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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: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:15 pm

Big 12 will invite TCU

Thank you; a victory for common sense.  Somehow TCU travelling to Austin, Waco, and Lubbock makes more sense than traveling to Morgantown, Storrs, and New Brunswick.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:18 pm

Big 12 will invite TCU

Biggest and only mistake the SEC has made in all the realigning is not inviting TCU to join the conference

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:04 pm

Big 12 will invite TCU

I meant *likely* event Missouri leaves, of course. ;)

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:02 pm

Big 12 will invite TCU

TCU is the replacement for A&M to bring the league back to 10 teams. They'll stand pat there this year if Missouri stays. In the unlikely even Missouri leaves, the three teams you mentioned will be invited to take the league to 12 teams. They will NOT say no.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:47 am

Big 12 will invite TCU

Guess you were turned down by TCU.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:27 am

Big 12 will invite TCU

Lets hope that this leads to the big east finally disolving as a football conference. Congrats Marinetto, the integrity of Providence basketball has been protected.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:24 am

Big 12 will invite TCU

I will believe it when I see the signed papers.  The Big 12 doesn't want TCU's small fan base and high school basketball gym included in the equation. 

BYU, Louisville, and West Virginia must have said no if this is indeed true.

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