Meet the TCU fans behind the 2011 TCU-Ohio State billboard prank

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Since the late 1980s, TCU football has been the bond that’s kept John Runyon and eight of his fraternity brothers together. The past eight years, however, they’ve been bonded for another reason: the knowledge of having pulled off one of college football’s most mysterious capers in recent history.

Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, the nine will reunite from across the country at ATT Stadium, where their Horned Frogs will take on Ohio State. They’ll be watching from a box that might as well be called the “Little Sisters of the Poor Suite.”

Because, after all, they were the ones behind 20 billboards that popped up around Columbus, Ohio, eight years ago.

“That’s my core crew, and win or lose, TCU football is what keeps us together,” Runyon said. “And that passion we have is what fueled the billboard thing.”

That billboard thing has only added to the buildup surrounding TCU’s showdown with Ohio State.

Sure, both teams are nationally ranked. And, yes, ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Fort Worth to preview the matchup.

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