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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 CBSSports.com.

Multiple TCU sources told CBSSports.com "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 CBSSports.com 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.

Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:40 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Well, it's a victory for geography, if nothing else.

Bye, Big East. 



Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:38 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

I don't think the Big XII will dip into Texas again. If they go to 12, my guess is Louisville and BYU will be the top two targets. If Mizzou leaves, then who knows for a fourth. I have heard Cincinnati and Tulane of all choices! WVU seems to be too far outside the footprint and not as attractive if you don't have Pitt to pair with them. Congratulations to TCU, look forward to the conference meetings.



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:38 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Please remain seated with your seat belts buckled until the captain has signaled our arrival.



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:31 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

@yourteamchoked  Are you really this stupid or just argumentative?  Just so you know, TCU games are viewed by more in DFW than Tech and a lot of times TAMU.  TCU has a great baseball team, a very solid track team (especially sprints), a good women's basketball team, good tennis, good golf, good rifle, etc.  If you're talking only the major sports, the only one TCU has that isn't good is men's basketball.  They're putting a lot of money into improving men's hoops but have a long way to go.



Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:29 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Gee, you sound like a real expert. Yell I am glad TCU is joining the Big 12, because if you look at the name they need a few more universities and TCU is good in football & baseball, plus some other minor sports as well. 



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:28 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

no way SMU is coming to the party. say hello to louisville and cincy.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:27 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

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.
If WVU, Cincy and Louisville leave, who will enforce this 27 month agreement?  The Big East is going down because they were not proactive when the ACC raided them.  They should have kept Temple, got ECU to keep the teams they had left happy.  TCU will be better off staying within their own geography.  They will save millions of dollars on travel expenses across all sports.



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:27 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Welcome to the Big 12 TCU, the Big East sould invite Navy, Army, Temple, UCF, ECU, and Memphis to help it not fold as a football conference.




Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:26 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

why would anyone be required to honor a commitment to a conference that has just had two of its most important schools leave. TCU was going there for football credibility and BCS AQ. That won't happen now in the Big Least.



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:26 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Umm, no else is reporting this yet.  I'll wait for some confirmation besides twitter before getting all excited about this.  The Big 12 has almost no incentive to add TCU.



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