The Temple News supports the move back to the Big East Conference.
Unequivocally, The Temple News would call such a return a major victory for the university. Students will be able to see the Owls play elite competition in all sports. Athletics will also have the opportunity to bring in significantly more revenue, as Brian Dzenis and John Moritz report in “Move to Big East develops” on page 1.
However, a return to the Big East doesn’t mean that it’s time to celebrate, this is where the real work begins for the athletics. The Temple News has a to-do list for athletics upon entering the Big East:
Goal number one is maximizing the amount of scholarships athletics can offer. Former athletics CFO Eric Roedl told The Temple News in April 2011 that some of Temple’s sports teams could not give out a full number of scholarships that’s allowed by the NCAA because of a lack of funding. Athletics’ mission statement said that it is committed to providing student athletes opportunities to “maximize their athletic, academic and life-skill potential.” With the additional revenue coming in, increasing the amount of scholarships Temple can provide should be a priority.
Goal number two involves reducing the amount university funds needed to subsidize athletics. This year, athletics will likely not generate enough revenue to cover even a third of its approximately $29 million in overall expenses. The biggest issue in college sports is that expenses are growing at a disproportionate rate to revenues and even if Temple is bringing in more revenue, it won’t help if expenses are also growing exponentially. The Owls have shown in previous years that they can win on a budget and that mentality needs to continue while they are members of the Big East.
Temple has received a second chance at being an elite athletic power and cannot take this opportunity for granted. Becoming a big time program brings big time expectations, both on and off the field.