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Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:58 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 2:49 pm
 
By Brett McMurphy
CBSSports.com Senior Writer

PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. – Being that this was his first official Big East function, you’ll have to excuse TCU coach Gary Patterson for not realizing shorts, and not long pants, are the preferred attire in this beach town.

Still, it wasn’t Patterson’s slacks, but the bling on his right ring finger that stood out the most – the Horned Frogs’ 2011 Rose Bowl championship ring.

And by joining the Big East in 2012, Patterson believes the Horned Frogs will have an easier road to make even more BCS bowls. Leaving the Mountain West after this season for the Big East will be a huge boost for the Horned Frogs in recruiting.

“[In the Mountain West] we weren’t an [automatic] qualifying conference and [now we can] get a chance to get into a BCS game without going undefeated,” Patterson said. “And then for us, the TV sets [the Big East reaches 30 percent of the nation’s television sets] by being able to go east.

“That’s the same reason the Dallas Cowboys did it. Geographically it doesn’t make any difference to come to [play] Philadelphia. That’s how they became – quote – ‘America’s Team’ because they became seen so much. We’ll see how that works.”

So far last year’s announcement of TCU moving to the Big East has already made an impact.

“I think there will be [excitement moving to the Big East],” Patterson said. “The excitement is the new recruiting class, they’re the ones the Big East will have an effect on and maybe the class coming in. We haven’t really talked about it. Our whole thing is getting a chance to win one more championship in the league we’re in.”

Patterson said he didn’t think anyone was considering them “a lame duck” in their final season in the Mountain West.

“You have to play the games,” Patterson said. “Schedule-wise, except for the Boise game [which was changed from a TCU home game to a Boise State home game by the league] … the Mountain West could have played it anyway you wanted to as far as the league was concerned.

“We don’t get a return game one way or another [with the other league opponents]. The only thing I’m worried about is making sure our stadium is ready for the first home game.”

Patterson said attending the Big East’s spring meetings gave him a chance to become more familiar with how the league operates.

“My whole premise was to get to know people [here], getting the lay of the ground work,” Patterson said. “I’m still loyal to the Mountain West. I get a chance to meet people and understand [how the league works] when we come into the league next spring.”

Comments

Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

The reason the analyst have talked bad about the Big East is because they ESPN, Fox, CBS pay the other conf.'s.  Do they want to make it look as if they signed the wrong teams to contracts?  Its going to be fun this year, just watch.  With TCU or without, just WATCH!



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

clearly the best team from the big east hasn't matched up well with the best team from the sec
LOL...Pretty certain Wv beat the SEC champion in the Sugar Bowl and split the Series with Auburn 6 years.............



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:43 am
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

Also, Colorado? NC State? Kentucky? Oregon St.? Pleease, cry me a river for not considering these NCAA football super powers!
OK....well what's the differnce in those teams then lets say...........


Boston College, Virginia, NC STATE, Clemson, North Carolina , Duke and the rest of the mighty ACC....LOL!



Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:57 am
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

Also, Colorado? NC State? Kentucky? Oregon St.? Please, cry me a river for not considering these NCAA football super powers!


OK but they are in the bcs conferences that you think so highly of.  It only counts if Alabama or Oklahoma beats them but not a team from the big east. 

clearly the best team from the big east hasn't matched up well with the best team from the sec, but frankly no other conference has faired well against the top team from the sec.  Its the SEC and everybody else right now, but everything is cyclical. 



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:46 am
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

Look man. I'm talking about the past few years. There's no way that you can say with a straight face that the competition in the Big East is better than the traditional BCS big conferences. You can name all the future tough scheduling all you want. It's still a drop in the bucket compared to the SEC. And I said that TCU will help raise the level of competion. At least, that was my point.

Also, Colorado? NC State? Kentucky? Oregon St.? Pleease, cry me a river for not considering these NCAA football super powers!



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

Don't forget USF playing miami.



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

It sounds like you haven't done your homework.




This guy is a CANES fan as well...must not think much of the program he supports...



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

With their dubiously weak out-of-conference schedules, teams like West Virgina, Pitt, Rutgers, UCONN, Louiville and Cincy, have had an easy journey to double digit wins which had them respectively ranked in the top ten and
West Virginia has played an SEC opponent every year for the last 5 years and will play LSU for the second consecutive season this year. Along with Colorado twice and play Maryland and ECU  Annually. Next Up Florida State  and Michigan State

PITT  Home and Home with Iowa, Notre Dame and NC State

Cincy  Home and Home with Oklahoma and Oregon State

USF - Home and Home with both Florida State and Miami

Louisville  Oregon State , Kentucky(Annually)  and UTAH in the last two years  and will play UNC this year


I am not  going thru the entire BE to tell you who they have had and will have on their schedules....but you are a bit mis-informed.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

Weak out of conference schedules? What's weak about Tennessee, USC, Michigan, Texas, Penn State?

Sounds like you didn't do your homework. UConn played a Big12, a ACC and Big10 team last year en route to the league championship.

As well, 2 years ago, the BE had more NFL draftees per team than any other conference.

Then also consider that the BE is not ranked last of the BE conferences when it comes to the BCS rolling standing for the autobid.

It sounds like you haven't done your homework.



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Patterson, Frogs thinking big with move East

I think it's great that TCU will join a Big East conference that needs an infusion of legitimacy. Many analysts and other talking heads have exclaimed in the near past that a conference like the Big East don't have the characteristics of other BCS conferences that entitles them toan automatic bid to a BCS Bowl game. I agree.

With their dubiously weak out-of-conference schedules, teams like West Virgina, Pitt, Rutgers, UCONN, Louiville and Cincy, have had an easy journey to double digit wins which had them respectively ranked in the top ten and, ultimately, led to automatic bids to the BCS. That is all artificial. The conference teams don't collectively have the type of talented athletes present in other more powerful football conferences, like th PAC-10, the Big 10 or the SEC.

The Hornfrog's move to the Big East improves on that. How much, I don't know. They now have positioned their program to be a major player in the NCAA BCS title picture on a perennial basis as long as coach Gary Patterson stays at Texas Chrstian and he continues to recruit the great athletes for his system. It's a definate improvement.


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