There were a little more than 400 media credential requests submitted for the Rose Bowl. Watching the prees conference on Friday morning, I counted about 17 cameras and a lot of writers. I am guessing this will be the most watched and most covered football game in the school's history. TCU color analyst said there were far more media here for the Rose Bowl than the Fiesta Bowl.
This is the type of press and exposure you can only hope for but can't expect.
"We're in the Rose Bowl," TCU AD Chris Del Conte said to me Thursday when I called him as he tried to gather umpteen tickets for family and friends. "This is such a great thing and it's not the end by any stretch."
He didn't say, but what I think Del Conte is trying to say is that TCU has finally arrived. No more will coaches be expected to use TCU as a platform to another school. An appearance in the Rose Bowl and the inclusion in the Big East Conference means those days are over. TCU is likely a destination school for coaches who want to win a national championship.
So even if TCU does not win the Rose Bowl on Saturday, the Horned Frogs have already won.
- Mac Engel
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