Another meeting set for Temple to mull Big East

Another meeting set for Temple to mull Big East
March 6, 2012, 10:41 pm
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Another meeting has been set to discuss whether Temple will join the Big East for 2012-13.

Patrick J. OConnor, the chairman of Temple Universitys executive board of trustees, has told contributor Michael Bradley that the board will meet Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the schools association with the Big East.

The board last week held what OConnor said was a long meeting that ended with no resolution.

We are still in negotiations, OConnor said on March 1. Were going to do whats best for Temple.

It seems as though the major obstacles facing Temple are the commitments with its current conferences the Mid-American Conference (football) and Atlantic 10 (all other sports).

The MAC stipulates that departing teams must pay 2.5 million and wait two years, according to league spokesman Ken Mather. If a member tries to get out sooner, it must negotiate a premium payment, Mather said. That is likely one of the factors holding up Temples ability to announce Big East membership, since it has been reported that Temple and the conference are interested in the Owls becoming football members for the 2012 season.

The MAC is unhappy with the timing of the situation, since it cannot release its football schedule, which is ready to go, according to Mather. The past two years, the MAC has announced its schedule on Feb. 28 and March 1.

By leaving, Temple would cause a complete reshuffling of the games, and in some cases, force schools to find other opponents, something that wont be easy to accomplish at this late a date.

Although its highly unlikely the Owls will have to pay close to the 20 million it took for West Virginia to leave the Big East for the Big 12, or even the 12.41 million Texas A&M and Missouri are shelling out to bolt the Big 12 early for the SEC, any cost incurred would be unpopular with some university constituencies, especially in light of looming state funding cuts.

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