Big East Expansion: Temple to the Big East?

While conference realignment talk has subsided somewhat over the last couple of days, the uncertain future for the Big East is still a topic that needs to be addressed. It seems like nobody, including Big East officials, knows what's going to happen, but everyone has their own opinions in terms of who should join the conference. The latest chatter is that Temple could be a good fit, not only for basketball but for football as well. Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer is certainly jumping on the Owl bandwagon after they crushed ACC foe Maryland this past weekend, 38-7. Says Jenkins:

Lack of weakness should be enough to be attractive right now for a league that is seriously talking about bringing on a service academy in Colorado. If there really are current members committed to playing Big East football, they should call the Owls pronto. The only school ever kicked out of Big East football should be the first school brought back. It would enhance the league.

A person much more directly involved in the situation also urged a bid be made for the Owls. Lousville head coach Rick Pitino posted on his blog today that Temple should be at the top of the Big East's wish list. Pitino states:

Admit Temple immediately. They have a highly competitive football program with outstanding basketball tradition. They are a past BIG EAST member and an excellent school academically. And as all my friends say in Philadelphia, they are located in BIG EAST territory.

On Villanova, Pitino says:

Sit down with Villanova and ask them to make a major commitment to football.

Pitino has a very interesting and very forthright take on the whole Big East meltdown, so I definitely recommend reading his whole post. As far as Temple goes though, would they be a good fit for the Big East?


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