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Report: TCU accepts Big East invite


Rumored to have been under discussion for months, it appears as though the Big East is on the verge of a much-needed addition to their football lineup.

According to‘s Brett McMurphy, and citing unnamed industry sources, TCU has accepted the Big East’s invitation and will join the conference in all sports.

McMurphy reports that the Horned Frogs will join the conference on July 1, 2012 and begin conference play the same year.  There’s no word yet as to when an official announcement will be coming from either the league or the school.

While the loss of TCU is a huge blow for a Mountain West Conference that’s already seen flagship schools Utah and BYU agree to leave the league, it’s a major coup for a conference that’s reeling and has become a national punchline due to their abysmal performance on the gridiron in 2010.  The Big East will also give TCU the one thing the MWC can’t: a spot in a conference that’s an automatic BcS qualifier.

With the apparent addition of TCU, the Big East will now stand at nine teams for football.  When the Big East officially announced earlier this month that they were expanding, the target number for the conference was put at 10 football-playing members.

When an announcement on a tenth member will be made — or even who it will be — is unknown.  Central Florida, though, seems to be the odds-on favorite to join TCU as the newest members of the Big East.

UPDATED 10:14 a.m. ET: TCU issued a press release this morning and confirmed that something monumental is on the horizon for the school.

A major announcement involving the TCU athletics program will be made today at a 1 p.m. news conference in the Four Sevens Team Room of the Meyer-Martin Athletic Complex.

TCU chancellor Victor Boschini and director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte will be present.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.