Found February 23, 2012 on Unathletic:

It appears the Big East Conference might not be finished expanding just yet. Temple is in talks with the Big East about joining the league as early as 2012, sources confirmed Wednesday. The New York Times first reported on the discussions to add Temple in all sports. The Big East has been put in a serious bind for the 2012 football season following the departure of West Virginia to the Big 12. With only seven football-playing schools set for the upcoming season, there is a major hole to fill on the conference schedule. The Big East had been hoping it could persuade Boise State — scheduled to have its football team join in 2013, with its other sports teams headed to the Western Athletic Conference — to leave the Mountain West early.

Maybe the Big East has some life left in them. I’ll tell you what, you probably don’t realize it, but Temple would be a huge addition to the conference. They’re a Bowl-level football team, and a top 25 basketball team. That’s huge considering what the Big East has lost. Rick Pitino said it himself – “If the Big East doesn’t get Temple and Memphis, they would have to explore other options”. Well, objective one of two could be accomplished shortly.

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