TCU accepted the Big 12's invitation to join their conference today. The university will officially join the Big 12 on July 1st, 2012, in time for the next football season. TCU became an attractive candidate to replace Texas A&M, considering their recent successes in football and upgrades to their facilities and athletic program. Texas Christian defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last year in a 13-0 season. Gary Patterson is one of the best coaches in college football, and the Horned Frogs have had seven 10-win seasons in the last nine seasons. TCU has gone to BCS bowl games in 2009 and 2010. Texas Christian has won five of its last six bowl games. Bottom line: Horned Frogs football is very good.
TCU was originally suppose to play in the Big East in all sport in 2012. The Horned Frogs broke their commitment to the Big East and went to a conference that is better suited for them. The Big East Conference is now down to six members with football programs. The Big 12 was a much better fit for the Horned Frogs. Geographically, they fit in and won't have to travel insane distances for games like they would have had to in the Big East. The Dallas-Fort Worth area will become more entrenched in Big 12 media. There is no doubt that the Horned Frogs will be unable to compete on the field. Texas might be upset that they have another team to compete with another Texas school for in-state high school talent, but who cares about the Longhorns after their marriage with ESPN, the Longhorn Network, pushed Texas A&M out of the Big 12.