Ed Rendell and Michael Nutter Write Letters to the Big East in Support of Temple Excerpts Below

Ed Rendell and Michael Nutter Write Letters to the Big East in Support of Temple Excerpts Below

The rampant speculation that Temple could be on its way back to the Big East cooled for a few weeks after the conference released an expansion proposal—one allegedly influenced quite heavily by Villanova—that did not include a new member on North Broad.

But now, after months of rumors regarding a potential move, Temple's supporters are coming out in full force to generate a renewed push on the school's behalf.

As always, Rick Pitino isn't one to take no for an answer. And neither, in this case, are Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell. [excerpts from their letters to the Big East after the jump]

Starting with Pitino, the Louisville basketball coach has been pounding the Temple drum for the last two months, insisting that the Owls be included as part of a new Big East. Pitino's pro-Temple campaign began as only part of a suggested proposal to the struggling conference originally published on his website, but has since expanded to literally any interview in which the coach discusses realignment.

Indeed, as the Big East has become weaker and weaker, and as the Big 12 has—it seems—an interest only in West Virginia and not, as previously thought, Louisville, Pitino is continuing to endorse Temple to anyone who will listen.

That endorsement is beginning to gain some traction with the national media. The World Wide Leader's Andy Katz and Dick Vitale have both released statements—a video and a tweet, respectively—advocating the admission of Temple and Memphis to the Big East.

And, just as the national coverage has increased, local lobbying is also apparently on the rise.

Owlscoop.com's John Di Carlo is reporting that both current and former mayors Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell have written letters to the Big East endorsing Temple's admission as a full, all-sports member. The site was the first to obtain copies of the letters and release excerpts. Those pieces are posted below.

From Owlscoop:

An excerpt from Rendell's letter:

"By any standard, Temple has arrived. As a Philadelphian and a sports fan, I am very proud of Temple's growing impact on intercollegiate athletics, and I am convinced that an affiliation with the Big East is one that would benefit both the Conference and the Greater Philadelphia region."

An excerpt from Nutter's letter:

"As you consider the future of the Big East, I hope you take a moment and look up North Broad Street to the home of Temple University. By doing so, I believe you're looking at the future of the Big East."

Head on over to Owlscoop's Cherry and White forums for the full copies of each letter.

The Temple-to-the-Big-East bandwagon just keeps getting bigger. Yep, everyone seems to be coming around; well, save for a certain institution on the Main Line, a conference in serious denial about its waning prestige and a handful of still-bitter Temple alums. They're not coming around.

TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.

With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.

On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.

The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.

Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.

While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.