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    MAY 17, 2005
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Temple accepts invitation to join
the Mid-American Conference for football

President David Adamany has announced that the University has accepted an invitation for its football program to compete in the Mid-American Conference. The move to the Mid-American Conference will take place for the 2005 season, with Temple adding a home game against Western Michigan to increase its total to four MAC opponents for the upcoming season.

Temple will play a six-game conference schedule in 2006 and a full eight-game conference schedule, with eligibility to compete for the MAC Championship, to take place in 2007. The Owls will be eligible for one of the conference’s two bowl affiliations in 2005 and 2006.
“Temple University is honored and excited to have been invited to join the Mid-American Conference,” Adamany said.

“The MAC is a perfect fit for Temple University, both on and off the field of competition. Besides fielding quality football teams, as evidenced by last year’s record number of bowl bids, the MAC is the leader among Division I-A conferences in terms of graduating its student-athletes in the sport of football.

“That combination of academic and athletic excellence is also part of Temple’s mission.”

Temple joins 12 existing members of the Mid-American Conference, which was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The Owls will be part of the league’s East Division, which is comprised of the University of Akron, Bowling Green State University, the University at Buffalo, Kent State University, Miami University and Ohio University. The West Division includes Ball State University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Illinois University, University of Toledo and Western Michigan University.

“It has been a long time since all of the ingredients were in place for Temple football to be successful,” said Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw. “We have the best home field in the nation with Lincoln Financial Field, a state-of-the-art practice facility in Edberg-Olson Hall and Chodoff Field, and now we finally have a true home for our team in the MAC.”

“This is an important day in the history of the Mid-American Conference,” said John Peters, president of Northern Illinois University and chair of the MAC Council of Presidents. “The recent volatility within Division IA athletics has been significant and this association matches compatible institutions with a shared value system toward intercollegiate athletics. This expansion is consistent with our membership standards plan and we look forward to building
a mutually beneficial relationship with Temple University."

“On behalf of the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents, I am honored to extend this invitation for football membership in the MAC to Temple University,” MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst said. “We are a proud and historic football conference, one that is presently enjoying unprecedented competitive success, and we are thrilled that time and circumstance has created this opportunity for Temple and the MAC.

“Beyond competitive considerations, however, what is most important to our presidents is the institutional compatibility of prospective members. Temple is an absolute fit in that regard, and our shared values relating to academic as well as athletic achievement in our football programs is what matters most. We have no doubt that Temple University will be a positive and contributing member of the conference across all of these areas.”

“The significance of becoming a member of the Mid-American Conference, for our program, cannot be overstated,” Temple head football coach Bobby Wallace saud. “Since I have been coaching at Temple, we have always been missing a significant piece of the puzzle — whether it is a premier practice facility, desirable stadium, residential campus or conference membership — in recruitment. Now, with the MAC, we have all the pieces to field the successful team that Temple University, its fans and alumni, deserve.”

Wallace, in his eighth season as the Owls’ head coach, has 101 career wins, tying him for 18th place among active Division 1A coaches with Mike Bellotti of Oregon and Joe Tiller of Purdue.

To facilitate entry into the MAC, besides adding Western Michigan (Sept. 24) to the 2005 schedule, Temple also plays at Wisconsin (Sept. 10). These opponents replace North Carolina State (Sept. 10) and Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 24).

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