Big East Expansion: Temple Indeed In Talks, MAC Confirms

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPT. 24: Running back back Bernard Pierce #30 of the Temple Owls reacts to a play from the bench during the closing moments of the Owls 38-7 win over the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on Sept. 24, 2011, in College Park, Md. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Temple could return to the Big East in just a few months, according to reports.

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.

For more on Temple football, visit SB Nation Philly and Big East Coast Bias.

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