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Big East Expansion: Temple Denies Agreement To Move

Reports surfaced this week that Temple was planning to accept an invitation to join the Big East, with a potential announcement coming as soon as Wednesday. Those plans were put on hold for further discussions among the school's Board of Trustees and on Saturday, the chairman, Patrick J. O'Connor, denied previous reports that an agreement had been reached to move all of Temple's athletics program to the Big East by the 2012-2013 seasons.

Via Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer:

"There is no verbal commitment, no written commitment and no oral commitment," Patrick J. O'Connor, chairman of Temple's board of trustees, told csnphilly.com. "We are still evaluating. That is a fact."

The Big East presidents will meet in New York this week during the men's basketball tournament, where Temple is sure to be a subject of discussion. There's still no timetable or projection for when an official announcement will be made.

Steady inhabitants of the bottom of the standings, the Owls were kicked out of the Big East in 2004. The program has since turned around in the MAC and joining the Big East would fill the void created by West Virginia's departure to the Big 12.

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