Nutter, Rendell push for Temple inclusion to Big East

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell are the latest to join the Temple-to-the-Big-East-Conference bandwagon.

The two sent letters Monday to Big East commissioner John Marinatto to push for the Owls’ admittance to the conference for all sports.

Talk about perfect timing. The conference is scheduled to have its annual meeting of member schools’ athletic directors and presidents in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Here’s the statement Nutter issued regarding the letter he sent to Marinatto:

“Philadelphia is an enthusiastic sports town at all levels and the city’s college sports rivalries are legendary,” Nutter said.  “I would like to encourage The Big East Conference to consider Temple University as potential future member of the Conference. Temple has a tremendous commitment to athletics, academics and the city’s North Broad corridor. Our city is extremely proud of this uniquely Philadelphia institution, and the university would be a worthy addition and would bring new opportunities and excitement to the league.”