For Kansas State president Kirk Schulz, inviting TCU to join the Big 12 represented a major step for the conference.
After dealing with all the negative publicity that has surrounded the Big 12 in the ongoing conference realignment shuffle, he thinks the Horned Frogs will bring both a sense of stability and confidence to the league as it moves forward.
“We feel so great about the addition of TCU to the Big 12 Conference,” Schulz said. “I think it’s a great change to be on the offensive and be out there talking in a positive way about the future of the conference instead of worrying about whether it’s going to break up in a number of years.”
Schulz, who serves as the chair of the Big 12’s expansion committee, played a key role in that process. Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas said the expansion committee had been re-actived only earlier this week. It didn’t take long for it to take action.
Combined with the conference’s announcement that its members have agreed to equally share their first and second tier TV revenue, pledged a formal grant of television rights for a minimum of six years and decided not to show high school games or highlights in any form on Tier 3 networks, and it’s been a productive day for the Big 12.
“This puts us in a great position for the future,” Schulz said.