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BYU TV Contract Threatening To Kill Move To Big East As Football-Only Member
Published November 22, 2011
OVER ON THE EAST COAST: CBSSPORTS.com’s Dennis Dodd reported West Virginia Univ. “has given assurances to the Big 12 it will play in the conference in 2012 despite an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Big East that seeks to hold the school to a 27-month waiting period.” Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas said that WVU "had told the league before and after the Big East filed suit on Nov. 4 that it would be in the Big 12 next year." The Big East “did not have immediate comment” about WVU coming to the Big 12 next season. The school “sued the Big East” on Oct. 31 (CBSSPORTS.com, 11/21). WVU AD Oliver Luck said, “We were fortunate to get out. We got out (of the Big East) when the ship was seriously going down. I mean, only the tip of the sail was showing.” He added, “If the goal is to go to a BCS game, it’s better to play in one of the power conferences” (CHARLESTON GAZETTE, 11/19).