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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

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.


Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:14 pm

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

What does Michigan even have to do with this situtation??? Mechicken is in the BIG 10 not 12, least the last time I looked.I got over it along time ago. Even what RR on CBSSports shows. Get over it and talk about the subject at hand. Posted Mechicken because wife is a Buckeye, LOL

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:12 pm

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

It's apparent that the quality of legal advice being provided to WVU is commensurate with the quality of education it delivers.  This bogus attempt to renege on a contract is about as valid as a WVU diploma. 

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:08 pm

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Never say never. Oliver Luck has been the head of NFL oversea and even ran a sucessful Soccor club in a city surrounded by all sports. This man knows what he is doing. And a a fellow alumni, he is going to do what is best for his University.This isn't no bluff. Marinatto put ESPN's TV contract on hold, he has sat back and waited as the ship is slowly sinking in the BE. What more do you want. These schools that he wants to invite, esp Boise St, are not going to join a conference that is going to fall like a rock. The dominoes have not finished falling yet. U of L, Cinn, UConn, USF,   whose next?

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:04 pm

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

So you are saying the Big East has no obligations to any of its football playing schools???  REALLY????  How many schools have now left??? 

Football teams are being ruled by basketball schools???  Yeah, right - that time is coming to an end now.  Football rules and basketball drools.  Watch and learn - WVU will be in the Big 12 come next football season.

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:03 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

Even a below average Michigan team, lead by lesser coaches, beat your Big East champion last season by 3 scores. Who are you trying to fool with that garbage, WVU fan?

WVU may leave the Big East early but it will cost them heftily. 

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:01 pm

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

College football is a joke.  They destroy conferences and ditch their rivalries in order to chase pots of gold at the other end of rainbows, and now they are suing so that they don't have to follow conference rules.  Beware Big 12, WVU won't follow your rules either.   

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:59 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.

Yeah Bill Stewart was so classy he called a reporter and told him to dig up dirt on Holgerson. I know the coach in waiting thing was forced upon him but his actions were beyond embarrassing.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:59 pm

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Yeah, he was such a class act that he went around asking sport writers for any dirt he might find out about Dana Holgorsen.  If only he could coach football.  He was a loser and took WVU many steps backwards in its football program. 

Good riddance.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:42 pm

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

Guys, all of you can argue back and forth to either side about a law suit, and who will win and who will lose. The bottom line in this mess legally comes down to when the Big East officially replaces their football conference schools to at least 8 teams, and when they begin playing in the BE.  Here's why; there were only 8 football teams playing in the BE when PITT, Syracuse and WVU gave notice they were leaving.  The legal reason for having the 27 month notice is for the BE to have time to build back their conference to at least the same size before these three schools served notice they were leaving, which again is 8. So, let see what happens in the BIG EAST in the next several days on how many schools they are adding and when they intend to play in the BE. Again, once the conference reaches 8 football members, regardless if the BE goes to 12, then legally PITT, Syracuse and WVU will have legal grounds to negoiate an exit from the conference. Betcha I'm right about this !  The BE will have no legal grounds to stand on, once they get back to at least 8 football schools.  Conference Commissioner Marinatto is dreaming if he thinks he can make a "mockery" out of PITT, Syracuse and WVU, once the BE is back to at least 8 football member.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:42 pm

West Virginia filing suit vs. Big East

What everyone seems to forget is that the BE has to wait on new teams to come in.   They are not just holding the other teams to be vindictive.  Yes, it is self preservation, the same as the 3 schools leaving are trying to do.   You are not only upsetting the FB schedules or 5 other schools for 2 more years, but also every other sport for 13 other schools.   Sorry, just don't think you are that much superior that you should be allowed to screw over 13 schools.

Also, if the schools are NOT held for 2 more years, the BE would definitely lose the AQ right away and they are NOT winlling to do that.   By making you honor the commitment and agreement, they can hold their AQ and hopefully have new teams to help in the future.   Allowing you to leave now forfeits it right away -- as everyone seems to have overlooked the rule that you must have SIX teams who have played together for TWO years to have the bid.   

So sorry, the BE will fight you tooth and nail to keep from letting 3 teams walk away and destroy the other teams and conference -- as they should hold you.

The B12 has no right to come in insisting that you ignore your obligations and come to them immediately -- the BE OWES them nothing -- it is THEIR problem to fix their schedules for next year.    And Luck had no right promising that they would join right away -- that was his ace in the hole to get the bid -- shame it was based on a fantasy lie.

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