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Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:23 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 5:46 pm
 
DALLAS – Temple is close to joining the Big East as an all-sports member in 2012, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com Wednesday morning.

The addition of Temple is imperative for the Big East, which desperately needs a school to replace West Virginia this fall after the Mountaineers reached a $20 million agreement with the league to leave for the Big 12.

One source told CBSSports.com that Temple to the Big East in 2012 "is done."

An announcement could be made as early as next week, sources told CBSSports.com.

MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, attending the BCS meetings at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Grand Hyatt Hotel, told CBSSports.com that discussions are ongoing between Temple and the Big East.

"I don't know where those will lead," Steinbrecher said.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto, also at the BCS meetings, declined comment Wednesday.

The Big East initially wanted Boise State, which will join in 2013, to join this fall as West Virginia’s replacement. However, the Big East was not willing to provide the Broncos with about $10 million they needed to leave the Mountain West in football and have their Olympic sports join the WAC a year early.

Boise State president Bob Kustra confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Broncos would remain in the Mountain West in the 2012-13 season.

"While we have had several discussions with the Big East and the WAC in moving our sports into those two leagues a year earlier than previously stated, the University feels there were too many obstacles to overcome to make the move at this time," Kustra said in a statement. "While there certainly would have been advantages in making the move a year early, it became clear that it would not be fiscally responsible, as all of the expenses associated with early entry into the two conferences would not be covered."

Boise State would have had to pay the Mountain West between $8 million and $9 million and also pay the WAC $1.5 million.

With Boise State out of the picture, the Big East then turned its attention to Temple. The Mid-American Conference's exit fee is $2.5 million with two years notice, but it's unknown what the amount would be for a school providing less than a year's notice, a source said. To leave the Atlantic 10 Conference, where the Owls’ Olympic sports compete, would cost Temple $2 million with less than a year's notice, a source said.

Temple was one of the Big East’s original eight football members in 1991, but was expelled from the league after the 2004 season for not being competitive and not meeting certain financial requirements. However, the Owls’ program has been resurrected under the direction of Al Golden and Steve Addazio, posting a 26-12 record the last three seasons.

Golden, who left for Miami after the 2010 season, guided the Owls to their first bowl in 30 years. Addazio completed his first year with a 37-15 victory against Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl in December, only the second bowl victory in school history.

The addition of Temple will be the latest change for the Big East, which also added Memphis two weeks ago.

With Temple being added, the Big East’s membership is expected to have eight football members and 16 basketball members in 2012. In 2013, the football membership will grow to 14 with the addition of Boise State, SMU, UCF, Houston, Memphis and San Diego State. However, if Pittsburgh and Syracuse are allowed to leave a year early to the ACC, the league would have 12 football members.

In 2014, the football membership will be 12 (after Pittsburgh and Syracuse leave) but it will grow to 13 in 2015 with the addition of Navy.

Sources told CBSSports.com, the reason the Big East decided to go beyond 12 football members is because the league is preparing for the possibility it will lose Louisville if the Big 12 decides to expand by at least another team.

Multiple sources have told CBSSports.com that Louisville is the consensus choice for the Big 12’s 11th member, if the league expands, and that the Cardinals would accept an invitation to the Big 12.

Big 12 acting commissioner Chuck Neinas said Wednesday his league has no expansion meetings scheduled and is concentrating on the additions of West Virginia and TCU.

Two weeks ago when the Big East added Memphis, Marinatto said the league had reached its “primary objective” of securing a 12-team football league when Navy joins in 2015. However he opened the door to further expansion.

“We’re always going to be vigilant and we’re going to continue to do whatever is in the best interest of the conference,” Marinatto said. “You never say never (about future expansion), I guess. But we’ve reached our goal and we’re pleased that we’ve done that. But we’re always going to be obviously continuing to evaluate different opportunities as time goes on."

Comments

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:41 am
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

I think this movement of teams is becoming an absolute joke. The likelyhood you will see Rutgers fans showing up at SD State will never happen. You have games like the Iron Bowl, the Border War, the Civil War, ect ect today what will these rivarly games be called? The frequent flyer classic, or Mapquest Classsic 
I agree completely and the names are rather humorous--what about the Coast-to-Coast Clash or the Intercontinental Brawl?  As a Pitt fan I'm going to miss the Backyard Brawl and really can't see anyone in the ACC that I'd like to see Pitt in a rivalry with besides my alma mater, Maryland perhaps.  I went to grad school at Mizzou and just today the final round of the Kansas-Mizzou basketball Border War and while Mizzou surely will benefit from the fact that there aren't many good basketball schools in the SEC, I will surely miss seeing the Tigers and Jayhawks squaring off for supremacy as they have in recent years.  It's sad that money is ruining all this tradition and yet we still have the broken bowl system in football because of, laughingly, tradition--yeah, the Weedeater Bowl sure is a tradition!!!!



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:40 am
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

I think this movement of teams is becoming an absolute joke. The likelyhood you will see Rutgers fans showing up at SD State will never happen. You have games like the Iron Bowl, the Border War, the Civil War, ect ect today what will these rivarly games be called? The frequent flyer classic, or Mapquest Classsic 
I agree completely and the names are rather humorous--what about the Coast-to-Coast Clash or the Intercontinental Brawl?  As a Pitt fan I'm going to miss the Backyard Brawl and really can't see anyone in the ACC that I'd like to see Pitt in a rivalry with besides my alma mater, Maryland perhaps.  I went to grad school at Mizzou and just today the final round of the Kansas-Mizzou basketball Border War and while Mizzou surely will benefit from the fact that there aren't many good basketball schools in the SEC, I will surely miss seeing the Tigers and Jayhawks squaring off for supremacy as they have in recent years.  It's sad that money is ruining all this tradition and yet we still have the broken bowl system in football because of, laughingly, tradition--yeah, the Weedeater Bowl sure is a tradition!!!!



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:01 pm
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Hypocrisy knows no bounds.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Wayfarer

I think this movement of teams is becoming an absolute joke. The likelyhood you will see Rutgers fans showing up at SD State will never happen. You have games like the Iron Bowl, the Border War, the Civil War, ect ect today what will these rivarly games be called? The frequent flyer classic, or Mapquest Classsic 

There is no history nor rivarly with these expansions. The schools are so far apart fans will never hit the road to see their teams play.

I think a team that makes good sense geographically for the MAC would be Marshall. The Herd is gaining nothing by being a member of the scrap heap conference between CUSA and the MWC.



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

EDIT:

The first line of the quote was cut off, it should have read:

"But if either UMass or Temple were to announce a decision to leave, the other's membership could change.

The MAC would have the option of retaining the remaining school as a full member, replacing the departing school with another program or converting the remaining team's membership to a term contract of no less than two years."

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Also, I meant to write:

It can play this upcoming 2012 season as a 13-team league and begin vetting its future 14th member.




Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

The MAC would have the option of retaining the remaining school as a full member, replacing the departing school with another program or converting the remaining team's membership to a term contract of no less than two years."

http://www.umassathletics.com/blog/

2011/05/gazette-story-on-football-c

ontracts-with-gillette-mac.html



If this is correct, then it appears that the MAC has the real and LEGAL option of "requesting" (making) UMass join the MAC as a FULL MEMBER.

I think this is something that the MAC must do to protect itself from future football mercenaries. It can play this upcoming 2012 season as a 12-team league and begin vetting its future 14th member. James Madison University (JMU) would be an excellent choice. But it must do this AFTER it exercises its legal right to make UMass a full member. Adding JMU prior to that would in essence satisfy the contract with option #2 above "replacing the departing school with another program" and the MAC would lose its leverage.

I think that the MAC would be smart in offering JMU, George Mason University (GMU), and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) full membership and going to a 14/16 conference structure; 14 teams in football and 16 teams for basketball and other Olympic sports.









Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Temple has to wait for Marinatto to finish his bowl of pasta to get the official invite. It could take a while.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Meat you are correct why would the Big East want to add a team that has not had a loosing season in 18 straight years in Southern Miss. The logical choice would be the 5-32 Memphis Tigers and their 12,000 fans that pack the Liberty Bowl on Saturdays. A simple question that I cant get an answer to: If programs in these massive media markets cant draw 20,000 fans eg Temple, SMU or Memphis who would ever be home watching. At some point dont you need a Neilson rating point over and above the Orec and Zumba infomercials? Ron Popiel gets better ratings than these schools.




Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

Funny.  Five years ago the Big East basically kicked Temple out of the conference.  Now that it's been gutted like a stuck pig they're welcoming the Owls back with open arms.



Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:55 pm
 

Temple likely headed to Big East in 2012

I like this addition. As a Memphis fan I would like them to add Southern Miss. It would boost it's football. Doubt it will happen due to So Miss has no media market.



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