While West Virginia has reached a settlement to leave the Big East and join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 season, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will not leave the Big east until after next year, according to CBS.
West Virginia, who filed suit to leave the conference as early as this summer, will have to pay a reported $20 million in order to enter the Big 12 next season. Pittsburgh and Syracuse will reportedly not attempt such an exit until next summer. The reasoning behind their decision, according to CBS, is that they do not want to be any more disruptive to the conference’s plans. If the two schools were to bolt for the ACC now, the Big East would have just five football teams next season.