Big 12 News Conference Quotes

Oct. 10, 2011

TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.
On TCU’s decision
“This is a big day in the history of Texas Christian University. I’m pleased to announce that, today, our Board of Trustees has accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference. I want to think Mr. Chuck Neinas and the Presidents of the Big 12 for inviting us. We’re excited to be there.”
On TCU’s move to the Big 12 Conference
“Joining the Big 12 brings us back to share a rich tradition with a lot of schools that we already have natural rivalries with. It connects us, also, to schools that are committed to the same level of academic excellence that we are.”
On TCU’s recent momentum
Over the past six years, we’ve been blessed at TCU to have unprecedented success in both academics and athletics. Applications are at an all-time high. We’re recruiting and enrolling some amazing students. We’ve built some amazing facilities and transformed the physical aspect of our campus. We’ve launched new academic programs, including a great new honors college. We’ve experienced great success in our Campaign for TCU. We had an original goal of $250 million, we’ve raised the goal to $375 million and thus far we’ve raised a little more than $402 million. Our football team won the Rose Bowl, our baseball team went to the College World Series and our women’s rifle team was greeted at the White House by the President. We’ve had some amazing experiences and, now, competing in the Big 12 will give our student athletes and our students the chance to continue these great experiences.”
Big 12 Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas
On welcoming TCU to the Big 12
“Chancellor, TCU has traveled a long path. It’s been to different places. Sir, I’d like to welcome you home.”
On TCU’s success leading to the Big 12
“TCU has an outstanding record with student athletes. If you take a look at its APR and graduation rate, then you can see they emphasize student. Take a look at their success and that’s athletes. I was pleasured to present to TCU some years ago, an academic achievement award, which was given to the football team with the highest graduation rate. Eighteen sports will be welcomed into the Big 12 Conference and we look forward to having you join us. Everybody knows about the tradition of TCU football.”
TCU Chairman of the Board of Trustees Clarence Scharbauer III
On returning to old rivalries
“Being a graduate of this university in the early 1970s and being in the old Southwest Conference, to today come full circle, this really means a lot to me.”
On the Board of Trustee’s decision
“The Board takes this seriously. It’s not like we haven’t done this before. We had a lot of good questions in there and we had a lot of interest. We’re excited. We realize the commitment we have to make at this university in the future and we’re willing to make it. We’ve proven a lot of things. Coach Gary Patterson has proven a lot of things. I think we’re there and I think we’re ready to take this step.”
TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte
On what made this move possible
“I want to thank our coaches and our student-athletes. Today is about you guys and what you’ve done. From the day we left the Southwest Conference, we never made an excuse. Why not us? Every time you point a finger, there were three pointing back at you. You guys decided we would take care of our own. We will get to the promised land if we work hard and take care of each other. Today is living proof that dreams can come true because of your efforts. Coming full circle and coming home lies at the feet of our coaches and student-athletes who believe in each other and in themselves.”
On receiving the notice of invitation from the Big 12
“When we got that fateful call at 7:42 a.m. on a Thursday, I about passed out. I went inside and shed a tear. We worked so hard to be here. It’s an amazing time for us because of all the hard work. I met with Coach Patterson last night and we were talking about the last 14 years. To hear the iron in his voice and to see the excitement in him, you can tell we’re here. When you can sit with the football coach and see the emotion and the trials and tribulations he’s been through, it’s a pretty special moment when the coach says ‘we’ve got to do what’s right with TCU and this is right for TCU.’”
On joining the Big 12
“Chuck Neinas, what you guys have done for us to give us this opportunity is truly special. Chancellor Boschini and the Board of Trustees, you gave us the faith to believe that we can accomplish our dreams. That is absolutely fantastic. It’s a great day to be a Frog.”
On the decisions leading to this move
“This is a process of conversations. They’ve been happening throughout the board in this ever-changing landscape. We were so thankful for the opportunity that the Big East gave us. At the end of the day, things were changing rapidly. They changed relatively quickly. Mr. Neinas has been on the job for two weeks, so these conversations happened very quickly.”
On the Board’s decision
“It was an absolutely unanimous conversation. I think they were unanimous in that they understand where we’ve been. They were lengthy, deep conversations. Our Chancellor is a very thoughtful individual. When you have a Board of Trustees that is so thoughtful and cherishes this institution with all of its heart, you will have good conversations. We had to go through and talk about what this did for TCU and what it did for academics and athletics. At the end of the day, we know where we’re headed.”

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