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How Conference Realignment Ultimately Hurt Temple University

Trees,Shadows on Campus; Temple University via edtrayes.com

Sometimes being first isn't always best. Take Temple University for example. On March 7, 2012 the school in Philadelphia decided that it would leave the MAC and A-10 conferences to be part of the Big East.

At the time joining the Big East was a big moment in Temple Athletics. For the first time in school history all its intercollegiate athletic programs would be in one conference. Also the school would be eligible for an automatic BCS bowl birth in football, as well as being a part of one of the best college basketball conferences in the country.

But the dream was short lived to say the least. Less than a year into its Big East membership, 12 of the 15 teams who were members when Temple initially joined had decided to leave the conference.

That was just the beginning, 16 months after the Owls had become members, seven of the conference’s members formally announced they would be leaving the conference and taking its name to form a new Big East, with two former members of the A-10 (Xavier, Butler).

Now Temple has the luxury of playing in the American Athletic Conference. Though the conference lacks the depth basketball wise that the Big East boasted, the conference still bodes National powers such as Connecticut and Memphis.

Realignment not only changed the landscape of college athletics but were big payouts for schools as well. Though Temple University may have made off well financially they may have left themselves in the same or maybe an even worst position than what they were before.