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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 4:01 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

No way ACC gets one off the four spots its, SEC, B1G, PAC and B12<br /><br />Hell Big East,  Conf-usa , MWC all finished ahead of ACC ths year and are all beter over the last 10 yrs.

Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:00 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

whatupnow - you do realize $150MM divided 15 ways (with navy) is $10MM per team.  Still going to be 33% less than ACC teams make and 50% less than all the other power conferences. 

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:58 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

actually ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and cali are all bigger FB states then texas

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:54 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

IMO, this is an impulsive move that the BE did not need to make. It proves that the basketball schools are still the tail wagging the dog in this conference with a split identity. Southern Miss or even East Carolina would have been a better move.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:50 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

More Tennessee Vol fans in Memphis, etc don't know what you are talking about.  There are way more Memphis fans in Memphis then all the SEC fanbases combined.  They did a study last year. 

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:50 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

So basically the Big East was stuck with the options of playing 2012 with 7 teams or adding Temple.  So Temple gets back into the Big East as a last resort.  I'll just say one thing for Temple fans, watch your 6.  The Big East has already screwed you over once.  There's no guarantee that they won't do it again in 2015 when Navy comes aboard.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:50 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Rediculous that Boise State wouldn't get the Big 12 invite before Louisville...all you haters,  THIS  is why Boise State can't get a tougher schedule!!!!  The big boys are scared to invite them!

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:46 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

What took them so long? It'd be funny if Temple declined and sought a better conference 3 years from now. 

With all due respect to SMU, Central Florida, Houston, and some other recent additions, Temple is by far and away the only addition that adds competitively to the Big East in basketball.  I've always been sensitive to Villanova's position that it would lose its recruiting edge if Temple also joins the Big East, but at some point it becomes more advantage to 'Nova and the rest of the Big East to have Temple around.   If the new league started today, Temple would give the Big East SIX ranked squads.  Cuse Georgetown Marquette, Louisville, Dame, Temple.

In 2012, you could also argue Temple is an immediate top 3 school in football behind Pitt (on its way out) and Houston, at least until Boise State comes cross-country and smashes everyone in the conference. 

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:46 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Agree with dcpirate28.  I live in Houston, which is a huge college football town.  Only problem is that no one watches Houston.  There are more LSU fans in Houston than U of H Cougar fans.  Just like there are more Penn State fans in Philadelphia than Temple fans.  More Tennessee Vol fans in Memphis, etc.  I don't see how this conference keeps a BCS bid.  And if they go to the 4 team playoff, there is no way this league takes part.  It will be Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC, and SEC. 

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:45 pm

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

U do know tnzazz that this adds nothing except a football team right? Temple is in Philly and (shock!) so is Villanova.

Seriously, I had no idea?Undecided  Temple football has improved and they have a top 30 basketball program.  It adds more TV in Philly.....why do you think Nova has campaigned against this?  Because they add nothing? 

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