West Virginia, TCU officially join Big 12 on Sunday
West Virginia and TCU will officially make the switch to the Big 12 on Sunday, marking the latest official move in the seemingly endless train of conference realignment.
West Virginia joins the conference after severing ties with the Big East, while TCU is leaving the cozy comfort of the Mountain West to join the ranks of the misnomered AQ conference.
The two squads replace SEC-bound Missouri and Texas A&M to once again give the conference just 10 member schools.
Both West Virginia and TCU endured some controversy on their way to the Big 12. TCU was originally scheduled for a move to the Big East, but dropped that plan once a spot in the Big 12, a more logical geographic group, opened up. The Big East is suing TCU for reneging on that agreement.
West Virginia left the Big East in a storm of lawsuits and broken agreements, which ends with the school paying the conference a $10-million exit fee, with the Big 12 reportedly kicking an extra $10 million.
The conference membership is now as follows:
Big 12 Conference
|Iowa State Cyclones|
|Kansas State Wildcats|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys|
|TCU Horned Frogs|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders|
|West Virginia Mountaineers|
←2011 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: SEC