Officially Big 12!

TCU fans celebrated the Frogs' official move to the Big 12 on Saturday night.

Ft. Worth, Texas - Between 800-1000 Frog fans packed into Rodeo Plaza next to Billy Bob's Texas in the Ft. Worth Stockyards as they celebrated TCU's move into the Big 12 from the Mountain West late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Fireworks filled the sky and the iconic Frog Horn blew as the clock hit midnight after the crowd chanted from 12 seconds instead of 10.

If the crowd wasn't motivated enough with the move, they received a boost when head football coach Gary Patterson whipped his jacket around side-helicopter style to electrify the crowd.

"Can you get fired up about something?" Patterson yelled to the crowd as they chanted Gary! Gary! Gary! Patterson wanted it known to the crowd that when teams come to play the Frogs in Amon Carter Stadium, they don't forget it.

"Fifteen years ago we started this walk, we were 1-10 with no facilities," Patterson told the crowd. "We've come a long way and we don't need to stop now."

The move to the Big 12 is TCU's sixth conference switch since the Southwest Conference disbanded in the early 90's. The Frogs have also been part of the WAC, Conference USA, Mountain West and Big East (although not officially).

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte reflected on the Frogs' long road back when he addressed the crowd.

"It's been a long time coming and we never made an excuse why we weren't in and fought our way back and today we're in the Big 12," Del Conte said.

Also in attendance was new Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who received a custom-made pair of Justin boots. Bowlsby mentioned his time spent earlier in the evening when he had dinner with Patterson and the coach telling him he's ‘intent on keeping the run he's had the last few years' which erupted the crowd.

"There's a lot of good ahead, welcome to the league," Bowlsby said.

Also in attendance were men's basketball coach Trent Johnson, who wore a black cowboy hat, women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie and women's soccer coach Eric Bell.

Ft. Worth City Councilman Dennis Shingleton also presented Del Conte with a proclamation making July 1, 2012 as TCU day.

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