Big 12 Officially Welcomes West Virginia and TCU

Sunday marked the first day of TCU and West Virginia's membership in the Big 12 Conference. TCU actually held a rally on Saturday night to mark the school's membership where Athletic Director Chris Del Conte addressed the crowd on the schools latest jump to a BCS Conference.

 "We never made an excuse for why we weren't in," he said "we fought our way back we earned our way back, and today we're in the Big 12. That's what I'm talking about."

 Head Coach Gary Patterson was also at the rally and spoke to media members about what the Frogs and the Mountaineers can expect in the new conference.

 "There's a big speed factor here," Patterson said. "Played against them a long time, everybody has guys that can run. You've gotta find a way to win. There's a lot of good coaches in this league, a lot of people that have a very high a standard. We've known that all along playing people back here, you've gotta get used to it, now you've got to do it every week."

 The Mountaineers with former Texas Tech Offensive Coordinator, Dana Holgerson, have a few Texas ties as well, like quarterback Paul Millard of Flower Mound, and he is excited to come back and play a little closer to home.

 "I keep saying, 'the next time I'm in Texas hopefully it's when we are playing down there,'" Millard said. "I have buddies from high school at pretty much every Big 12 School. It'll be cool to go see those schools I grew up watching."

 In the last five seasons, with the addition of West Virginia and TCU, 5 of the conferences 10 teams have won at least one BCS game.

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