The Temple board of trustees didn't vote about whether to accept an offer to join the Big East Conference - if an offer is made - during Wednesday's conference call meeting, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

However, one source said the group did disucss how it would pay any fees needed to exit its present conferences.

Patrick J. O'Connor, chairman of Temple's board of trustees, did not return phone calls, and Ray Betzner, the Temple assistant vice president of university communications, could not be reached for comment.

According to reports, discussions between the Big East and Temple regarding the Owls' joining the conference, possibly for all sports, are hitting the final stages.

Assuming Temple receives and accepts an invitation, the school would have to quickly negotiate exit fees. The Owls are members of the Mid-American Conference for football and the Atlantic Ten Conference for all other sports.

The MAC has a $2.5 million fee for an exit with two years' notice. So Temple would have to negotiate for an immediate exit similar to West Virginia's from the Big East.