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Will the 2012 game with Temple be home or away?

As it seems imminent that Temple will be joining the Big East in 2012 I wanted to make a quick point. It is assumed that Temple will just "slide in" to West Virginia's slot in the Big East's 2012 schedule. I want to make it clear that if Rutgers does not get an extra home game out of this it is absolutely unacceptable. And here is why....

Assuming Temple joins for 2012 the Big East will have 8 teams, a 7 game round robin schedule, each school either has 4 or 3 home Big East games next year. If Temple just "slides in" to WVU's slot they would get 4 home games and Rutgers would get 3 home games. We would then only have 6 home games for 2012. We originally had 7 home games scheduled with TCU to come to Piscataway and as most of you know the bonds that paid for the stadium expansion are scheduled to paid based on the projected revenue from 7 home games every year. It would be very easy to switch the originally scheduled game Rutgers @ WVU to Temple @ Rutgers and leave the rest of the planned Big East schedule alone and "slide in" Temple for WVU. Temple does not deserve to have 4 Big East home games their first year in the Big East. The candidates for the extra home game are the 4 teams in the Big East that currently have 4 away games scheduled for 2012; Syracuse, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, & Uconn. The Big East should obviously not give Pittsburgh or Syracuse the extra home game since they could be leaving as soon as 2013. That leaves Rutgers and Uconn. West Virginia was already scheduled to go to Uconn in 2012. So that leaves us. Now let's see if Marinatto can get this right....

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