The Temple Owls were booted from the Big East just eight years ago, landing in the MAC in football and Atlantic 10 in all else. They've been talking to recruits for almost a year about making a return for the 2012 season, which looks like it's going to happen. Even MAC commish Jon Steinbrecher confirms Temple is in discussions about leaving his conference.
The Associated Press also confirms the reporting of Brett McMurphy and Pete Thamel, agreeing that Temple is working to move all of its sports to the Big East by 2012-2013. If Temple does leave its current conferences, its exit fees could total $4.5 million -- $2.5 of that to the MAC for football.
Temple's arrival would provide the Big East with a one-team buffer in the event that the Louisville Cardinals head to the Big 12. With Navy coming aboard in 2015, the conference would be set with 12 football teams, soon. It would also patch up the immediate scheduling damage done by West Virginia's exit.