The TCU Horned frogs will leave the Mountain West Conference (MWC) for the Big East effective July 1, 2012. According to published reports (NY Daily News) the school has set up a news conference for today at 1:00 p.m. to make a major announcement.
If the reports are correct and TCU leaves the MWC for the Big East they would be moving to a BCS automatic qualifying conference and would be the Big East ninth conference member.
The MWC has been proactive in bringing in new schools to a conference that has been hit hard by the bigger conferences. After announcing earlier this year that the Boise State Broncos would join the conference in 2011, conference favorites BYU and Utah announced that they would be leaving the conference starting in 2011. Utah is headed to the PAC-10 and BYU will go independent in football.
With the losses of BYU and Utah the MWC went out and invited Fresno State and Nevada to the conference leaving the Western Athletic Conference in limbo. Fresno State and Nevada will join the conference in 2012 at the same time TCU will be leaving the conference.