com.