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08:50 AM ET 09.29 | Fresh off averting threats of disaster, the Big East may be looking for growth opportunities. Having survived the most recent wave of expansion intact, the Big East Conference is studying ways to bolster its position and has targeted TCU as very attractive candidate to help strengthen its football league, The Post has learned. "We are in a situation that requires us to evaluate and analyze all our options including expansion and television," said a source close to the league who requested anonymity. "There are a dozen or so schools that we're looking at." Two sources said the TCU discussion developed recently.

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Andy Dalton, AP Andy Dalton, AP
September 29, 2010  08:55 AM ET

Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever...

September 29, 2010  09:06 AM ET

Mountain West finally gets respect and then bam! BYU, Utah and TCU gone. Welcome to big time college football MWC.

September 29, 2010  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever...

I was going to post the exact same thing. How can they geographically explain this at all?

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September 29, 2010  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I was going to post the exact same thing. How can they geographically explain this at all?

Heck with explaining it geographically. How about explaining it for the other sports (particularly the bloated Big East basketball program).

As it is now, Big East has 8 football schools and SEVENTEEN schools in basketball and some other sports. The problem with trying to add another school for football (just in case someone bolts to another conference) is that makes the basketball grouping even more bloated.

Realistically, the only expansion the Big East should do in football is hope that one of their non-football members (re: Villanova) jumps up to I-A, as UConn did some years ago.

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September 29, 2010  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I was going to post the exact same thing. How can they geographically explain this at all?

Look. It's not like TCU is in the Mountains or the West. So long as they are not in the Big XII TCU will never geographically fit into their conference. Why not go to a weaker conference for more perks. Makes sense to me.

September 29, 2010  10:28 AM ET

What makes anybody think TCU would join the (not so) Big East? If they leave the Mt. West at all it would be for the Big 12 or maybe the PAC 10. The TCU/Boise State rivalry is just heating up and will grow once BSU joins the Mt. West. TCU vs Louisville; TCU vs Syracuse; TCU vs Rutgers...... it all sounds boring.

September 29, 2010  10:30 AM ET

Hey, at least Boston is a port city on the Atlantic Coast. Last I heard, ACC stood for "Atlantic Coast Conference," at least that's what I grew up thinking...

September 29, 2010  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever...

Then it will happen. It has been that kind of year so far.

September 29, 2010  10:42 AM ET

People, this isn't 1920. They aren't busing to games or only being covered by local news outlets. Geography is irrelevant. What is relevant is expanding into new territory. The Big 12 doesn't need TCU because guess what, the conference is doing OK in the state of Texas. The same reason why the SEC doesn't need South Florida if it expands, even if it makes perfect sense on the map. That all being said, and as a Georgetown Alum, TCU would be crazy to join the Big East.

September 29, 2010  10:44 AM ET

what next, syracuse joining the mountain west?

September 29, 2010  10:47 AM ET
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People, this isn't 1920. They aren't busing to games or only being covered by local news outlets. Geography is irrelevant. What is relevant is expanding into new territory.

As I noted earlier, it might make sense for football, but not for anything else. And, while TCU might get a boost in money initially, watch out for their expenses (and those of their conference confederates) go out of sight the next time we have a spike in fuel prices.

But then again, maybe TCU is paying that kind of money now bouncing around the MWC.

September 29, 2010  11:06 AM ET
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Hey, at least Boston is a port city on the Atlantic Coast. Last I heard, ACC stood for "Atlantic Coast Conference," at least that's what I grew up thinking...

I was going to point that out, too.

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September 29, 2010  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

People, this isn't 1920. They aren't busing to games or only being covered by local news outlets. Geography is irrelevant. What is relevant is expanding into new territory. The Big 12 doesn't need TCU because guess what, the conference is doing OK in the state of Texas. The same reason why the SEC doesn't need South Florida if it expands, even if it makes perfect sense on the map. That all being said, and as a Georgetown Alum, TCU would be crazy to join the Big East.

No, it isn't 1920, but flying to games is fairly expensive and most schools are running deficits in this economy.

But, most people are scratching their heads over the incongruity of being called The Big East and possibly inviting a team that should be in The Big Southwest, if there was one.

September 29, 2010  11:10 AM ET

Makes geographical since, the Dallas Cowboys are in the NFC East so why not TCU in the Big East (tongue in cheek).....

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September 29, 2010  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I was going to post the exact same thing. How can they geographically explain this at all?

I mean .. the Cowboys are in the NFC East and the Cardinals used to be. That said.. it doesn't make sense. Plus, since the Big 12 will look for a couple more teams.. TCU would make the most sense there.

The Big East would probably try to get back Temple. Who suddenly would probably be the best in the conference.

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