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TCU to join the Big 12

Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 4:17 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As reported earlier Thursday by's Brett McMurphy, TCU will be joining the Big 12 conference.

The Big 12 made the announcement official on Thursday morning, saying that it has "authorized negotiations with TCU to become the conference's tenth member." The Big 12 also announced that Missouri did not participate in the vote on the advice of legal counsel.

"These discussions with the Big 12 have huge implications for TCU," said TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini. "It will allow us to return to old rivalries, something our fans and others have been advocating for years. As always, we must consider what's best for TCU and our student-athletes in this ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics. We look forward to continuing these discussions with the Big 12."

"We’re proud that TCU has been invited to join the Big 12," said Texas AD DeLoss Dodds in a statement. "Their commitment to academics and success on the field make them an excellent fit. With a solid budget and strong financial support, they have been proactive at improving facilities. Their close proximity to all conference institutions makes for a comfortable travel situation."

When Texas A&M was going through the process of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, for the most part the Big 12 kind of just sat there hoping that Texas A&M wouldn't leave. Which is a role that the Big East seems to have taken over now.

Well, obviously, the Big 12 isn't sitting still anymore. Missouri may not have said that it's leaving just yet, but the writing is on the wall, and this time the Big 12 is being a lot more proactive. Something that Oklahoma President David Boren alluded to in his statement about the addition of TCU.

“TCU is an excellent choice as a new member of the conference," said Boren. "They bring strong athletics and academic credentials and were enthusiastically and unanimously supported by all of the members of the conference. There could be other additions in the future.”

Adding TCU would bring the Big 12 back to 10 schools without Texas A&M, but once Missouri leaves the Big 12 will need to find another replacement. Schools that have been mentioned the most often are BYU, LouisvilleWest Virginia and Cincinnati. Accoring to the Tulsa World's Dave Sittler, Louisville is the next school in line for an invite, but it's possible that three of those four get invites, as the conference has been kicking around the idea of expanding back to 12 schools.

For all our coverage on conference realignment in college football, click here. You can also hear Brett McMurphy discuss TCU's move and what it means for the Big 12 and the Big East on the latest episode of the College Football Podcast here.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:47 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Good Bible Belt school for a Bible Belt conference.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:42 pm


Missouri Should be in the Big Ten even if it means staying at 13 teams, they could get Rutgers or kansas.  It would be cool if the Big Ten got Iowa State, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State to get to 16 teams. They could be there own pod. Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota in the next, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern in the third, and the last be  Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State. there could be one or two protective cross over and have a nine game conference schedule.  I like Tulane in Big XII.

Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:36 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

I want the Big East to succeed, but not at the expense of the Big12. TCU to the Big12 was the only Legit transfer this year. They had no business in the EAST. Scew MIZZOU, what a joke, just stay in the Big12. The Big10 didn't want you and either will the SEC, Screw A&M also for starting all this current realignment mess!!

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:35 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Why in the world do these guys always start their crap with "Their commitment to academics....What a FARCE! Greed is the motivator! How 'bout speak to their integrity! Uh, yeah we'd really like to join the Big East....Uh-oh a prettier girl asked me to dance, See Ya! Ludicrous!

Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:34 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

TCU is going to be the 10th member of a 12 team league. 

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:33 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

What can TCU bring to the Big 12? I don't see how they make the conference better in any way. Small fan base small stadium only good in football (and that could end with a coaching change) they don't bring in a new market. Going back to the Big 8 makes more sense.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:33 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Duane....Louisville and WVU will not be invited to the Big 12.  Why would a regional conference in the Midwest, whom only has one team outside of TX and OK want them?  BYU will be next, and from there is anyone's guess.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:30 pm
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Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:22 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Welcome to the Big XII TCU. A great move by the Big XII to prevent a future collapse of the conference. If the Big XII poaches 3 other teams from the Big East, say goodbye to Big East football.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:21 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Contrary to what many of you may think, WVU is most likely NOT in any future expansion plans of the SEC, ACC, B1G and BIG 12 due many other reasons besides a TV market.  WVU needs to be a proactive leader in the BIG EAST to save it's football conference from a total collapse.

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