Fiesta Bowl was not a loss for the university

Few things are so difficult that a group of people can prepare for weeks in the national spotlight, do everything in its power to achieve success and still only have a 50-50 chance of victory. College football bowl season is one of those things.

Despite the Fiesta Bowl’s disappointing outcome, the university deserves huge credit for creating an incredible bowl experience for its students and fans. The effort the Athletics and Campus Life offices put forth regarding travel and event organization was exponentially better than last year for the Poinsettia Bowl.

Before the game was announced – in an unprecedented live national broadcast from the completely full Daniel-Meyer Coliseum – the community was given useful updates on travel and game ticket options. Students were even offered TCU-sponsored programming in Glendale, Ariz., including a welcome party and a pep rally. The university also teamed TCU Police with campus officials in Glendale in the event that a student needed emergency assistance.

I’ve always appreciated the community atmosphere TCU promotes, but seeing that same environment travel across the country absolutely exceeded my expectations. It takes a lot to find value in the cost of attending TCU, but the university’s effort in planning an exceptional bowl game experience was certainly an example.

The success of Horned Frog football, whether some na’ve professors admit it or not, benefits the entire community in a huge way.

TCU’s increased national prominence in athletics coverage will certainly expedite our school’s growth and image as a respected university. Seeing the university recognize and take action in light of that truth gives me reason to expect big things for TCU in the future.

John Andrew Willis is a junior Spanish major from Dallas.