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Temple Owls In Talks To Join Big East For All Sports, According To MAC Commisioner

Temple and the Big East have had discussions about the school rejoining the conference for all sports as soon as next season, and MAC Commissioner Jon A. Steinbrecher recently confirmed that the two sides were speaking about membership.

Temple currently stands as a member of the MAC for football only, as the remainder of the Philadelphia area school compete in the Atlantic 10 conference. The move to the Big East would include all teams, and the football program would rejoin a conference it was once jettisoned from because of poor play.

The Owls football team played in the Big East from 1991-2004, during which the program saw limited success. After being forced out and spending two seasons as an independent, Temple joined the MAC in 2007. The program has resurged since, and head coach Steve Addazio guided the team to nine wins in 2011, including a bowl victory over Wyoming in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

For a complete recap of the Big East's expansion plans, check out the SB Nation New York StoryStream. For more on the Big East Conference, visit the SB Nation blog Big East Coast Bias.