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Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:38 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 7:23 pm
 

Temple’s football program is returning to the Big East this fall, sources told CBSSports.com.

The Big East’s presidents voted Wednesday morning to add the Owls as all-sports members, but only Temple’s football program will join in 2012. The Owls’ Olympic sports won’t join the Big East until a year later for the 2013-14 school year.

The Big East officially announced Temple's move in a Wednesday press conference.

A source told CBSSports.com that the Big East will pay for the Owls' $7 million in exit fees. Temple must pay the Mid-American Conference $6 million and the Atlantic 10 $1 million.

Temple was an original member of the Big East’s football conference from 1991-2004 until it was dismissed from the league for not being competitive and unable to meet certain financial requirements.

The Big East already had received a commitment from Temple that the Owls would join the Big East in football in 2012, sources told CBSSports.com last week. But the Big East had its presidents formally rubberstamp it in Wednesday’s meeting in New York.

After Temple’s dismissal from the Big East, the Owls were an independent for two seasons before joining the Mid-American Conference in 2007. Temple will pay the MAC $6 million to leave with less than one year's notice. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that amount, which is more than double what MAC by-laws require teams to pay ($2.5 million) with two year’s notice.

Temple also must pay the Atlantic 10, where its Olympic sports compete, $1 million to leave after next season. It would have cost $2 million to leave before this season.

The addition of Temple was crucial for the Big East which needed an eighth football program to replace West Virginia, which joins the Big 12 this summer. Without West Virginia, the Big East’s teams would have had only six conference games each. With Temple, each Big East team will have seven league games – as it has since 2005.

If the Owls take West Virginia’s place on the Big East schedule, the Owls will have Big East home games against Syracuse, Rutgers, Cincinnati and South Florida and league road games at UConn, Pittsburgh and Louisville. The Big East's football schedule should be released in the coming days.

The Big East initially wanted Boise State, which will join the league in 2013, to join the Big East in 2012. However, the Broncos could not afford to pay the approximate $10 million in exit fees to leave the Mountain West and WAC early and the Big East was not willing to pay for the Broncos’ early move, sources told CBSSports.com.

The addition of Temple, which shares its home stadium at Lincoln Financial Field with the Philadelphia Eagles, gives the Big East three teams that play their home games in an NFL stadium. The others are Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Steelers and South Florida/Tampa Bay Bucs.

With Temple on board in 2012, the Big East’s football membership this fall will consist of Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse and Temple. The 15-team basketball membership in 2012-13 will consist of: Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova.

The reason Temple's Olympic sports didn't join the Big East until 2013 was for logistical reasons.

"We're using the current year as a transition year in order to analyze what we can by hiring a consultant to explore how we can best exploit the marketplace moving forward," Big East commissioner John Marinatto said. "And as I said earlier, to retain each school's individual identity, a brand that Villanova has worked on for over three decades with the Big East and how to incorporate and associate that with Temple.

"So for the next 12 months, what we're going to do is with the two institutions, the conference's initiative, explore how we best move forward in order to ensure that we accomplish that because it's in the best interest of the conference obviously for the two schools to coexist in a very, very positive way, and one of the things we want to do is ensure that's the case by doing this."

The league will look much different in the 2013-14 school year. The football league could consist of up to 14 schools: Boise State, Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, San Diego State, SMU, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple and UCF. However, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who are scheduled to leave for the ACC in 2014, want to exit the Big East in 2013. If they do leave early, it would drop the football membership to 12 schools.

If Pittsburgh and Syracuse remain in the Big East until 2014, the Big East's basketball league in 2013-14 would consist of 20 teams: Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, SMU, Syracuse, Temple, UCF, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova. That number would be reduced to 18 basketball members if Pittsburgh and Syracuse left early.

Also, Navy will join the Big East as a football-only member in 2015.



Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Man to bad we cant rejoin the Big East too!! I miss dominating College Football and Temple being apart of the beatings lol!!!... If it's what Temple and their fans want all i can say is congrats and good luck in your new old Confrence.




Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:33 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

If the Big East takes ND out of their bowl tie-ins as people are proposing, ND has no incentive to stay affiliated with the Big East in any sports and you probably lose them in all sports.  Then they're forced to join the Big Ten or the SEC, and guess what... the AQ conference reshuffling begins again.  And you know what that means... more Big East defections.  Let's face it, the Big East is in a lose-lose situation.



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

The MAC should prepare to lose more.  It's just a matter of time until UMass gets invited to the Big East.




Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

From the looks of things now the  Big East will be the 5th best FB Conf. again in 2013 (so the ACC should savor there short time in the number 5 spot). 

Five schools have left the Big East for the ACC since 2004 and others would quickly follow if given the chance. Do you truly believe the new members of the Big East will be better long-term than Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Miami?



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:39 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

The only thing the BIG EAST needs to do NOW is take NOTRE DAME out of the BIG EAST Football Bowl equation.  This situation with ND has been the fly in the ointment for years, and the Conference will continue to have problems if it is not fixed.  Right now, ND is getting preferencial treatment in the current BIG EAST Bowl selection equation, and that is not fair to the other FULL-TIME football playing schools. 
That is probably the one thing that is getting under reported on all this shuffling in the Big East is the impact that the preferential treatment Notre Dame gets in football has on the other conference members. Why tolerate that situation, when you can go to the ACC and everyone is treated as equals.

The Longhorn network was what started the instability in the Big 12. Missouri first looked at the Big Ten, then Nebraska looked at the Big Ten, then there were 6 teams looking at the Pac-10. Texas A&M was tired of the preferential treatment of Texas and bolted for the SEC. The Big 12 still has stability issues. I eventually think the Big East will go away from the major conference landscape. However, I'm not sure that the Big 12 will survive either.



Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

You do realize Temple never won the MAC, or their division. Actually, they never even beat a MAC team with a winning record their time in the conference. I don't see them doing anything in the watered down Big East.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

I hope Temple draws better in the Big East than they did before...in their previous appearance in the conference, more people attended high school and lower-division college games than any Temple home game...the empty seats on TV were, I'm sure, very embarrassing to the school.  In basketball, on the other hand, they give the BE a BIG boost in talent and competitiveness, and will only help the league.



Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

It looks like I should have proof read my post.  Oh Well!  I guess it would be a bigger problem if this was a poetry blog.



Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Boise State adds to the big east while Boise State does not add much to one of the big 4 football conf (Pac, Sec, Big 12 & Big 10).  BSU & SDSU needed the money and TV (Mountain West TV is such a joke that the Mountain West is no more because of it).   This year the Big East Title will be up for grabs it gets harder next year.   The TV contract may be very large because comcast is now looking for sports programing the will be some bidding for the games.  Temple's addition give some security to the Big East for the time when BSU and SDSU leave in the next 10 years (with the forming of a new western Conf. )  it is possible that Houston and SMU will go also.  Will Big East Football be around in 10 years? (it appears so) Will the Big East be a top Football Conference in 10 years (with or with out the western teams), only time will tell.   From the looks of things now the  Big East will be the 5th best FB Conf. again in 2013 (so the ACC should savor there short time in the number 5 spot).   I look forward to BSU playing Temple (I hope BSU wins) in the near future. 



Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

San Diego State  also plays and Qualcomm stadium which is an NFL stadium of.  Of but



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