Former Temple Guard Brown Picks Southern Miss

Former Temple guard Aaron Brown has committed to Southern Miss.

The 6-foot-5 Hackensack, N.J., native will have two years of eligibility left after sitting next season.

“I think it was the best opportunity for me after sitting out my year,” the former St. Benedict’s Prep guard told SNY.tv by phone following his visit to Southern Miss. “I want to take the year off to get better physically and skill-wise.” To read more of this story, click here

Temple to Discuss Big East Invite Wednesday

Temple University’s Board of Trustees will meet via conference call Wednesday afternoon to discuss joining the Big East in all sports, CSNPhilly.com reported.

As reported here last week, the Big East has fast-tracked Temple to join for all sports in 2012 mainly because West Virginia is leaving the league by July 1 to join the Big 12. West Virginia must pay the Big East $20 million to leave early.

With only seven football schools left, the Big East needed to move fast in order to add an eighth team for scheduling purposes. Temple, which plays football in the MAC, had previously been in the Big East for football from 1991-2004 but was booted for being non-competitive. To read more of this story, click here

Pitino Gets His Wish II: Temple to the Big East in 2012

Temple is headed to the Big East for all sports in 2012, according to a report by Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com.

The league desperately needs an eighth football program for 2012 to offset the loss of West Virginia, which paid a $20 million settlement to leave as of July 1.

One source told CBSSports.com that Temple to the Big East in 2012 “is done.”

The Big East will then have eight football and 16 basketball teams in 2012.

By the 2013-14 season, the Big East will swell to an 18-team basketball league.

Temple will another quality basketball program — the No. 22 Owls are 21-5 — and another program supported by Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who also endorsed Memphis. Memphis will join in all sports in 2013To read more of this story, click here

Pastner: Pitino Deserves a Standing O for Helping Memphis; Louisville Coach Still Wants to Add Temple

NEW YORK — Big East Commissioner John Marinatto may not want to give Rick Pitino any credit for Memphis coming to the Big East, but Josh Pastner certainly does.

“We play Louisville next year as part of a home-and-home series,” Pastner, the Memphis coach, told SNY.tv during Thursday’s edition of “The Big East Report.”

“I really believe Coach Pitino deserves a standing ovation when Louisville comes here because one of the main reasons we got into the Big East was through Coach Pitino’s public politicking for us to get in.” To read more of this story, click here

Josh Brown to Temple Now Official

Josh Brown’s verbal commitment to Temple is done after the 2013 St. Anthony point guard and St. Anthony assistant coach Eric Harrield spoke again with Temple head coach Fran Dunphy Monday night.

“He verbally committed last night to Temple,” St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley told SNY.tv.

At 6-foot-2 and just a junior, Brown has a big upside going forward.

“He’s converting from being just an athlete, like a wing player,” said Hurley, coach of the reigning mythical national champs. “He’s been moved over to play the point and his on-the-job training began last April or so. In the first stage it’s gone very well. He has a good personality to be a point guard. He’s a very friendly kid. He’s a good talker. He plays extremely hard. To read more of this story, click here

Daniel Dingle to Temple; Thorpe to Penn State

Daniel Dingle is headed to Temple.

The 6-foot-7 forward from St. Raymond’s High School in The Bronx chose the Owls over Seton Hall, Auburn and Miami, his brother, Dana Dingle, told SNY.tv.

UMass, Maryland and Missouri had also been involved.

“I just like the whole atmosphere,” Dingle said. “I’m from The Bronx where it’s pretty diverse and Temple is also pretty diverse which really  made me feel right at home.

“Also, the coaching staff and their drive and ambition to get guys better. I will bring a well rounded person, versatile player and competitor with a great work ethic.”
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Temple Movement Talk Dominates A-10 Media Day

BROOKLYN — The dominant theme at A-10 Media Day wasn’t Chris Mack’s Xavier team being installed as the preseason No. 1, or Xavier’s Tu Holloway and St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson leading the Preseason First Team.

No, the dominant topic was Temple’s potential move to the Big East and the ensuing dominoes that would fall.

A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade essentially said Temple had to do what it had to do on the football side, but that she hoped the school would remain in her league for other sports.

St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli said he couldn’t imagine the City of Brotherly Love, famously unsupportive of college football, supporting two Big East gridiron teams. To read more of this story, click here

Pitino Wants Temple in the Big East

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Whatever else happens with conference realignment going forward, Rick Pitino wants Temple back in the Big East.

“To me, Temple’s perfect,” the Louisville coach told SNY.tv during an exclusive interview Tuesday at Hudson Catholic High School, which he was visiting on a recruiting trip. “They were already in the Big East. They are an excellent football program right now. They should’ve beaten Penn State. They blew out Maryland, who beats Miami. They’re 3-1

“And they’re a terrific school scholastically. They fit what we should’ve been doing from the beginning. They should’ve been our No. 1 priority four years ago, Temple, to get them back in. We made a mistake letting them go; they should’ve been our No. 1 priority.” To read more of this story, click here

Quenton DeCosey Picks Temple

Quenton DeCosey, a 6-5, 185-pound small forward from St. Joe’s in Metuchen, has committed to Temple.

“I chose Temple University mainly because of the coaching staff and the atmosphere and the distance,” DeCosey told SNY.tv. “It’s only an hour-and-a-half away.”

DeCosey also had offers from Penn State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. To read more of this story, click here

BIG EAST ROUNDUP: Seton Hall, Rutgers Fall on Opening Night; Nova, Syracuse, UConn Roll; Hoyas Win a Nail-Biter

PHILADELPHIA – The first game of the Kevin Willard Era at Seton Hall didn’t turn out the way the coach, the players or the anxious fan base wanted.

Not at all.

In Willard’s first official game since taking over for Bobby Gonzalez, the Pirates fell to No. 22 Temple, 62-56, at the Liacouras Center.

“I’m still getting used to these guys a little bit, and opening up here is probably not where you want to get used to them,” Willard said.

**Click here to read the full story at SNY.

**Rutgers coach Mike Rice also lost in his debut, falling to New Jersey rival Princeton, 78-73, in a spirited OT affair. Read Jerry Carino’s account here.

ELSEWHERE IN THE BIG EAST…

**Corey Fisher dropped 24 points and Maalik Wayns 15 as Villanova beat down Jay Wright’s alma mater, Bucknell, 68-52. Read it here.

**Alex Orakhi made SportsCenter with a nice swat and UConn downed Stony Brook, 79-52. Read the SNY story here.

**Jim Boeheim won his 830th career game — tying him for 5th all-time in Division 1 with Jim Phelan. Read it here.

**How do you know Georgetown is going to be guard-oriented? Chris Wright (19), Jason Clark (18), Austin Freeman (17) combined for 54 points as Georgetown fended off ODU, 62-59. Read it here.

**John Flowers poured in a career-high 16 points for West Virginia in a 95-71 rout of Oakland

**Ben Hansbrough scored 16 of his 20 in the first half in Notre Dame’s 98-61 rout of Georgia Southern

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