As expected, TCU voted unanimously to join the Big 12. Currently the conference is back up to ten, with Missouri, however we know that can all change if they receive an invite from the SEC.
While the Big 12 has been on some shaky ground, this is a good addition to the conference. TCU was set to leave the Mountain West after this year to join the Big East in 2012. This decision will cost TCU $5 million to back out of that deal, but the school will get a guaranteed $13 million next June and be playing against former rivals. Plus, geographically, TCU makes sense in the Big 12.
Recently, they have the credentials to be considered a solid football school. The Horned Frogs beat Wisconsin to win the Rose Bowl and in 2009 lost to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Also yesterday, on somewhat of a lesser note, the Big East schools voted to give their conference commissioner John Marinatto authority to explore options on conference expansion by adding as many as six football schools to get up to 12. Those schools being mentioned are Navy, Air Force, Army and possibly Memphis, East Carolina and Villanova, who could move up to the FBS level.