West Virginia University sues to end Big East ties

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West Virginia University filed a lawsuit against the Big East Conference today in an attempt to begin play in the Big 12 next year.

In the lawsuit, West Virginia Board of Governors vs. the Big East Conference, West Virginia cites a lack of leadership and a breach of fiduciary duties by the Big East and commissioner John Marinatto It also states that a "voting disparity between the football and non-football schools resulted in the Big East football conference no longer being a viable and competitive football conference."

The suit was filed in Monogalia County Circuit Court.

West Virginia was invited to join the Big 12 last week, accepted publicly on Friday, and said the school will begin playing as a full member of the Big 12 next year.

The Big East bylaws, however, maintain that all departing schools must pay a $5 million exit fee and endure a 27-month waiting period.

West Virginia officials, both athletic director Oliver Luck and President James Clements, did not share on Friday exactly how they planned to get out of that waiting period.

"Our intent is July 1 we'll be a member of the Big 12. Our team and their team are in discussions how to make that happen," Mr. Clements said on Friday.


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