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Big East to vote on Temple Wednesday?

Signs are pointing towards Big East Conference presidents voting on Temple’s membership in the conference on Wednesday in New York at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Big East to vote on Temple Wednesday?

Signs are pointing towards Big East Conference presidents voting on Temple’s membership in the conference on Wednesday in New York at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Presumably, they are voting on whether to bring in Temple’s football program in the league in 2012, taking care of urgent scheduling needs for the conference. If Temple joins for all sports, it remains unclear when the rest of the programs will join the league.

The conference needs an eighth football member for next season because West Virginia left for the Big 12.

Assuming Temple receives and accepts an invitation, the school would have to quickly negotiate exit fees.

The Owls are members of the Mid-American Conference for football and the Atlantic Ten Conference for all other sports.

The MAC has a $2.5 million fee for an exit with two years' notice. So Temple would have to try to negotiate an immediate exit similar to West Virginia's from the Big East.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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