Dolan's prediction if a WVU-TCU game were held today: "TCU would lose by 42 points."
Charleston attorney Tom Hancock, 28, worried what might happen down the road.
"Adding TCU sounds great now when they are experiencing a lot of football success, but it's a move the Big East will regret in the long run," he said.
He said the Horned Frogs' coach, Gary Patterson, looked like a prime target to be hired away by a more high-profile school.
"In five years, when Gary Patterson has moved on to greener pastures, their football team is mediocre again, and we are saddled with heavy travel costs and TCU's poor programs in other sports, like men's basketball, we will be sorry."
Even though Yeager Airport offers flights to the Fort Worth area, where TCU is located, Hancock, a WVU fan, said he wouldn't be among those making the trip for an away game.
"I do not see myself traveling to Fort Worth for a game," he said. "If I am going to spend that kind of money, I'll save it for a bowl game."
But not all reactions were critical. Some positives came from Marshall University fans as well.
Marshall graduate Jennings Starcher, 30, said that the TCU move was a great boost for the Big East, even though his team isn't in the conference.
"As a Marshall fan, I'm okay with TCU moving to the Big East because with this move it gives the Big East a school that will add more prestige and allow the Big East to expand, which is great for recruiting," he said.
"Overall a great move by the Big East and also allows the Big East to keep its seat at the BCS."
And in bars around town, there was already some Monday morning quarterbacking going on over the decision.
Rob Baker, 52, who works at Sam's Uptown Cafe, was one of those sharing his views Monday afternoon at the Boulevard Tavern.
"Why wouldn't you want somebody that's been so strong for the last several years to join our conference?" Baker said.
"Everyone complains about how weak the Big East is - they're a solid team. The stronger the Big East becomes the better for the Mountaineers. They might have to upgrade our coaching staff up there."
Baker argued that adding a strong team will make the conference as a whole stronger because all the teams will step up their game.
"If TCU is assumed to be the team perennially to beat, then we'll need to step up," he said. "This will raise the level of competition. Competition is what it's all about - the better the competition, the better you play."
Baker said he looked forward to the eventual meeting of WVU and TCU, saying the Mountaineers could take them on today if given the chance.
"You know, everything's not that big in Texas," he said. "If we didn't beat ourselves, we could beat anybody today."
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.