Should Temple get an invite to join the Big East Conference for all sports, it would have to pay a $1 million exit fee to leave the Atlantic Ten Conference with one year’s notice. The exit fee would be $2 million if the Owls leave the conference in less than a year’s notice.
The Owls are members of the Mid-American Conference for football. And the MAC has a $2.5 million fee for an exit with two years' notice. According to reports, the Owls might have to pay $3.5 million to leave sooner.
So for football, Temple would have to try to negotiate an immediate exit similar to West Virginia's from the Big East.
Signs are pointing toward a vote Wednesday by Big East presidents on Temple's membership in the conference at a regularly scheduled meeting in New York.
According to a Big East source, the Owls are on the agenda "as a possible vote on a new member" to join the league for football in 2012. That would take care of urgent football-scheduling needs for the conference.
If Temple joins for all sports, it remains unclear when the rest of the teams will join the league. The conference needs an eighth football member for next season because West Virginia left for the Big 12.