The Big East have filed suit against West Virginia University in Rhode Island court, according Brett McMurphy of CBS.com. The suit is aimed at forcing West Virginia to comply with conference bylaws.
The Big East has a 27-month notification deadline for teams who wish to leave the conference. West Virginia was officially accepted into the Big 12 last week; however they have made it known they would like to join the conference as soon as next season.
“Today’s legal action underscores the Big East Conference’s stated position that it will vigorously pursue the enforcement of its rights and West Virginia University’s obligations under the conference’s Bylaws which West Virginia formally agreed to and helped construct,” Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in the official release.West Virginia filed suit against the Big East last week in attempt to avoid the 27-month notification rule. The university argued that the conference failed to keep itself a viable football conference, which ultimately led to the departure of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and TCU from the Big 12’s football lineup.