West Virginia Suing the Big East in an Attempt to Join the Big 12 Immediately
Earlier today, West Virginia University filed a lawsuit against the Big East conference. If successful, they would be allowed to join the Big 12 as early as next season.
West Virginia was invited to join the Big 12 last week and officially joined the league on Friday.
The lawsuit they filed claims that there is a lack of leadership in the Big East and also claims a voting disparity between the non-football and football schools that resulted in the football portion of the conference no longer being competitive.
Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but it seems like a pretty weak argument from a university that is in an obvious hurry to get out of the floundering Big East.
West Virginia intends on joining the Big 12 on July 1 and is doing everything they can to make that happen.
They are claiming that the Big East did nothing to prevent the departure of the first two schools who jumped to the ACC, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Both of those schools have shown no indication of rushing the waiting period and plan on waiting out the 27 months.
West Virginia is saying the Big East and in particular commissioner John Marinatto did more to protect the non-football playing schools than those who play football.
When West Virginia hinted last week that they wanted to leave for the Big 12 as early as next year, many wondered how they would go about that.
It only took a few days for the university to come to this conclusion. It remains to be seen how long it will take for the lawsuit to be decided, but it could be a monumental decision for the Big East conference and could have a lasting impact on the league.
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