Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 8:51 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While we've known it was going to happen for nearly a week now, the Big 12 and TCU made things official on Monday, announcing that TCU would join the conference and replace the soon-to-depart Texas A&M.
“Joining the Big 12 connects us not only to schools with whom we share a rich tradition in sports, but also to schools committed to academic excellence,” TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said in a release. “Over the past six years, TCU has seen unprecedented success in academics and athletics. Participating in this conference allows us to strengthen the core of the TCU experience, which includes providing students with major opportunities in a personalized environment. It is very much in line with our overall goal to create a world-class university.”
“We are excited to add TCU to our lineup of prestigious members,” said Big 12 Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas. “Not only do they bring an excellent football program to our Conference, but numerous other programs that have been successful on a national level as well.”
TCU will officially become a member of the Big 12 on July 1, 2012 and be the conference's tenth member. Of course, that could change by the time July 2012 gets here, as nobody is really sure what Missouri plans on doing before then. Should Missouri leave the Big 12 for the SEC, then odds are that TCU won't be the only school joining the Big 12 when next July gets here.
Posted on: October 6, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 4:17 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
As reported earlier Thursday by CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy, TCU will be joining the Big 12 conference.
The Big 12 made the announcement official on Thursday morning, saying that it has "authorized negotiations with TCU to become the conference's tenth member." The Big 12 also announced that Missouri did not participate in the vote on the advice of legal counsel.
"These discussions with the Big 12 have huge implications for TCU," said TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini. "It will allow us to return to old rivalries, something our fans and others have been advocating for years. As always, we must consider what's best for TCU and our student-athletes in this ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics. We look forward to continuing these discussions with the Big 12."
"We’re proud that TCU has been invited to join the Big 12," said Texas AD DeLoss Dodds 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."
When Texas A&M was going through the process of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, for the most part the Big 12 kind of just sat there hoping that Texas A&M wouldn't leave. Which is a role that the Big East seems to have taken over now.
Well, obviously, the Big 12 isn't sitting still anymore. Missouri may not have said that it's leaving just yet, but the writing is on the wall, and this time the Big 12 is being a lot more proactive. Something that Oklahoma President David Boren alluded to in his statement about the addition of TCU.
“TCU is an excellent choice as a new member of the conference," said Boren. "They bring strong athletics and academic credentials and were enthusiastically and unanimously supported by all of the members of the conference. There could be other additions in the future.”
Adding TCU would bring the Big 12 back to 10 schools without Texas A&M, but once Missouri leaves the Big 12 will need to find another replacement. Schools that have been mentioned the most often are BYU, Louisville, West Virginia and Cincinnati. Accoring to the Tulsa World's Dave Sittler, Louisville is the next school in line for an invite, but it's possible that three of those four get invites, as the conference has been kicking around the idea of expanding back to 12 schools.
For all our coverage on conference realignment in college football, click here. You can also hear Brett McMurphy discuss TCU's move and what it means for the Big 12 and the Big East on the latest episode of the CBSSports.com College Football Podcast here.