Reports: TCU to join Big East

Reports: TCU to join Big East

Reports from FanHouse and the New York Daily News Monday morning indicated that Texas Christian University has accepted full membership in the Big East Conference and will join the league in all sports in time for the 2012-13 athletic year.

Big East communications director Chuck Sullivan said at the start of the league's regularly-scheduled coaches' teleconference Monday that the league could confirm there would be a press conference at TCU at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time (1:00 p.m. local time in Fort Worth, Texas, where the school is located).

There was no further detail offered about the nature of that press conference, but reports from FanHouse senior writer Brett McMurphy and New York Daily News writer Dick Weiss indicated the league had added the Horned Frogs in all sports after the athletic program initially balked at a football-only membership.

The addition would bring the Big East up to nine football-playing members and would bring the already-sizable basketball contingent up to 17 teams.

But any concerns about adding bulk to the basketball side of the league were apparently offset by the value the Horned Frogs athletic program will bring to the football conference.

TCU, which completed the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record after a 66-17 triumph over New Mexico on Saturday, is No. 3 in this week's BCS rankings.

Should one of the top two teams, Auburn or Oregon, fall in their games this Saturday, the Horned Frogs (currently members of the Mountain West Conference) could become the first football team from a non-automatic qualifying league to play for the national championship since the BCS system began in the late 1990s.

The school, located in Fort Worth, Texas, also had an undefeated regular season in football in 2009-10. It lost in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl to fellow non-AQ power Boise State 17-10 this past January.

West Virginia played TCU in the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl at the Astrodome in Houston, a game Don Nehlen's Mountaineers won 31-14. That meeting is the only one between the two schools' football programs.

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