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02/10/2013

The divide between TCU & SMU widen$

107740728What was once going to be the best basketball conference in the nation will soon look like three day left overs, minus the mold.

The slow and sad breakup of the Big East has left a lot of good people looking at their respective places asking, "Wait, what the hell just happened?"

The NBC Sports Network is, according to ESPN (why is NBC Sports not breaking its own news?) click here for the story offering the Big East between $20 and $23 million. That roughly $20 million for the entire conference, which will number 11 members on July 1, 2015.

By comparison, the Big 12 receive roughly $20 million per school per season.

This evolution has continued to widen the considerable gap between TCU and SMU, which were once thought to be joined at the hip with an unbreakable alliance through both geography and conference affiliation.

On July 1, 2015 the Big East is scheduled to look like Central Florida, Cincy, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, South Florida, SMU, Temple and Tulane.

You have to wonder how long SMU men's basketball coach Larry Brown is going to want to be a part of this. It is not for a lack of effort or spending on the part that SMU finds itself in this position.

This financial evolution and breakup of The Big East has SMU looking very much like a mid-major, while the school just to the west is very much among the majors.

 

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Comments

Mike

Ha! Suck it SMU!

Jef

Too bad SMU's basketball team will still outperform TCU's for the next several years regardless of how long LB stays. You're ignorant...look at the recruiting classes and the guys coming into SMU's program then write an article that's actually accurate. The gap is huge and it's in SMU's favor. You can play in the stable Big 12 all you want but if you still suck it doesn't matter. I can take a crap in a million dollar toilet, but that doesn't change the fact that its still a turd. Terrible reporting.

Kev

Jef... TCU and SMU both have one 4 star recruit and two 3 star recruits right now for basketball. So the ONE thing you thought you found that was a positive for that sorry excuse for an athletic program was actually a wash. Any other ideas? Id LOVE to hear them

Jonathan

Well, SMU will be the better bball team for years.

TCU made the commitment to athletics many many years ago. Good for the Frogs, SMU is too late and will never catch up. Damn shame.

SammyOBrien

SMU is the superior basketball program. Enjoy that. Texas is a football state. Try to rationalize your way out of that.

"The" OSU

smoo will be better in b-ball for about the next 10 minutes. TCU this year signed the #2 center in...the...NATION. From... Waitforit...
DALLAS!
Buh-Bye!

get out of town 'larry brown'

Larry Brown is still at SMU???? Are you kidding? I thought he would sign his contract and be gone. It's kind of a big story he has stayed this long.

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