Texas Christian University has accepted an invitation to become an all-sports member to the Big East Conference, industry sources told FanHouse.
TCU has announced a 1:30 p.m. press conference today to announce the change.
The Horned Frogs will join the league beginning on July 1, 2012 and begin play in the Big East in the 2012-13 school year.
The addition of the Horned Frogs will immediately bolster the football league. It also would increase the basketball membership to 17 teams.
The Horned Frogs (12-0) are ranked No. 3 in the current BCS rankings and are guaranteed a BCS bowl. By adding TCU for the 2012-13 school year, the Horned Frogs would take "all of their data to their new league," BCS spokesman Bill Hancock told FanHouse.
The current four-year evaluation period for the BCS concludes in December 2011, so TCU's past BCS rankings – three consecutive top 11 BCS rankings, including this year – will transfer to the Big East since it joined the league before the 2012-13 school year.
The current 2008-11 evaluation period is being used to determine if a seventh conference earns automatic qualifying status for the 2012 and 2013 regular seasons – and the Mountain West (TCU's current home) will not qualify. The Big East, however, already has its automatic qualifying status for the 2012 and 2013 regular seasons by virtue of the contracts, Hancock said.
Adding TCU also would strengthen its position when the league starts renegotiating its television contracts that expires after the 2013 season.
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