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Friday, November 19, 2010
Is MWC preparing for a TCU departure?

By Jeff Caplan

Hawaii in and TCU out?

More signs indicating conference change continue to appear since the Big East Conference was first rumored to be interested in grabbing TCU to save its suffering football league. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is reporting that Hawaii officials are close to sealing a deal that would add the school's football conference to the Mountain West Conference.

Next season, BYU and Utah will leave the conference with Nevada and Fresno State already signed up to step in. As currently constructed, it would give the MWC an uneven 11 football teams, which would seem to suggest that one program might be on the way out.

The third-ranked Horned Frogs have been the jewel of the Big East's eye for some time now. The move makes sense for both the conference and TCU.

Big East football is a national embarrassment. With its status as a BCS conference, the league is threatening to send a representative to either the Sugar Bowl or Orange Bowl without being ranked in the BCS Top 25 rankings. At the moment, only Syracuse has at least seven wins and no one as fewer than three losses.

Meanwhile, the Frogs (11-0), living in non-automatic-qualifier limbo in the Mountain West, are currently ranked third in the BCS. Yet, depending on how the final few weeks play out, TCU could be vying for a national championship or left out of the BCS games all together.

With options like that, hello Big East.