Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Switch makes TCU travel to Boise State
By Richard Durrett ESPNDallas.com
Rose Bowl champion TCU will have to play Boise State on the blue turf in 2011.
The Mountain West Conference decided to switch the game from Fort Worth to Boise and informed TCU of the decision Tuesday afternoon.
"I'm disappointed," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said. "We were told that they were going to be here at TCU and I'm disappointed for our fans, our community and I'm disappointed in the conference. We made an agreement that this was what it was going to be, and to switch it this late in the game leaves a bitter taste in your mouth."
The league's board of directors met in Las Vegas this week to discuss a variety of matters, including the TCU-Boise State game.
When Boise State was admitted into the conference, its was slated to inherit the 2011 league schedule from Utah, which is joining the Pac-12. That meant the Broncos were scheduled to visit Amon G. Carter Stadium. That was changed after a vote by the board on Tuesday. The league likely won't set the dates for conference games until March.
"The Board felt the change was in the best interest of the Mountain West Conference and would help address current and future scheduling concerns created by the new set of circumstances which stemmed from another change in membership," the conference said in a statement.
TCU is joining the Big East in 2012, so 2011 will be its final season in the Mountain West.
Del Conte said the school hopes to have TCU's 2011 football opponents finalized this week. The Horned Frogs had to find a replacement for Texas Tech, who pulled out of a scheduled game this season.
Boise hasn't lost at home since falling to Boston College in what is now the Humanitarian Bowl on the blue turf in 2005. The Broncos never lost a Western Athletic Conference home game in 10 years in the league.
Del Conte believes his team can end that streak.
"The Frogs can win anywhere," Del Conte said. "We have an unbelievable coach and a great football program with passionate fans. We've played at Utah, a hostile environment, and at BYU and Clemson and the Rose Bowl. We've played and won anywhere, any place."
Richard Durrett covers colleges for ESPNDallas.com.