With the addition of Temple on Wednesday, the Big East now finds itself in a position to allow Pittsburgh and Syracuse to leave early for the Atlantic Coast Conference. It will come at a price though, likely with an exit fee above and beyond the $5 million specified in the league's bylaws. However, Commissioner John Marinatto is open to letting the two schools out, softening his previous stance on the issue, according to a report on Wednesday.
The news comes from CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy:
College football industry sources told CBSSports.com that "there is no doubt" Pittsburgh and Syracuse will be in the ACC in 2013. It's just a question of what type of additional compensation the Big East would require from each school.
With Temple now in the mix, the Big East could have a logjam on its hands if the two schools remain in the conference for the 2012 season. The Big East also could add another football school -- something Marinatto discussed on Wednesday -- to go along with Temple, again mitigating the loss of Syracuse and Pitt.
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