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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: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:26 am

TCU to join Big 12

this is great.  I like to see traditional conference survive, and survive with geographically sensibility.    TCU gives the league 10 teams.  want twelve?  try air force and BYU. 
now let's try to salvage the big east.  may be tough.   isnt villanova trying to play FBS football?  didnt east carolina apply.   notre dame could join.  i dont want to see the big east break up because then the ACC, B!G and SEC will be tempted to pick up the pieces which would give them 14 or 16 teams, which i dont want to see.   "superconferences" are for dweebs.  this isn't techmo bowl.

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:23 am

TCU to join Big 12

That's hilarious and not at all surprising. They should have gone to the Big XII in the first place. Now the Big XII needs Boise State and BYU and they'll have their 12 again! Too bad for the Big East though. One has to wonder about their future. Maybe they should just combine with the MWC and WAC for one big super mediocre conference.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:23 am

TCU to join Big 12

Fantastic....and Finally. The Big 12 is finally adding an excellent and dynamic program to stave off extinction.  That coupled with the fact Mizzou still didnt get enough votes from the SEC should keep the Big 12 intact. Now the question is whether or not we want to keep it at 10 or go for 2 more.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:22 am

TCU Saves Big 12?

Come on in, the water is fine! TCU will be a great addition to the Big 12. I think looking back on it in a few years, if this happens, we might be able to say that TCU not UT saved the Big 12.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:21 am

TCU to join Big 12

meant "weighted"...sorry about the typo!

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:20 am

I find this rumor improbable....

Think people.  It takes 75% of the presidents to approve under Big-XII bylaws. 

Suppose Texas really was fine with TCU.  That never meant TTech, Baylor, Missouri, ISU, and the Kansas Schools were ok with it. 

I find it hard to believe more than 3-4 schools would buy into more Texas weaghted love from the rest of the conference.  

This would ONLY happen if the conference plans to go to 12 teams, and then only if better supported programs are saying no.

Any TCU invitation would show desperation regardless of how much money TBP puts up to get them in. 

I think TCU would be a good program, but it adds nothing to the Big-12 conference and makes it extremely Texas-centric once again. 

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:19 am

TCU to join Big 12

Welcome back to the Southwest Conferece, TCU!

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:18 am

TCU to join Big 12

Well WVU, better move soon.  I think everyone saw the Big East heading towards extinction.

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