Temple to join Big East

NEW YORK -- Temple will join the Big East Conference for football beginning in 2012 and for all other sports in 2013, multiple sources have confirmed.

An announcement is expected later today. Temple will depart the Mid-American Conference for football before the upcoming season. It will remain in the Atlantic Ten Conference for all other sports for another year.

According to multiple MAC sources, it will cost Temple $6 million to exit the MAC. The Owls will have to pay the A-10 $1 million to leave with one year's notice.

The addition of Temple fills an immediate need for football. The Big East needed an eighth football member for next season, because West Virginia left for the Big 12.

Temple was a Big East member for football when the league started in 1991. The Owls were kicked out in 2004 because of their lack of success on the field and in the box office.

However, there’s a chance Temple will be more competitive this time around.

The Owls are coming off three consecutive winning campaigns. Temple finished last season with a 9-4 record and posted a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl. That marked the Owls second bowl appearance in three seasons and their first bowl victory since beating California in the Garden State Bowl in 1979.

Temple was invited into join the Big East at its inception, when the league was founded primarily as a basketball conference in 1979.

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