Will Yoder
Monday October 31st, 2011

CBSSports.com is reporting that West Virginia University is filing suit against the Big East Conference to exercise its option to join the Big 12.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in an email to the league’s presidents that “we have been advised by West Virginia league council that the University is filing suit against the Big East conference today (Monday) – presumably to get relief from the withdrawal provision contained in our bylaws.”

Big East members are required to pay $5 million in exit fees and provide 27 months notice prior to leaving the conference.  West Virginia accepted an invitation to play in the Big 12 beginning in the 2012 season on Friday.  According to Big East bylaws, the Mountaineers would have to wait until the 2014 season to begin play with its new conference.

Conference members, University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University have also announced their departure to the ACC earlier this year.  Marinatto has declared that they too cannot leave until 2014. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are not listed in the lawsuit.

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