CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Local residents had mixed reactions Monday afternoon to the announcement that the Big East athletic conference would add Texas Christian University to the league in the 2012 season.
To some, the move didn't make geographic sense. After all, it's the Big "East" and this is a school from about as central a part of the country as possible. It would almost be like Northwestern University entering the Southeastern Conference.
Tom Romeo was one of those scratching his head.
"We're the Big East - I don't exactly see Texas in the Big East," he said.
The 45-year-old manager at Shades-N-Town in the Charleston Town Center mall wasn't sold on the idea Monday afternoon.
"I don't think it makes sense geographically or traditionally," Romeo, a WVU fan, said.
"I think it would be better getting someone like Villanova, Army or Navy, or make Notre Dame a full-time member or kick them out."
Collectibles, Etc. owner Chad Rogers, 37, was also taken aback by the move, but saw it in a positive light.
"I think it's very odd," he said.
But Rogers, a Nitro resident, said he could understand the need to add more teams to the Big East conference, which has been in danger of losing its automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series.
He saw the addition of the No. 3-ranked Horned Frogs as a way to counter that.
"Getting a team that's been in the Top 10 the past few years, I think will help that," he said. "Maybe they're on the way to making the Big East stronger. I think it's pretty exciting; at least the Big East is doing something new."
Jim Davis, manager of The Gallery at the Town Center, used the same word to describe TCU's addition.
"That just seems like an odd place to expand the Big East - it just seems like an odd fit," the 50-year-old WVU fan said.
He also echoed Rogers' sentiment that it was time for the Big East conference to take a stand and strengthen itself.
"It'll be good to bring in new blood. The Big East needs to pick up a couple teams, that's for sure."
He looked forward to the Mountaineers playing TCU - the sooner the better.
"This'll be a tough match-up," he said. "I think it strengthens our nationwide reputation; whether we win or lose, it puts us on the nationwide stage more."
But one of his customers was dead set against it.
"I think they need to stay where they are," said die-hard Mountaineer fan and Elkview resident Heather Dolan. "They're just doing it to stay in the BCS."