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TCU To Big East: Officials Say When Not If, UCF and Temple Also In

Dave DeBlasioCorrespondent INovember 15, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 6: Conroy Black #9 of the Utah Utes tackles Matthew Tucker #29 of the TCU Horned Frogs during the second half of an NCAA Football game November 6, 2010 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. TCU Beat Utah 47-7.  (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Imagine if undefeated TCU was already a member of the Big East. Instead of conference headquarters sweating over which mediocre team will stumble into the Fiesta Bowl, the league could be boasting about its national title contender.

The precarious position TCU holds as a member of a non-AQ came home loud and clear this weekend as the Frogs struggle to maintain a top three poll position and wait for Oregon or Auburn to falter.

Competing with Boise State for a title spot has lost its appeal. The Horned Frogs want to belong to an AQ conference now.

The Big East is looking more and more attractive to the Frogs. A report out of Dallas says the Horned Frogs will join the Big East along with Temple and Central Florida.

This report came from two inside TCU sources who prefer to remain anonymous. Negotiations with the Big East are ongoing.

TCU hasn't ruled out sending its football team east and finding a suitable home for all their other sports closer to Fort Worth. However, the possibilities are slim to none.

The Mountain West wants no part of the Horned Frogs athletic programs if it can't keep football.

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TCU and the Big East are moving in opposite directions. The Horned Frogs are neck-and-neck with Auburn and Oregon. The Big East is mired in such mediocrity that a two or three-way tie for conference champ is possible. It's mid-November and no Big East teams grace the Top 25.

In addition to finishing an undefeated football season against New Mexico and making the BCS title game, the Horned Frogs are focused on basketball season. TCU knows it has to invest in upgrading its men's program if it is to survive in the rugged Big East.

Jim Christian, TCU's head men's basketball coach, believes his team will compete for a Mountain West Title this season. He also know that the Big East is all about basketball. Of course, the chance to compete the nation's best basketball league has made TCU an advocate of an all-sports invite for the Horned Frogs and nothing less.

The Big East is serious about men's basketball, and, as presently constructed, the Horned Frogs are ready to seriously compete in the Mountain West.

Where the TCU sources got information about Central Florida and Temple remains a mystery although the Knights and Owls have frequently been mentioned as candidates.

Where's Villanova in this picture? Saturday Montana announced it would not move its football program to the FBS. Content with strong finishes in the FCS and unwilling to tackle the prohibitive expenditures such a move would entail, Montana is staying put.

Will the Wildcats choose the same option?  

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