Temple to the Big East: A Sean Combs Musical Tribute

Temple to the Big East: A Sean Combs Musical Tribute

Well. It happened (finally).
After months of rumors and reports, Temple University is finally on its way back to the Big East. Only this time, rather than just rejoining for football, they'll be coming in as a full, all-sports member.
As has been speculated over the past few weeks, Temple football will immediately exit Mid-American Conference and join the Big East as its eighth football-playing member next season, thus filling the conference's scheduling hole.
As for basketball and the remainder Temple's Olympic sports, they'll spend one more year in the Atlantic 10, before making the switch in the Fall of 2013. Update: Via the Inquirer's Keith Pompey, the Big East is expected to introduce Temple at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at a press conference in New York. Owls AD Bill Bradshaw and head football coach Steve Addazio are expected in attendance.
...more below with further updates on Temple's exit/entry costs...
Previous reports had indicated Temple owed the A-10 a $1 million exit fee if they were to give one year's advance notice of their departure, which they have. As for the MAC, Pompey is tweeting that the university was able to come to a $6 million settlement with the conference. Update 2: Temple University spokesperson Ray Betzner has told the Temple News' Joey Cranney that the Big East will cover all Temple's exit fees. Update 3: CSNPhilly contributor Micheal Bradley writes that the Big East will pay for half of Temple $6 million MAC exit fee and provide a no interest loan to the university for the remaining $3 million. 
And there you have it, six months of rumors, reports and speculation comes to an end.
Should you care to re-live the long and winding road (hey, wait, we might be able to use that!), you can check out conference realignment wrap-up below. 
Also, at some point, I began embedding enough songs at the end of these Big East posts to put a mini-playlist together. So scroll below the archived links and consider what you find "The Official T7L Conference Realignment Playlist," featuring two new additions that bring a fitting end (who are we kidding? -- the conference could still implode at some point) to the saga. We'll let Puff Daddy take it from here:

I'm coming home / I'm coming home / Tell the world I'm coming home / Let the rain wash away / All the pain of yesterday / I know my kingdom awaits / And they've forgiven my mistakes / I'm coming home / I'm coming home / Tell the world I'm coming home...
Back where I belong / I never felt so strong / (I'm back baby) / I feel like there's nothing that I can't try / And if you with me put your hands high / If you ever lost light before / This ones for you / And you / The dreams are for you...

Archives:
>>Temple "Wants In" the Big East
>>Women's Basketball Has the Potential to Save/Doom the Big East
>>Big East Update: Temple In? Not Yet
>>Villanova Blocking Temple from Full Big East Membership? We Outline Realignment Contingencies>>Ed Rendell and Micheal Nutter Write Letters to the Big East in Support of Temple
>>Relax, Temple and Novaheads: Big East Not out of the Woods Just Yet
>>What Big East Expansion Means for Temple and 'Nova
>>The Big East's Addition of Memphis Does Little to Lessen its Volatility
>>Report: Temple to the Big East in 2012 "is Done"
The700Level Conference Realignment Playlist:1. Modest Mouse -- Missed the Boat2. Led Zeppelin -- Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You3. Cheap Trick -- I Want You to Want Me4. Stealers Wheel -- Stuck in the Middle with You5. The Doors -- Light My Fire6. The Beatles -- The Long and Winding Road7. P. Diddy (feat. Sylar Grey) -- Coming Home

NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Senators in 2OT of Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Senators in 2OT of Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night.

Kunitz scored twice, his first two of the playoffs. Justin Schultz added the other in his return from an upper-body injury, and Matt Murray stopped 28 shots on his 23rd birthday.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998 to win back-to-back titles. They will host Western Conference champion Nashville in Game 1 on Monday night.

Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa. The Senators rallied twice to tie it, with Dzingel making it 2-2 with 5:19 left in regulation.

Craig Anderson made 39 saves, but couldn't get a handle on Kunitz's shot from just outside the left circle. The Senators are 0-6 in Game 7s in franchise history.

The Senators forced a return trip to Pittsburgh -- where they lost 7-0 loss in Game 5 on Sunday -- by leaning heavily on Anderson in a 2-1 Game 6 victory, putting both teams at odds with history.

Ottawa came in 0-for-25 years in winner-take-all games, while the Penguins were 0-7 in Game 7s at home in series in which they also dropped Game 6.

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher told his resilient team to not get caught up in the big picture but instead focus on the small ones, a recipe that carried the Senators throughout a bumpy transition under their first-year head coach to the brink of the franchise's second Cup appearance.

The Penguins, trying to become the first defending champion to return to the finals since Detroit in 2009, came in confident they would advance if they could replicate their dominant Game 6, when they were undone only by Anderson's brilliance.

Pittsburgh has been nearly unflappable in the face of adversity under Mike Sullivan, going 12-2 in playoff games following a loss over the last two springs. He encouraged his team to "just play," code for fighting through Ottawa's neutral zone-clogging style and the bumping, grabbing and pulling that comes along with it.

A chance to play for their sport's ultimate prize on the line, the sheets of open ice the Penguins found so easily in Games 4-6 closed up. For most of the first 30 minutes, loose pucks hopped over sticks to spoil some scoring opportunities while Anderson and Murray gobbled up the rest.

Kunitz, relegated to the fourth line since returning from injury in the second round, picked up his first postseason goal in a calendar year when he completed a two-on-one with Conor Sheary -- a healthy scratch in Games 5 and 6 -- by slipping the puck by Anderson 9:55 into the second period.

The momentum lasted all of 20 seconds. Ottawa responded immediately with Stone -- who stretched his left skate to stay onside -- fired a wrist shot that handcuffed Murray.

Pittsburgh kept coming. Schultz, returning after missing four games with an upper-body injury, zipped a shot from the point through Kunitz's screen and into the net with 8:16 left in the third.

Once again, the Penguins could not hold the lead. Dzingel set up at the right post and banged home a rebound off Erik Karlsson's shot that hit the left post and caromed off Murray's back right to Dzingel's stick.

Notes
The home team is 21-20 in overtime Game 7s in NHL playoff history. ... Pittsburgh F Patric Hornqvist skated during warmups, but was held out of the lineup for a sixth straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Karlsson had 16 assists in the playoffs to set a team record. ... The Penguins are 10-7 in Game 7s. ... It was the fifth one-goal game of the series.

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick experienced a painful rehab start on Thursday night.

Rehabbing with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kendrick was hit by a pitch twice before being removed after the sixth inning of the IronPigs' 8-4 loss to Indianapolis at Coca-Cola Park.

Both times Kendrick was plunked in the upper left arm, according to Tom Housenick of the Morning Call.

There was no update on if Kendrick was injured or taken out for precautionary reasons. Thursday marked Kendrick's second rehab start as he recovers from an oblique strain that has sidelined him since April 15.

The Phillies' leftfielder started at third base Thursday. At the beginning of his rehab assignment, Kendrick was expected to play four games and see time at third and first base, as well as in left field.

Kendrick made a throwing error at third on Thursday and finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. In his two games, he's 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kendrick hit .333 with four doubles, a triple and five RBIs in 10 games with the Phillies prior to landing on the DL.

When he returns, he could see time at third base instead of left field if Maikel Franco continues to struggle (see story).