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Big 12 Could Target TCU To Join Conference

Another day, more conference drama. Specifically, more Big 12 drama as the conference talks about adding schools to the Big 12 to compensate for the departures of Texas A&M, Colorado and Nebraska. According to, TCU is the Big 12's current target to be the 10th team in the conference.

The presidents will also discuss Big 12 expansion and whether to add one school or three schools, sources said.

And TCU may be rising up the list of candidates to become No. 10, two key sources said Thursday.

TCU is moving up the list of potential candidates because of its presence in college football under Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs have announced they will leave the Mountain West for the Big East after this season. But those plans could be on hold, sources said.

With the Big East holding on for dear life after Syracuse and Pittsburgh applied for ACC membership, it's very possible if not likely that TCU would be looking to exit the Big East as well -- before even having played a game as a member of the conference. 

The damage to the Big East might not be done yet, either, as Connecticut is likely to apply for ACC membership as well. 

TCU to the Big 12 is obviously far from a done deal, but it's certainly something to keep an eye on going forward as the conference carousel keeps spinning.

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