According to a report in the Sunday Arizona Republic quoted from the Fort Worth paper, the 8 MWC athletic directors had a meeting and voted to have the conference to expand to 9 teams. TCU was the unanimous choice.
The vote will be presented to the MWC Presidents as a recommendation for expansion. The push is to get TCU on board prior to Nov 4th BE meetings that will start the dominos falling.
Question is does TCU want to join the MWC and will the MWC Presidents vote to expand. The MWC has been very reluctant to consider any expansion beond the current 8 teams.
This move was very surprising as most experts have predicted the MWC top expansion candidates have been Boise State, Neveda, Hawaii, and Fresno State.
Maybe the MWC is trying to keep up with the Big East as the conference is most likely going to add South Florida taking the conference out of the regional concept.
Lash, just want to addend some clarifications and a personal take...
I don't think the MWC has been reluctant to explore expansion. The presidents specifically authorized the lifting of the moratorium on expansion some four-five months ago, and charged a committee to identify possible candidates for such expansion, and develop a detailed set of criteria for ranking such candidates. I listed those criteria on a previous post.
What is surprising is that the AD's should take the lead in this thing--it almost seems to me to be a sort of "opinion poll" reported as a bit more, some leader among the AD's owing someone a favor, or a genuine push to get the presidents thinking they should be a little less deliberative, and a little more proactive.
I personally still don't understand the logic of TCU, and my own take is that this may be a bit of a feint along the lines of the ACC's approaches to NotreDame--simply a ploy by some to get the presidents moving toward thinking about how important it is to focus on possibilities, and take action more speedily.
Just my $.02 worth...