Tired of playing BCS buster and hoping enough of the schools from automatic qualifying conferences falter, the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University are hitching their wagons and moving East in 2012. To the Big East that is, where it will join the conference in all sports.
TCU has accepted a bid for full membership to become the 17th member of the Big East Conference, effective July 1, 2012.
“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 conference change allows TCU to play in an automatic BCS-qualifying league beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
“Access got easier, not the road,” said Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson, whose third-ranked Frogs (12-0) wrapped up their second consecutive undefeated regular season and Mountain West title with a 66-17 win at New Mexico on Saturday.
Still a year away from joining the league & TCU is already the favorite to win the league, where this year either UCONN or West Virginia will receive an automatic BCS bid with three or more losses. The biggest loser in all of this is Boise State, who, are moving from the WAC to Mountain West in 2012 in hopes of bolstering their strength of schedule only to see BYU, Utah & now TCU waving goodbye.