Mr. Chris Del Conte may have pushed the envelope a bit too far this morning, and God love him for it. TCU isn't even an official member of The Big 12, but that did not prevent the TCU director of athletics from speaking as if he is conference comissioner DeLoss Dodds.
Del Conte is in Lubbock this morning speaking to a Committee for Champions breakfast on the Texas Tech campus. According to Chris Level, who is the publisher of RedRaiderSports.com and a co-host of a radio show on 104.3 FM in Lubbock; he Tweeted that Del Conte said that the once dead Big 12 "now has schools like Florida State, Clemson and Miami trying to get in."
This is called a confirmation, and it's actually on the record.
UPDATE: Per the Star-Telegram's Stefen Stevenson, Del Conte's comments were a reference to the rumor mill, not confirming school's interest in the Big 12.
Before Del Conte let fly this winner all of the Big 12 expansion talk had been either rumor, or the ramblings of an irritated member of the Florida State board of trustees. Before this everything had been "deny", "deny", "no comment" or "we are very happy in this crappy conference under the direction of these morons."
This should not get Del Conte into any trouble at all, primarily because it is so obviously true and this stuff has been floating for a little more than one week.
Del Conte also appeared on The Double T radio show this morning and said he thinks the Big 12 needs to be a bit more patient in this latest round of expanion.
"From my standpoint of right now, I want to stay let's take our breath. We are in a position of strength. Let's not rush into anything. We know expansion has to happen. It may not be for a while. We are in the catbird seat right now. We don't need to rush it. You are excited all of these teams want into the Big 12 and two years ago it was going to disintegrate."
On behalf of so many of my media brethren hacks, thank you Mr. Del Conte and to Chris Level.
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