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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: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Expansion for the Big East was to 1st hold onto the AQ Bid which now appears to be gone and to land a big TV contract. Lost in this however is the old fashion ways schools made money. Ticket sales, beer sales, consessions, parking ect. ect. When you look at the new additions in Temple 20,500. SMU 21,000, Houston 32,000, Memphis 16,000, UCF 34,000 I think its fair to say these schools do not draw at the gate. While UCF vs USF will be big what do these other programs have in common with one another? The point is there are no rivalary games here. What will replace the Pitt WVU game? I somehow dont think it will be the Memphis SDSU or the Temple SMU clash. With thousands of miles between these programs and the fact that they have nothing in common you have zero chance of fans from one school going to another to support their team. If your UConn and you hear that UCF is coming to town I dont think you have to worry about paying scalper prices. The lack of regional rivalarys will further hurt these schools not only at the gate but in their wallets.



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Big East gets backed into a good decision

Good for Temple and congrats to them. To the Big East: What took so long?

So what happens to the MAC and A-10, going forward?

UMass is impacted on both fronts; what do, the Minutemen?




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Growing up a Rutgers fan, we often used to go to Rutgers-Temple games bc they were the only games RU could win.



It's funny that you mention that.  Temple beat Rutgers 4 years straight from 1999-2002 at which point the decision was made to kick Temple out of the Big East for poor performance, and coincidentaaly a simultaneous announcement was made to add Connecticut for football.



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:45 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

True but when you consider that another conference will reach from Hawaii to East Carolina and consist of up to 32 members, then SDSU in the Big East almost makes sense.  The point is that absolutely nothing beyond money makes sense about any college realignment moves.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Nothing says Big East like............San Diego State.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

You must give the Big East credit. Basketball has always been the back bone of the Big East. If a football conference wants to play in the new BCS system you need 12 teams. Watch the Big 12 try to get 2 more teams soon. The plus one is realy an eight or more team playoff system. Starts with football conference champs, 8 teams playing or 12 teams playing how every you look at it. Seating the best 4 champs with no wild card. I like the idea of no wild card. Yes, you may have the two best teams in the same football conference by the polls but this system will truely decide it on the field not by which fans travel best. Four football conference will have 90% of all the teams over the next tv contract but that is life. It will be nice not to see a coach cry about his team has more fans so let us go.....



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:12 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

I know Rutgers was hoping to force the road game against WVU to flip to a home game against Temple becasue they were unable to replace the scheudled home conference game against TCU.  Any work on whether that will happen?

Growing up a Rutgers fan, we often used to go to Rutgers-Temple games bc they were the only games RU could win.



Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Welcome back Temple! Enjoy being crushed by Rutgers, Cincy and Luisville... Again



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:44 am
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Is there a bigger whore in all of college athletics than the Big East?



Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:30 am
 

Big East adds Temple as an all sports member

Big Woop!! The Big East is D.O.A. as a football conference.  Consider if you will, Temple playing Memphis at the Liberty Bowl on some cable channel.  Watching paint dry will draw more viewers.

What happens to Big East when Louisville, Cincinnatti and Rutgers leave the conference for a FOTTBALL CONFERENCE.  Louisville has already attempted to get on the Big 12's dance card, when WVU left.  

How many $$$ can the league expect for a TV contract now that their football schools are leaving?

Finally, the last nail in the Big East coffin will be the loss of the AQ, when the BCS changes format.  Those that are serious about football know that victories in the league will receive only distain when compared to schools with the big football conferences.

 


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