Frogs Jump at MWC Invitation
Jan. 30, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - BYU President Cecil Samuelson, chair of the Mountain West Conference Board of Directors, announced the addition of Texas Christian University as the ninth member of the Mountain West, beginning with the 2005-06 academic year.
"We are all thrilled that TCU will join the Mountain West Conference," Samuelson said. "There were and are many attractive institutions to the league and TCU is a wonderful fit."
With an enrollment of 8,066, TCU sponsors 19 varsity sports. The Horned Frog football program has a rich 107-year history. This season, TCU appeared in a school-record sixth consecutive bowl game, making it one of 16 Division I-A programs to play in the post-season each of the last six years. In addition, TCU football has finished in the Top 25 three of the last four seasons.
"Since its inception five years ago, the MWC has established a solid foundation and experienced significant success in both the competitive and administrative arenas," stated commissioner Craig Thompson. "The addition of TCU enhances an already successful group of member institutions and adds to the MWC's strength at a time when the structure of Division I-A postseason football is evolving and when the Conference is nearing the end of its current television contract."
TCU's addition to the Mountain West renews relationships among the conference's member institutions. It also solidifies the MWC's profile within the state of Texas - where, presently, between 10-13 percent of the football and men's basketball student-athletes in the Conference originate.
"TCU is flattered to have been asked to join the Mountain West," chancellor Victor Boschini said. "We look forward to competing with their members and getting to know the schools in our new league."
The Mountain West Conference began with eight members in 1998, addressing a number of configuration issues, and now moves into its next phase of development as the landscape of intercollegiate athletics continues to shift. In 2005-06, MWC membership will include: The United States Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, University of New Mexico, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, San Diego State University, Texas Christian University, University of Utah, University of Wyoming.
Following is a Question & Answer with Commissioner Craig Thompson:
Why did the Mountain West Conference expand?
How does the addition of TCU strengthen the Mountain West?
Explain the MWC's expansion process?
When will TCU become a member of the Mountain West?