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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: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:36 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

SMU would add a nice rivalry for TCU, but ultimately I dont think SMU gets invite, not big enough for B12.  Houston as well.

BYU is a great addition, but I do not like the traveling west of Texas (geography wise)

Same with Air Force. 

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:31 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

I agree.  As much as I think TCU would have helped stabilize the Big East, geographicaly it would have been a nightmare for them.  Besides a home game nothing beats the occasional road trip to a rival schools town and that would have been impossible with TCU. 

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:10 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

ictbel...How could even someone in the Big East be jealous of missery?

 The AP quoted an anonymous Missouri official as saying the school hopes to join the SEC but preferred a Big Ten offer that never came.

"That's what's left," the Missouri official said, referring to the SEC.

Talk about a clumsy PR way to win support from the SEC, whose large ego doesn't like the appearance of accepting leftovers, especially the Big Ten's. Was this simply one Missouri official's opinion, a last-ditch plea to the Big Ten, or an attempt to sabotage moving into the SEC?

Either way, it should be troubling to the SEC that Missouri continues to trip over itself when trying to leave the chaotic Big 12. Public flirting with the Big Ten last year left Missouri with egg on its face. At this rate, Missouri would instantly become the most unstable SEC member in a conference fiercely concerned about stability and speaking with one voice.

Enjoy the entire article from the Birmingham  Not evryone from missery has egg on their face.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:07 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

What do you guys think about if the Big XII were to also invite Houston, BYU, SMU, and AirForce to join the conference? Would this move help or hurt the conference.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:03 pm

TCU to join the Big 12


Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:58 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Do you have to ose lose 2 games out of your first five to qualify as a Big 12 newbie?  And then have your coach whine about losing?

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:50 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

ictbel...You obviously don't know squat about conf revenues-University of Kansas is third only behing UT & University of Oklahoma. And not alot of that has been from football the past year & a half. Prior to firing Mark Mangino he was NCAA Coach of the Year with a BCS win in the Orange Bowl. I realize you just got your computer today, but try another blog to learn how to post.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:42 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

When TCU was looking for a new Conference, the Big 12 told them they weren't worthy.  Hopefully TCU remembers that and replies the same, then takes Missouri with them to the Big East.  Not only is payback sweet, but going to the Big East opens a ton of huge new markets (Boston, NYC, Philly, DC) to TCU, that the Big 12 doesn't.  

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:41 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

jester so far I haven't heard you say anything that makes sense. It's all just stupid ideas that could not work. How far do you want this conference to expand? From your stupid ideas we might as well add teams from other countries. Boise no. BYU no. West Virginia is a possibily but still to far South Floridia would be great if they were closer but their not Cincinnati and Louisville the only thing you've said that might happen.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:24 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

UCF, please do not join the Big East. At this point it is a lateral move in football from the current CUSA. The only way it will be a step up is if the best of the CUSA go with them. If we go, lets bring SMU, ECU, Houston, and Southern Miss with us. Yes detractors, the Big East will be a "best of the CUSA reunion." But that is the best they will be. If we stay in the CUSA, let us explore the CUSA Mountain West supercoference. Will will take the AQ away from the Big East. It seems the Big East doesnt want the AQ anyway. The Big East does not want to succeed in football and that is obvious by their behavior.

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