Scheduling Temple does not have anything to do with them "being in the mix." I challenge you to show me a single reliable soure reporting that they were. I don't mean speculating, I mean reporting, even if from unnamed sources. I'll bet my youngest child that they would never have been accepted as #12.
Not sure SportsKC, myself, or another said Temple was in the mix to the point of being formally visited by the ACC and placed strategically on the table for discussion and a vote. They were certainly part of the scheduling scrambling, and that related to the efforts of the ACC attempting to sanction a championship game as quickly as feasible. Someone is asked to prove or justify a point that another alters and extends beyond the original intent or meaning? Go look at Temple's early scheduling yourself for 2005.
It is all hypothetical and speculative. Nothing more. Had the BC transition deal fell apart, none of us know the back-burner plan, if there was one. And if their was, and considering the ACC mindset at the time, matters could have taken a surprising route quickly.
However, to show what I was referring to, from Syracuse no less, concerning Temple having had scheduled five games with the ACC: