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Temple University Joining the Big East Conference

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Until recent years, Temple University football was anything but a competitive program, now they may be able to play in a bowl game next season. The school announced that the football program will join the Big East Conference in 2012, and all other sports will follow in 2013.

Temple football used to part of the Big East, but they were pushed out of the conference after the number of poor seasons piled up. Now they are back and are expected to compete for the Big East Championship as soon as their first season back in the conference. They had been part of the MAC Conference since 2007, and will pay the exit fee of $6 million while the school will also have to pay a $1 million exit fee to the Atlantic-10 Conference for the basketball program.

"This is arguably the greatest day in the history of Temple Athletics," athletic director Bill Bradshaw said in a statement. "We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Big East and its member schools."

With the addition of Temple, the Big East will eventually have 13 football schools and 18 overall.

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