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Report: TCU accepts Big East invite

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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.

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23 Responses to “Report: TCU accepts Big East invite”
  1. whynotusecommonsense says: Nov 29, 2010 10:32 AM

    Could it be true?

    BYU and TCU = scared to play Boise State each year. Both scrambled to get out after the announcement.

  2. floridaconservative says: Nov 29, 2010 10:46 AM

    TCU’s scared to play Boise State, huh? They’ve played twice in the past two years, winning one close bowl game and losing another close bowl game. TCU’s not scared.

    BYU’s scared to play Boise State, huh? You do realize they have a scheduled home-and-home in 2012 and 2013 that was put together well before the conference realignment, right? BYU’s not scared.

    Everyone wants to be part of a BCS conference. There’s more money, notoriety, etc. Utah got an invite to the PAC-10. BYU did not, but frustrated with the MWC’s idiotic broadcast rights, they opted for the uncertainty of independence over the travesty that is the mtn. TCU got an invite to the Big East.

    Your sad attempt at logic must mean that Boise State is scared to played Idaho and New Mexico State each year, else why would they bolt the WAC? Get a clue.

  3. blitz4848 says: Nov 29, 2010 10:51 AM

    Smart move–can come right in and have a clear path to a BCS bowl every yr.
    This will help their recruiting tremendously because they are now in a BCS conference and have a relatively great chance to be in a BCS bowl every yr.
    Might see them start getting some of the Longhorns recruits which can only strengthen the depth of the Horned Frogs. Now they can compete on a more level playing field for those 4 and 5 star recruits in talent rich Texas.

  4. laxer37 says: Nov 29, 2010 10:56 AM

    When I think of eastern states, Texas is the first one that comes to mind.

  5. frank booth says: Nov 29, 2010 11:08 AM

    whynotusecommonsense says:
    Nov 29, 2010 10:32 AM
    Could it be true?

    BYU and TCU = scared to play Boise State each year. Both scrambled to get out after the announcement.
    It’s true. Studies have shown that most teams will move to a different conference solely to avoid a particular team. Of course, since TCU doesn’t play in the same conference as Boise State, it really doesn’t matter. They can be in the Big East and still play them if both teams want to.

    But really, it’s not Boise State that should be feared- It’s Nevada.

    I love the idea, and it’s good for the Big East and TCU. Although the Big East is down, there are still some decent teams with history of success.

  6. bearcatfan05 says: Nov 29, 2010 11:24 AM

    Just need add 3 more in Houston, Central Florida, and Villanova.

  7. drexelvol says: Nov 29, 2010 11:28 AM

    A mid-western state’s team going to the Big East makes perfect sense. Texas is east of California at least.

  8. blitz4848 says: Nov 29, 2010 11:49 AM

    The sad part is TCU had to go that far because Texas will not allow them in the used to be Big 8, no Big 12, no now the Texas 10.

    Wonder if Texas and BYU have developed “stage fright”. They both announced the formation of their own TV networks and then turned in 5-7 & 6-6 records. The sponsers must be lined up around the block—-LMAO

  9. rlr79 says: Nov 29, 2010 11:56 AM

    Oddly enough the competition just got easier. The MWC is actually tougher now and in the foreseeable future then the Big Least, but yet because it is a +bcs” conference TCU cannot be questioned about “who have you played” sounds like a win win too me, can’t say I blame them.

  10. moswesley says: Nov 29, 2010 12:16 PM

    Hey JT,

    I’m giving you the official memo.

    It’s UCF, not Central Florida.

    UCF has been asking been asking media professionals to stop using Central Florida for years.

  11. edgy loves (insert overrated MWC/WAC team) says: Nov 29, 2010 12:24 PM

    oh snap! I bet edgy is dancing in the streets!!!

    if now boise couldget their own conference with an automatic bid by themselves, then edgy would just die of excitement lol

  12. gomichigan says: Nov 29, 2010 1:00 PM

    look how good the big east is this year, no team from that conference should even recieve a BCS bid. Tcu should have it easy but it will still be hard for them to play for a national championship if the whole big east conference keeps getting worse.

  13. edgy says: Nov 29, 2010 1:09 PM

    blitz, it’s helpful but you really don’t know anything about that area. Texas ISN’T the only one recruiting and they have to fight Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for the best recruits. Also, there are a lot of 4 and 5 star recruits that AREN’T in the D/FW area that Texas will get no matter what TCU does.

    Getting a clearer path to the BCS is great but there are clearly advantages for the Big 12 that the Big East won’t be able to give them beyond being in the BCS and they’re not going to lower their academic standards just because they’re now in a BCS conference.

    I think that where it might help is in the Big East areas, as they can offer recruits a chance to play at least half of their games in a warmer climate. I’m not saying that being part of the Big East won’t help them but it won’t help them any more in a lot of areas where their standards are just too high for the recruits in the first place. Let’s not forget (and you guys do) that TCU was once a member of a BCS conference and they weren’t getting the best players in their area because of those very same standards. SMU lowered their standards (and their ethics) and look what it got them. I don’t see TCU doing the same thing.

  14. frug says: Nov 29, 2010 1:26 PM

    – TCU
    – Big East football
    – BCS (reduces political pressure)

    – MWC (especially BSU)
    – BYU (another MWC rival gets a BCS invite ahead of them)
    – Big East non-football sports
    – BCS opponents (the more non-AQ teams that get “promoted” the harder it is to argue deserving teams are getting screwed)

    So congrats to TCU and BCS proponents (all five of them) and better luck next time to the BYUs and BSUs of the the world.

  15. edgy says: Nov 29, 2010 1:39 PM

    edgy loves (insert overrated MWC/WAC team)

    oh snap! I bet edgy is dancing in the streets!!!


    You are retarded. What I would have liked to have seen was that the MWC stay together and add in Boise State, Fresno and Nevada, as this would have been a conference that was not only clearly superior to the ACC and Big East but better than the Big 12ish. The MWC was going to achieve BCS status but now, these defections will stop that from happening.

    Clearly, you retard, you know nothing about football and each day you show how stupid you are, especially since I’m Trojan through and through but my world doesn’t revolve around every win or loss like yours does.

    As a long time football fan, I’ve seen teams like Penn State and Florida State take sh*t from retards like you because their schedule was supposedly too soft and that they didn’t deserve a chance to play in the Big Boy bowls and even after they kicked the living sh*t out of the Big Boys in the bowls, you retards continued to talk about their regular season schedule and tried to hide the fact that you got owned when it counted. Let’s not forget that the Big 8, which became the Big 12, was once known as Oklahoma and the Little Seven and yet, Oklahoma won several national championships, despite playing a very soft regular season schedule. It seems like standards are for everyone else…..

  16. edgy says: Nov 29, 2010 1:45 PM

    frug says:

    – BYU (another MWC rival gets a BCS invite ahead of them)


    BYU would only be a fit for the Pac-10 or the Big 12. It’s quite possible that the Big 12 comes calling and they go for Memphis and then they can have a North/South, again.

    I don’t get your logic for the non-football sports.

  17. frank booth says: Nov 29, 2010 2:05 PM

    Edgy- there were a lot of conferences that had 1 or 2 dominant teams back then, but a lot of them played tougher non-conference schedules. The 1975 Sooner championship team, for instance played #15 Pitt and #5 Texas in non-conference, and then played #19 OK State, #18 Missouri, and #2 Nebraska before going up against #5 Michigan in the Orange Bowl

  18. edgy says: Nov 29, 2010 2:08 PM

    With the loss of TCU, the Mountain West should grab the best of what’s left in the WAC to get to 12 teams, bury the MW name and reclaim the WAC name.


    Louisiana Tech

    Allow to go independent or I-AA:

    Utah State
    New Mexico State
    San Jose State

    New MWC or WAC:


    Air Force
    Boise State
    Colorado State
    Louisiana Tech


    Fresno State
    New Mexico
    San Diego State

  19. frug says: Nov 29, 2010 2:19 PM


    The reason I called Big East non-football sports losers is that they are now a 17 team conference (18 if they add another school instead of just promoting ‘Nova) does any really think that’s sustainable long term? Add in the fact that TCU is going to water down the basketball reputation (the leagues calling card) and won’t do anything to reduce the tensions between the Catholic schools (none of whom are football members) and the non-Catholic schools (all of whom are football members) and you are looking at a big problems.

    Regarding BYU: BYU really is a terrible fit for the PAC-10/12. Cal and Stanford have already made perfectly clear they will nuke any BYU bid because if it’s policies regarding academic freedom (which is so controversial/non-existent it has it’s own wikipedia page). Add in that as arguably the most culturally conservative school in the country it would always create tensions with famously left leaning schools in PAC-10/12.
    On the other hand, the fact that it’s football program is already separate from the rest of it’s sports would make it ideal addition as a football only member for the Big East.

  20. floridaconservative says: Nov 29, 2010 2:47 PM

    BYU was clearly TCU’s competition to get an invite to the Big East. I’m pretty sure the Mormons turned it down so they can fulfill their dreams of joining the ACC. They even played at Florida State this year, right? Coincidentally, Hawaii is looking to make a move to the Big Ten as soon as it’s invited.

    If TCU/Villanova Football/UCF doesn’t work out, another solid play for the Big East might be adding the University of Sao Paulo. It has an excellent academic reputation and would just have to add some athletics programs. Imagine how great the Big East would be if its teams could travel to Brazil for basketball games during December and January!

  21. edgy loves (insert overrated MWC/WAC team) says: Nov 29, 2010 2:50 PM

    ouch edgy lol you are an awful person

    one would think that anyone who considers themselves “educated” (its all in your head) would refrain from calling a person retarded

    i mean what kind of worthless, no good, inconsiderate, garbage piece of shit are you?

    i mean we all know you have your sob story about your brother dying and you moron sister being sick and having to care for her, but we dont insult your thickheaded, dense, moronic family

    please walk away from the computer and quit, just quit everything that you are doing because, edgy, have you looked at your website “edgy sports”……that is worthless, people are only there to make fun of you for what an insane fanatical person that you are

    so thank you, please continue to call people retarded just like you would love to yell racial slurs at people if you could…..edgy you make me sick

  22. edgy says: Nov 29, 2010 3:06 PM

    frug, a lot of people said that same thing when they went to 16 teams and they were just as wrong then. Let’s not forget that for years, DePaul, South Florida (until last year) and Rutgers haven’t exactly enhanced the Big East’s reputation and you can say that about any of their bottom feeder programs. Seriously, do you think that people talk about how crappy the Big 10’s basketball programs are because of Northwestern? Where they need help is with football and THAT is something that TCU will do.

    In a story about this, Jim Boeheim had this to say:

    What is not certain is how the move will affect Big East men’s basketball. T.C.U. has a weak program and will give the league an odd, 17-member alignment. Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim said adding a university with little basketball tradition did not bother him. T.C.U. has not reached the N.C.A.A. tournament since 1998.

    “We’ve got enough basketball programs,” Boeheim said. “I don’t think that’s an issue. It really doesn’t matter if they’re strong or not.”

    He added: “I think that it’s obvious that the football side has to get better, either with the addition of someone or our teams have to get better. That’s pretty obvious. They have to do what they have to do to keep the B.C.S. thing going. That’s the bottom line.”

    Regarding BYU, the Pac-10 and the Big-12 are THEIR ONLY OPTIONS. It doesn’t matter whether their views will nuke their chances with the Pac-10 or not; those are the ONLY BCS conferences that they could expect an invitation to and trust me, THEIR basketball program is much better than TCU’s AND the BYU Network opens up a lot of possibilities that they couldn’t get from TCU, so if they were EVER in the mix for a Big East invite, they trump TCU big time but the travel prospects are far too much for anyone but those two BCS conferences to ever extend an invitation.

  23. lgwelsh1 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:33 PM

    This a huge coup for TCU, they are right up there year after year and now with an automatic BCS bid this makes their program extremely attractive to new recruits.

    Great move.

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