News straight from the "you have got to be kidding me department":
Texas Christian University has accepted an invitation to become an all-sports member to the Big East Conference, industry sources told FanHouse. The Horned Frogs will join the league beginning on July 1, 2012 and begin play in the Big East in the 2012-13 school year.Ugh.
This is not good for us, us being college hoops fans.
I understand why the Big East needs TCU for football, and why TCU joining the Big East is good for them.
But now, not only will the Big East expand to 17 (seven-fucking-teen!!!!) teams for basketball, it further dilutes the bottom of the conference. We already have DePaul, Rutgers, Providence, and company down there and now the Big East is adding a program whose best season in the past decade was an 8-8 finish in the MWC. And that was their best by a long shot. TCU has barely been considered competitive in the conference.
And they are coming to the Big East?
Who will the next addition be? Memphis? Central Florida? Villanova moving their football program up?
Can the Big East even maintain a 17 team basketball league? It is already too big. Another team will just throw off the balance even more.
How long before the conference splits up into football schools and non-football schools? Can teams like Georgetown and Villanova (if their football program doesn't move up) still maintain nationally relevant basketball programs if that does happen?
If this report is true (and I believe it is, Brett McMurphy is a very good reporter -- UPDATE: Jeff Goodman and the NY Post are now confirming the report), its terrible for Big East basketball.
Like I said, Ugh.
I hate the NCAA more and more everyday.