The Big 12 just released this statement:
"Acting upon a unanimous recommendation of its expansion subcommittee, the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors has authorized negotiations with Texas Christian University to become the Conference's 10th member, and instructed interim commissioner Chuck Neinas to immediately begin discussions with TCU.
The action of the Board was without dissent. On the advice of legal counsel, The University of Missouri did not participate in the vote."
TCU is scheduled to join the Big East in 2012. TCU was represented Sunday when the Big East presidents met in Washington, D.C., to begin expansion discussions.
Last month, Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their intention to leave the Big East and join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Missouri was not allowed a vote in this Big 12 decision because the Tigers are hoping for an invitation from the SEC.
The loss of TCU would be a huge problem for the Big East football conference.