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Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:58 pm

Temple has given the Big East a verbal agreement it will join the league in 2012, but an official announcement can not be made until the Owls finalize their settlement to leave the Mid-American Conference, sources told

The Big East wants to make the announcement that Temple is joining by Monday so it won’t conflict with the Big East men’s basketball tournament, which starts Tuesday in New York. Whether it will happen that quickly depends on the Owls’ negotiations with the MAC.

The MAC’s exit fee is $2.5 million for schools that provide two years notice. However, there is no specific penalty for a school leaving with less than two years notice, a source told 

Temple was a Big East football-only member from 1991-2004 and the plan was for Temple to join the Big East in all sports in 2012. The Owls' football program competes in the MAC and their Olympic sports are in the Atlantic 10 Conference. To leave the Atlantic 10 with less than a year’s notice costs $2 million, a source said, while it’s $1 million if more than a year’s notice is given.

Because of the difference in exit fees Temple would pay the A-10, there remains a possibility Temple could join the Big East in football this fall, but its Olympic sports wouldn’t join the Big East until 2013. 

MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and Big East commissioner John Marinatto declined comment.

The reason the Big East needs Temple in its football league this fall is to replace West Virginia, which left for the Big 12, on the conference schedule. Without West Virginia, the Big East would have only seven league members and six conference games. With Temple, it will have eight schools and seven league games. 

On Friday, Syracuse released its complete five-game non-conference schedule. The Big East has told league schools that they will play seven conference games, meaning an additional member would be added for this fall.

“The Big East has to assist us with that (seventh) conference game, whatever that is,” Syracuse said deputy athletic director Herman Frazier told the Syracuse Post-Standard. 

Frazier told the Post-Standard he expects the Big East to make an announcement in the next seven to 10 days.

However, it will happen much quicker if the Owls can hammer out a settlement with the MAC.

Temple’s Board of Trustees met on Wednesday to discuss the Owls’ “contracts,”  the Temple News reported.


Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:23 am

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

I don't know...What did Gross and Pederson say? Did the TCU AD even say anything?
SU,sPitt had the luxury of not needing to go right away, no need to spur Marinatto and the rest of the BigEast through the media let's face it the BE is not known for making moves with any speed even when it benefits them much less when it doesn't. TCU was playing under a different set of rules since they never played a game in the conference so no need there either. Marinatto and crew never took the moves going on around us (members of the BigEast) seriously and being proactive, Luck IMO was getting his attention with his comments and hitting him with some truth much like A&M did on their way out of the B12 helping to spur the restructure in that conference. Hopefully it helps the BE in the future too.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:52 am

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

I haven't read the comments in a while, WOW lots of Oliver Luck bashing. Yes he's mad at Pitt & Cuse who can blame him . Ok sorry Cuse but Pitt ? It was Pitt who f'd the big east again. I could write a book about how Pitt screwed the BE starting with Pitt blocking Penn State from getting in the Big East in the first place which changed everything.

Say whay you will, this guy is the best AD in the east. So far in his tenure (two years) 

1) Did the unthinkable and dumped a coach with 9-3, 9-3, 9-3 records 
2) Got us out of the Big East into a real conf.
3) Got the funding for a new baseball stadium
4) Brought golf team back
5) Pushed through the sale of beer to football games

Go Mountaineers !


Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:35 pm

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

just to make it clear BD QH the big East doesn't have BYU at this point, but it would help them alot if they could work it out.

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:08 pm

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

Undertow, your numbers are not accurate, as you don't take into account how much Notre Dame makes on non NBC games. Plus their splits in ticket revenue agreements and marketing advertising do not factor in...But it doesn't really matter because Notre Dame, whether you're a fan or not, holds its own fortune in its hands at all times and is not subject to the whims everyone else is.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:46 pm

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

Notre Dame would put its Olympic sports in the MAC before it would join the Big East in football.

Maybe they should join all sports in the MAC. They actually may have a chance at more than 8 wins in a season (though they most likely wouldn't win the conference championship). They probably couldn't get less from the MAC compared to their contract with NBC. It's amusing that Indiana and Purdue nearly have double the TV revenues (each) from the Big Ten Network than Notre Dame gets from NBC.

Money doesn't drive Notre Dame as much as the other schools. Undeserved pretentious arrogance does.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:59 pm

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

Maybe when the Big Least loses Louisville and Cincy, they can replace them with Hawaii. After all, the conference has already extended its geographic footprint into traditional eastern states Idaho and California.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:30 pm

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC


Us inbreds see cross-eyed anyways, but this guy put it out there the only way I see things...

I'll just say that I follow a lot of BE boards, specifically Cuse, Pitt, UCOnn, and of course Rutgers. My opinions about your AD are shared by many.
Yeah, I'm sure you get an unbiased perspective by hitting their boards.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:16 pm

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

So now we have Temple in the Big East, giving them 8 teams in 2012.  That works out very nicely.   Of course the fiasco that will be 2013 still remains to be seen.  The Big East loses Pitt and Syracuse, but gets BYU, San Diego State, Houston, SMU, UCF,  and Memphis.  They seem to have the perfect 12 team conference.  Oops, we seem to have a problem here in 2014.  Navy joins the Conference.  Now we have a 13 team conference, which is one team too few or too many, depending on how youlook at things.  But not to worry Big East fans.  Chances are that the Big 12 is going to take Louisville and Cincinnati from you, dropping you back to 11 teams, so when you add another Mickey Mouse Team, you will have 12 teams.  You may not be an AQ Conference any more, but you will have 12 teams.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:14 pm

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

NOTRE DAME needs the BIG EAST more, than the BIG EAST needs NOTRE DAME.

Notre Dame would put its Olympic sports in the MAC before it would join the Big East in football.

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:53 pm

Temple to Big East after it settles with MAC

houston regualrly sells out Roberston stadium, once our new larger stadium is finished well be drawing more

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