Originally posted on No 2 Minute Warning  |  Last updated 7/3/12

Keith Pompey, Temple beat reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer

Can Temple fill Lincoln Financial Field without the help of Penn State fans? Progress is being made as the Owls return to the Big East. Photo: Kevin McGuire

The future is bright for the Temple Owls, and a return to the conference hat once shunned them gives the program new life, and new goals. How long until Temple can make a legitimate run at the Big East conference crown, a goal once thought impossible for the Owls?

Honestly, the 2012 season may not be the year Temple puts together a Big East championship worthy team, but the optimism surrounding the program is something that is spreading and catching on down Broad Street. The Owls still play in the shadows of the professional sports scene, something that will be nearly inescapable unless the Phillies continue to flounder and the Eagles start thinking more about high draft picks than NFC East Division victories. Even then it is difficult to sway the casual sports fan in this region to come to a Temple football game, as there are more Penn State football fans living inside the Philadelphia market than Temple football fans. But despite what comes off as negativity for Temple, I will admit, there is a promising future for this program as more tickets are being sold by the school.

This season Temple hopes to continue building the foundation for becoming Philadelphia’s college football team, a mission initiated by Al Golden and continued by Steve Addazio. Before Temple is able to bring in crowds of 35,000 every weekend to Lincoln Financial Field, they have some catching up to do.

To talk about the Owls I invited Keith Pompey, Temple beat reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who wrote two articles every Temple and Big East fan should take some time to read. The first focuses on the challenges Temple faces off the field more so than on the field and suggests the Owls would be best suited if they followed a similar blueprint that Louisville has mapped out for their football program. The second takes a look at how the recruiting battles will pick up between Temple and Rutgers, two Big East schools now separated by just 66 miles. Remember, we are only discussing the football side of things here. If we were to take a look at the basketball operations I would have made sure to note the recruiting battles between Temple and Villanova, which just became more even across the board, and perhaps in favor of Temple. But I’ll let Owls and Wildcats fans have those battles elsewhere.

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