Tech backs out of scheduled game against Frogs

TCU athletics director Chris Del Conte confirmed Wednesday that Texas Tech has cancelled its scheduled Sept. 10 football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

It is the second consecutive year Tech has backed out of its scheduled football game with the Frogs. Texas Tech last played TCU on Sept. 16, 2006, losing 12-3.

Associate athletics director Jack Hesselbrock told ESPN that Texas Tech needed to drop a nonconference game to compensate for a ninth conference game after the Big 12 Conference realigned to a 10-team conference. TCU offered to relocate the game to Cowboys Stadium, but Tech declined.

Last season, Texas Tech backed out of the scheduled game due to TV scheduling conflicts with ESPN, and TCU ended up playing Oregon State in Cowboys Stadium in its season opener, defeating the Beavers 30-21.

TCU was scheduled to play Boise State in Fort Worth in 2011, but Hesselbrock said the Mountain West Conference is attempting to reschedule the game to be played in Boise, Idaho, because TCU will leave for the Big East in 2012.

TCU will still play Big 12 member and rival Baylor on Sept. 3 in Waco. The Frogs are also scheduled to play SMU on Oct. 1 in Fort Worth for the annual Battle for the Iron Skillet.

It is unclear which nonconference opponent will replace the Red Raiders on the 2011 schedule after TCU’s 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin and 13-0 season record, but it’s unlikely the Frogs will be able to slot a high-profile opponent with such short notice. With BYU and Utah jetting from the Mountain West Conference, TCU’s nonconference scheduling void will likely have BCS ramifications in 2011.