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Geography is dead

And now another thing the BCS has bestowed upon us -- geographical irrelevance.

This upon the news that Texas Christian University will be joining -- wait for it -- the Big East next year, in all sports. For TCU, this is primarily a football move; the life of a non-automatic qualifier in the BCS is one of condescending pats on the head from the powers-that-be while those powers feverishly manipulate their computer "rankings" to limit non-AQs' participation in the big-money bowl games and national title game.

For the Big East, that makes this a football move, too. Adding the Horned Frogs will at least partially make up for the raids that have been made by other power conferences on its choice football schools.

So, come on in, TCU. Never mind that this makes no sense whatsoever geographically or in any other way. Never mind that TCU has no, zero, nada traditional rivalries in the Big East. And never mind the travel costs for sports other than football and men's basketball. I mean, really? You're going to play a home-and-home in women's hoops with the likes of Syracuse and UConn?

It's a long way from Fort Worth to Storrs, baby. But who cares about that?

It's the dough that counts. And the the power football conferences, because they designed the BCS for just that purpose, are rolling in it.

Ben Smith's blog.