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Post: #21
RE: Not one for sarcasm are you?
PhillyPhlash Wrote:I won't even get into it as the above post was meant to be latent with sarcasm however I think that the Big East would be interested in a program with the following resume:

1. MAC Champions (just wait)
2. #1 Facilities in the MAC
3. 33,000+ student body
4. Basketball team with a few Final Four appearances, 2 national titles, and a crap load of Elite 8 appearances.

This also doesn't mention our world class women's basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, and baseball teams that have outperformed the other current MAC programs for eons.

We appreciate the temporary stay but we'll be moving to greener pastures eventually. See Marshall and/or UCF.

With the exception of #1, all of those things existed when they threw you out before. So how will they help you get back in? Your argument makes no sense. Your facilities, student body, and tradition were all there when you got tossed previously.
(This post was last modified: 10-05-2007 02:48 PM by HuskieDave.)
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Post: #22
RE: Not one for sarcasm are you?
HuskieDave Wrote:With the exception of #1, all of those things existed when they threw you out before. So how will they help you get back in? Your argument makes no sense. Your facilities, student body, and tradition were all there when you got tossed previously.

Correction, we had 0 football facilities when the decision was made to kick us out. We now have a multi-million dollar practice facility and play in a brand new state of the art, professional stadium (see U of Pitt). If you take these advancements to our football program and combine it with a few good seasons of bowl eligible ball, plus the fact that the administration that got us kicked out of the Big East in the first place is gone then there is no reason why the Big East wouldn't welcome us back.

I'll leave you with this: Coming off of only our 2nd win in the past 25 games at homecoming last week, we still managed to draw 21,000 people. Add in the fact that we haven't had a winning season in 17 years and you would have to be on LSD to tell me that a MAC Championship caliber Temple team doesn't average 45-60k at the Linc.

So, if this is the case and the Big East does decide to expand, you're telling me that they would pass over a school that...
...is located in the 5th largest media market
...is comparable academically to the current Big East football members
...has a winning football program with a long history (pop warner, Sugar Bowl Champs, etc.)
...has a multi-million dollar football training facility
...plays their home games in a professional level football stadium
...has their own 10,000+ seat basketball arena on campus
...has 250,000 alumni living in a 50 mile radius around campus
...now has 35,000 active students
...has 16,000 students living within a mile of campus (that's an increase of almost 50% since the Big East decided to kick us out in 2001)
...has one of the top 10 winningest basketball programs of all time that is again on the rise
...has a women's basketball team that has made the NCAAs 5 our of the past 6 years and has a future Hall of Fame Coach
...is a geographic rival for UConn, Pitt, and Rutgers
...has a new administration that is pro sports (unlike the old one) and has increased the school's football budget to the largest in the MAC

Nope, nope. You're right, if I'm the Big East I am so inviting East Carolina over Temple. I can barely contain myself over the prospects of seeing ECU bring their basketball to the conference. And when will ECU be retiring Jeff Blake's number? Does that argument make sense to you?
(This post was last modified: 10-15-2007 10:23 PM by PhillyPhlash.)
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