FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU scheduled a “major announcement” for Monday evening in what was expected to be a move to the Big 12 Conference.
The school did not disclose details of the event, but a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press that TCU trustees were scheduled to meet Monday to likely accept an invitation to join the Big 12. The person spoke on condition of anonymity late Sunday because the university was not prepared to publicly reveal its plans.
The move would provide some much-needed stability to the Big 12, which lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) over the summer and will lose Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference next year. Missouri is also exploring a move to the SEC.
In TCU, the Big 12 would get the defending Rose Bowl champion Horned Frogs — a BCS-busting team that finished No. 2 last season after a 13-0 season. Several Big 12 coaches welcomed the idea.
“TCU has earned that right. They’ve won as much as anybody. I think they are very deserving,” Texas coach Mack Brown told reporters in Austin.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, whose staff recruits heavily in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, echoed those sentiments.
“I think it’s great, you know? They’re an excellent program,” Stoops said. “You see what they’ve been doing throughout the year. I love the proximity for the fans. It’s another game that’s relatively close and in this region, so I think it’s great. It’s going to work out well.”
TCU currently competes in the Mountain West Conference and was set to join the Big East next July. Instead, the Big 12 went public with its interest in TCU last week; because it isn’t yet a Big East member, TCU wouldn’t be required to give 27 months’ notice to leave, though it would need to pay a $5 million exit fee, according to conference policy. MORE>>