Temple is returning home to the Big East.
CBS Sports Brett McMurphy is reporting that Big East presidents voted Wednesday morning and will add Temple Univeristy to the conference. Football is the only sport that will begin immediately, as the “Olympic sports” will join a year later.
The Owls were original members of the football conference from its inception in 1991, until they were kicked out for financial purposes back in 2004. They probably should have been kicked out for being a terrible football team. The Owls have somewhat steadied themselves competitively the last few years. They were an independent program for a couple years, and spent the last few getting some MACtion. The school will have to pay quite a bit to get off their contract with the Mid-American Conference, probably around $2.5 million. Temple plays their other sports in the Atlantic-10, and will be expected to pay a fee to leave that as well.
Temple will assume the void that West Virginia has left. WVU will begin play in the Big 12 this upcoming year.