Wednesday was a day filled with numerous reports and breaking stories about the BYU Cougars bolting from the Mountain West Conference to declare their independence. As the day moved along, sources from ESPN to BYU Twitter pages came alive with the news.
The story breaks just two months after Utah announced their departure from the MWC to join the Pac 10. Oddly enough, after Texas announced their final decision to remain in the conference soon-to-be formerly known as the Big XII, football fans across the country thought the dust had settled. This may just be the beginning, though.
As quickly as BYU’s rumors started, The Mountain West Conference announced Wednesday night that Fresno State and Nevada had accepted invitations to join the conference. This assures a ten team conference if BYU leaves or 11 if they stay. Admittedly, a lineup including TCU, Boise State and Fresno State doesn’t look too shabby from a football perspective . . . especially if BYU sticks around. The outlook on the day as a whole has not remained very gleeful, though.
As the day moved along and reports continued to surface about the Cougars’ departure the reaction across the Horned Frog landscape seemed agitated for the most part with responses ranging from “good riddance” to “be careful what you wish for.” Interestingly enough, that’s exactly what TCU head football coach Gary Patterson had to say after Wednesday afternoon’s practice.
He stated, “If you’re BYU, you better be careful what you wish for.” That’s not all the coach had to say though. He later added another nugget of fist-pump-inducing moxie to the reporters outside the Horned Frog practice facility.
“I’ve got 130 guys and I’m in 113 degree heat. I’m worried about people’s health and getting the football team better, seriously. I just got done raising $110 million for a stadium we just announced. We’re going to do what we’ve done since the beginning of time, since I’ve been here in 13 years. Were gonna take care of TCU. That’s what my job is. It’s not my job to worry about what Utah does, what BYU does. I can tell you this: If you think being an independent is an easier way to get to a National Championship, you’re kidding yourself.”
Any Frog fan reading that without getting fired up may need to look for a new team. It appears that whether BYU becomes independent, splits for the Pac 10 with Utah, or just refuses to play TCU ever again, Patterson doesn’t care. His only care is about this team, and that’s why TCU loves him. This certainly makes October 16 a day to salivate over and a day worth packing Amon G. Carter Stadium.
As if this wasn’t already enough of a story though, Coach Patterson put one more little pearl of wisdom into the discussion for the media and conspiracy theorists, alike to chew on.
“All I can tell you is this: Just wait and see in the next two weeks before you make any judgments and see what happens in the national landscape . . . Things that I know that maybe you don’t know. That’s all I’m going to tell you,” said Patterson.
So now, the conference re-alignment/re-shuffling rumors begin again. Depending on how one reads into Patterson’s comments, almost anything seems likely. He’s never really made any kind of statements like this in the past, so the natural assumption is that he indeed does “know some things” because in the past he’s remained silent on these type of issues.
Theories abound from a Houston invitation (which seems to be one of the likeliest scenarios) to a Big XII invitation to TCU (breath-holding is not recommended, although stranger things have happened) and many things in between. Either way, Frog fans can count on one thing: TCU is in it to win it.
Link to video of Patterson’s comments
What do Examiner readers and TCU fans think of this situation? What scenarios seem the most/least likely? What could Coach Gary Patterson be alluding to? Feel free to leave comments below for open discussion as this story evolves and more information becomes known.