WVU, Big East cut ties at last

Football schedule out with new look
February 15, 2012 12:00 am
  • West Virginia officials were adamant that the program would be playing in the Big 12 this year.
    West Virginia officials were adamant that the program would be playing in the Big 12 this year.
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West Virginia severed ties Tuesday with the Big East Conference, announcing an agreement with the league that allows the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 July 1.

Terms were not announced, but sources said compensation to the Big East will be $20 million. About half will be paid by West Virginia, including television rights money owed to the university by the Big East from football and basketball seasons. The other half will be paid by the Big 12, and a portion of that will be repaid to their new conference by the Mountaineers.

The settlement will close lawsuits brought by the two parties after the Mountaineers announced the move to the Big 12 in late October. The university sued the Big East in West Virginia and the conference sued the Mountaineers in Rhode Island, where the Big East is based. At issue was a Big East requirement that a member school give 27 months notice when leaving the league.

Along the way, West Virginia officials were adamant that the program would be playing in the Big 12 this year.


West Virginia: A new beginning
  • The 2012 football schedule for West Virginia, which will begin play in the Big 12 this fall:
  • Sep 1: Marshall ??? "Backyard Brawl" is off, but "Friends of Coal" Bowl remains
  • Sep 15: vs. James Madison ??? Pulled upset of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg two seasons ago
  • Sep 22: @ Maryland ??? Terrapins come off a 2-10 season in Randy Edsall's first year
  • Sep 29: Baylor ??? Maybe Robert Griffin III won't turn pro? Yeah, right.
  • Oct 6: @ Texas ??? Austin, Texas: Nice place for your first Big 12 road game
  • Oct 13: @ Texas Tech ??? QB Seth Doege passed for 4,004 yards and 28 TDs
  • Oct 20: Kansas State ??? QB Collin Klein accounted for 40 TDs for Big 12 runners-up
  • Nov 3: TCU ??? New to the conference, just like the Mountaineers
  • Nov 10: @ Oklahoma State ??? Defending conference champions lose a lot from 12-1 team
  • Nov 17: Oklahoma ??? QB Landry Jones' decision to return makes Sooners a threat

First Published 2012-02-14 23:14:36

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