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TCU To Join Big 12 Conference
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 10/10/2011
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The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors have voted unanimously to accept Texas Christian University as a full conference member, effective July 1, 2012.   

The addition of TCU maintains Big 12 membership at 10 institutions.  It is the first new member to join the Conference since it began in 1996.  The Horned Frogs will begin competing in all sports with the 2012-13 academic season.   

"The Big 12 Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome TCU to the Big 12," noted Burns Hargis, Chair of the Big 12 Board of Directors and president of Oklahoma State University.  "The addition of TCU gives us a prestigious institution with great academics, strong financial support, outstanding athletic tradition, and a perfect geographic fit.  We have been working tirelessly to build an even stronger Conference and think this is an extremely positive step."

"Joining the Big 12 connects us not only to schools with whom we share a rich tradition in sports, but also to schools committed to academic excellence," TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said. "Over the past six years, TCU has seen unprecedented success in academics and athletics.  Participating in this conference allows us to strengthen the core of the TCU experience, which includes providing students with major opportunities in a personalized environment. It is very much in line with our overall goal to create a world-class university."

TCU, located in Fort Worth, Texas, sponsors 20 varsity sports.  Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field.  Women's sports are basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, rifle, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field and volleyball.   TCU participates in every sport sponsored by the Big 12 Conference, except gymnastics, rowing, softball and wrestling.  The Big 12 sponsors every sport the Horned Frogs participate in except rifle.  

"We are excited to add TCU to our lineup of prestigious members," said Big 12 Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas.  "Not only do they bring an excellent football program to our Conference, but numerous other programs that have been successful on a national level as well."

Since its inception 15 years ago, the Big 12 has won 42 team national championships and 492 NCAA individual crowns.  In addition, more than 3,700 student-athletes have earned All-America First Team accolades for their play on the field with more than 500 being recognized with Academic All-America honors.

Beginning July 1, 2012, the Big 12 Conference will be comprised of 10 Universities - Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech.  The Big 12's footprint encompasses five states with over 40 million people.  More than 4,100 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually in the 23 sports sponsored by the Conference.

 

TCU FACT SHEET

Location: Fort Worth, Texas Enrollment: 9,518 (8,229 Undergraduate)
Founded: 1873 Colors: Purple and White
Chancellor: Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr. Nickname: Horned Frogs
Director of Athletics: Chris Del Conte Website: gofrogs.com

FOOTBALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
♦  TCU is the only school in the nation to finish in the top 10 of the season-ending Associated Press and USA Today polls each of the last three seasons.
♦  TCU is one of just three schools to reach a BCS game each of the last two campaigns.
♦  Over the last three years, TCU has an average finish of No. 5 in the season-ending top 25 polls, ranking first nationally.
♦  Entering this season, the Frogs have recorded the second-highest win total in the nation since 2005, while winning 10 or more contests eight times since 2000.
♦  TCU has 26 all-time bowl appearances in 16 different games. At least one has been in each of the four games that now constitute the Bowl Championships Series.
♦  A $164 million renovation of TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium is underway with full completion in time for the 2012 season.

ADDITIONAL ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
♦  TCU has made 13 postseason appearances in its men’s basketball history, including seven trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Frogs have also won 11 conference titles.
♦  TCU has had men’s basketball players capture 85 all-conference accolades, while eight players have garnered All-America honors.
♦  The baseball team has won 11 conference championships and has a stretch of eight consecutive appearances in the postseason since 2004. The 2009 squad reached the NCAA Super Regional for the first time and advanced to the school’s first College World Series the following season.
♦  In women’s basketball, TCU is one of 20 schools in the nation to make nine NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 11 campaigns.
♦  The men’s golf program has advanced to NCAA competition 22 consecutive years, while 16 different Frogs have recorded 20 All-America honors.
♦  The TCU women’s golf program has made 16 consecutive NCAA appearances and also won the 1983 NCAA Championship while producing seven All-Americans and six LPGA Tour members.
♦  The track & field program has won 14 NCAA event championships, including seven NCAA relay crowns.
♦  The men’s tennis team has been in all but two NCAA Tournaments since 1991 and has reached the national semifinals on three occasions (1989, 1996, 2001).
♦  The women’s tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Championships in seven of the past eight seasons, with 13 appearances overall.
♦  The women’s soccer team was nationally ranked each of the last two seasons and in 2010 finished eighth nationally in attendance.
♦  The women’s rifle team captured the 2010 NCAA Championship and finished third in 2011.
♦  The women’s equestrian team won the 2008 Varsity Equestrian Western National Championship.

FORMER TCU STUDENTS
♦  Gordon England – Secretary of the Navy
♦  John Davis – Founder, 1-800-Flowers
♦  Dr. James Cash - Minority Owner, Boston Celtics
♦  Bob Schieffer - CBS Journalist
♦  Rod Roddy – Former Announcer, Price Is Right Television Game Show
♦  Davey O’Brien – Former NFL Quarterback and Heisman Trophy Winner
♦  Sammy Baugh – Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
♦  Bob Lilly - Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
♦  LaDainian Tomlinson - NFL record-holding running back
♦  Andy Dalton - NFL Quarterback
♦  Jamie Dixon – Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Pittsburgh

UNIVERSITY HIGHLIGHTS
♦  131 undergraduate areas of study
♦  49 master’s level programs
♦  20 areas of doctoral study
♦  1,891 employees
♦  532 full-time faculty members
♦  87 percent with a terminal degree
♦  Fiscal Year 2011 budget - $406 million
♦  Total investments (as of May 31, 2011) of more than $1.2 billion
♦  Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of 87 percent
♦  Student/faculty ratio of 13:1
♦  78,000 living alumni
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