TCU’s Possible Conference Future: Big 12 Expansion, Pac-12, or Merge?

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TCU Leaders Explore All Options

There has been a whirlwind of rumors and sources reporting on the current Big 12 situation, with many debating if a Big 12 expansion, joining the Pac- 12, or merging the two, is the best option for the Frogs. It’s been confirmed by multiple sources that both Texas and Oklahoma will be leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. The two schools announced they would not renew their media rights with the Big 12 when they run out in 2025. This allows the two schools to start SEC play beginning in 2025.

Most people around the college football world assumed that Oklahoma and Texas would not be able to leave. Like the other Big 12 schools, TCU has a lot to decide on in the coming weeks. Many sources assume TCU would head to the Pac-12, which I believe would be the best suiter. However, adding teams to the Big 12 has been discussed by many, but what two teams could the Big 12 bring in that even come close to Texas and Oklahoma’s worth. Regardless, the latest statement from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, shows he’s not backing down from the fight.

Big 12 Expansion Could Actually Mean Pac 12 Merge

The latest in the news have been the reports of a meeting between Bob Bowlsby and and Pac-12 Commisioner, George Kliavkoff. This of course brings into question a Big-12 and Pac-12 merger and what that could mean for the future.

TCU left the Mountain West Conference in 2012 and joined the Big 12. When this was announced, it brought a lot of hype to the Big 12 and TCU. However, we’ve seen Texas A&M and Missouri depart to the SEC in the past few years. Money is everything, and Texas and Oklahoma have more money than any other Big 12 schools. Why wouldn’t they join the SEC, which has already established itself as a superior conference? 

The senate selection committee spoke with the University of Texas president Jay Hartzell earlier this week. Senator Lois Kolkhorst, a TCU alum, jabbed at Hartzell when discussing Texas football and their move to the SEC.

TCU’s athletic director Jeremiah Donati will be in Dallas to discuss the situation for the next few weeks. Many think TCU will go wherever Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Baylor go since those are the heart of the Big 12.

With the upcoming football season quickly approaching, I think on everyone’s mind is Big 12 Expansion, Pac-12, or Merge?

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Story by Campus Live Intern Jack Damon

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