TCU Joining the Big East

29 Nov

It looks like TCU will get its chance to play in a BCS automatic qualifying conference.

The Horned Frogs have accepted an invitation to join the Big East as an all-sports member, sources told ESPNDallas.com’s Richard Durrett on Monday morning. TCU has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. CT to make “a major announcement involving the TCU athletics program.”

TCU is currently third in football in the BCS standings and has a chance to play in the national championship, but the winner of the Mountain West does not automatically qualify for a BCS bowl. The Big East does qualify for the 2012 and 2013 seasons and will be bolstered by the Horned Frogs’ three consecutive top 11 BCS finishes. TCU will join the Big East for the 2012-13 school year, according to multiple media reports.

The Big East will now have 17 members, with nine in football. The conference has extended an invitation to Villanova to become the 10th football member.
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