Finally, after months and weeks of speculation the Temple Owls have joined the Big East. The invitation is for football next season and all sports in 2013. Total cost to join was $6 million payable to the MAC (split 50/50 with Big East) and $1 million to the Atlantic 10.
Temple should be immediately competive in Big East football having beaten AQ teams UConn and Maryland soundly in each of the past two seasons. Temple did narrowly lose to Penn State last year at home.
It is in basketball, in 2013, where marked change is coming as Temple should add significantly more depth to what is already a scary conference. The recruiting advantage that Villanova has enjoyed in Philadelphia should end immediately; it will be interesting to see what becomes of Villanova without the Big East variable. Attendance at the Liacouras Centre will certainly improve with the likes of Georgetown, Notre Dame, Marquette, Louisville, Seton Hall etc. visiting (as opposed to A10 stalwarts St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis etc.
Overall, a good move for Temple and a win for the Big East. The Big East has added a competive football program capable of competing with AQ teams from larger conferences and a basketball team capable of competing with anyone. The big losers in all of this: a) the ACC who accepted two crap football teams in Syracuse/Pittsburgh in order to improve their basketball; b) Villanova.
NTDP goalie and former 5th Round OHL draft pick Jared Rutledge has committed to the Wolverines, and sounds like he's sure it will stick.
"I told Red I didn't want to be their hat trick," Rutledge said with a smile. "I told them all along that when I made my decision, I was going to be 100% sure I was coming there. I couldn't be happier and I'm really excited."
This was mentioned in the Ferris State game thread, but probably deserves its own.
Does anyone else wonder how this commercial can honestly still be on the ESPN network? Did FinallyFast.com pay ESPN that much? I am truly afraid that it will never leave.
I have heard that if you download the software, it will give you spyware. Which I find ridiculous, and quite humorous.
I used to laugh hysterically at the "My computer is going fast, finally! FinallyFast.com!"
It, now, has morphed in to anger.