Multiple sources are reporting that TCU has accepted a long rumored invitation to join the Big East for all sports, football included, in time for the 2012-2013 school year. This means that the Horned Frogs will compete in the Mountain West for one more season, then move all of the way across the country to the Big East.
According to Fanhouse, TCU's move will be in time for the NCAA's reevaluation of automatic bids to BCS bowls, greatly strengthening the Big East's numbers.
The current four-year evaluation period for the BCS concludes in December 2011, so TCU's past BCS rankings - three consecutive top 11 BCS rankings, including this year - will transfer to the Big East since it joined the league before the 2012-13 school year.
The move gives TCU a much clearer path to potential BCS bowls and the national championship game. They are 12-0 this season but need a loss by Oregon or Auburn in the last week of the regular season to have a shot at the title game this season. They also needed a Boise State loss to shore up their BCS bid. The Frogs will benefit from the high caliber of play in other sports, particularly basketball, where the Big East is an annual powerhouse.