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The Temple Owls football team represents Temple University in the sport of American football. The Temple Owls compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) as a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American). They play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Owls were a football-only member of the Big East Conference from 1991 until 2004. Temple was forced out of the league due to poor attendance averages, non-competitiveness, and a lack of commitment to the football program from university officials. Temple played the 2005 and 2006 seasons as an independent before joining the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2007 where they resided until the end of the 2011. On March 7, 2012, the Temple Owls rejoined the Big East Conference with football membership beginning in the 2012 season and all other sports beginning conference play in 2013, at which point the conference was renamed the American Athletic Conference.
When Rutgers moves to the Big Ten Conference in 2014, Temple will be the last original Big East football member still in the The American. West Virginia has moved to the Big 12 Conference, and all the other charter members of Big East Football that have left (Boston College, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech) are now in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Although Temple began playing organized football in 1894, the Owls' modern era began in 1925. That was the year that Henry J. "Heinie" Miller was hired as head coach, and for a time, the Owls were a regional power. To start the 1928 season, the Owls moved to Temple Stadium. Miller coached eight seasons and compiled a 50-15-8 record.