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Report says TCU, Big East have met and discussed a move

Perhaps this thing does have some legs.

Two days after a report first surfaced that the Big East was targeting TCU as an attractive candidate for expansion, and a day after that school’s athletic director issued a non-denial denial, unnamed sources are beginning to leak tidbits of information to the local media.

Citing several sources close to the situation, the Dallas Morning News is reporting that officials from both the Big East and TCU have met and discussed the Horned Frogs joining the conference.  The discussions have reportedly taken place within the past 30 days.

TCU AD Chris Del Conte has been in Philadelphia and New York the past few days for meetings on Mountain West Conference television contracts, along with commissioner Craig Thompson.

In Del Conte’s statement released Wednesday, the AD assured “everyone that our No. 1 priority is to always protect TCU’s best interests.”  From the reports that have rolled out the past couple of days, it appears that the Big East — and the accompanying automatic qualifying BcS bid the conference holds — would be the viable protection of which the boss of athletics speaks.

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12 Responses to “Report says TCU, Big East have met and discussed a move”
  1. spudvol says: Sep 30, 2010 10:24 AM

    Boise State joins the MWC then Utah, BYU, and TCU all jump ship. If this goes down, let’s just rename the MWC to WAC2: Electric Boogaloo.

  2. red4skins says: Sep 30, 2010 10:30 AM

    The Arizona Cardinals were in the NFC East for a long time…

  3. Sean Martin says: Sep 30, 2010 10:36 AM

    TCU would dominate in the Big East, and winning a BCS conference would send them to a BCS bowl game, guaranteed.
    Do it.

  4. blitz4848 says: Sep 30, 2010 10:52 AM

    Revenge is sweettttttt…..
    Gators 28 Bama 20

  5. SoFlaTrojan says: Sep 30, 2010 11:15 AM

    This would be a good get for the Big East. I personally think the conference should lose its automatic to a BCS game.

  6. blitz4848 says: Sep 30, 2010 11:30 AM

    It ain’t happening……..TCU creating noise in Tx hoping legislature will help them get in the
    Texas 10 conference. Texas fans love their football and want TCU to stay in Tx so travel will be more fan friendly. TCU will NEVER play in the Big Least even if it would be a “bye” into a BCS game annually.

  7. BC says: Sep 30, 2010 12:32 PM

    This is ridiculous! It’s like Boston College joining the Pac-10!

  8. burntorangehorn says: Sep 30, 2010 12:57 PM

    @blitz–TCU doesn’t add anything in terms of market value to the Big 12-2. Their TV sets are already in Big 12 country, so it doesn’t improve the footprint one bit.
    And if TCU were in the Big East, it wouldn’t be a cakewalk to a BCS game. Remember, TCU is sometimes good, sometimes okay, and sometimes bad. West Virginia and a number of other teams would be just as capable of winning the conference BCS berth.
    The top football programs of the mid-major conferences should all work to join one football affiliation conference, and remain in regional conferences for other sports. Schools like TCU, Boise State, USM, and BYU should provide enough football power and TV sets to boost a mid-major conference into automatic BCS bid status. Joining those four with the Big East (even if the conference might have to consider renaming itself) would result in twelve teams and enough clout to solidify status. Putting all four in CUSA, which could cut some fat, could make for a justifiable auto-bid.

  9. blitz4848 says: Sep 30, 2010 2:15 PM

    @ burntorangehorn
    I realize they don’t add a footprint in the media mkt but on the plus side. They provide another visit for all the other conference schools into Texas’ fertile recruiting mkt. They are also better than most of the other Texas 10 conference members and would get even better in a BCS conference. Horned frog fans could also travel better in the Texas 10 conference. Sooner than later TCU will be a part of that conference even though I surmise Texas and their fans would not want to face TCU every yr. The conference needs to get better and this would be a step in that direction.

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