Reports are coming out today that Texas Christian University (TCU) is “leaving” the Big East for the Big 12, even though they’re not techinically in the Big East.
TCU has been invited to join the Big 12 Conference and is expected to accept the offer for the 2012-13 school year, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com.
TCU was scheduled to join the Big East on July 1, 2012, but instead will join the Big 12. By leaving the Big East before it officially became a member, the Horned Frogs will have to pay a $5 million exit fee but is not bound by the Big East’s 27 month requirement for notification.
TCU chancellor Victor J. Boschini told the Big East Thursday they have scheduled a board of regents meeting today where “we expect to accept an offer to join the Big 12.”
The addition of TCU replaces Texas A&M, which is headed to the SEC.
The Big 12 still must determine if it wants 10 or 12 members. On Tuesday, Missouri gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to pursue its options about joining another conference.
If Missouri leaves for the SEC, the Big 12 likely would add three more schools to get to 12. The leading candidates would be Louisville, BYU, West Virginia and Cincinnati.
The loss of TCU is another blow to the Big East. The league also lost Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, but Commissioner John Marinatto has said previously the Big East would make Pitt and Syracuse honor the 27 month exit agreement, meaning they couldn’t join the ACC until 2014.
It looks like Marinatto’s last hope to keep Big East Football intact is now heading to the Big 12, which is more regionally friendly for TCU.
Message to WVU AD Oliver Luck: ABANDON SHIP, NOW! Let John Marinatto drown on his own, do NOT go down with him!