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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 11/29/2010

Texas Christian University to join Big East Conference

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 2:20 p.m.

Texas Christian University has accepted an invitation and will join the Big East Conference beginning with the 2012 season.

"Having BCS automatic-qualifying status was a priority for our football program and a great reward for the success we've had the last decade," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement.

Filed at 10:40 a.m.

Texas Christian University will join the Big East Conference in all sports, a move that is expected to be announced today.

TCU officials have confirmed that a press conference involving the Big East is scheduled for this afternoon.

The move from the Mountain West Conference, first reported by Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News, would strengthen the Big East in football, Weiss writes. TCU, which will play at the least, in the Rose Bowl, is ranked third in the BCS standings. Should Auburn or Oregon lose Saturday, TCU could play for the national championship Jan. 10.

A timetable for the Frogs' entrance to the league has yet to be determined, but this will mean the football ADs will get a ninth team they are looking for to form a balanced schedule. It will also give TCU what it wants -- a chance to play in a BCS automatic qualifying conference. None of the football ADs, which drove this expansion, seems to mind that every other sport will have to travel half way across the country for road games. They just view it as a price of survival.
The Big East has been taking criticism this season because it has no teams ranked in to Top 16 of the BCS standings and there is a good chance UConn -- a four loss team -- will represent the league in the BCS, most likely playing the Big 12 champion in the Fiesta Bowl.

By Cindy Boren  | November 29, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  College basketball, College football  
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The biggest joke isn't that the Big Least will take a team from the south west.

It is that the Big East schedule will be easier than the WAC won TCU was playing hah.

Posted by: khornbeak | November 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Well well well. Looks like the Big East will have two BCS teams this year. One in the NC hunt. Take that detractors...

Posted by: Stu27 | November 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Let me see "Texas" Christian will be joining the Big "East?" I know Americans are terrible at geography, but this is ridiculous!

Posted by: hammeresq | November 29, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Move makes absolutely no geographical sense. Big 12 (10, next year with Nebraska and Colorado moving) would've made more sense.

But good for TCU. Big East sucks in football overall and TCU needed to join a BCS conference to stop the same stupidity that goes on each year.

I wonder why the Pac10 did not invite Boise State to join?

Posted by: vmrg1974 | November 29, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

TCU in the Big East? Next thing you know, the NFL will put Dallas in the NFC East.

Oh wait.

Posted by: mattintx | November 29, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Is this out of the "Onion"? TCU, located in Fort Worth, Texas, joining the Big East?
Perhaps the TCU is really Trenton Central University.

Posted by: shogun_5 | November 29, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

How silly! Most fans prefer regional and especially intra-state rivalries. Hard to get fired-up for the TCU/UCONN game. And what about the "carbon footprint" of all that needless cross-country flying?

Posted by: hit4cycle | November 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

This is an act of desperation. The Big East should be embarrassed they have reach this far to make their football conference worthy of retaining a BCS berth.

Posted by: cprferry | November 29, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

How silly! Most fans prefer regional and especially intra-state rivalries. Hard to get fired-up for the TCU/UCONN game. And what about the "carbon footprint" of all that needless cross-country flying?

Posted by: hit4cycle | November 29, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

This is no crazier than the Dallas Cowboys being in the NFC East. With that, folks might be hoping the Dallas-Ft. worth against DC-Philly-NYC thing continues to work.

Posted by: simplewords999 | November 29, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Strange! However for those of us living in North Texas we can envision basketball at Jerry's World, we can all head to the Boss Hog bowl to see TCU vs GTown or UConn. Guess if the Cowboys are considered NFC East, why not TCU. For Big East fans you will see some good football and we get some good basketball!

Posted by: bconner1 | November 29, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

TCU has yet to join the big East, so your comment is really misguided. And really, the Big East needs to be recognized for what it really is, or at least the original intent: a basketball "super-conference".
And Boise State was not invited to join the PAC-10/12 because they did not meet the conferences academic and research requirements. It's about academics, as well. (Sounds kind of funny, doesn't it?)

Posted by: Europa58 | November 29, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Dallas basically fought for the south with the Washington Redskins back before teams in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. That made the Cowboys inseparable from the Redskins which also increased their rivalries with Philadelphia and New York. There is a long history that keeps the Cowboys in the NFC East.

There is nothing that links TCU to the East and therefore shouldn't be compared. Football must be more important than all the other sports combined because this move clearly trumps anything else that should matter.

Posted by: raybell84 | November 29, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I was jkin around ya sallys, but The Big East has a higher winning percentage in BCS Bowl games than the Big 12, Big 10 and ACC. But keep hatin. BTW Depaul and Marquette are already in the BE, Illinois and Wisc arent on the Atlantic either.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 29, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I always thought the Boy's were in the NFC East due to the fact that the Cowboys original owner owned the song "Hail to the Redskins" and would not let the Redskins play it unless the boys were allowed to join the NFC East.

Posted by: bconner1 | November 29, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

What a complete waste. Boise State and the other top teams in the WAC just decided to move over to the MWC, which would have turned the MWC into a powerhouse at least on par with the Pac-10, Big 10, and Big 12 in terms of power. (The WAC and MWC were already far ahead of the Big East in power, at least in football, and about on par with the ACC.) Now, instead of starting a fierce rivalry against Boise State, TCU is jumping ship and going to the Big East.

I guess it gets TCU an automatic bid opportunity every season, but the move is idiotic in terms of geography, and its worthless in terms of challenging the BCS-conference hegemony. The Big East deserves a BCS bowl bid in about a third of the years, and TCU's presence there will maybe bump that up to about half or two-thirds of the seasons, but the conference will still be underpowered and undeserving of an automatic bid.

Meanwhile, the Boise State move to the MWC just became a complete waste. With Utah moving to the Pac-10 and TCU heading to the Big East, the WAC just lost all of its power, and the MWC accomplished nothing except to replace the power that it lost.

Shuffling around deck chairs on the Titanic...that's about all these conferences seem to be able to do.

Posted by: blert | November 29, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

So I guess JMU deserves a BCS nod since they beat the ACCs best???

Shouldn't any TCU mention by the WP also include that Sam Baugh is an alumni.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 29, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Hawaii might be a good choice now. After all, it is almost half way to the far east.

Posted by: stevevan1 | November 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I've lost count. Will that be 63 or 64 teams playing basketball in the Big East?

Posted by: jeadpt | November 29, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse


As is the ACC, Big Ten, Big eight and all the others who have screwed up college basketball and football rearranging conferences.

We need an 8 game playoff.

Posted by: chucky-el | November 29, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Let me see "Texas" Christian will be joining the Big "East?" I know Americans are terrible at geography, but this is ridiculous!

Posted by: hammeresq | November 29, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The whole BCS system is idiotic, so this move is totally consistent with that.

In the meantime, if you want to see how a football playoff works in the NCAA FCS Div. I, or NCAA Div. II or III, you can click here:

So can anyone explain why the Big East is considered a BCS conference in the first place?

Posted by: DoreDad | November 29, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it have been easier and made more sense to just have playoffs?

The BCS is doing some serious contortions in order to prevent the common sense solution.

Posted by: Benson | November 29, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

TCU and Houston geographically are a better Big Twelve fit. Tulsa is also a potential Big Twelve member. Perhaps Tulsa and Houston can replace Colorado and Nebraska in the Big Twelve.

Big Elephant in the room: Notre Dame, which plays in the Big East in all other sports, stubbornly maintains "independence" in football.

My solutions: First; Admit Notre Dame to the Big East with the proviso that they can maintain an independent football schedule while stipulating that any games against Big East opponents count as Big East games in conference standings. At the same time whenever Notre Dame schedules seven or more Big East opponents in football during a season, the Irish become eligible for the Big East championship that season.

Next, the BCS ought to consider promotion/relegation of conferences the way European soccer leagues do with teams. This year the Big East would be relegated while the Mountain West and possibly the WAC would be promoted. In addition there could be promotion and relegation of teams between the Bowl Subdivision and the Football Championship Subdivision...e.g. Montana ought to be promoted to FBS status [though the Grizzlies refused a WAC invite to remain in the Big Sky Conference]. A few teams like Vanderbilt and Tulane could be relegated to FCS status.

Finally...and I'm saying this as a Tennessee fan...only teams with records over .500 should be bowl-eligible. The Vols made a heroic effort to finish 6-6 this season, but I'm not sure if this really qualifies them for the Music City, Liberty or Bowl. Perhaps the addition of a thirteenth game to the shedule would ensure that all bowl-eligible teams must finish over .500.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 29, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

One more comment: The Military Bowl here ought to schedule a service academy as one of the teams whenever possible. It's true that Navy historically commits to the Poinsettia Bowl [due chiefly to a huge naval presence in San Diego], but both Army and Air Force are bowl-eligible this year...though the Falcons also have a Mountain West commitment. Perhaps Navy can alternate between the Military and Poinsettia Bowls whenever the Midshipmen are bowl-eligible. This year all three service academies are.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 29, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

TCU going to Big East makes about as much sense as them being in the Mountain West Conference. For those of you who have never been there, North Texas has nary a mountain.

Maybe it's not geographically correct, but at least they can count, unlike the Big 12.

Posted by: gaustinw | November 29, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

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