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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 CBSSports.com'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 CBSSports.com College Football Podcast here.
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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Graduation rates??? COME ON!!

I hate how these schools even mention that they care about academics and graduation rates. I would probably say that the best football schools have a lower graduation rate for their athletes and a good percentage bolt for the pro's. Just admit its all tied to how they can make money off these student athletes.


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Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:20 pm
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Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:17 pm
 

TCU to join the Big 12

they should invite Boise state to big 12


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Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:14 pm
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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:08 pm
 

TCU to join the Big 12

It's time for the Big East basketball only schools and the A-10 join up for a basketball only superconferences and the football schools go their own way to other conferences round the league.



Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:06 pm
 

TCU to join the Big 12

BOOMER SOONER!!



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:56 pm
 

TCU to join the Big 12

Who knows, pretty soon, we might have to get used to a Bowling Green in the Big East. 
Hahahahahahhaha!  That's what happens when your conference can't make decisions with their members.  



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:54 pm
 

TCU to join the Big 12

This almost certainly spells DOOM for the shorthorns program. Recruiting in Texas, if you want to play in the SEC go to A&M and TCU if you want the Big 12. However if you want a shot at the national championship year after year after year (what kid doesn't) then you play for the SOONERS! I forsee a long probation for the shorthorns, cheating the system to have players come to the school and that will be the final nail in the coffin.


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