Presidents Vote To Discontinue Temple Football Membership
The Beat
March 2, 2001

PROVIDENCE - The Presidents and Chancellors of the seven universities of the BIG EAST Conference's 1-A football league have voted to discontinue Temple University's membership effective June, 30, 2002. The announcement was made by Michael Tranghese, BIG EAST Commissioner.

Dr. Francis L. Lawrence, chair of the Conference Presidents and President of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, said it was "with great reluctance that the Presidents and Chancellors reached the conclusion that Temple's status as an affiliated football member is no longer in the best interests of the BIG EAST,"

Tranghese said the sustained failure of Temple's program to meet the minimum criteria expected of all members led to the decision. In the annual review of all football members, which is conducted by the conference Presidents and Chancellors, Temple consistently failed to meet key membership criteria. This review process has been conducted for the past five years according to membership criteria unanimously adopted in 1996.

"We are grateful to Temple University President David Adamany for his thoroughness and candor in this review and discussions," Lawrence said. While this was not an easy decision to reach, it is very clear that it is in the best interests of the conference and its football members as we seek to maintain and develop programs that meet the needs of our student-athletes and those who support our athletic programs."

Lawrence said the Presidents and Chancellors group has empowered Tranghese to administer all scheduling issues beyond 2001 that may arise as a result of this action. "The conference will act collectively under the direction of the Commissioner to fill scheduling openings which may result from this action," Lawrence said.