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TCU joining the Big East

Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:42 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:38 pm

TCU will announce it is leaving the Mountain West to join the Big East today according to two sources within the Big East.

The announcement will be made at a 2 p.m. ET press conference at TCU.

The league had voted earlier this month to expand by two teams, ostensibly to make the weakened league for viable for BCS membership and more attractive to television. The eight-team Big East is the smallest in Division I-A.  TCU is among the smallest in enrollment but its athletic profile has been boosted by the football program under Gary Patterson.

The Horned Frogs all but clinched a Rose Bowl on Saturday and will become the first team from a non-automatic qualifier conference in to play in consecutive BCS bowls. TCU was defeated by Boise State in last season's Fiesta Bowl.

It is not clear if TCU will also join the Big East in basketball. TCU would be the 17th member of a basketball league that is already as unwieldy to some.

If TCU joins the Big East before the 2012 season its recent on-field success could count toward the Big East's BCS credentials. The BCS evaluates membership on a rotating four-year basis. The 2010 season marks the halfway point of the current four-year cycle. In the first two years of that cycle TCU has gone 24-1 with consecutive BCS bowls.

The Big East is one of the six BCS conferences with a berth for its champion into a BCS bowl. In December 2008, the Big East was granted a waiver to remain a BCS automatic qualifier after television partners made it clear they wanted access to the lucrative Northeast television markets. The Big East claims seven of the top 13 TV markets in its footprint, including New York.

This could be a crippling blow to western football. After the loss of Utah (to the Pac-10) and BYU (to independence), the Mountain West has been desperately chasing viability. In the last six months Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State have announced they will leave the WAC and join the Mountain West in the future. Meanwhile, the WAC has been scrambling, adding Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Denver (basketball only).

Hawaii reportedly is considering leaving the WAC to join the Mountain West in football only.

The closest Big East schools to TCU are Cincinnati and Louisville. The Big East already stretches from Connecticut to Florida. The move west could open fertile recruiting grounds to Big East schools.


Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:54 pm

TCU joining the Big East

i would have loved for Boise and TCU to both join The Big 12 and replace Nebraska and Colorado.. but they are scared to do that i guess? would've made more sense for both of them

Seriously, genius? You think it's that easy. Decide to join a conference. Go back to school, son.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:31 pm

TCU joining the Big East - This ticks me off!

When Boise finally realized they were not getting anywhere in the WAC and joined the MWC , I thought FINALLY we can get all these non-AQ teams in one conference and they can actually play tougher schedules. They were probably in-line for BCS automatic qualifying as well. And then the chickens started to scatter.

One week later, Utah runs off to the Pac-10. Then this fall, BYU cowardly slinks off to independence. Now TCU flies the coop.

So now again, we are stuck with Boise winning a weak confernce and crying for participation in the BCS championship game.
Where the @#$% is NCAA president, Mark Emmert? Get off your backside and do something!

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:26 pm

TCU joining the Big East

I guess if the Dallas Cowboys are in the NFC East then the TCU Horned Frogs can be part of the Big East. They join an AQ conference where you don't need to go 12-0 to get a BCS Bowl- they only need t win their conference. Big East Bowl affiliations/payouts are also an improvement over that of the MWC.

 TCU gets a better television package than CBS College Sports and Versus. They become part of the east coast media with better national exposure for all TCU sports. Recruiting should become easier now they are part of an AQ conference.

And then there is the overall dollar payout which is a big improvement over what TCU received from the MWC.

Football, baseball, tennis, track/field, womens basketball will be competiting for league championships day one. Hopefully men's basketball can land better quality recruits and be competitive in a few years. Good luck TCU!

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:23 pm

TCU joining the Big East

College sports as I've loved them is gone. A traditional northeast conference invites a Texas school! Now in basketball, there is 17 teams. 2010 will go down as a sad year. Just too much is way, way too much. The suited fat cats win again, just when we get Boise into a meaningful conf., everyone else runs scared and takes money elsewhere. (I can't fault them for that)

Between the spread offenses and a lot of off-field reform, this die-hard who never misses a minute of any college season has officially turned off and won't invest 5% of the time in CFB that I'm used to. At least my beloved college hoops can't be affected much. (As long as those idiots don't explore 96 teams ever again)

Again the spread offense is BORING as %^%^

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:05 pm

TCU joining the Big East

3 of the 8 teams in the Big East TCU had already been in CUSA with as recently as 2004 before Cincinnati, Louisville and South Florida went to the Big East in 2005. For the record the Big East was given a reprieve for a couple years concerning the BCS because of the unprecedented move of three teams from one conference leaving. The Big East has done enough to keep their AQ status and the addition of a fourth former CUSA football team should help. In reality this was a merger of the remaining BE teams and the best of the CUSA teams sans TCU until now. I can’t wait for another addition bring it on and finally we can start to shut some of the pie holes of these other conferences.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:56 pm

TCU joining the Big East

"Pac-10 is on the verge of replacing the SEC as the dominant conference"

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:55 pm

TCU joining the Big East

A "crippling blow to western football" ?  Is the author of this article high? TCU has been relevant for what three years now. They are a senior laden team that is going to the Big East.
Meanwhile Colorado joins the Pac-10. I will take Colorado everyday of the week, Along with Utah the Pac-10 is on the verge of replacing the SEC as the dominant conference.
The joke is on TCU and whatever idiot wrote that comment.

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:52 pm

TCU joining the Big East

This is out of control! I understand moving to another conference for money, but how about some loyality? The only thing this move proved is Boise State does not have to contend with TCU or Utah for the AQ bid from the non AQ's. As much as this sucks all three teams will come out on top Utah in the Pac 12, TCU in the Big East and Boise State as the top non AQ.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:49 pm

TCU joining the Big East

Yea, this makes absolutely no sense at all.. maybe the money they will get for joining the big east will cover all the money they are going to use to travel 500-800 miles every game.. haha.. dumb shit... shouldve joined the big 12 and replaced nebraska.. would have made alot more sense geographically... oh well.. missed opportunity.. unless they were scared of Oklahoma, Oklahoma St and Texas and Texas Tech? who knows? hahah.

If you want to see a dumbshit, find the nearest mirror.

They already travel over 500-800 miles to every game in the conference they are in now.  Big East travel will be little change from what they are doing now as far as distances go.  Try to find a clue out there somewhere.

And you are another of the apparent millions of sports idiots that seem to think TCU can just decide they want to join the Big 12, and voila, they become a member.  Stick this in your memory bank:  IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.  If the Big 12 would invite them, which is what it actually takes, they would have already been there.

If you're going to post on a sports oriented board please have some idea what you're talking about.

Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:46 pm

TCU joining the Big East


What more could we ask for! Not only did BSu lose and we don't have to hear about them or anything, but TCU finished pouring salt in the wound by leaving the MWC, what a great day it is!

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