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Big 12 Expansion: TCU To Join Big 12, According To Report

TCU has agreed to join the Big 12 conference for the 2012-2013 school year, according to college football insider Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports.

TCU was supposed to join the Big East conference on July, 1 2012. But now TCU will have to pay the Big East a $5 million exit fee but won't be bound by the conference's normal 27-month requirement for notification.

This is another good sign for a Big 12 conference that has now received the commitment from TCU, and a rumored commitment with BYU. The conference has seemed to go on the offense in terms of finding schools to join a newly-aligned Big 12. After losing Nebraska to the Big 10 and Colorado to the Pac 12, the conference has been in disarray with daily reports on the status' of Texas A&M and Missouri possibly looking at the SEC. But this is a good sign for the Big 12 and its' future.

Obviously TCU feels comfortable about where the Big 12 conference is headed. The same cannot be said for the Big East, who has now lost a committed-TCU program, along with Syracuse and Pittsburgh that have joined the ACC.

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