With Texas and Oklahoma on the verge of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, emotions are hot, even for those who it won’t technically impact directly. Former star TCU defensive end Ben Banogu went off on Twitter on the Texas Longhorns on Friday afternoon.
Banogu is from Prosper, Texas and started his college career at Louisiana-Monroe before transferring to TCU. He sat out the 2016 season and then became a star on the TCU defensive line in 2017 helping the Horned Frogs reach the Big 12 Championship Game. He totaled 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss on the season and earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors. In 2018, he ended the season with 8.5 sacks and 18.0 tackles for loss to once again be named First Team All-Big 12. He was a second round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
Well, Banogu had some strong commentary on the Texas Longhorns planning to leave the Big 12, saying in part, “Y’all have been toilet water since Vince [Young].” He added that, “Everybody knew it was a big stat night when them cows came into town.”
TCU has had Texas’ number since joining the Big 12 Conference. The Horned Frogs are 7-2 against Texas since 2012, while Banogu split his two games against Texas in 2017 and 2018.
Banogu is obviously defensive of TCU, who may soon be looking for a new home of the Big 12 implodes. The Horned Frogs have bounced around several conferences over the last 25 years since the Southwest Conference fell apart, spending time in the WAC, Conference USA, Mountain West and now Big 12. TCU, along with Baylor and Texas Tech, have reportedly already reached out to the Pac-12.
The Horned Frogs do bring a presence in a top 5 media market in Dallas-Fort Worth, but it remains to be seen how valuable that is to other Power Conferences, if it ultimately comes down to TCU needing to find a new home.