TEMPLE, AS presumed, has notified the Big East that it wants to become a member for all sports, sources close to the situation have confirmed. But those people said the university also told the conference it would accept a football-only invitation, if that's what was offered.
On Sunday, the Big East presidents authorized commissioner John Marinatto to "aggressively pursue discussions with a select number of institutions that have indicated a strong interest in joining." Villanova's football program is thought to be part of that group, too. Last April, it was prepared to vote yes to move up a level from FCS, a process that comes with at least a 2-year transitionary period. But at the last minute, the Big East had the vote tabled, and the recent defections of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the Atlantic Coast Conference have changed the ground rules.