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A-10: Temple's interest in Big East not a shock

Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:14 am
With Temple likely headed to the Big East as an all-sports member in 2012, Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade didn't sound surprised the Owls would seek such a move.

"Temple is a valued member of the A-10,” McGlade said in a statement. “However we are well aware that finding the right home for its FBS football program will drive its future membership decision for all sports. The Atlantic 10 is a large, strong league and I will continue to work with our membership in the best interest of the conference."

Temple is a member of the Mid-American Conference in football and a member of the Atlantic 10 in its Olympic sports. To leave the A-10 with less than a year's notice, it would cost $2 million. To leave the MAC with less than a years notice will cost the Owls at least $2.5 million.

By moving to the Big East in 2012, the league would have eight football members and 16 basketball members.

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Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:07 am

A-10: Temple's interest in Big East not a shock

Of course, what would be interesting to see is someone's prediction of what the leagues might look like in 18-24 months' time. Presumably after the upheaval we will enter a period of stability and a new equilibrium. Question is, who will be where?

In my humble opinion, there are too many conferences at present leading to postseason confusion. Obviously 8 conferences is not enough, but imagine how simple the football potsseason could be if 8 conference champions (maybe + 8 next best records, or 8 second placers) could enter a 4-week postseason and lead to a national champion?

Yes I know, too simplistic etc. - but fewer conferences would surely make the national champion issue easier?     

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:15 pm

A-10: Temple's interest in Big East not a shock

wayfarer, I'll give you some analysis since the author wont. At first glance it appears Umass football really gets screwed by this, the main reason they went D1 was as an east coast rival to Temple. With the Owl's departure they're now the largest (only) East coast media market in the MAC and they can possibly grow that program playing at Gillette. I think they'll stay put for now in A10 for hoops in the hopes that the football program gets better. That way if Uconn jumps ship they get a Big East invite down the road. LaSalle & St. Joe will get lost locally with Temple & Villanova in the Big East but will still compete within the league, maybe even improve with recruits that want to stay local but arent good enough for the Big East. Xavier & St Louis are going to having an easier path to conference dominance now. Dayton, St Bonnies, Richmond, Duquesne, Fordham. Rhode Island most likely wont be affected in any way. They're there, they're always gonna be there, some years they'll be ok, some years they make a run and get to the tournament but they're still the same. Charlotte is interesting now with the addition of football, look for them to be in the SunBelt or CUSA-MWC by decades end

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:34 pm

A-10: Temple's interest in Big East not a shock

Again, thanks for the report but where is the analysis?

What does this mean for the A-10's future (both long-term and short-term)?

And what about the MAC? How will Temple's exit impact UMass and their expected jump to FBS?

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