Perhaps this thing does have some legs.
Two days after a report first surfaced that the Big East was targeting TCU as an attractive candidate for expansion, and a day after that school’s athletic director issued a non-denial denial, unnamed sources are beginning to leak tidbits of information to the local media.
Citing several sources close to the situation, the Dallas Morning News is reporting that officials from both the Big East and TCU have met and discussed the Horned Frogs joining the conference. The discussions have reportedly taken place within the past 30 days.
TCU AD Chris Del Conte has been in Philadelphia and New York the past few days for meetings on Mountain West Conference television contracts, along with commissioner Craig Thompson.
In Del Conte’s statement released Wednesday, the AD assured “everyone that our No. 1 priority is to always protect TCU’s best interests.” From the reports that have rolled out the past couple of days, it appears that the Big East — and the accompanying automatic qualifying BcS bid the conference holds — would be the viable protection of which the boss of athletics speaks.
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.