When Chris Del Conte accepted the role of athletic director at Texas Christian University (TCU) in the Fall of 2009, his hiring came with a stipulation – not only did he have to maintain a successful athletics program at one of the country’s most prestigious private universities, but he was also tasked with insuring that the Horned Frogs were positioned to become a dominate force in college athletics for the foreseeable future.
The Horned Frogs were awarded one of the top eight seeds in the NCAA baseball tournament despite going 0-2 last week in Tulsa, Okla., giving them a chance to play at home in each round before the College World Series.
The sophomore left-hander, who won co-DuPage Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year honors with Glenbard North's Eric Orze, decided to end his recruitment by committing to TCU.
While TCU isn’t ranked among RecruitingNation's top 15 classes for 2016, the Horned Frogs have definitely established themselves as a real threat for the top spot in the Big 12 with eight commitments, including pledges from four ESPN 300 prospects. To better understand how good of start this is for TCU, just look back at the 2015 class, where the Horned Frogs failed to sign a single ESPN 300 prospect. Gary Patterson’s squad will be a force to reckon with during the build up to signing day 2016.
These programs and their fan bases really, really don’t like one another. The whole “One True Champion” fiasco only stoked the embers of what has emerged as the fiercest, most contentious rivalry in the Big 12. Especially since Texas and Oklahoma have backslidden to a place slightly short of the sport’s elite. (Slightly … riiiiiight.)
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Debates about grammar have had more intrigue than this week's Big 12's spring business meetings, which officially begin on Wednesday.
Last year the Big 12 divided $213 million between its members, which was up from $198 million the previous fiscal year. How much will be in the pot for the Big 12 is expected to be announced later this week as the Big 12 spring meetings play out. Of all the power conferences, the Big 12’s $198 million in 2012-2013 was the lowest total revenue to share. Having two teams (Baylor and TCU) participate in the College Football Playoff bowl structure (although not actually in the playoff) figures to help the Big 12 revenue number jump to some extent this year.
Short of Jordan Spieth taking a wrong turn at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving and walking into a Big 12 meeting, don’t expect much excitement at the conference’s spring meetings this week.