OwlScoop.com has learned through a source that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter sent letters today to Big East Commissioner John Marinatto to push for Temple's inclusion in the Big East Conference as an all-sports member.
The written support from Rendell and Nutter comes one day before the Big East is set to have its annual meeting of the league's presidents and athletic directors on Tuesday in Philadelphia.
The following are excerpts from the letters, first obtained Monday afternoon by OwlScoop.com.
An excerpt from Rendell's letter:
"By any standard, Temple has arrived. As a Philadelphian and a sports fan, I am very proud of Temple's growing impact on intercollegiate athletics, and I am convinced that an affiliation with the Big East is one that would benefit both the Conference and the Greater Philadelphia region."
An excerpt from Nutter's letter:
"As you consider the future of the Big East, I hope you take a moment and look up North Broad Street to the home of Temple University. By doing so, I believe you're looking at the future of the Big East."