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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: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:53 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

ADDING A TCU OR BOISE ST.. PROVES THAT ITS ALL ABOUT FOOTBALL...    
TCU sucked prior to Gary Patterson.  Utah sucked for 100 years prior to Urban Meyer.  Boise st was a junior college a few years ago.   All of these teams will suck again in a few years.  Football goes in cycles.  Wyoming beat BYU 20 straight years in Football in the modern football era.   Wyoming has been to the sugar bowl, fiesta bowl..etc... BYU's best bowl game.....wait for it........ the holiday bowl.    All that matters apparently to you fools is that you play good football  RIGHT NOW.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:53 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

If WVU gets stuck in nothingness, this will be pathetic. They are the only school worthy of joining a FOOTBALL conference left from the Big East.... I guess playing for a National Title and multiple BCS bowl game wins means nothing....



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:51 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

Uconn needs to leave the Big East.... They need to make a Move to the ACC . The Big East Is just falling apart everyday




Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:51 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

This is obviously a better fit for TCU and the Big 12/Big 10/Big 9/Big 8.  I think it's another sign of Texas starting to lose some of its control over the conference as I believe Texas has always been the school that has prevented this move in the past.  I do have to wonder if TCU is the rat jumping off a sinking ship only to land on the Titanic.

Bottom line is that Texas and Oklahoma are two of the last major schools not in one of the top 4 BCS conferences (PAC 12, ACC, SEC and Big 10).  The only hope of a fifth BCS conference to survive into a "Mega-Conference" is for them to stay.  For the TCUs, the only hope to get into one of the mega-conferences is to latch on to Texas and Oklahoma.  As long as these two schools realize that they still need the others and to treat them equally then this might work. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:51 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

Hurray, Big 12. Now, let's get Louisville, and Cincinnati for the league as well.



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:49 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

I agree. Boise St. would be a heck of an addition to the Big 12!



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:48 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

ACT OF DESPERATION.  REMEMBER, LAST YEAR, EVERYONE IN THE BIG 12 AND THE REST OF THE BCS SAID HOW BAD AN INSTITUTION TCU WAS.  YOU CAN'T GO BACK AND NOW SAY THEY ARE GREAT JUST BECAUSE YOU INVITED THEM TO YOUR CONFERENCE.  BRINGING IN A MID-MAJOR DOES NOT HELP YOUR CONFERENCE.  DESPERATION HERE.



Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:47 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

Seriously? Why doesn't Boise move to a BCS conference?  Are you that stupid? 


I'm 100% certain they'd love to.  I assume you have their invitation ready to hand deliver, right?



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:41 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

If this is true it is a wise move by TCU.  The Big East having a team West of the Mississippi?  Did not sound right from the get go.  The Big East needs to see the handwriting on the wall and just fold.  Allow their football programs to move to other conferences, this conference is now insignificant as far as football goes and soon the basketball will be insignificant.  Pitt and UConn moving lessened the basketball aspect and I am sure that the other basketball powers will be moving soon also.   Good night Big East it was a pleasure knowing you.



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:40 am
 

TCU to join Big 12

BIG EAST - Nail...meet coffin.

The Big East should go after Temple and UMASS now.  ECU has supposedly applied to both conferences, so it will be interesting to see the next chess move by the Big East.  If they do not move quickly, they are toast.


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