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Big East Expansion: More Reaction To Horned Frogs' Move

Reaction continues to flood in about TCU's move from the Mountain West Conference to the Big East, a move that solidifies the Horned Frogs' position inside the BCS hierarchy.

Local writer Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News and ESPN's Around the Horn fame doubts whether the move is good for all of TCU's sports programs.

But usually when a school makes a major change like the one TCU is announcing today, it can at least try to sell the idea that it's good for all the sports at the school.

This one seems strictly designed for men's football.

We know that TCU is no powerhouse in men's basketball. It's going to play in the Big East with UConn and Louisville and Syracuse and Pitt and the rest of those big boys? Good luck.

As for women's sports and the smaller men's sports, the travel through the Big East would seem to be prohibitive although there was obviously some very difficult travel in the Mountain West as well.

Also, Yahoo!'s Dan Wetzel, expanding on a Tweet from earlier in the day, wonders about the stability of the move and finds it a commentary about the odd structure of college sports in this day and age.

The marriage is one of convenience, of course. The Big East’s roots are in the Northeast corridor and there isn’t a league member anywhere near Texas. For its part, TCU would prefer to be in the Big 12.

That’s college athletics these days, though. Nothing makes much sense. As long as the sport allows an outside entity (bowl games) to operate and profit from its postseason, bizarre things will keep happening. It’s a scramble for survival.

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