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Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:07 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 9:15 pm
 

West Virginia and the Big East Conference are nearing agreement on a settlement worth at least $20 million that would resolve all issues between both parties, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com.

The Mountaineers will join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 school year. However, in a bizarre twist, sources told CBSSports.com that West Virginia officials have contacted future Big East members to see if one could join in 2012 instead of 2013.

The reason is that with West Virginia’s departure to the Big 12, the Big East will be left with only seven football members this fall. Without an immediate replacement for West Virginia, the remaining Big East schools will be scrambling to find a 12th opponent. It’s unknown why West Virginia would assist a league that WVU athletic director Oliver Luck compared to “a ship … seriously going down,” except that it could lower West Virginia’s buyout, sources said.

Luck did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Despite lawsuits filed by West Virginia and the Big East, West Virginia still plans to join the Big 12 this year. The Big 12 has already sent its 2012 schedule, with West Virginia on it, to its television partners and is expected to publicly release the schedule this week.

While WVU has always planned to join in 2012, Big East commissioner John Marinatto has stated on multiple occasions, including Wednesday, that the league would require West Virginia to honor the league’s 27-month exit agreement. However, sources said privately the league has conceded they can’t stop West Virginia from leaving.

The Big East, though, likely would receive substantial monetary damages. Even Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman said his school might seek liquidated damages against WVU after WVU canceled a Sept. 8 game at Florida State, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The $20 million settlement figure is believed to be contingent on the Big East being able to get a replacement for West Virginia in 2012 and certainly could increase if it had to play with only seven members in 2012. It’s unknown if that $20 million figure includes the $5 million West Virginia paid upon notifying the Big East last October it was bolting to the Big 12.

Acting Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas recently told the West Virginia media that the Big 12 would consider assisting the Mountaineers financially with their exit fee, if the school asked.

Marinatto, who was on a teleconference Wednesday to announce Memphis joining the league in 2013, would not comment on whether the Big East is trying to bring in a member in 2012 or if they would help a future member financially to leave its current conference home.

“The question is related to the impending litigation we're involved in on two fronts," Marinatto said. "It would be inappropriate for me to get into specifics about all of that at this point. I'm going to not talk about that."

Boise State, San Diego State, UCF, SMU, Houston and Memphis are scheduled to join the Big East in 2013 with Navy coming on board in 2015. Marinatto added the Big East would not stage a conference championship football game until 2015 when Navy would - at least for now - become its 12th football playing member.

Also, Wednesday night, the Newark Star-Ledger reported that if the Big East does not find a replacement for West Virginia this fall, then Syracuse and Rutgers could play each other twice with both games counting in the conference standings. One game would be played at Rutgers and the second game possibly at Yankee Stadium.
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Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

Welcome to the Big 12, West Virginia!



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

@Buford62: I respect your right to be down on West Virginia, we all have our despised teams. On another post I stated that according to the web site www.eerinsider, the Big 12 has extended an unofficial invitation to both Florida State and Clemson to join the Big 12 and that those two universities had formed committees to investigate the fesibility of joining the Big 12. You stated that it was just a rumor started by a West Virginia fan with no credibility yet offered no evidence to support your statement. I do not wish to make a statement or to fall for a rumor with no credibility so I was sincerely hoping for a reply from you as to your source for your denial of that statement. I heard no response from you. You might not have read my post. (Or your ACC loyalties might have caused you to shoot off your mouth with nothing substantial to support it). I am still interested in hearing your source for denying the statement. Wow, with Florida State's 267 million dollar worth and Clemson's 180 million dollar worth, according to your post, the Big 12 could be sitting pretty, don't you agree?



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:52 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

Harrison, I imagine.  Especially since we listen to the same radio station.  In case you missed it, all of us WVU fans are toothless inbreds that throw things and chant cuss words at you angelic Pitt types.  :)  (Think that was the Pitt kid)

I don't think the Brawl will be back.  Pederson doesn't seem to want it.  Probably a good thing for us, Chryst is the real deal.  I really think he's going to be a coach who can finally get all that pro talent to meld into a team.  Hopefully Ray Graham comes back from his injury.  He's something special and amazing to watch.



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:42 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

Mac Bridger...I can understand that...I think he gets on everyones nerves...when Josh Miller was there, it was tolerable. I listen on the long ride home from Delmont to Fox Chapel after hockey games. It is nice to have a logical debate with a rival without throwing personal jabs at one another. I am happy for WVU and Pitt. Both schools deserve better. I hope our rivalry keeps up...the Chryst and Holgersen battles would be great for many years. Finally, Tavon Austin is an absolute stud...enjoy him for as long as he is around...a really rare talent..and in my opinion...the best receiver in the country going into next season. Maybe one day he will be in the Black and Gold..haha. Cheers



Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:39 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

That's rich.  When was the last time Pitt filled Heinz Field and the opponent wasn't Notre Dame or WVU?




Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

Mac Bridger...I really like the morning show...when Colony was on with Madden it was great...but, Madden is hard to listen to with all the music on the X. But, it's nice to have a logical debate with a rival without throwing out personal insults...I was actually cheering for WVU when they were hanging 80 on Clemson. I hope the rivalry doesn't die with the split in confrences...I think the Chryst-Holgersen battles would be epic. Finally, Tavon Austin is a stud...he will be playing on Sundays for sure..hopefully in the black and gold...cheers.



Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:36 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement




Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:35 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

That's rich.  When was the last time Heinz Field was full for a Pitt game and the opponent wasn't Notre Dame or WVU?



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:32 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

Harrison that makes sense, I have Pony fatigue!  He gets on my nerves with his style of talk.  I felt like throwing a party when he was on vacation.  I'd rather listen to Giannotti.  Actually, I'd rather listen to the fill in kid from Pitt!  lol



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:20 pm
 

Big East, WVU near $20 million settlement

Mac Bridger...it was Andrew Filliponi...the evening anchor...and the topic wasn't WVU football..it was a topic...who is watching if WVU goes to the Big XII...after the Steelers lose and people get Crosby fatigue..what else is there really to talk about? And lets face it, this story dominates college sports right now...so, I don't think it's really illogical to talk WVU sports for a couple hours. I will agree it is a pro sports town..but, to suggest that noone in the Pittsburgh area cares about Pitt is absurd. I live in the Fox Chapel area..and I don't get to the South Hills much..and I understand there are a TON of Penn Staters..I just have not run into many WVU fans...


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