AP Source: Temple will join Big East



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says Temple will join the Big East for football in 2012 and all other sports in 2013.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the official decision has not been announced.

The Owls football program played in the Mid-American Conference last season, while all other Temple programs, including men’s basketball, are in the Atlantic 10.

The decision was made by Temple’s Board of Trustees following a conference call.

Temple played in the Big East in football only from 1991-2004, but was forced out of the league because the program was one of the worst in major college football. The school played as an independent and eventually landed in the MAC in 2007. While there, Temple turned its program around and ran off winning seasons the past three years.

In men’s basketball, the Owls have long been a power in the A-10, and are the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament this week in Atlantic City, N.J.