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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: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:02 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

I think Missouri is still going to join the SEC. The Big 12 will invite Louisville, Cincinnati, BYU(2012) and West Virginia to join the league in 2014. This way, those three schools do not get penelized for leaving early and the Big 12 has a contract with the BCS through 2013 that allows them to get the automatic bid without playing a conference championship. Then when they go to 12, they will still be a BCS conference and will re-instate the Big 12 Championship game. West Virginia, Cincinnati and Louisville will just need to be patient.



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:00 pm
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

The problem that WVU has right now is their market.  The entire state shuts down for big games.  However, what city are they going to dominate, market-wise?  Pittsburgh?  Nope, Pitt ownes that.  DC or Baltimore?  Nope, MD ownes that.  WVU isn't attractive right now only because of geographic location, and it sucks.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:58 am
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Why do I get the feeling that BYU is sitting on their hands doing nothing right now? I loved the idea of independence until all the conference reallingment stuff exploded. Now they need to get in while they still can or risk being left behind. They might not get another chance, and the sub-par season and a half we've had isn't helping much either.



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:57 am
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Modern era? Wyoming hasn't been good for 30 straight years at least.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:57 am
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Has more to do with TV market than anything else. If BSU had a larger TV audience they would be invited. No reason to complain though, they have been ranked in the top 5 for 3 years now. 



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:56 am
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

Looks like the Big East is history!



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:56 am
 

TCU to join Big 12 in 2012-13

How bad of an institution TCU is?  It's one of the top 100 universities in the country!  It may not be Harvard (and some would say that's a good thing), but it's a pretty solid school.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:55 am
 

TCU adds lil but FB prog. that already peaked

And the conference adds another team in Texas to keep the balance of power in the south.  So, KU, KSU, ISU and yes, even OSU and OU, how does that workfor you?  Moreover, TCU enrollment is a fraction of all other conference schools (even less than Baylor's), rarely fills their FB stadium, the smallest in the confernce -- during its glory years (which look to be fading already and wil more once it joins some real teams), HORRIBLE in basketball, too.



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:53 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

This is the truth: college football is moving to a five-BCS league format, with 12 or 14 or 16 teams per league. The Big East schools surely realize this. The conference needs to reconfigure itself as basketball and Olympic sports-only. The teams that still want to play BCS-level football (Louisville, Cincinnati, UCONN, WVa, Rutgers) will have to beg, borrow, or steal their way into one of those five conferences. Those that cannot will wind up in C-USA or else scale back their ambitions and join the MAC. That's the only realistic solution, in my view. I hope it goes quickly, for everyone's sake.



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:53 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

It will be hard for Boise because besides football all their sports completely fall off the map and their acedimics are in the very bottom of FBS programs.  I know football is everything but thats why they didnt get an invite to PAC-12



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