Forgot to post this gem the other day….
But a couple of bloggers from Newsday’s Campus Confidential are making the case for a 12th team to join the Big Ten and that 12th team they make the case for is…..Temple.
I know, I chuckled too when I first saw that. No disrespect to Temple, mind you.
The case made is because it would allow the Big Ten to expand its reach into the Philadelphia market. And says that the only way a 12th team would work under normal circumstances is if it comes from a big conference. So they eliminate the idea of a Ball State or someone like that.
Two years ago when Penn State sleepwalked through a game that lasted less time than the traffic jam to get two miles from the hotel to the stadium, it was all Penn State people in the crowd at Lincoln Financial. So I understand that, but Temple?
Come on guys. People in Philly don’t care that much about college sports unless there is a team like St. Joe’s (Circa 2004) or this current Villanova team to bandwagon jump on. And the Big Ten isn’t about to pick up a team like a Temple just for the sake of having the Philly market. Whatever college football fans are in Philly are likely PSU fans anyway, save for the scattered few that watch ‘Nova, the handful that are at Temple games, etc. Everyone knows Philadelphia is a pro sports town. Why else is stuff like college football buried on the inside pages of the papers?
Temple. Seriously guys, get a clue.
If the Big Ten ever adds another school it’s going to be a Midwestern school or Notre Dame. Period. Maybe Pitt, but that’s a stretch at best.