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December 13, 1990 | By M.G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 15, 2002 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 24, 1991 | By Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writer Daily News sports writer Mike Kern contributed to this report
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.
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November 24, 1993 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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November 9, 1990 | By Dick Jerardi and Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writers
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.
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June 24, 1990 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 6, 2008 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 13, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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February 21, 1997 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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May 20, 2003 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 9, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw sees it, John Marinatto had one of the toughest conference commissioner jobs around. Perhaps that's why Marinatto resigned Monday after fewer than three years as the Big East Conference commissioner. Joseph Bailey, the managing director of executive recruiting firm RSR Partners and former CEO of the Miami Dolphins, was named the interim commissioner. CBSSports.com and USA Today reported that Marinatto's resignation was forced.
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April 3, 2009 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
MIKE TRANGHESE was the Big East's first full-time employee when the league opened its doors in Providence in 1979. Thirty years later, Tranghese, the Big East commissioner since 1990, is a short-timer, down to his final days with the conference that helped change so much about big-time college sports. Back then, commissioner Dave Gavitt and associate commissioner Tranghese, the sports-information director at Providence when Gavitt was the basketball coach, had a vision of what the Big East might become.
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November 13, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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June 6, 2008 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 2, 2007 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Saturday night may be all right for fighting, but slugging it out on Thursday nights last season gave the Big East Conference in general - and Rutgers in particular - the television exposure it needed to let the college football world know the once-troubled league had emerged safe and sound. And in an example of how one hand can wash the other, the Big East and Rutgers gave Thursday night football on ESPN record ratings. The Scarlet Knights' memorable 28-25 win over previously unbeaten Louisville on Nov. 9 was the highest-rated college sports event in the New York metropolitan market since ESPN began rating college sports events in 2000.
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July 18, 2007 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Flanked by the spoils of victory, including the Bowl Challenge Cup symbolic of his league's bowl-game dominance last season, a beaming Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese yesterday hardly looked like the same man whose conference was recently on life support. Two years ago, a worried and embittered Tranghese was dealing with the perception that his Big East Conference didn't deserve an automatic berth in a Bowl Championship Series game because the defections of Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College had left it lame.
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July 24, 2003 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During a reception at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel on Tuesday night, Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw and Owls football coach Bobby Wallace sat down and broke bread with Big East Conference commissioner Mike Tranghese. Did Temple's relationship with the league come up in conversation? And what of the idea that the Owls, who are due to be pushed out of the Big East after the 2004 season, will be asked to stay? Will that be considered as Tranghese and the league presidents discuss how to regroup with Miami and Virginia Tech moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference following this season?
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July 11, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The University of Connecticut will become a full-time football member of the Big East next year, and the conference won't add any schools before the 2005-06 season. The decisions were made after meetings of presidents and athletic directors of the Big East's football-playing schools in Newark, N.J. "The group reaffirmed its commitment to remain a strong and highly competitive I-A conference," Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said yesterday. "We formally moved up the timeline for integrating Connecticut into our schedules as one of the league's full-time playing members for the 2004 season.
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May 20, 2003 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 15, 2002 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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