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Looks Like Temple is Headed Back to the Big East

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A few weeks ago, Temple was bypassed by the Big East Conference in their expansion plans.

Now, the league has had a change of heart.

Temple appears ready to return to the Big East in all sports.  They were a football only member of that league, but were expelled in 2004 because of lack of performance and commitment.

But Temple football has had a rebirth the last couple of years.

Besides, the Big East needs to cover its butt.

With West Virginia leaving for the Big 12 in July after negotiating with the Big East, the league needed a new member to take WVU’s place, since schedules would have a big hole without another team.  Moveover, with Navy scheduled to join the Big East for football in 2015, Temple is seen as a buffer if another school (Louisville to the Big 12?) were to opt out.

The Owls, who play in the Mid-American Conference for football and the Atlantic–10 in other sports, would, according to the report, play a Big East schedule this fall.

If all this materializes, as expected, it would be somewhat of a blow to the CUSA/MWC alliance, which had hoped to lure Temple into their league.

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