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Report: Temple could join Big East ‘as early as next school year’

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Part of West Virginia’s exit agreement with the Big East states WVU “will use its reasonable best efforts to help Big East members schedule additional football games for the 2012-13 season.”

If the following report comes to fruition, WVU will be absolved of those duties.

Following up on months of speculation, the Temple-to-Big East rumors have heated up, and the results could provide immediate relief for a conference up to its eyeballs in scheduling issues. Pete Thamel of the New York Times reports that the Big East could add Temple as an all-sports member “as early as the next school year” to offset the loss of WVU to the Big 12, and that “a resolution is expected this month.”

Thamel goes on to say “Within the next month, Temple will also have to inform the new conference formed by the merger of the Mountain West and Conference USA of its intentions. Temple has been asked to join that league.”

The Owls were reportedly shocked when the Big East announced earlier this month that Memphis would be the newest member of the conference.

Temple thought it would receive the Big East’s invitation and was stunned the Big East invited Memphis,” said a report by CBS Sports’ Brett McMurphy.

Temple was booted from the Big East in 2004 after years of bottom-feeder status, but the Owls have turned it around since the Al Golden era (see what we did there?) and could play helper immediately for Big East schools scrambling to finalize their 2012 schedule.

The rumor for the past month or so has been that Boise State could make a jump to the Big East early, but that’s been uncertain at best.

If the Temple addition becomes official, that would bring the total number of Big East programs to 13 in football and 18 in basketball. There’s been some continued rumors that Louisville could still find its way to the Big 12 at some point in the future.

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14 Responses to “Report: Temple could join Big East ‘as early as next school year’”
  1. deadeye says: Feb 22, 2012 1:46 PM

    I wonder if the Big East would want prospective universities to “honor” their contracts in their old conferences, even if it meant waiting for 3 seasons before entering the Big East. I’m guessing they would want them immediately.

  2. helenh777 says: Feb 22, 2012 1:49 PM

    I do hope that Temple is able to come in this next school year. I also hope that sooner or later the Big East sends out an invitation to Marshall. Being in the Big East could help them to become a better school.

    I also hope that Boise State does come in next year also,but sense Wake Forest is in the ACC, why not try and bring in a christian school. There is a good one in Virginia.

  3. fcmlefty1 says: Feb 22, 2012 1:50 PM

    13 is an odd number. I’m guessing where there is smoke, there is fire regarding Louisville….

  4. lbijake says: Feb 22, 2012 1:52 PM

    Weak move. Temple can’t even put 20k in the stands at $5 per ticket.

  5. fcmlefty1 says: Feb 22, 2012 1:56 PM

    Of course, this also begs the next question: who will the MAC target to replace Temple? Cant see them being too happy about having to go back to a 13 team league when they finally had #14 secured for the 2012 season in UMass.

  6. timh1955 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:15 PM

    The Big Least is grabbing for any team that will join the conference! Maybe they can get some high schools to join too!

  7. templeallsports says: Feb 22, 2012 2:27 PM

    Good pick up… Temple Basketball should get its 3rd final four.

    Temple has averaged 30k with ticket prices averaging $25… this is not 1999..

  8. thefiesty1 says: Feb 22, 2012 2:37 PM

    Temple is about par for the Big Least. Small school with small budget and fan base not to mention a history of losing. The last couple of years is an anomily. I’ll bet the Orange Bowl wishes they weren’t tied to the BE. They’ll never be able to keep their AQ status with this bunch. Adding Temple just shows how weak that so called conference already is.

  9. makeham98 says: Feb 22, 2012 3:14 PM

    I’ve been going to Temple football games for the past three years. No way they average 30,000 (they play in the MAC, give us a break). Maybe 20,000 which includes a couple thousand students who get in free.

    Entertaining football but the quality of the opponents isn’t at all impressive.

  10. fcmlefty1 says: Feb 22, 2012 4:33 PM

    ” I’ll bet the Orange Bowl wishes they weren’t tied to the BE”

    The Orange is not tied to the Big East. The Big East champion is guaranteed a BCS spot, but not in any specific BCS bowl.

    And honestly, I don’t think any of the BCS bowls really minded being linked to the Big East when WVU was the champ. Its the odd ball years when Cincy or UConn won it where it became an inconvienience for one of the BCS bowl games.

  11. lbijake says: Feb 22, 2012 5:19 PM

    @templeallsports
    For 2011 season Temple games attendance were:
    Nova – 32k
    Penn State – 57 k
    Toledo -21.7k
    Buffalo – 25.8k
    Miami (ohio) – 17 k
    Army 25.6k
    Kent State – 16.3 k
    Average w/out Nova and Penn State 20.3k. Pretty mgood as I said 2ok off the top of my head. And for the second half of the season, Temple was advertising in the paper that tickets were $5 or a couple cans of food for the hungry. Basically free.

  12. templeallsports says: Feb 23, 2012 10:09 AM

    Well I guess we see Nova trolls are everywhere… Sorry Nova your screwed yourselves… don’t bring hate on ‘][‘emple.

    So games that matter Temple gets ~40k …. sounds about right.

  13. makeham98 says: Feb 23, 2012 1:02 PM

    Temple got a big crowd for penn state, but not close to a sell-out. I blame the fairweather penn state alums, temple should have won the last two years but blew both games.

    The larger crowds at the nova games come in great part from the nova fans who show up drunk for the game. Good entertainment on the broad street line listening to the nova kids worry that they might miss the stadium stop.

  14. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:11 AM

    @ thefiesty1

    FYI! Temple is not a small school. It is the 26th largest university in the United States with more than 37,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

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