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Big East Expansion: Temple Endorsed By Rick Pitino

The Big East is still reeling from the departures of Pitt and Syracuse and the rumored departure of even more schools. They are looking at teams that could fill those empty spots in the conference, one such school could be Temple. As our Pitt blog Cardiac Hill notes, Louisville Cardinal head coach Rick Pitino thinks the Owls could be a good fit.

"To me, Temple’s perfect," the Louisville coach told 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

It's odd that Pitino is pointing to the football success for Temple as a reason for their inclusion, but only because he is a Basketball coach. The Owls have been impressive this year on the gridiron, and they would be a good fit in the Big East for both basketball and football. But, as has been the case all along with this conference realignment thing, things are never quite as simple as they seem.

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