Big 12 move affects sports campus wide

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    TCU’s decision to join to the Big 12 may have been a football-motivated move; however, it will affect all sports on campus.

    Several fall sports, including volleyball, are in the middle of the final Mountain West season. Head volleyball coach Prentice Lewis said she and the team are still focused on the Mountain West. Although the move is exciting, she said they needed to concentrate on the season at hand, and will start to prepare for next year in January.

    This volleyball season, the Frogs have played three teams in the Big 12. Although they came up short against the University of Texas (No. 4), the Frogs defeated Baylor University (No. 45) at home with a 3-0 sweep. They also went up against Texas Tech at the TCU Tournament and came up with a 3-1 win.

    Women’s soccer is also still involved with their regular season. Head coach Dan Abdalla also said he is just focused on the rest of this season in the Mountain West.

    “Since we are in the middle of our season, we haven’t really put much thought into it,” Abdalla said. “We are just focused on our next game, which is Boise State on Friday.”

    Spring sports at TCU are also thinking about the move. Darryl Anderson, head coach of track and field, said he trusts Chancellor Boschini and Chris Del Conte’s decision, and he is excited for the Big 12.

    “Whenever they make a decision, I feel confident that it is well thought out and that it is not only a benefit for one sport, but for the entire athletic department,” Anderson said.

    The move may be beneficial for track and field because most of the schools they compete against are already Big 12 schools, he said.

    Although some of the schools in the Big 12 may be tougher opponents, Anderson said the team’s plan will not change competitively. The still hoped to be in the top tier and have the opportunity to win the conference eventually, he said.

    “We won’t do anything differently,” Anderson said.  “Our goals will stay the same.”