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TCU’s Patterson says money drives conference expansion decisions

TCU coach Gary Patterson talks with SMU coach Chad Morris (left) before their Sept. 23 game in Dallas.
TCU coach Gary Patterson talks with SMU coach Chad Morris (left) before their Sept. 23 game in Dallas. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

TCU coach Gary Patterson offered no opinion on Big 12 expansion Monday, but he knows why it was considered.

“I’m kind of the wrong person to talk to when it comes to that kind of stuff, because to me, you add championship games, you add people, we all need to just call it what it is — it’s about money,” he said during the weekly coaches conference call with reporters. “It’s not about you match teams and universities that make you better. If we can do that, then I’m all for it. If not, then I’m not.”

The Big 12 was expected to make an announcement about expansion later Monday. Ironically, it was believed that TV balking at higher prices for the broadcast package would lead the league to put aside expansion for now.

The Big 12 already has announced plans to play a championship game starting next season.

Patterson said league title games have their pluses and minuses but, “to me, they’re about money. They’re not about finding out who the best teams in college football are. We already played 12 ballgames to do all that.”

Patterson said as a coach, he has no input on the decision to expand or not.

“The coaches weren’t asked in any of those other leagues where we were allowed in whether we should be allowed,” Patterson said. “To be honest with you, even in the Big 12, there were people that initially voted against us coming in here. People have always had their difference of opinion over recruting, how money gets divided, how all of it happens.”

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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