Blog Entry

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:30 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 5:33 pm
Temple's Board of Trustees will meet via conference call Wednesday afternoon in which they could accept an invitation to become an all sports member of the Big East Conference, reported.

Last week, reported Temple would likely join the Big East in 2012 in all sports and an announcement could happen as early as this week.

Temple currently is a football member in the Mid-American Conference and the Owls' Olympic sports are members of the Atlantic 10. It would cost Temple $2 million to leave the Atlantic 10 with less than one year's notice and at least $2.5 million to leave the MAC, sources told

"This (board meeting) is driven by the 2012 football schedule," Patrick J. O’Connor, Chairman of Temple’s Board of Trustees told "Because of that, decisions have to be made. There are time considerations."

That's because the Big East desperately needs a replacement for West Virginia on the 2012 football schedule. West Virginia agreed on a $20 million settlement with the Big East to leave for the Big 12, but the Big East was unwilling to pay Boise State's approximate $10 million in exit fees to leave the Mountain West and WAC a year early. Boise State was unable to pay that amount as well, so the Big East then turned its attention to Temple.

The Owls would give the Big East eight football members and 16 basketball members in 2012. School officials were miffed last month when the Big East extended an invitation to Memphis and not Temple. The Owls were Big East football members from 1991-2004 before being dismissed from the league for not being competitive and not meeting certain financial requirements.

"I think we were a natural choice to join the Big East months ago," O'Connor told "It baffles me that they let in some of the schools they did before Temple."
O'Connor added that Temple would only make the move to the Big East "if it (financially) is a net positive, we’ll do it. We’re not going to spend money to lose money.

"The Board’s job is to make a decision that impacts all of Temple’s students," O'Connor told "It will affect where we are (athletically) over the next five to 10 years. It’s a matter of where we want to be. We have two world-class coaches in football (Steve Addazio) and men’s basketball (Fran Dunphy) and they belong on a national stage."


Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:00 pm

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

The Chairman of Temple's board of Trustees (O'Connor) is quoted as saying, it will affect where we are over the next five to 10 years...".  Please help me understand what that means.  Does he think Temple will eventually move beyond the Big East?  Or does he think that's how long it will take until they get kicked-out again?

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:08 pm

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

The meeting will last an hour with the first 30 seconds deciding "YES" to the invitation and the next 59:30 celebrating. It'll be good to have Temple in the BE. I wonder if they made a deal to keep Villanova out for football or if they had to say they'd let VU in if it wants to join. Having both in the BE would make a good rivalry even better.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:05 pm

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

Welcome back to the BEast Temple!  Your brand of football today is far better than either Pitt or Syracuse so a plus for the conference from that point of view.  It is also great to still have a BEast footprint in Penn as well!

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:46 pm

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

True but then again they probably have the best football team that they have ever put on the field.  Either way, even a weakened Big East would definitely outstrip MAC and A-10 revenue. 

Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:33 am

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

No offense, but Temple has yet to win the MAC, so how do you expect them to win the Big East?

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:06 pm

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

They are just making it official, they have been begging to get back in since the day the got removed. New Big East is going to be fun to watch once you sit down and not worry about geography, basketball will be better then before and football will have BSU that everyone will want a piece of, instead of WVU who was the a very unexciting game every year.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:58 pm

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

why do they even need to leave the A10 for next year anyway, get in as a football member for 2012 with the agreement that hoops and olympic sports follow in another year and keep the 2 million early exit fee. i'm glad for temple that theyre getting in but the big east, as usual, has screwed up at every turn. Had they expanded to 12 football members 2 years ago they'd still have tcu, wvu, syr, and pitt, and now they come crawling to temple after BSU says no to 2012. i've never understood why the football schools didnt break away on their own years ago.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:31 pm

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

I wouldn't do it. You would be flushing 4.5 million to join a football conference that is increasingly becoming more irrelavent. And football is where the money is. No one was courting Kansas to join their conferences when the Big 12 was in turmoil. Within 2 years the AQ status to BCS bowls will be gone for everyone or the Big East will lose theirs.

The only reason to move is if a Big East Network can guarantee 10 million plus per year for it's all sports members. The MAC and the A-10 can't start that type of enterprise. But with West Virginia, Pittsburg, and Syracuse leaving, football loses the remaining luster from the Big Least (Miami, Boston College, Va Tech, UWV, Pitt, the Cuse all gone). I can't see a network willing to pony up that type of money for such a non-consequential conference in football.

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:25 pm

Report: Temple to discuss Big East invite

They would be stupid to pass on it. Football wise it's an improvement on the MAC and basketball wise it finally puts them on even footing with rival Nova

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or