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West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2011 9:59 am
 



West Virginia is filing suit against the Big East Conference so it can join the Big 12 next season, according to a document obtained by CBSSports.com.

The Big East requires its members to pay $5 million and provide 27 months notice before it may leave the conference. However, on Friday when West Virginia accepted an invitation to join the Big 12, WVU and Big 12 officials both indicated the Mountaineers would begin play in the Big 12 in 2012-13.

In an e-mail to the league’s presidents Monday, Big East commissioner John Marinatto wrote that “we have been advised by West Virginia league council that the University is filing suit against the Big East Conference today (Monday) – presumably to get relief from the withdrawal provision contained in our bylaws.”

Marinatto later issued the following statement in response to West Virginia's lawsuit:

“We are disappointed that West Virginia has adopted this strategy and cannot imagine why it believes it does not have to respect and honor the bylaws it agreed to as a member of the Big East. Based on an initial review of the lawsuit, it is clear that the allegations and claims in it are false and inaccurate. Certainly there is nothing in it that would justify WVU’s not fulfilling its obligations. To put it simply, a contract is a contract.

“Once we have reviewed the filing, we will explore all our legal options and will act vigorously to ensure that WVU lives up to all its obligations to our conference. In the meantime, this lawsuit will not interfere in any way with our ongoing efforts to strengthen and expand the Big East.”

 West Virginia is the latest school to announce it was leaving the Big East along with Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC and TCU to the Big 12.

The Big East has a 27-month notification period to leave and Marinatto has said multiple times Pittsburgh and Syracuse can’t leave for the ACC until June 1, 2014. Other league sources have said the Big East has no plans of letting West Virginia leave the league before June 1, 2014 and were surprised the Mountaineers announced they were joining the Big 12 in 2012. TCU had to pay $5 million, but was not required to provide 27 months notice because it left for the Big 12 before it actually began play in the Big East.

"We've been a good member of the Big East for a long time," President James Clements told reporters on Friday. "Our University is in discussions with the conference office."

Clements said West Virginia has already paid $2.5 million of the $5 million exit fee required to the Big East. He added the remaining amount would be paid on June 30, 2012 – on what the Mountaineers believe will be their final day in the Big East.

The Big East’s presidents and chancellors will meet in Philadelphia Tuesday. They are expected to formalize plans to add as many as six schools – Boise State, Navy, Air Force, SMU, Houston and UCF. No schools have received “official invitations” yet, but all have had multiple discussions with Marinatto in recent weeks about joining the league.

Last month, Marinatto said that if the Big East grew to 12 football schools, the league still would make Pitt and Syracuse honor the 27-month requirement "even if it meant a 14-team Big East" in 2013. That philosophy hasn't changed, league sources said, which could possibly mean a 15-team Big East, including West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, in 2013.


Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:29 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

The class act at the UConn game was due to Bill Stewart, a class act himself and screwed by WVU.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:20 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Unless WVU offers the big east $1 million for every month they leave before the 27 month agreement I highly doubt The Big east will let them go.  And from what has been discussed legally so far it looks like the Big East has WVU by their "footballs".  Sorry WV isn't going anywhere until 2014. 



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:20 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Big East spend your time and energy finding the school to replace WVU as we are gone.  10 times out of 10 my money is on Oliver Luck, he wouldn't have made the move to leave after this year if he didn't know there was nothing holding us to staying.  Big East you don't need WVU right now you need 8 Footbal playing schools to keep your BCS bid until 2014.  After 2014 you're likely to lose it regardless, why else do you think WVU Pitt and Syracuse are all leaving.  You might want to try to find 3 teams as once WVU shows that your 27 month rule doesn't hold water, Pitt and Syracuse will bust out their checkbooks and be gone too. 



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:11 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Thanks for the link wvman75. Great read...advantage WVU like I said! I agree the Big East will take whatever money WVU throws at them and tuck tail!



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:09 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Cutty240 - You were and are a huge asset to the Big East, but you're not a charter member, nor were you particularly good in football or basketball in the late 90's/early 2000's.  At present, WVU is arguably the flagship school for the Big East from a competitive football standpoint, but please don't forget that the move to the Big XII is in part due to the fact that both the ACC and SEC weren't interested in adding the Mountaineers.  So really, this is more of a back-up plan for WVU than anything else.


I mean no disrespect to your school or your state, but let's try to keep everything somewhat factual.  It's all fine and well to be proud of your move to the Big XII, but a month ago, WVU fans were cursing Pitt and Syracuse for "betraying" the Big East.  Anyway, this is certainly a necessary step up for you guys, so congrats.  WVU now has a much more stable future than they did a week ago.

...oh, and the ND to Big XII thing...I'm not so sure they're actively looking to join...    &nbs
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Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:58 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Michigan is irrelevent. WVU would beat them by at least two touchdowns. The only people who thinks anything about Michigan are Michigan fans and the proven idiots in the media who went to Michigan. WVU will do fine in the Big XII. You should worry about the Big Easy. Or is that B1G? As far as cesspool is concerned, how can you live in Michigan all those years and not been to Detroit? Knothead




Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:52 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Wow...Gee I thought you might be mature enough to handle a comment
about Rich Rod. Do you really think that someone who would blog on CBS sports
wouldn't know that Rich Rod is no longer the coach at M....Grow up! People like
you insult the intelligent people on here.




Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:52 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East




Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:45 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Rodriguez isn't at Michigan idiot!  WVU will hopefully lose every game in the Big 12, but if they do, they will file a lawsuit against every other Big 12 team.  Beware of WVU fans Big 12!!!    What a cesspool! 



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:36 pm
 

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

I am happy for WVU. The SEC and ACC passed up having a top notch competitor in their conference. WVU is a class act...remember the UCONN game? This will bite both of the other conferences because now they will have the Big 12 recruiting in the east now. What kid wouldn't love to have the opportunity to play in the Big 12 and travel out west and get a little more exposure? Very smart of WVU! Kudos!


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