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Report: Temple in the Big East’s West Division?

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Given the fact that San Diego State will be playing in the Big East to begin with, the following report isn’t surprising in the least.

In fact, I’ll be disappointed if Temple doesn’t play in the Big East’s West Division.

But that appears to be a serious possibility, at least according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

It is likely that Temple will play in the Western Division once the Big East Conference splits into two divisions for football at the start of the 2013 season,” the report states. “The Owls could be lumped into the same division with distant rivals Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, Southern Methodist, and Memphis.”

Temple joined the Big East a month ago after West Virginia settled its lawsuit with the conference so that the Mountaineers could join the Big 12 this year. The Big East was in desperate need of an eighth member, and the Owls will leave the MAC for the Big East this summer.

“It could play that way, which is fine,” said Temple coach Steve Addazio said of traveling to Houston, San Diego and Boise. “We don’t really know that. But I’ve heard those things.

“You have to get in a plane and travel. So you know, you might have to travel 40 more minutes than you did the other. But you are still going to get on that plane and fly.”

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8 Responses to “Report: Temple in the Big East’s West Division?”
  1. fcmlefty1 says: Apr 10, 2012 2:38 PM

    As it stood, there was going to have to be one team in the new configuration that wasn’t too happy, because one of them was going to have to play in the west. Might as well make it be the newest team on the block. I thought it would be Louisville, but it makes sense to not piss them off as they are the most likely team to look for greener pastures at this point in time. And kuddos to Coach Addazio for having a positive attitude about it.

    It seems like a drastic thing, but really, you’re looking at one flight to the west (either Boise or SDSU) and one trip to Texas. I’m sure the schedule will be set up where Temple doesn’t go to both western schools or both texas schools in the same season.

    Be interesting to see how this changes after Navy joins. I’m guessing they’d still love to land Air Force. Time will tell.

  2. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 10, 2012 2:56 PM


    You actually bring up a good point. Temple’s divisional placement could shift once Navy joins in 2015.

  3. thegamecocker says: Apr 10, 2012 3:31 PM

    Temple is a natural rival in football for Rutgers’ and they always have been. I am pleased the Owls are part of the Big East and they will have a solid football program. I am a true fan of Temple and look forward to them playing against Villanova in BBall and the remainder of the Big 5. Philly is a great college sports town.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:56 PM

    The Big Least has divisions? Why bother? Who ever wins 4 games is the division champ and gets an auto to the Orange Bowl. I can’t wait to miss it.

  5. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:43 PM

    I don’t know what type of airplane Addazio flies on, but it sure take more than an additional 40 minutes to fly from Philly to San Diego and Boise than it does to Cincinnati and Syracuse. I hear that the Big East commissioner was told that Philly is 60 miles from the ocean and San Diego is situated next to the ocean. I guess the commissioner doesn’t know the difference between the Atlantic and Pacific.

  6. fcmlefty1 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:05 AM

    @ the fiesty 1 – the Big East doesn’t have an automatic spot in the Orange Bowl. Not quite sure why you erroneously put that in every anti-Big East post you make. And not quite following your 4 wins and Orange Bowl logic at all.

    @ brutus – i think he was thinking more along the lines of the flights to Florida (UCF, USF) vs flights to Texas/West. While I think he probably underestimated the time, I think he point was this – even in the east, we have 900 mile flights to Florida. We’re going to have to get on planes either way. This isn’t a problem. And I respect his positive attitude about it.

  7. ancientcougar says: Apr 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    I think the Big East will be a positive surprise wherever they fly.

  8. eerinsc says: Apr 11, 2012 8:42 PM

    fiesty – guess you didn’t hear about what happened in the OB. Try to stay current.

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