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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: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:49 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

The Big 12 does not need or want byu. The whole we do not play on Sundays unless we are getting paid is bs, this goes for all of their sports and it makes everybody adjust to their rules. I think houston and SMU would be good additions, just a little to much texas in the conference. Boise is so weak in other sports, they will be a great addition in football and get stomped for a while until they can spend some money on the other sports. It is all about football so maybe it will happen, TCU was a no brainer and Beebe had his head to far up his own rectum to get it done. 

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:36 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Why in the world do these guys always start their crap with "Their commitment to academics....What a FARCE! Greed is the motivator! How 'bout speak to their integrity! Uh, yeah we'd really like to join the Big East....Uh-oh a prettier girl asked me to dance, See Ya! Ludicrous!

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:11 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

I would love to see the Houston Cougars get invited to the Big 12. The main reason they want is because Houston is a sleeping giant. If Houston was to be invited to a Major Conference like the big 12 many of the recruits That UT  is getting would stay right at home.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:10 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

The BIG 12 needs to grow back to 12 schools and have a football championship game. Add BYU, Boise St. and Louisville !!

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:08 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

TCU going to the Big 12 is a great move.   TCU being in the Big East was just stupid on many levels.

If Missiouri leaves the Big 12 tben I'd like to see BYU, SMU, and Houston go to the Big 12.

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:08 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13 bad is the Big East when they lose out on a non-BCS school to a unstable Big 12 conference that already has a short life span.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:08 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

The BIG 12 should go back to 12 teams and have a football champioship game.  Add BYU, Boise St. and Louisville !

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:06 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Congrats to TCU.  This move makes sense.  Going to the Big East never did.  You can bet that WVU, UofL, Cincy, and all the rest are waiting by the phone to get a call to get the heck out of there.  The Big East will not be playing football next year.  They've waited too long to do anything.  There's no stopping it now.  For those Big 12 fans who are bashing TCU, get a clue.  TCU surpassed TA&M in quality of football program several years ago.  They absolutely belong in the Big 12 for much more than geographic reasons.  Besides, why would they want to join the Big East when none of the Big East members want to remain in the conference.  That would be stupid.  "It's the end of the Big East as we know it...and I feel fine."

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:04 pm

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

The Big East is going to lose it's AQ status for sure and no amount of C-USA raiding is going to make up for the loss of Pitt, Syracuse and now TCU (especially when you look at the finances of all the schools they have lost).  They can also kiss Air Force and Navy goodbye, Navy has already stated they won't join the Big East until they see some stability and this is a big move in the wrong direction.  Furthermore don't think that the Big 12 isn't done raiding the Big East. 

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 1:04 pm

TCU to join Big 12

So now the only question is where the rest of the Big East teams are going when the conference implodes.  Getting Temple or some of the MAC teams just kills the conference in football...and can you imagine Temple playing in the Orange Bowl?  Not good.  

I am not sure how the process works, but I would imagine the BCS people are looking to take away the automatic berth sometime soon. If that happens, the conference is done..

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