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WVU takes Big East to Court

October 31, 2011 - Jim Butta
It would appear that WVU's negotiations for an early exit from the Big East has hit a snag.

Now, it appears that the Mountaineers have filed a lawsuit in Monongalia County Circuit Court requesting a judgment on a breach of contract, a breach of fiduciary duties and a lack of leadership by the league.

According to, WVU is seeking four remedies. Two of them would allow WVU to leave the Big East and begin play in the Big 12 in time for the 2012 season thus making the Big East agreement null and void or a summary judgment that the Big East accepts WVU's bid to immediately withdraw and a permanent enjoinder that would prohibit the league from enforcing the 27-month notice provision.

The other two remedies, which ask for an award of damages due to the alleged breaches of contract and for any other circumstances, are pretty much window dressing.

This appears to be WVU's last attempt to get the Big East to the bargaining table. "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," Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a prepared statement. "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."


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