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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: May 1, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

All the Big East haters come out. The reality is that the Big East is the best situation for all of the schools coming in or already there baring an invite from one of the other current 5 AQ conferences. So stop the hating all those schools are trying to get the best deal possible with the hand they have been given.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Undertow1959..........Hey Buddy, give the BIG EAST a chance, my man. Your WVU team is in the BIGXII now, so cool down on TEMPLE and the new BIG EAST members.  I don't have a dog in the hunt, but I think TEMPLE will be fine.  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. 

I agree with you about San Diego State, and also Boise State being invited to the BIG EAST in football.   It really doesn't make sense, especially since those schools are that far WEST.  I think the powers that be in the BIG EAST were grabbing for straws and in a hurry, when those two schools were invited.  I also feel SOUTHERN MISS and EAST CAROLINA would have been better choices for BIG EAST Football, and would have befitted HOUSTON, SMU, USF, and UCF more than SDSU and BS.  ECU averages 48,000. at their football games, their fans travel well, and they have great facilities like SOUTHERN MISS.

You are also right about the gas situation and fan support in some of these future BIG EAST Football games out west.  Nothing makes
sense and is reasonable with SDSU and BOISE STATE in BIG EAST Football.  If BOISE STATE was such a good deal, they would already be in a BCS Conference. Maybe the BIG EAST is now negoiating to buy a Discount Airlines, since no one knows what's coming out of the BIG EAST Commissioner's Office from next !! 



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

They should be able to win the BigEast in the next year or two, sorry to see them step down in competition from the MAC.




Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

San Diego State traveling to UConn for a 12:00 noon EST conference game. How asinine is that? When gas gets to 8 bucks a gallon (who knows how much jet fuel will be) I'll be curious on how the economics will work for SDSU athletic department.
The travel costs pale in comparison with how much money they will make in the not so major conference now.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

They are too good to be part of this waste. 
Not really. They play 2 decent teams a year and generally lose to half of them. Load the schedule with 6 to 8 teams that have a realistic shot of beating them and watch them lose 3 or 4 games. 3 or 4 losses on a good year ... more on a bad year. And Boise likes it position right now, don't let them fool you. The big boy in a conference full of mediocrity .... they love it.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Big East = Biggest Joke Conference


Funny, the Big East got worst in football with the addition of Memphis and Temple.  CUSA actually got better in Football by losing Memphis.  Boise State should be upset about the additions of these crap schools.  Once the AQ Status is gone, Boise State should run away from this mess ASAP.  They are too good to be part of this waste.  



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

For those saying Temple was kicked for performance, you are wrong.  Temple was kicked for poor attendance.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:20 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

For all the Big East posters saying "good" and "what took so long"--------Really???????Your football conference is going down the toilet and you're happy that bastion of football dominance known as Temple joined the conference.

I'm more interested in how the MAC reacts in football (North Dakota State is making overtures for going Division 1 FBS. Liberty is also trying to go to FBS but they're in Virginia). And are the MAC and Sun Belt conferences that significantly inferior to the Big Least when Pitt and Syracuse leave? Who really cares about a crappy football conference whose standard bearer is RUTGERS.

San Diego State traveling to UConn for a 12:00 noon EST conference game. How asinine is that? When gas gets to 8 bucks a gallon (who knows how much jet fuel will be) I'll be curious on how the economics will work for SDSU athletic department.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:07 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

As soon as the next BCS incarnation comes around without the AQ label, you will see this conference break apart, at least from a football perspective. No need for such crazy coast to coast footprint once AQ is no longer an issue.



Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:53 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

So... how has Temple fixed the issues that got them dismissed from the Big East in the first place? More competitive?



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