The Temple Owls, the sixth winningest basketball program in the history of college basketball and the first national champions (NIT 1938) are, apparently, set to join the Big East tomorrow. Since football now drives the bus in the Big East the football program will be joining as well. Apparently, Temple is expected to join for all sports and it is perceived that the Big East will be on the hook for Temple's exit fees to the MAC (football) and A10 (other sports) such that the Owls can be added to the 2012 football schedule following West Virginia's departure.
As a current Temple student I have mixed feelings aboutt this potential new affiliation with the watered down version of the Big East (at least in football). On the other hand, I have a remarkable sense of happiness that Jay Wright and his cronies at Villanova will now have to compete with Temple for recruits in Philly and area on a level playing field. So, on that note, suck it Villanova...your years of blocking Temple are over. As Coach Brady Hoke would say: "tremendous".
All in all I see this as a good move for my Owls on a regional and national level and a better basketball conference (unsure if Big East football is actually any better than the MAC at this point). Expect sold out venues for basketball for Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, Memphis, and Notre Dame. This may well be an improvement from St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis and Xavier.
Fear the Owl.