Report: TCU accepts Big East invite

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Rumored to have been under discussion for months, it appears as though the Big East is on the verge of a much-needed addition to their football lineup.

According to FanHouse.com‘s Brett McMurphy, and citing unnamed industry sources, TCU has accepted the Big East’s invitation and will join the conference in all sports.

McMurphy reports that the Horned Frogs will join the conference on July 1, 2012 and begin conference play the same year.  There’s no word yet as to when an official announcement will be coming from either the league or the school.

While the loss of TCU is a huge blow for a Mountain West Conference that’s already seen flagship schools Utah and BYU agree to leave the league, it’s a major coup for a conference that’s reeling and has become a national punchline due to their abysmal performance on the gridiron in 2010.  The Big East will also give TCU the one thing the MWC can’t: a spot in a conference that’s an automatic BcS qualifier.

With the apparent addition of TCU, the Big East will now stand at nine teams for football.  When the Big East officially announced earlier this month that they were expanding, the target number for the conference was put at 10 football-playing members.

When an announcement on a tenth member will be made — or even who it will be — is unknown.  Central Florida, though, seems to be the odds-on favorite to join TCU as the newest members of the Big East.

UPDATED 10:14 a.m. ET: TCU issued a press release this morning and confirmed that something monumental is on the horizon for the school.

A major announcement involving the TCU athletics program will be made today at a 1 p.m. news conference in the Four Sevens Team Room of the Meyer-Martin Athletic Complex.

TCU chancellor Victor Boschini and director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte will be present.

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.