Big East

College Football Realignment: TCU Headed to Big East

| by Alex Groberman

The TCU Horned Frogs, who are currently ranked third in the most recent BCS standing, will leave the Mountain West after next season and begin play in the Big East conference in 2012-13.

According to a press release by the school, “a major announcement involving the TCU athletics program” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

With this new addition, the Big East will be home to nine football teams and have much better odds at retaining a BCS berth. As it stands, West Virginia is the conference’s only ranked team sitting at No. 24 on the latest standings. It is expected that Connecticut, who currently leads the league, could nab a BCS bid by defeating South Florida this week.

A BCS spokesman told FanHouse that TCU would take with them “all of their data to their new league.”

It’s not all good news for the Big East, however. With the addition of TCU the conference will now have 17 basketball teams and create serious traveling issues considering Fort Worth is more than 1,500 miles away from New York City.

Prior to this, the Mountain West had already lost Utah and BYU. They will offset the losses, though, by bringing in Boise State this Fall, as well as Nevada and Fresno State in 2012.

The real winner in this whole ordeal is the TCU football program. Because of this move, they will never again have to worry about one nonconference loss or one close win to an inferior opponent jeopardizing their BCS bowl dreams.