December 13, 1990 |
Temple's fate as a member of a proposed football division of the Big East Conference will hang in the balance until at least this afternoon. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, who met with athletic directors from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Miami yesterday in Washington, said his office would release a statement on that meeting at 2 p.m. today. The athletic directors met yesterday to discuss the formation of a Big East football conference, and one proposal was said to include Temple.
February 15, 2002 |
Former Georgetown athletic director Frank Rienzo is expected to take over next week as interim athletic director at Temple. Rienzo, who ran the athletic department at Georgetown from 1972 until he retired in 1998, is a former president of the Big East. He hired John Thompson as Hoyas basketball coach and for years was a key voice in Big East affairs. "He won't take any nonsense," said one administrator who knows Rienzo well. "Besides having an understanding of athletics, he has a great pulse on many of today's academic issues," said Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese.
January 24, 1991 |
Temple athletic director Charles Theokas said he was pleased with the results of a meeting yesterday with Big East officials about inclusion in a new Big East football conference, scheduled for play this year. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese and other officials met formally with representatives from prospective members Temple, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Rutgers about joining the new league. No decision was reached after the two-hour session, but Tranghese characterized the meetings as "very positive.
November 24, 1993 |
It's no secret that for some time, the powers that be at Temple University have been intrigued with the idea of joining the Big East for basketball. Finally, after years of speculation, those desires have been put onto the official procedural table. The four schools that play in the Big East in football only - Temple, West Virginia, Rutgers and Virginia Tech - have expressed a formal interest in competing in the league in all sports. And the four other Big East football schools - Miami, Syracuse, Boston College and Pittsburgh - have said they will at least consider the expansion issue.
November 9, 1990 |
Jerry Berndt is an optimistic man by nature. Give the Temple football coach something to get really optimistic about and he is positively effusive. Take the proposed Big East football-only league, for instance. "I'd join it yesterday if I could," Berndt said yesterday. "We're very excited about that possibility. President (Peter) Liacouras, (athletic director) Charlie Theokas and I have all gone on record as being in favor of a Big East football conference. " If it happens, it would happen this way. The football-playing Big East members - Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College and new member Miami - would join with Temple, West Virginia, Rutgers and Virginia Tech to form a Big East football-only conference.
June 24, 1990 |
Not long ago, the Big East appeared to be a conference on top of the world. Its commissioner, Dave Gavitt, was considered one of the most powerful men in collegiate basketball. It was coming off a season in which six of its teams had taken part in the NCAA basketball tournament, generating $3.7 million for the participating schools. Its marketability with networks and cable companies, as evidenced by a recent contract and two others in the works, was at an all-time high.
June 6, 2008 |
Mike Tranghese built the Big East into one of the most lucrative and successful basketball conferences in the nation. He also made sure it had a piece of the growing Bowl Championship Series pie in football. Yesterday, he announced he was stepping down as commissioner. Tranghese, 64, commissioner of the Providence, R.I.-based conference since 1990, said he would leave office on June 30, 2009. He said his primary reason was what he called "an incredible fear of flying. " "I'm not sick.
November 13, 2008 |
The new commissioner of the Big East conference said yesterday his top priority would be solidifying the league's future bowl berths and discounted the possibility that the conference would split its membership or add another football program. John Marinatto, the conference's senior associate commissioner, was unanimously promoted to the top job yesterday by the league's presidents and chancellors. He replaces Mike Tranghese, who announced his retirement in June and presided over a major restructuring of the league during 18 years as commissioner.
February 21, 1997 |
Temple University's football team won seven games and averaged 20,000 fans at Veterans Stadium in 1990. The Owls won only seven times since then. The crowds at the Vet rarely approach five digits. If the program wants to remain a viable member of the Big East Conference, it must become more competitive on the field and in the stands. Who didn't know that? Now, it's official. Big East athletic directors this month established guidelines concerning performance, attendance and facilities.
May 20, 2003 |
In the changing landscape of college athletics, an expanded Atlantic Coast Conference might lead to expansion of the Atlantic Ten Conference, which includes Temple, St. Joseph's and La Salle among its 12 teams in basketball. Linda Bruno, the commissioner of the Atlantic Ten, said yesterday that the conference would aggressively court universities now in the Big East Conference if the ACC is successful in its attempt to wrest Miami, Syracuse and Boston College from the Big East.