The TCU-to-the-Big-East rumors are flying again. And, really, other than geography, the move is such a win-win for both the school and the conference, it’s hard to see why it shouldn’t happen. The Big East gets a new TV market and access to Texas recruits; TCU gets a crack at better TV revenue as well as a shot at an AQ berth in the BCS (in a conference which, on paper, it should walk in and be a favorite to win).
As for the distance involved, it would seem to me that it would be smart for the conference to go to twelve teams, assuming it can find four valid participants, and set up divisions that would at least have somewhat compact geographic footprints.
I’m not really sure how things would work on the basketball side, though. But since it’s football that pays the bills (at least for every school in the conference except Louisville), my guess is that they’ll figure something out if they want to go down that road.
Oh yeah, if this happens, that’ll do it for the Mountain West’s chances to move on up. Tough luck for Boise State, too.