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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Big East files countersuit against West Virginia

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The Big East filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against West Virginia on Friday, four days after the university sued the conference in a bid to make a quick exit for the Big 12.

The conference said the lawsuit was filed Friday in Rhode Island Superior Court seeking unspecified damages along with an order requiring West Virginia to stay put for 27 months in compliance with Big East bylaws.

The latest lawsuit underscores the Big East’s position “that it will vigorously pursue the enforcement of its rights and West Virginia University’s obligations,” Big East Commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement.

Marinatto noted West Virginia helped construct the bylaws and formally agreed to them.

A West Virginia athletics spokesman referred questions to university attorneys. A message left at WVU’s Office of the General Counsel wasn’t immediately returned.

West Virginia accepted an invitation from the Big 12 last week and wants to join for the 2012 season. The university filed a lawsuit Monday in Monongalia County Circuit Court. It seeks to declare the Big East bylaws invalid, claiming the conference breached its fiduciary duty to West Virginia by failing to maintain a balance between football-playing and non-football members.

No responses have been filed in West Virginia to the university’s lawsuit, according to the court clerk’s office.

The Big East wants to push West Virginia’s exit back to July 1, 2014.

West Virginia has already sent half of the required $5 million exit fee to the Big East. The university alleged that by accepting the down payment on the exit fee, the Big East agreed to West Virginia’s immediate withdrawal.

Comments

manginorh00lz 10 years, 6 months ago

I still can't believe Keegan thought joining this s-show was KU's best option.

When Rutgers and UConn finally make their moves, the Big East will be down to 3 football schools, right? Three.

Robert Brock 10 years, 6 months ago

It looks like the Big East is going to invite Boise State, Air Force, Navy, Houston, SMU, and Central Florida to fill out their football card.

Steve Yeakel 10 years, 6 months ago

Mizzou should be responsible for any damages to the Big 12 next year if they do not have enough teams to honor the TV contract. That must be why they are hiding in the bushes to see how this turns out.

HawkTronic 10 years, 6 months ago

Mizzou would go tomorrow if they could. The SEC is the entity putting the brakes on this. They are afraid of being sued by Ken Starr and the conference. If West Virginia can't come to the B12, Miz will have to stay. Which would really be funny. Their embarrassment, that is. It would be further proof that their state, school and athletic department are run by idiots in shiny pants.

Jeff Coffman 10 years, 6 months ago

What is the countersuit about? West Virginia is suing to leave immediately. Either they can or they can't, the countersuit seems ridiculous.

This is why I was hoping that we would get the football schools down to 4, so that they could vote to remove the 27 month requirement. One more team out, and they can vote to get rid of that.

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