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Headlinin’: TCU’s Big 12 dream has come (officially) true

Matt Hinton
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Frogger 360. As expected, TCU's board of trustees formally accepted an invitation to the Big 12 on Monday night, putting the Horned Frogs on schedule to rejoin old Southwest Conference mates Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor as of July 2012. On the heels of a solid decade of on-field success and a Rose Bowl win to cap a perfect season, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Mac Engel described the promotion as "the equivalent of completing a marathon that the consensus said had no finish line." Athletic director Chris Del Conte was more emotional: "It means coming full circle. We are coming home." [PurpleMenace.com, Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

Meanwhile, back in the Big East, university presidents and chancellors gave the official go-ahead Monday to pursue up to six schools for possible expansion, with an eye toward pushing football membership to an even dozen. As of the weekend, the most likely addition appeared to be Air Force; as for the rest of the candidates, Big East Coast Bias has the tale of the tape, by the numbers. [Associated Press, Big East Coast Bias]

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No-Wynn situation. Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn, already sidelined for last Saturday's loss against Arizona State, is now scheduled to undergo his second shoulder surgery in less than a year, ending his season and putting his future as a Ute in doubt after 19 career starts. In the meantime, the job falls to junior Jon Hays, a refugee from the defunct program at Nebraska-Omaha whose first start yielded three interceptions in a 35-14 defeat. As a whole, the revamped offense currently ranks dead last in the Pac-12 in total yards and next-to-last in passing and pass efficiency. [Salt Lake Tribune]

Save us, Obi-Wan Jacoby. In other injured quarterback news: Florida is without senior John Brantley for the second consecutive week, leaving true freshman Jacoby Brissett as the de facto starter for Saturday's date with Auburn. Brissett's first go-round last weekend was a predictable nightmare — he was 8-of-14 with two interceptions in a 41-11 loss at LSU, and 65 of his 94 yards passing came on one play — but with Brantley out and fellow freshman Jeff Driskel still nursing a bum ankle suffered in the Gators' loss to Alabama, the options are… limited.

"[Brissett and Driskel] are both going to practice through the week," coach Will Muschamp said on Monday, presumably in between a series of deep breaths. "We'll work with Jacoby on being the starter at this point." [Gainesville Sun]{YSP:MORE}

Mike Stoops got fired last night. I was caught off guard by Stoops' dismissal in the middle of a cyclical downturn in Arizona's fortunes — I was working under the false assumption that anyone who had taken the Wildcats to three consecutive bowl games for only the second time in school history had earned at least one mulligan — but the locals certainly weren't. For a counterpoint, the Arizona Star's Greg Hansen writes that 'Zona had no choice but to make a move after ten consecutive losses against I-A/FBS competition dating back to last year, and Stoops' rage-y sideline antics and antisocial reputation left him with no allies when things turned south. And even while agreeing with me that Stoops built the foundations of a respectable program from nothing ("Arizona is in a much better place now than when he was hired"), the Tucson Citizen's Anthony Gimino also says it's "absolutely the right time" for the Wildcats to look in another direction. [Arizona Star, Tucson Citizen]

Quickly… San Diego State is making a push for the Big 12. … Gary Patterson reached out to June Jones. … Missouri is considering a redshirt for starting linebacker Will Ebner. … Clemson loses a backup running back to transfer. … Minnesota is on pace to become the worst Big Ten team in 50 years. … Oklahomans are making straight-faced comparisons between Dominique Whaley and Adrian Peterson. … And Texas Tech deploys the word "feces" in an official university release to call BS on Texas A&M's claims of vandalism before last Saturday's game.

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