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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 13, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:22 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

makes much more sense from a reigon standpoint.why go all the way to connecticuit to play a ladies volleyball game?

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:15 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Contrary to what some of you say, ALL of the ACC schools are happy in their league, and the future is very bright for this conference.  All of the ACC schools are located geographically along the East Coast, and represent the ACC very well. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:13 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

It's about stinkin time, let's get the ball rolling Big 12, let's get more schools committed. We got TCU now, watch out SEC here we come......(I joke, I joke).

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:59 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Lets get balls deep in a cheerleader

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:40 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

1.  Notre Dame will likely never join a conference in football with the NBC deal they have and the ability to schedule anyone at anytime...

2A.  UMass?  Really? 

2B.  Army - they have already come out and said they don't want to join a conference - a) they like their independent status and b) they are more concerned about producing US Army leaders rather than football players. 

2C.  I wouldn't mind Navy, UCF, and perhaps ECU.  Memphis doesn't do the Big East any good in football (which is what this whole mess is all about) and Marshall is laughable at best. 

3.  No's pays the bills.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:39 pm

TCU to join the Big 12


Don't you mean "That is the stupidest thing?"


Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:36 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Commentators still don't get it.  The SEC will not be asking Missouri to join.  It isn't only Alabama who is opposed.  Only Arkansas and Auburn have publically announced that they are for the inclusion of Missouri.  It takes nine votes.

The SEC will play unbalanced for one or two years if need be.

Since everyone is predicting, here goes:

SEC will wait until an ACC team contacts them.  Could be Florida State (Only Florida would definitely oppose), could be VA Tech (Virginia politicians may not allow), or NC State.  All can afford the 20m buy-out that they will make back in two years.

IF the ACC loses a team, UConn is an easy invite.  Rutgers may be left on the outside, unless the ACC can then attract Notre Dame. Rutgers best chance is an invite before the conference loses a team.

Big East
As it stands today, the Big East no more deserves a BCS automatic bid, than the Mountain West.  I didn't think they deserved to keep it when VA Tech/Miami/BC left.  Now losing Pitt/Cuse, not getting TCU, and probably losing UConn, they are left with ONE consistent football program, WVU.   They will survive as a conference with their basketball members, but in football, will look more like Conference USA than the Big East.   

Missouri stays put for now and the Big 12 adds two more.  I still don't buy Louisville, West Virginia, or Cincinnati.  Yes WVU is the best available football program and that's the only selling point.  TV market?  No.  Academics?  No.  Geography?  No.  The interim Big 12 commissioner has said that geography was an important consideration.  My bet is BYU and Houston.  Both better TV markets than the aforementioned Big East programs.  There may be some push back to adding another Texas team.        

One side note:  It is unfortunate that Colorado State didn't build upon momentum they had in the, I believe late 90s.  They could have at least been in the conversation to have been invited to the Pac12, or be considered to put the Big12 back in Colorado.  If I was a CSU Alum I would be furious.    

When the Pac12 stood pat that took any pressure off of Delaney.  Sure they would grow if Notre Dame would join, and then ask Missouri or Rutgers, both who would rather be Big TEN members, than go anywhere else.  Maybe one day if they give up on ND, yet again, they invite Missouri/Kansas.  It wouldn't bring much to their football stature, but it would solidify the St Louis and Kansas City markets and keep them up with ACC Basketball. 

Who knows what schools out west rise in stature?   


Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:34 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

With the conferences expanding past 12 schools the Big 12 will have to keep adding to stay relevant.  Boise St and BYU are obvious choices but I think they are waiting for the inevitable expansion of the PAC 12.  That also appears to be the case for the remaining Big East schools.  I'm sure if they had to, the schools would join a conference out of region, but they appear to be hoping for invites from the ACC, SEC and the Big 10.  For the Big 12, Houston and Rice are regional and have competed with these schools in the past. If Mizzou leaves, UTEP or Memphis might get a call.  If the conferences get to 16 and Boise and BYU join the PAC 12 then the only option for the Big 12 would be to pillage Conference USA.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:31 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

National Championship, year after year after year, yes that IS the SEC!

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:31 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Looks like the Big-12 invite is dead for Houston, but it was probably a pipe dream to begin with. Mabye they can get into the big east since they just lost their Texas school, anything to escape this C-USA irrelevancy.

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