Does this sound familiar?
If Temple has an option to bolt for the Big East, with a possible shot at an automatic BCS bid reason to salivate, then there is likely nothing that will stop the Owls from making the move as quickly as possible.
That was what we told you on Monday, when discussing the inevitable move from the MAC and Atlantic 10 to the Big East for the Temple Owls. Now, it appears, everything is in motion to make it all happen this week if we may speculate just a little bit.
Temple University is preparing to accept an invitation to join the Big East as a full league member. According to Michael Bradley of CSNPhilly.com, Temple’s Board of Trustees will meet via conference call on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the future of the athletic program and potentially decide to accept an invitation to join the Big East as early as 2012.
According to the CSNPhilly.com report…
The Board has been briefed continually by members of the school’s administration about ongoing discussions with a variety of conferences, including the Owls’ two current homes, the Mid-American Conference, in which they compete on the football field, and the Atlantic 10 Conference, which houses everything else.
By now it is no secret that Temple has been in discussions with the Big East about a potential return to the conference that once kicked them out as a football-only member. These discussions have been acknowledged by the MAC, which counts Temple as a football-only member now, and the financial hurdles appear to be relatively simple enough to get by in order to get Temple in the Big East as a full league member in 2012, essentially taking West Virginia’s spot as the Mountaineers depart for the Big 12.
A move to the Big East makes sense for both sides, considering the current state of the conference. Temple would bring a building football program playing home games in an NFL stadium and a basketball program that should be able to compete on a pretty high level from day one. For the Big East, it should be a nice benefit to have a full league member in one of the largest television markets in the country (Philadelphia) back in the fold, but it must find a way to sell the programs and conference to the potential viewers in the pro-sports region.
For Temple, it is a long time coming for a program and a university that re-dedicated itself to building a winning tradition. Though the Owls still have work to do on the football field, this likely move to the Big East should do more than enough to ensure they can keep Steve Addazio in the program, now in a conference that has an easier path to a BCS appearance.
Kevin is a national college football writer for modenook.com and the host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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