Big 12 commish says league’s best days ahead

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TCU won 24 consecutive Mountain West games, not losing a league game the past three years, and has won 50 of its last 55 games overall.

“We’re excited about our inaugural year in the Big 12. Obviously it’s been a long journey for us,” said TCU coach Gary Patterson, whose team won or shared titles in three different leagues since the Southwest Conference broke up and the Frogs were left out of the original Big 12 configuration in 1996.

“I think Fort Worth, before we play a ball game, wins. I think before we play a ballgame, TCU wins,” he said. “Financially, credibility-wise, Gary Patterson’s job got harder. That’s OK.”

The start of the Big 12 media session came right after the NCAA announced severe penalties against Penn State in the wake of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky being found guilty of sexually abusing young boys. While wiping away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno’s victories, the NCAA also fined Penn State $60 million, banned the school from postseason play the next four seasons reduced scholarships by 20 over that same period.

Stoops and Patterson both used the word “tragic” to describe the Penn State situation.

“The whole situation is just incredibly tragic. That’s the only word I can use to describe the whole thing,” Stoops said. “I don’t know all the facts. I’m not one to judge. But in every way, in every way possible, children should always be protected by adults.”

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