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Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

Posted on: September 29, 2011 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 7:57 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Hooray! More conference realignment news!

Texas A&M has already left the Big 12 for the SEC and there are some who believe that Missouri may soon follow the Aggies out the door. Which would leave the Big 12 with only eight schools and looking for potential replacements. As I wrote about yesterday, BYU, Boise State, West Virginia and Louisville have all been mentioned as possibilities for the conference as it may plan on returning to a 12-team league.

One school that isn't mentioned there that seems to make sense, however, is TCU. This is because it had been reported that Big 12 schools weren't exactly thrilled with the idea of adding another conference school in the state of Texas, but according to a report in the Dallas Morning News that may no longer be the case. The Dallas Morning News report is subscription only, but thankfully The Star-Ledger picks up where that pesky subscription line leaves off.
According to a report in today’s Dallas Morning News, “the Big 12 has a new stance about adding members from Texas, potentially opening the door for TCU and other schools.”

What it means is that TCU could be out of the Big East before it ever officially joins. According to two college officials, it would be an easy departure for the Horned Frogs, since they would only have to pay a $5 million exit fee and aren’t bound by the 27-month waiting period penalty unless they are Big East members as of July 1.

The two officials requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss TCU’s situation.
The Big 12 may be a more desirable destination for TCU should the offer come along, and not just for geographic and traditional reasons. Simply put, with Pitt and Syracuse already leaving the Big East and UConn expressing a similar desire, hard as it is to believe, the Big 12 is the most stable option at the moment. It would also still provide TCU access to the BCS.

What isn't clear is whether or not TCU would be the Big 12's top choice of a replacement to get back to ten schools, or if the Horned Frogs are only an option should Missouri leave.

But, as with all reports on potential realignment these days, we don't really know anything until the school makes it official.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:55 pm

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

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Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:25 am

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

The BE has shown - REPEATEDLY - that they have no interest in supporting football.

It would be better if all current football playing schools in the BE just accepted that. 
They should play football outside of the BE. 

Instead of being independents (like Notre Dame) maybe join the Big 12 as a "eastern division".
And at the end of the season, have a conference title game.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:21 am

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

Seems like these are "tv conference" not "sports conferences" 

Thus WVU gets a low rank because the state only has a population of 1.8 M.  Compare that to Virginia's 6 M or Pittsbugh's 8 M.
The performanc eof WVU's football and basketball teams are not key factors.

Isn't it also fuinny, that what many conferences are doing is watering down their reputation.

The ACC belittles the Big East, but when the ACC wants to expand - they invite Big East teams.

The Big East (doesn't act as bad as the ACC in this), then turns around and invites Conference-USA teams to join the BE.

Current count of BE teams in the ACC is 5 - and that could go to 7 when/if UCONN and Rutgers packs their bags.  So is it still the ACC? Or is it more of a "Big (Least) East ACC"? 

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:48 am

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

Boise State while a GREAT SCHOOL and clearly, CLEARLY a national football power worthy of great respect... cannot and does NOT compete in any other sport and is just too small to qualify for membership in any of what will be the Big 4 Super Conferences. Sorry Bronco fans... but that's just the sad reality.    &nb

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:44 am

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

TCU... while clearly and undeniably the doormat along with Rice the last 10+ years of the SWC makes sense now. TCU not being invited to be a member of the Big 12 when the conference was formed was actually hugely to their benefit. TCU was in turn able to schedule and play inferior competition for the last decade plus and it definitely helped them return to a position of significant respect nationally. Good for them... and I say bring 'em in... they've damn sure earned it!    

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:26 pm

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

The Big 12 would be crazy not to get TCU.  I really don't understand what the people of this conference are thinking.  Texas has to much power apparently.  They need to get their conference back to the same amount of numbers as their title.  To be called big 12 with 9 or 10 games is so Big Ten like.  They need to tell Texas they are not God's gift to the nation.  After all if it were not for some Tennessee Volunteers they would be speaking spanish.

The Big 12 needs to grab TCU and BYU now.  Then they should consider poaching some other teams.  The way they do this is by equal revenue sharing.  This is why the SEC is the best conference.  Everybody gets a lot of cash and they can go get big time coaches. They should not be afraid to approach teams from other conferences because that is happening to them now.  They need to make a NFL type decision and split the pie.  This model has proven itself to work.  Here is a link that i found that shows what the SEC may do to model the NFL divisional play.  The Big 12 needs to get proactive!  

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:44 pm

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

Well,  with the heated  Syracuse - TCU rivalry going bad, what the hell....

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:14 pm

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

Of course we want TCU.  Can you imagine a trade, we give up College Station and get Ft.Worth in return?  Great city, great tradition, a new stadium addition, it is on the way to somewhere, the Froggies can hopefully forgive us for selling them out (we would have kept them instead of Baylor except for Governor Ann Richards).  12 is a great and balanced number for football.  As for other sports, I recall TCU is strong in baseball and one day had great track and basketball. 

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:50 pm

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

I see no problem with the Big 12 adding TCU. As a Longhorn fan I welcome TCU to join the Big 12.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:44 pm

Report: Big 12 may be interested in TCU after all

This obvioujsly makes sense, but does Texas want another Texas school that has as good as, if not a better FootballProgram in the big 12-3-whatever?  There is no doubt that the future is looking a bit lbeak for the Big East, and last nights USF beatdown by Pitt sure did not help matters any for them.  Had West Virginia finished higher than 174th academically, it is a good bet that they too, would be gone.  If the Big 12 wants to survive as a conference, they are going to have to realize that there is no one else other than Texas Schools left to add to the Conference.  Right now, theBig East and Big 12 are fighting to see which BCS Conference is not the bottom feeder in 2012.

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