The Big East has dropped its lawsuit against TCU and will receive the $5 million it was seeking from the school after it bailed out on a commitment to join the conference.
The Big East has filed a lawsuit against TCU for failing to pay the conference $5 million after the school reneged on an agreement to become a member and chose to join the Big 12 instead.
The Big East’s interim commissioner said Wednesday the conference is working to dispel any perception that it is unraveling following the ouster of John Marinatto.
John Marinatto, only the third Big East commissioner in the league’s history, resigned on Monday. He has been the Big East’s commissioner since July 1, 2009.
West Virginia University will pay the Big East $20 million to settle a lawsuit that clears the way for the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July.
West Virginia accepted an invitation from the Big 12 last month and wants to join for the 2012 season.
The Big East has been trying to rebuild as a 12-school football conference since Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they would be moving to the ACC and West Virginia announced it was leaving for the Big 12.
Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas attended a reception officially welcoming the West Virginia Mountaineers into the conference.
A person familiar with the decision says the Big East will invite Boise State, Navy and Air Force for football only and SMU, Houston and Central Florida for all sports.
The Big East says it has been notified that West Virginia is leaving the conference and joining the Big 12.
Big East schools gave a go-ahead for the conference to expand to as many as 12 teams for football, a move that could add six members.
TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 on Monday night, seizing an opportunity to be a part of a conference with natural geographic rivals despite the league’s recent instability.
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