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.