TCU's Patterson gets preview of Frogs' future
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- TCU coach Gary Patterson sat in on the Big East's annual meetings Monday, even though his Horned Frogs won't join the league until the 2012 season. It's an awkward season in limbo for TCU, closing out a successful seven-year run in the Mountain West while looking forward to moving into an automatic-qualifying BCS league.
"I think the excitement is in our new guys that are committing, the new recruiting class," he said. "They're the ones the Big East is going to have an effect on, the class coming in. Really, we haven't talked much about it. Our whole thing is getting a chance to try to win a conference championship, one more conference championship, in the league we're in."
Patterson, sporting a huge diamond-circled TCU Rose Bowl ring on his right hand, said he's already seeing the recruiting benefits of playing in a BCS league, despite the success he's had as an outsider.
"The two things always held against us were we weren't in an (automatic) qualifying conference, and getting a chance to get into a BCS game without going undefeated," he said.
Patterson is excited about the large Northeast TV markets he'll reach in the Big East, comparing his geographic position to what the Dallas Cowboys now have as members of the NFC East.
"For us, TV sets -- I think being able to go east, the same way the Dallas Cowboys did it," he said. "Geographically, it doesn't make any difference for them to come to Philadelphia. That's what they do. That's how they've become quote America's Team. They were able to be seen so much. We'll see how that works."