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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: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:51 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Watching Big East football is getting more and more painful... Pittsburgh should've paid to get out. Torture to see Pittsburgh's home schedule. I'm not buying tickets this season for this garbage. My only option for showing my disgust to Steve Pederson.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:50 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Technically, the new Big East is a melding of CUSA/MWC/MAC and poor forgotten Rutgers. 

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:39 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

The big east in the nothing more than the confererence formally known as Conference USA.  How the hell will they keep their BCS tie is beyond me... no way do they deserve it moving forward.  Cincy and/or U of L will be out of there first opportunity.  Amazing how there is absolutely no loyalty now days.  Watch your back, because first opportunity your conference mates are gonna jump ship for the least bit greener pastures.  The more this happens, the more I respect Notre Dame.  To be able to stand on your own must be a great feeling! 

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:22 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Oh, and Welcome aboard, Temple.   Please join the other league members on the upper deck of the ship, and please put on your life jacket. 

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:22 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

I don't understand adding SMU. Adds nothing for basketball, and not really a great football team either. What's the point?

Dallas market, for the tv contract, doesnt really matter how many people show for the games or how good they are as far as the tv people are concerned it's about how many potential viewers they can get to see a product at least to a point (see Mizzu to the SEC over WVU and Temple for Philly over ECU as well as the adds of SDSU,Houston ect..) moves like this puts the BigEast in the best position they can be in(which obviously isn't great) to get as much money as they can.

Good move by the BigEast getting Temple, does it help their BCS conference argument? No, not right now, but they will prob get an extension on their BCS evaluation like they did when the ACC raided the first time and hope n pray that one or two of the leftover teams can make a great run again like WVU did. It's a gamble, and not very likely but what else could they do at this point? They are NOT just going to fold the tents while they still have some money to work with so... They could end up with a very good hoops rivalry between Nova and Temple, the BE also needs desperatly to get some good hoops rivalries back with SU.sPitt,WVU leaving, also if they play in football(and why shouldn't they?) the crowds should be pretty good at least at first. Are the ECU's Southern Miss's of the world better programs? Yes, but I see the thinking and if they DO get that team(s) to make a good run with some BCS wins and some top 5 finishes ect.. it might pay off for them. Somewhere out there the Coz is smiling.



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:13 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

This is the extent of creativity in the Big East?  Add Temple?  That's all you've got Mr Marinatto?  The Big East is solving a one-year problem by making a decision that affects the league for many many years.  With each move of apparent desperation, I am further dismayed by the leadership of this conference.  I'm shocked that Villanova is letting this happen.

Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:12 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:59 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Might as well stick a fork in Villanova's program now. 

'Nova is bad this year, and now the addition of Temple will prevent any top recruits from going there. Along with the fact that the Big East Conference is falling apart and nobody will want anything to do with it anymore after Syraucse, Pitt, Louisville, West Virginia and Connecticut leave for conferences that actually put their football programs first, and not the programs that don't have football programs and barely contribute anything in basketball. The Big East is ran by a bunch of morons. One reason why I'm glad Syracuse is leaving.  

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:39 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

The MAC needs to take this opportunity to make UMass join for all sports or drop them.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:39 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

and oh by the way, screw you villanova

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