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Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:23 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 5:46 pm
DALLAS – Temple is close to joining the Big East as an all-sports member in 2012, college football industry sources told Wednesday morning.

The addition of Temple is imperative for the Big East, which desperately needs a school to replace West Virginia this fall after the Mountaineers reached a $20 million agreement with the league to leave for the Big 12.

One source told that Temple to the Big East in 2012 "is done."

An announcement could be made as early as next week, sources told

MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, attending the BCS meetings at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Grand Hyatt Hotel, told that discussions are ongoing between Temple and the Big East.

"I don't know where those will lead," Steinbrecher said.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto, also at the BCS meetings, declined comment Wednesday.

The Big East initially wanted Boise State, which will join in 2013, to join this fall as West Virginia’s replacement. However, the Big East was not willing to provide the Broncos with about $10 million they needed to leave the Mountain West in football and have their Olympic sports join the WAC a year early.

Boise State president Bob Kustra confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Broncos would remain in the Mountain West in the 2012-13 season.

"While we have had several discussions with the Big East and the WAC in moving our sports into those two leagues a year earlier than previously stated, the University feels there were too many obstacles to overcome to make the move at this time," Kustra said in a statement. "While there certainly would have been advantages in making the move a year early, it became clear that it would not be fiscally responsible, as all of the expenses associated with early entry into the two conferences would not be covered."

Boise State would have had to pay the Mountain West between $8 million and $9 million and also pay the WAC $1.5 million.

With Boise State out of the picture, the Big East then turned its attention to Temple. The Mid-American Conference's exit fee is $2.5 million with two years notice, but it's unknown what the amount would be for a school providing less than a year's notice, a source said. To leave the Atlantic 10 Conference, where the Owls’ Olympic sports compete, would cost Temple $2 million with less than a year's notice, a source said.

Temple was one of the Big East’s original eight football members in 1991, but was expelled from the league after the 2004 season for not being competitive and not meeting certain financial requirements. However, the Owls’ program has been resurrected under the direction of Al Golden and Steve Addazio, posting a 26-12 record the last three seasons.

Golden, who left for Miami after the 2010 season, guided the Owls to their first bowl in 30 years. Addazio completed his first year with a 37-15 victory against Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl in December, only the second bowl victory in school history.

The addition of Temple will be the latest change for the Big East, which also added Memphis two weeks ago.

With Temple being added, the Big East’s membership is expected to have eight football members and 16 basketball members in 2012. In 2013, the football membership will grow to 14 with the addition of Boise State, SMU, UCF, Houston, Memphis and San Diego State. However, if Pittsburgh and Syracuse are allowed to leave a year early to the ACC, the league would have 12 football members.

In 2014, the football membership will be 12 (after Pittsburgh and Syracuse leave) but it will grow to 13 in 2015 with the addition of Navy.

Sources told, the reason the Big East decided to go beyond 12 football members is because the league is preparing for the possibility it will lose Louisville if the Big 12 decides to expand by at least another team.

Multiple sources have told that Louisville is the consensus choice for the Big 12’s 11th member, if the league expands, and that the Cardinals would accept an invitation to the Big 12.

Big 12 acting commissioner Chuck Neinas said Wednesday his league has no expansion meetings scheduled and is concentrating on the additions of West Virginia and TCU.

Two weeks ago when the Big East added Memphis, Marinatto said the league had reached its “primary objective” of securing a 12-team football league when Navy joins in 2015. However he opened the door to further expansion.

“We’re always going to be vigilant and we’re going to continue to do whatever is in the best interest of the conference,” Marinatto said. “You never say never (about future expansion), I guess. But we’ve reached our goal and we’re pleased that we’ve done that. But we’re always going to be obviously continuing to evaluate different opportunities as time goes on."


Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:18 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

FB is making all the decisions now in BE, once they get to there 14 or 16 they want for FB the FB schools will allow them to add B-ball schools. <br /> <br />Cincy has already agreed to let Xavier become a non FB member and there are talks of Butler as well.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:13 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012


When is Heinz field not a ghost town when Pitt plays?!?!?! 

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:08 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

I think the numbers are off, once all the teams leaving leave and the teams joining join, there will be 13 football members. This is probably an indicator that adding Memphis was not enough to keep Louisville. So once Louisville leaves, the "Big East" will be back to 12 football members.

Something to take note of is that the rumors of Temple joining the MWC/CUSA conference were (as I wrote earlier) just posturing by the new conference to try to lure Temple in when Temple never had any interest. What probably happened is that Temple "played" the new conference to help its case and expedite the Big East's decison. As I wrote in that earlier message, the new conference will likely just be the 16 current teams and possibly 2-4 WAC/Sun Belt teams. I would guess an 18-team league with Utah State and FIU the two additions if it were to expand.

This is a good move for Temple, but I wonder what will happen with UMass and their expected jump up to FBS and the MAC. I believe there is a clause that would facilitate an exit by UMass from the MAC if Temple were to leave, but if Temple to the Big East is for the upcoming 2012 season, I don't know if UMass would even benefit from exercising an out-clause, if available. Tough turn of events for UMass and to some extent the MAC as it will cause some scheduling issues. The actual loss of "Temple football" is not a big one as any close scrutiny of Temple's actual performance against the MAC's top teams will reveal.

The dominoes keep falling, so the question remains...which team in the Big 12's #12?

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:03 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012


Just because Temple will now start stealing intra-state recruits doesn't mean you should be bitter, or should you?

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:56 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Temple is a great choice for the Big East... 9-4, 8-5, 9-4 the last three seasons includin wins over Big East Champ Uconn
Yes, the last three seasons in the MAC!!! Using the logic that they "beat Big East Champ UConn" (which must have been the 2010 season) the conference should be adding Florida International since they throttled conference co-champion Louisville this past year.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:55 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

STEVE PEDERSON, please take the Pitt Panthers and move them now.  Pay the money to leave.   Heinz Field will definately be a ghost town when you play Temple.   Someone should Punch that fat Marinatto in the face.Laughing

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:50 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

What a joke-----Temple replaces West Virginia. Let's subtract a school with 3 BCS bowl victories and add a school with 0 MAC titles. What St. Joseph wasn't quite ready to reinstate football? Villinova wasn't quite ready to go to Division 1?

How can these Big Least supporters possibly spin this as a positive? This is further evidence that the Big Least should be removed from the BCS conferences and moved to the Conference USA and Sun Belts of the world.

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:41 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Its really a shame a team like Syracuse is gonna leave the Big East. But moves like this (adding Temple) is what will keep this conference thriving. Temple adds a class act basketball program with a class act as a coach in Fran Dunphy. He has Olympic experience and is gonna challenge Jay Wright when it comes to recruiting the good Philadelphia/New Jersey ball players.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:38 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Rutgers and Louisville will likely leave in the next couple years as well.......the league should have been at the forefront of conference expansion....they dropped the ball and it's simply a mess.....I have no idea what will end up happening and neither do the guys running the league

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:38 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Big get for the Big East. Maybe now they can compete with the MAC?

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