Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/22/12

The Big East has a slot open now that West Virginia is being allowed to leave immediately for the Big 12 conference. Who will grab it? Possibly Temple who played in the Big East in football only from 1991-2004, but was forced out of the league. Now that the Big East has less options, and their college football situation is so awful, suddenly Temple doesn’t seem so bad.

It played as an independent and eventually landed in the Mid-American Conference in 2007. The Owls’ other sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball, are in the Atlantic 10.

From the AP:

MAC Commissioner Jon. A Steinbrecher said in a statement Wednesday that his league is “aware that Temple has been in discussions with the Big East regarding membership.”

A person familiar with the talks says the Philadelphia-based school and the Big East are trying to negotiate a deal that could have Temple in the league for all sports by next season

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