TCU and West Virginia officially join the Big 12 Conference today

By Kevin Kelley -

Big 12 ConferenceThe TCU Horned Frogs and the West Virginia Mountaineers are official members of the Big 12 Conference today. The Big 12 remains at 10 members after losing Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC.

Since the Big 12 has only ten teams, the conference is not split into divisions. TCU and West Virginia will play every other member of the Big 12 on a yearly rotating basis.

TCU opens the 2012 season on September 8 at home against Grambling State and their first Big 12 game is September 15 at Kansas. The Horned Frogs also host Kansas State and Oklahoma and travel to Oklahoma State, Texas, and West Virginia.

West Virginia hosts Marshall on September 1 and kicks off Big 12 play on September 29 at home against Baylor. Other top games for the Mountaineers include Kansas State, Oklahoma, and TCU at home and Oklahoma State and Texas on the road.

The Horned Frogs arrive from the Mountain West Conference where they competed since 2005, winning titles in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011. TCU was set to join the Big East in 2012, but reneged after receiving an offer from the Big 12.

The Mountaineers leave behind the Big East, a conference they played in since 1991. West Virginia won or shared the Big East championship seven times in their 20 years in the conference.

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6 Comments to TCU and West Virginia officially join the Big 12 Conference today

  1. Mr. Apples said....

    Big 12 Additions > Big 12 Subtractions

    July 1, 2012 at 9:31 am
  2. Baby Beluga said....

    B12 added great football teams & got stronger. SEC added mediocre football teams with “tv sets” and ended up diluting their conference.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm
  3. Nate said....

    TCU and West Virginia step up the level of competition in the conference. The Big-12 is now very close to the SEC to be the top-to-bottom toughest conference in the nation. The question is who is better, Vandy, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Ole Miss, or Texas Tech, Iowa St and Kansas?

    Kansas is pretty bad

    July 2, 2012 at 8:35 am
  4. Steven said....

    Big 12 is right now closing in on Sec. Top to bottom Big 12 is better. OU, WV, TCU, TEXAS, we know will be at the top and ISU, KSU,KU,BU,TTU, AND OSU will compete aswell. KU will surprise a lot of people out there!!!

    July 2, 2012 at 9:14 am
  5. Shooter McGavin said....

    Anyone who thinks TCU is a better program historically than A&M is delusional. 29-56-7 series record. At least the Frogs beat up on the Mountain West scrubs over the past few years. WV has a good program but who can they really develop a rivalry with being so far away from the rest of the conference?

    July 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm
  6. Anonymous said....

    TCU was a horrible football program in the late 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. That Coach is probably all that separates them from that past. They competed against those same Texas teams in the SWC as they will now in the Big 12. What’s gonna be the difference once that Coach is gone? Same goes for that Boise St. that everybody is so impressed with the last few years. They’re a Head Coach away from obcurity. Those two are a big risk for any major conference. I would not give Texas A&M for half a dozen of them.

    July 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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