Big 12 to invite TCU to join conference

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 6, 2011 at 11:23 am •  Published: October 6, 2011

TCU and the University of Oklahoma have a non-conference game scheduled for next season. OU would have to find a new non-conference opponent if TCU joins the Big 12.

Earlier Thursday, Big 12 leaders agreed to share Tier 1 and Tier 2 broadcast revenues for six years and Texas agreed not to show high school sports clips on its Longhorn Network.

Thursday’s news came just two days after questions about Missouri’s commitment to the Big 12 came into question. On Tuesday, the Missouri Board of Curators voted to give chancellor Brady Deaton the “authority to take any and all action necessary to fully explore options to conference affiliation" for Missouri and its university system.

Several Big 12 officials, including University of Oklahoma president David Boren, have said it’s 50-50 on whether or not Missouri will remain in the Big 12.

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STATEMENT FROM OU PRESIDENT DAVID BOREN

“Today’s Big 12 meeting was the most positive conference meeting that we have had over the last two to three years. The reforms made and actions taken are a win for the entire conference. The actions taken at the meeting will help to strengthen the conference and increase its stability. Commissioner Chuck Neinas deserves great credit for his leadership in bringing this agreement together. I also appreciate the close partnership between OU and OSU in working for meaningful reforms. All of the actions taken are important and I was especially pleased that the conference will have its own bylaws to make sure that institutional branded networks will be prohibited from showing high school athletes in game or in highlight format in a way that could give any conference member a recruiting advantage.”

STATEMENT FROM OSU PRESIDENT BURNS HARGIS

“We have successfully addressed some critical issues and today have taken important steps forward for the future of the Big 12 Conference. Our member institutions have worked diligently to bring stability to one of the nation’s premier conferences. We still have work to do and will continue to do everything necessary to ensure the future of the Big 12 is brighter than it has ever been. I appreciate the close working relationship we have with the University of Oklahoma and thank David Boren for his leadership and support. Together, we have made significant progress for the future of our institutions and the Big 12. We are delighted to extend an invitation to Texas Christian University to join the conference. TCU is an excellent fit for the Big 12 in terms of its excellent academics, its top-notch athletic programs and its proximity to the other members of the conference. We look forward to the Horned Frogs becoming a member of the Big 12.”

FROM STAFF REPORTS

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