Fort Worth, Texas TCU trustees are scheduled to meet today, when they will discuss the school’s invitation to join the Big 12 Conference.
A person with knowledge of the plans told the Associated Press that the board’s meeting is expected be followed by a “major announcement.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity late Sunday night because the university was not ready to reveal its plans publicly.
The Big 12 publicly issued an invitation to TCU for membership in its league Thursday.
With Texas A&M’s pending departure to the SEC next summer, the Big 12 would be down to nine members without TCU’s addition. Missouri is also considering its conference options after Nebraska and Colorado left the league before this year.
TCU, currently in the Mountain West Conference, was scheduled to join the Big East next year.
Today’s session will be the first time trustees will gather as a group since the Big 12’s invitation.
Though TCU has not officially accepted, that has been expected to be little more than a formality since receiving the Big 12 invitation.
Even though TCU isn’t required to give 27 months’ notice to leave the Big East since it is not an official conference member, the school likely will be required to pay a $5 million exit fee.
Syracuse and Pittsburgh already have announced they are leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
With those departures and without TCU, the Big East would be down to six football schools.
The Big 12 currently has 10 members, though Texas A&M is leaving for the SEC next summer. Missouri is exploring its conference options.
TCU would be the first addition to the Big 12 since the league was initially formed in 1996 when all eight members of the Big Eight Conference and four Southwest Conference schools from Texas combined.