WVU close to settling suit and joining Big 12 this year
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West Virginia University is close to settling a lawsuit with the Big East by paying the conference $11 million, clearing the way for the school to join the Big 12 starting with the 2012 football season, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Post-Gazette.
The two sides are scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. status hearing Thursday on a conference call with Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein.
The resolution is expected soon, potentially as early as Thursday.
Speculation of a resolution has been heating up since West Virginia dropped its 2012 game at Florida State last week and the Big East added a twelth football member, Memphis, today.
The school and the Big East have been embroiled in two lawsuits since West Virginia announced plans to join the Big 12 back in October.
First Published February 8, 2012 5:04 pm