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TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 4:27 pm

TCU will accept an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference for the 2012-13 school year, college football industry sources told

Multiple TCU sources told "it's a done deal." 

TCU was scheduled to join the Big East on July 1, 2012, but instead will join the Big 12. By leaving the Big East before it officially became a member, the Horned Frogs will have to pay a $5 million exit fee but is not bound by the Big East’s 27-month requirement for notification.

TCU chancellor Victor J. Boschini told the Big East Thursday morning that the school has scheduled a board of regents meeting for later in the day.

The addition of TCU to the Big 12 replaces Texas A&M, which is headed to the SEC.

"We’re proud that TCU has been invited to join the Big 12," Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said 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."

The Big 12 still must determine if it wants 10 or 12 members. Tuesday, Missouri gave chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to pursue its options about joining another conference.

Sources told that if Missouri stays in the Big 12, the league likely would stay at 10 schools, including TCU. However, if Missouri leaves for the SEC -- and the Birmingham News reported Missouri currently does not have unanimous support -- the Big 12 likely would add three more schools to get to 12. The leading candidates would be Louisville, BYU, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Tulane.

The loss of TCU is another blow to the Big East. The league also lost Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, but commissioner John Marinatto has said previously the Big East would make Pitt and Syracuse honor the 27-month exit agreement, meaning they couldn't join the ACC until 2014.

Without TCU, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the remaining Big East football members are Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati, UConn, Rutgers and South Florida.


Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:39 am

TCU to join Big 12

Welcome TCU, the Big East sould invite Navy, Army, Temple, UCF, ECU, and Memphis to help stay aflot and not fold as a football conference.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:37 am

TCU to join Big 12

I like this. Mostly because we will return to the Big Ten having twelve teams and the Big XII having ten teams.

Perfect math for the entire landscape of the intelligence going on in college athletics.  It somehow fits the stupidity. 

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:35 am

TCU to join Big 12

Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State should be the new Big 12 North
Texas, Texas Tech, ,Baylor, TCU, and two of Houston, BYU, or SMU, to be Big 12 South

There's your Big 12 back to a 12 school two division setup.

As for SEC, give West Virginia a shot or take a chance that Kentucky is not as against having a SEC mate in state as Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are and ask Louisville to come in.

It sad to see all this conference movement, but I feel less sorry for the Big East than anyone else. They should have know with their hybrid of some basketball schools with no D1 football, mixed with schools where D1 football is as important if not more important that basketball, tha eventually this was going to happen.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:34 am

TCU to join Big 12

Will the last team to leave the Big East please turn the lights off? 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:34 am

TCU to join Big 12

Only CBS is reporting this and the source is a tweet from an Austin American Statesman contributor. 

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:33 am

TCU to join Big 12

Will someone from the BigEast (left out teams like UConn, Rutgers, maybe Cincy or Louisville) pull a Baylor and sue TCU to stay for the 27 months that was in the BigEast deal?

I know TCU is saying that doesn't apply, but it sure seems like someone in the BigEast ought to try to stop this or at least delay it for a while like Baylor did ....

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:28 am

TCU to join Big 12

awesome move the big 12 is so much better with huge programs compared to disapoinnting big east schools. Plus I never heard of Texas being considered a big east state wrong regional big east go get teams from the east

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:28 am

TCU to join Big 12

hey boise state why dont you move somewhere too huh? instead of hiding in the mountain west and complain that you guys never play in big bowl games or the national championship

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:27 am

TCU to join Big 12

it adds nothing?   they won the Rose Bowl earlier this year.  TCU is not your cute mid major anymore.   they can ball

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:26 am

TCU to join Big 12

I'm not sure what to think about the TCU move but does anybody think the big 12 should move to grab a couple solid basketball schools from the Big East?  I mean the Big East basketball is rough and would prepare the Big 12 for the physical play of the NCAA tournament.  I always say the big 12 isn't as prepared for the tournament because they play a little bit softer of a brand of college basketball than the Big East.

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