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Big East close to sending an invite to TCU?

The TCU-to-the-Big East rumors began in earnest in late September.  A little over a month later, it appears the conference is set to mash the gas pedal to the floor in their pursuit of the Mountain West school.

According to a report in the New York Post, Big East presidents and athletic directors are holding a regularly scheduled meeting in Philadelphia Tuesday, and the biggest item on the agenda will be taking a serious look into adding football schools to the listing league.  So serious, in fact, that it appears all that is necessary to take what would be a huge next step is to get a thumbs-up from the presidents.

The goal is to get the presidents’ blessing to seriously pursue teams,” an unnamed Big East athletic director told the Post. “I don’t think we’re going to get pushback on that.”

If the presidents do indeed give their blessing today, sources told the paper that invitations could be sent out before the end of the football season.

TCU, which is reportedly very interested in a move, is just one of several schools under consideration.  Conference USA’s Houston and Central Florida, the MAC’s Temple and Div. 1-AA Villanova also appear to be on the Big East’s short list.  Like TCU, UCF is reportedly very interested in sliding into the automatic qualifying BcS conference, while the conference has previously acknowledged an interest in ‘Nova.

If the Mountain West were to see TCU plucked from their grasp, it would be a severely damaging blow to the conference.  While they will gain Boise State, Nevada and Fresno State in the next two years, they will lose flagship schools Utah and BYU in 2011.  It’s impossible to overstate the crippling BcS impact TCU leaving would have on the conference.

On the flip side, roping TCU in would be a huge coup for the Big East.  If you haven’t noticed, the Big East’s reputation has taken a bit of a hit this season, so TCU and their burgeoning football powerhouse would add instant credibility to a conference that is in desperate need of some.  Additionally, the addition of a program like TCU could keep some of the current members’ eyes from wandering toward other conferences, which is apparently still a concern of some in the league.

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6 Responses to “Big East close to sending an invite to TCU?”
  1. secdominance says: Nov 2, 2010 12:55 PM

    So TCU is just doing this in hopes of playing for a BCS Championship? The added travel costs would dictate this being a football only move. If TCU stays in the MWC, the additions they’re adding give in a strong resume for an automatic bid. They would be better than the ACC and the Big East in my eyes.

  2. 12strikes says: Nov 2, 2010 1:05 PM

    TEMPLE to the Big East…..

    The Big East did everything short of giving Temple a quarter to go to the movies to get Temple out of the conference a few years ago.

    Temple still only draws dick except when a power house like Penn State comes in. And then 98% of the fans are PSU fans.

  3. kyjd says: Nov 2, 2010 1:56 PM

    What added travel costs would there be. TCU is the farthest East team in the MWC. In the Big East they would be the farthest west team, but the distances would be relatively the same.

  4. floridacock says: Nov 2, 2010 2:54 PM

    That makes a lot of geographic sense. Just charter an airplane every week and charge the fans more money at the gate.

  5. melmwhite says: Nov 2, 2010 3:11 PM

    Can someone explain to me why Houston and TCU are not candidates for the Big 12? The Big 12 needs to reload with the loss of Nebraska and Colorado. Geographically, it makes sense (what a crazy thought!).

    And don’t tell me that neither school is worthy of the Big 12. That’s BS.

  6. secdominance says: Nov 2, 2010 4:21 PM

    For non-revenue sports, the travel back and forth to the east coast would be higher than staying in their geographical area

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