TCU Heading To The Big East

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) All signs are pointing East for the TCU Horned Frogs.

The Fort Worth school is moving their athletic programs to the Big East Conference, where in football the Horned Frogs would be BCS busters no more.

TCU’s board of trustees unanimously approved an invitation Monday to join the Big East in football and all other sports. The move from the Mountain West Conference becomes official July 1, 2012.

The Big East Conference will provide TCU automatic access to the Bowl Championship Series and its five big-money games. That league, currently with eight football teams, has one of six automatic BCS slots.

“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.

The Frogs wrapped up their second  Mountain West title Saturday and finished 12-0 for the second year in a row.  They are currently ranked #3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, and are the highest-ranked football team that does not belong to one of the BCS automatic qualifying conferences.

The team is also in line for a chance to play for the national championship if Auburn or Oregon lose next weekend.

The Frogs likely will play in the Rose Bowl if Auburn and Oregon both win — players were holding roses on the field after their win Saturday.

The only current Big East team ranked in the AP poll is No. 23 West Virginia (8-3, 4-2 Big East), which is 24th in the BCS standings. Connecticut (7-4, 4-2) could get the league’s automatic BCS spot.

TCU was a BCS buster for the first time last season, then lost to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Frogs have won 25 consecutive regular-season games, and 38 of 41 over the past four seasons. The only losses in that span were in the Fiesta Bowl, and games at Oklahoma and Utah.

With all TCU sports moving to the Big East, it will create a 17-team basketball league.

The pending departure of TCU continues a big shuffle for the Mountain West, which next season is losing Utah to the expanded Pac-12 and BYU, which is going independent in football. Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada are moving from the WAC to the Mountain West.

The Big East will be the fourth conference for TCU since the Southwest Conference broke apart after the 1995 season and the Frogs weren’t among the Texas schools that became part of the Big 12.

TCU was in the WAC from 1996-2000 before going to Conference USA for four seasons and then joining the Mountain West in 2005.

TCU Athletic Director Chris Del Conte spoke with 105.3 The Fan

  • ilvrw

    I just wish the Big 12 could have found it in themselves to invite TCU to join the conference and find another team to keep the Big 12 intact. I believe the Texas schools would discover what Baylor and the 2006 OU teams did…this team is pretty good!

    • Cody E

      Couldn’t agree with you more. It’d be nice to see the remnants of the old southwest conference post up the Big 12. Many of my friends concur that the Big East is moving in a positive direction and within a few years could remain competitive with the SEC. The downside for TCU is, howver, distance. When a fan base cant travel with the team, which would likely be the case for TCU, you lose an element of the game, it seems.

  • Chief

    Travel will be only a few more miles than TCU was traveling now in the MWC.

  • firefighter

    I think they will outclassed in the big eas…Me thinks they are just a “flash in the pan and will fade next year.

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  • Dan Rakow

    Excelent Move now I like to see Villanova University(Philadelphia) Football Program to jump from the Football Championship Subdivison 1-AA to Football Bowl Subdivison 1-A to join Big East Conference in Football and it would be an excelent fit to have #5 TV Market Dallas-Fort-Worth and #4 TV Market Philadelphia.

    I’m pulling for Big East Football to have two additional Teams to make it ten so they can be able to play All nine Conference Game somthin that the Big Twelve will be doing beginning next year.

  • Chief

    So GREAT to see TCU in the Rose Bowl and the Texas Longhorns going to the. . .oh wait . . they aren’t going to a bowl !!!! . . .Bwwwaaaaaaaaa hahahahahah.

  • B. Tau;pr

    Who cares where they go. Just another “football comes first” addition to the world of education. If you can play “foootball” doesn’t make any difference how well you do in school. Education is secondary to sports in this country.

  • Xorthfred

    It makes a lot of sense, only because of the BCS fouled up incentives.

  • ilvrw

    Yes, we will see the real TCU..and I hope it’s in the National Championship Game and they pound whoever they face. They have been a very good team that can’t find any takers in non conference. Wish Ohio State would play this “little sister”.

  • Gil W

    Hope the football guys are happy as both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will be humiliated every year!

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