Red, white, blue. . . and purple
TCU accepts invitation into Conference USA
To listen to TCU Athletics Director Eric Hyman, it
appears that at least one trait in Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly
Effective People applies to universities as well: begin with the end in mind.
"The goal is for the institution to have a
nationally prominent program," said Hyman, in his second year at the top
Frog sports post. "Our first objective was to have successful athletics
programs within the first two years. The second objective within 3-5 years is to
be respected, appreciated and recognized in the marketplace. In the five-plus
year range, our objective is to have a successful national program (Top 25)
determined by how we compete in the Sears Cup (TCU currently is in the Top
"Conference USA provides the opportunity
for us to meet all of these goals faster than we expected."
TCU officially joins league play in 2001 in a
conference that has been in existence only four years. Yet, C-USA has wasted no
time in scoring major benefits for its member institutions:
-- Top 5 Men's Basketball Conference
-- Top 7 football conference
-- National football game of the week on Fox (12 weeks)
-- Fifty-five total televised basketball games
-- Three bowl opportunities
-- Eight million newspaper circulation
-- 12 Top 51 TV markets
-- Bowl Championship Series signatory member
-- Reduced travel and missed classes for student-athletes
C-USA members in four years have also managed
to place six football teams in bowl games, 25 men's and 17 women's basketball
squads in postseason play, as well as scoring 12 NCAA bids for its soccer teams,
10 for volleyball and nine for baseball (with no official word available for
golf, tennis, swimming and diving, track and field or riflery).
Mascot: Blue Demons
The 1999 issue of The Princeton Review's Best
331 Colleges cited students at this Catholic university to be "the
happiest," thanks to friendly students, caring professors and an exciting
University of Alabama-Birmingham
A major research university, UAB has only been
a university for 30 years. Before that, it was a medical and dental school.
Physicians nationwide have ranked UAB's University Hospital third best in the
United States Military Academy (Army)
West Point, New York
Mascot: Cadets/Black Knights
By an Act of Congress, the nation's first
service academy aims to provide the country with leaders of character for the
common defense. Alumni include Grant and Lee, Pershing and MacArthur, Eisen-
hower and Patton, Westmoreland and Schwarzkopf.
University of Cincinnati
The university's annual budget for research
exceeds $110 million; Bearcats count among their contributions to society the
first oral polio vaccine, the first antihistamine and the first safe anti-knock
University of Houston
The stomping grounds of Carl Lewis, Dan Rather
and Dennis Quaid, U of H is also home to the largest university
superconductivity center in the country.
University of Louisville
The School of Music is internationally
recognized for its presentation of the Grawemeyer Award, the largest prize in
the world for music competition.
Mascot: Golden Eagles
Named for French Jesuit missionary-explorer Fr.
Jacques Marquette, the university in 1991 launched a pioneering revitalization
"Campus Circle" project on Milwaukee's west side.
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
With a rural medicine program rated among the
top 5 by U.S. News & World Report, ECU also boasts a maritime studies
program that recently uncovered the remains of Blackbeard's ship.
University of Memphis
UM's five centers of excellence are dedicated
to research in education, Egyptian art, psychology, earthquake science and
speech and hearing.
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
Built in the heart of what used to be the
nation's first gold field, UNC-Charlotte now counts among its jewels the UNC
Charlotte Urban Institute, which provides public service to a 13-county region
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri
The second oldest of 28 Jesuit universities in
the country, SLU may have a mascot more unique than the Horned Frog. The
Billiken is a statuette piggy bank that was the national rage in the 1900s. To
buy a Billiken gives the purchaser luck, but to have one given to you is better
University of South Florida
USF is the largest university in C-USA and is
considered a model urban research university for the 21st century. It is the
only university to have its extensive art collections archived at the National
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
University of Southern Mississippi
Mascot: Golden Eagles
Southern Miss was originally founded as a
teacher's college, but one of its most recent boasts is its Polymer Science
Center, one of only seven such programs in the country. It also has a premier
Center for Writers.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mascot: Green Wave
Tulane ranks 18th in the country for the number
of National Merit Scholars enrolled, and also lays claim to the nickname,
"Cradle of Presidents," with 11 former administrators named to top
university posts since 1980.