First reaction - pathetic. This is something out of the Pat Sullivan era when his 1-10 Horned Frogs battled New Mexico, or worse. This was homecoming. Why not just add High School Band Day, Give Tickets To the Homeless Day as well in an effort to reach the announced attendance of 41,000.
Second reaction: Totally expected. The kickoff was the less-than-desirable 11 a.m., and it was the start time of Texas-Oklahoma. Plus, the opponent was NAIA Kansas.
The student body is small, as is the fan base. This is a numbers deal, and there are not enough bodies. TCU can't create enough T-shirt fans.
Third reaction: The weather bordered miserable. It was hot, and humid. People who are paying money to be entertained want to be comfortable if they are going to watch a bad, bad football game.
Fourth reaction: The parking lot is more fun than the game. This is going on everywhere at college campuses. The TVs are so sharp, and you can surf between plays. Throw in the chance to drink beer without the fear of being busted, plus eat off the grill, and this experience is far more fun than being cramped inside the stadium.
TCU has at least created a destination and a party place, which is a win. But we are seeing even being in the Big 12 can't fill up the place.
People are upset, but considering the circumstances I can't blame anyone for bailing.
The pictures are still embarrassing, and you know head coach Gary Patterson has to be irate over this pattern. It's part of the deal at TCU, and a host of small private schools in BCS conferences (Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Baylor, etc.).
Don't worry - Texas comes to Fort Worth on Oct. 26. The place will be full then.
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