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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: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:29 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

You've got some points there but I think what the OP is trying to get at is that Boise State has a larger number of people who follow the team.  Love them or hate them, more people watch Boise State football.  I disagree about the expanded stadium not being able to be filled.  Boise is a fast growing area and there are more than a few fans in the area.  Spend some time in the Boise area around game day and you will see what I am talking about (you can see it elsewhere in the state as well).  While the Dallas/Fort Worth area is definitely larger, I don't think that the majority of college football fans in the area are TCU fans.  Don't get me wrong, I think that the Big 12 was smart to pick up TCU and it is great for TCU to have this opportunity, but I still say that if they were to include BYU and BSU in addition to TCU (and maybe one other team) it would be that much better. 

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:26 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

I'm thinking if Pitt and Syracuse get the opportunity, the could bolt to the 'Pac 14' before they get into the ACC !Surprised

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:23 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

FINALLY!  Something makes sense in this world!  When TCU announced their move to the Big East I was shocked at how a school in Texas would want to travel that much, don't think soley about football....TCU competes in just about everything, men and women.   They have the bucks, but that would soon dry up with that travel arrangement!  TCU to the Big 12 is a perfect fit and probably boosts the Big 12 combined with the Aggies leaving. 

I wonder if SMU is debating leaving CUSA?  They have been on the rise and I'm sure they would like a break from traveling to the east coast 2 or 3 times a year (just for football).  If SMU were to join, there would be great SWC rivalries renewed.

From the ashes rises the Big 12!!! 

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:19 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

If the Big 12 had a brain in their skull they would invite Boise State...bigger follwing, more cash revenue, bigger fan base, and more recent historic success than TCU
I didn't realize a 33,500 seat stadium was bigger than a 40,000 seat stadium. 

TCU averages 43,000 people per game most years, with the exception of this year because of the stadium renovations underway. TCU's plan to expand the stadium to over 50,000 is also possible in the near future. 

This whole "53,000 seat Bronco Stadium" thing may happen. But it's Boise. No way will they be able to fill such a stadium to that capacity like TCU would be able to. You'll see more empty seats than full ones. 

Besides, a Dallas-Fort Worth TV market is better for the Big 12. Which is what TCU will give the Big 12 if they join the conference.  

Besides, nobody wants a program that is on probation like Boise State's is:




Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:19 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Well i disagree with u on all of this post because TCU is the better choice reason being the schedule they would be a easier commute than having to go to usf and then say next week have to play at rutgers or uconn...and as far as boise state is concerned i would have agreed with u a couple of years ago but after this season boise is going to lose almost 30 players off of that roster which includes kellen moore and company so if u had a brain u would know that it doesnt take a genius to see that tcu is the way better team here bud.....

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:17 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

Uhhh, please, NO!!!!  Their academics credentials aren't desirable.  (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they have the worst student-athlete graduation rate in NCAA.)

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:10 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

The Froggies were in search of BCS AQ.  I am thrilled that the TCU big wigs didn't let pride cause them to say no to the Big 12.  After all, the Big 12 shut the door to TCU when they formed many years ago.  The main blame was Ann Richards, the Texas Governor and Baylor alum who forced the Big 12 to take her alma mater.  The Horned Frog likes dry land and desert.  They would have been a 'frog in the water' had they gone to the crumbling Big East.  Let's hope the Big East rights its ship.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:09 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!

Melamb, you need to look at this from a University President's standpoint.  Academic conferences like the B1G, ACC & Pac-12 bring a lot more prestige than an athletic conference like the Big-12, Big East or SEC.  Also keep in mind that greed is still a motivator when it comes to the desire to be in an academic conference.  Athletic budgets are counted in $ millons, but academic research budgets are counted in $ billions.  Bottom line is academic prestige and standing is paramount to a University President, and those are the people making the decisions.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:05 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:04 pm

TCU to join the Big 12

LOL at the Big East. 

Once again, I'm very happy for Syracuse and Pitt for leaving that joke of a conference.

And I don't want to hear bashers talking about how Big East football sucks because Syracuse and Pitt haven't done anything in awhile.

The fact that the Big East is a "pick on me" conference is why I'm happy my team has left.

TCU will be making a better decision to join the Big 12.  

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