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With TCU Officially Out, What Now for The Big East?

18451-TCU-1 Big East football has come to a major stand still. All the twists and turns lately have done nothing but confuse people on a regular basis. The newest twist is that TCU, Texas Christian University, has now officially planned to leave the Big East, despite the fact that they were not even really part of it yet. So where are they going to go now?

TCU has now been picked up by the Big 12. This past monday the Big 12 released a statement authorizing the conference to commence talks to bring in TCU as the tenth member of the conference.

"We’re proud that TCU has been invited to join the Big 12,” Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said. “Their commitment to academics and success on the field make them an excellent fit.”

TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. believed as well that the move is a positive thing. "[The move]will allow us to return to old rivalries, something our fans and others have been advocating for many years."

Seems at least someone is happy about the move.

So since we care about the fans so much is that what we should base our decisions on nowadays? Or is our number one goal still putting the athletes and their careers in both sports and academics first? Guess no one will never really know.

Some schools seem to be a little less thrilled about the recent developments.

“It’s one of the most disappointing things I’ve seen in 35 years in the game to see this thing break up like this,” said Rick Pitino, the men’s basketball coach at Louisville, which is a Big East member. “We’ve stayed loyal to it all along. We’ve stayed loyal, and by staying loyal we’re not sure what’s going to happen to us.”

TCU’s departure before it even showed up brings the Big East’s lack of stability into consideration, which is something it had been trying fix by reaching out to recruit the Air Force and Navy in hopes of replacing Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which both agreed last month to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. Stability, unfortunately, is still missing.

The football aspect of the Big East is now in a dire situation and is reminiscent of the 2003 situation they faced with the loss of Virginia Tech, Boston College and Miami.

What about the rest of the sports? Can we predict a change, or shall we dare to say, lack there of?

That question remains on the discussion board but what one has got to ask is should the Big East let go of its hopes of ever being a dominating football conference and focus on the things it already has?

If there is one thing that the Big East has definitely got going for them, it's their basketball. UConn and Villanova, two of the best basketball schools in the country, are still members of the Big East. Maybe that's what the Big East should put their whole heart into.

Despite what seems to be a long windy roller coaster, there is still one thing that has to get resolved.

Who will replace Pittsburgh and Syracuse?

Your guess is as good as mine.


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