TCU: Tremendous Class Undeterred
Despite not getting a chance to play for a national championship, undefeated TCU received three No. 1 votes from the media and one from a coach in Tuesday's final college football polls. Three writers - Kyle Tucker (The Virginian-Pilot), Pete DiPrimio (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel) and Ray Fittipaldo (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) -- voted TCU No. 1 and one coach -- Idaho's Robb Akey -- gave the top spot to the Frogs despite a mandate that all coaches vote for the winner of the BCS National Championship Game. (And shame on ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, one of four voters who put TCU fourth on their ballot.)
But uproar? Controversy? Displeasure? You're not hearing any of that from Fort Worth this week.
Good for TCU. The Frogs are above a broken system.
"We're going to celebrate the fact that we won the Rose Bowl," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said yesterday. "But until they get a system that is going to be absolutely perfect so they can figure out a way to determine those things, we need to celebrate the system we currently have right now. I'm not going to go through my time with an asterisk: Could have, should have, but ... No. We're Rose Bowl champions."
TCU finished No. 2 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll and the USA Today coaches' poll -- its best finish since winning the championship way back in 1938.
An undefeated Auburn team was denied a chance at the title in 2004. It took six years but finally the Tigers got their shot. Maybe TCU's time will come as well.
Until then, stay classy Fort Worth.