Big East News Conference Quotes

Nov. 29, 2010

TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte
On what made this move possible
“A lot of great things are happening. They are happening because of the student-athletes at TCU, our coaches, our Board of Trustees and our wonderful chancellor. We have a chancellor that allowed us to dream. If you don’t dream, you’re living in a memory.”

On joining the other institutions of the Big East Conference
“We dare to be great academically and athletically. This move, today, is great for TCU. We’re moving into a realm and an arena that we’ve always dreamed about. The academic institutions we are going to be associated with are unbelievable. The people in this building are so excited about this opportunity. We’ll have West Virginia playing here at Amon Carter Stadium. We’ll have Connecticut playing our women’s basketball program right in here. We’ve got Villanova coming. We’ve got Syracuse coming.”

On TCU’s time as a member of the Mountain West Conference
“I think we’d be at remiss if we didn’t take a moment to thank Craig Thompson and the Mountain West Conference. They’ve been wonderful partners for us. They gave us the opportunity to grow. We’re all thankful for what they’ve done for us at TCU and for their friendship.”

On where this places TCU among BCS automatic-qualifying members
“We’ve got an unbelievable Board of Trustees, a phenomenal chancellor and the best football coach in America. We’ll take all-comers, anytime, anywhere, any place, so bring it on. We’ve got a team that’s ready anytime.”

TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.
On what this means for TCU
“This is an exciting moment in the history of Texas Christian University. We’re honored that all of you showed up today. One of our goals at Texas Christian University has always been to succeed at the highest level, both academically and athletically. Our Board chair feels we can do that. I believe we can do that. Our faculty and staff believe we can do that.”

TCU Board of Trustees Chairman J. Luther King, Jr.
On the move to the Big East
“It is an exciting day to be a Horned Frog. When you think of the past, it’s really exciting, but when you think of the future, you can really get excited. We’re getting ready to be a part of a whole new era in Texas Christian University’s athletic program and association with great universities.”

On the board’s unanimous decision to join the Big East
“In short notice, we called a board meeting. You need to have 72 hours to call a meeting and we made that barely. We had a better attendance, today, in our board meeting than any board meeting I can remember. That says something about the importance of today and the importance of what we’re getting ready to do. It’s with great enthusiasm that the Board of Trustees voted today to accept the invitation to join the Big East Conference. It’s consistent with the University’s strategic objectives of becoming more visible on a national scene. We appreciate being a part of the Mountain West. They’ve been very good to us. It’s time, at this moment in history, for us to move and we’ve made that decision.”

Big East Commissioner John M. Marinatto
On TCU joining the Big East
“What an exciting and historic day to be the commissioner of the Big East Conference. Today, I’m thrilled to be here in Fort Worth to announce the addition of Texas Christian University and its athletic programs to what we like to refer to as the largest family in intercollegiate athletics, the Big East Conference.”

On why the Big East chose TCU
“When the Big East Conference looked to expand, we sought to add a member that would bring significant value to our current 16 outstanding member institutions. We sought a member that would make us not only bigger, but stronger and more competitive. Our focus was to add a quality institution to our football membership and clearly the tremendously successful TCU football team adds enormous strength to the Big East roster. The opportunity to add a member such as TCU as a full member was an opportunity our presidents and chancellors simply could not pass up.”

On what TCU gains from joining the Big East
“As a member of the Big East Conference, TCU will benefit from increased national exposure and the conference’s automatic-qualifying status in the BCS. As Division-I’s largest and most diverse athletic conference, it’s exciting for me to be here in such a tradition-rich environment such as Texas. The Big East will now be playing football in the Northeast, the Midwest, Florida and Texas. No other conference can claim such representation. The addition of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the fifth-largest media market in the country, furthers the Big East Conference footprint, reaching more than 25 million U.S. households, more than 25 percent of the United States.”

On how adding TCU affects the geographical landscape of the conference
“I fully realize that some people will question geography. Paul Taglibue, the former commissioner of the NFL and one our consultants put it best when he said a recent meeting, ‘The Dallas Cowboys play in the NFC East. TCU and their fans will be right at home with the Big East.’ I couldn’t agree more.”

Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins
On welcoming TCU to the Big East
“I want to express on behalf of the Presidents and Chancellors of the Big East Conference, how excited we are to add TCU as a member. It is an institution with a remarkable history of success in athletics, a commitment to NCAA compliance and the educational success of its student-athletes.”

On the conference moving westward
“When you think of conferences, they tend to be shaped by geographical proximity and historical contingency. But with this addition of TCU to the Big East, we transcend some geographical boundaries to create some really interesting cross-regional competition. We transcend historical contingencies to create possibilities for the future. We, in the Big East, could not be more excited to have TCU join us. We look forward to an exciting future of enhanced athletic competition and the addition of an excellent academic institution to the conference.”

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