TCU athletic director jabs Aggies – or does he?

TCU AD Chris Del Conte

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte claimed Texas A&M made an “erroneous mistake” joining the SEC in 2012 during a radio interview Wednesday morning.

“Thank God A&M decided to make a wrong error, (an) erroneous mistake,” Del Conte said on “The Musers” show on The Ticket in Dallas. “They left, allowed us to get in. It’s (been) smooth sailing ever since.”

Del Conte tweeted shortly after the interview that his comment was a tongue-in-cheek remark.

Texas A&M’s departure from the Big 12 opened a spot for TCU to join the conference that initially shunned it when it formed in 1994. The Horned Frogs were expected to join the Big East during conference expansion in 2012, but instead moved to the Big 12 following the Aggies’ exit.

Since then, TCU has finished with a top-10 ranking in the Associated Press football poll twice, while A&M hasn’t accomplished the feat since 2012. But the Horned Frogs have had two losing seasons, 2013 and 2016, while the Aggies have posted a winning record during each of the last four years.

During SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., last week, Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said the program didn’t have any remorse about its decision to join the conference several years ago.

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