Will Big East presidents discuss Temple at meeting?

Football will be at the top of the agenda at Wednesday's regularly scheduled meeting of Big East Conference presidents in New York, a source said Thursday.

It is unclear whether the presidents will vote at that time on Temple's membership in the conference. Big East presidents always meet at the men's basketball tournament, which will take place at Madison Square Garden.

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.

Temple's board of trustees met two days ago to discuss how it would pay required fees.

 


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