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Texas Christian University Joins Big 12 Conference

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Before playing one game in the Big East, TCU has left the Big East Conference for the Big 12 Conference.

TCU and Big 12 Conference officials made a joint announcement in Fort Worth today, announcing the Horned Frogs acceptance of the Big 12’s invite.

TCU will take Texas A&M’s place in the Big 12 on July 1, 2012, the date the Aggies leave for the SEC.

“Joining the Big 12 connects us not only to schools with whom we share a rich tradition in sports, but also to schools committed to academic excellence,” TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said. “Over the past six years, TCU has seen unprecedented success in academics and athletics.

“Participating in this conference allows us to strengthen the core of the TCU experience, which includes providing students with major opportunities in a personalized environment. It is very much in line with our overall goal to create a world-class university.”

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“We are excited to add TCU to our lineup of prestigious members,” said Big 12 Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas (pictured at podium).  “Not only do they bring an excellent football program to our Conference, but numerous other programs that have been successful on a national level as well.”

It is assumed that TCU will be plugged into Texas A&M’s place on existing Big 12 athletic schedules for the 2012-2013 athletic year.

TCU Athletics Director Chris Del Conte (pictured at the top) said that TCU will have to pay a withdrawal penalty to the Big East Conference.  That amount, to be determined, will be withheld from TCU athletics revenues.

Del Conte also added, “The Big 12 is a perfect fit for TCU. With our historical ties to Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech, as well as the close proximity to the other league members, we couldn’t be more excited to have the Big 12 as our new home. It’s been unbelievable to see the excitement among our constituents. We are very proud to represent Fort Worth and the entire Metroplex in the Big 12.

“It’s truly a historic time and a great day to be a Horned Frog!”

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