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American Athletic Conference, Boise State settle realignment lawsuit

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

In another alternate universe of conference realignment, July 1, 2014 would be an anniversary day for Boise State and the American Athletic Conference. The school agreed to join the Big East in 2011, before the creation of the American Athletic Conference, and on Dec. 31, 2012 Boise State announced it would rather stay in the Mountain West.

On Thursday, the American Athletic Conference announed that all legal business had been settled between the league and Boise State. A lawsuit over fees owed to the AAC by Boise State has been resolved through mediation and "all claims between the parties will be dismissed."

This type of clean settlement is not common for post-realignment litigation. Maryland and the ACC continue to battle with competing lawsuits in different states, and West Virginia's legal battle with the Big East nearly blocked the Mountaineers' move to the Big 12 in 2012.

TCU, scheduled to join the Big East before joining the Big 12 with West Virginia, reportedly paid the Big East $5 million to drop its lawsuit in 2012.

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