If you were waiting for the next shoe to drop with the death of Big East football, its happening today. Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com, Pete Thamel of the New York Times, and Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman are all reporting that TCU will accept an invitation to the Big XII and begin play in all sports in 2012.
TCU will have to pay the 5 million dollar buyout as stated in the Big East bylaws, but since they never started playing in the Big East, they do not have to participate in the 27-month holding period like Pitt and Syracuse.
This is pretty much the first step towards the end of Big East football. Although McMurphy says that the Big XII will stop at 10 if Missouri stays in the conference, most everyone has them pointed towards the SEC. The question is how many teams will the Big XII take when Missouri does leave.
BYU, Louisville, West Virginia, and Cincinnati have been named as the other targets for the Big XII from the beginning, and if any of the three Big East schools leave, the conference is effectively dead. This would be the doomsday scenario Voodoo talked about over a year ago, with everyone only going to 14 and leaving USF without a spot at the table. USF will most likely be relegated to C-USA, with the fans in Orlando, Hattiesburg, and Greenville lobbing shots at us until the end of time.
This is going to suck.