West Virginia officially out of Big East; Does Boise State move in now?

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

The Big East and West Virginia announced Tuesday that they have reached a settlement, allowing the Mountaineers to leave for the Big 12 this fall.

West Virginia will pay "an exit fee well in excess of that required" by the league for leaving early, the Big East said in a statement. It has been reported that West Virginia will pay the league $20 million with some of the money coming from the Big 12. West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck said no state, taxpayer, tuition or academic support money will be used.

The move leaves the Big East with just seven FBS football-playing members for the 2012 season and create scheduling problems for all the remaining members.

Boise State, which is scheduled to join the league in 2013, is considering moving a year early. The Big East is a BCS AQ conference, meaning its champion goes to the BCS regardless of record.

The Western Athletic Conference is prepared to accommodate the rest of Boise State's sports in 2012-13, a year earlier than anticipated.

It would cost Boise State between $7.5 million and $9 million to depart the Mountain West this fall. The Mountain West, which would have nine teams without Boise State, would not face the same scheduling problems as the Big East since the league has planned to play an eight-game schedule.

In his only public comments on the matter, Boise State President Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman earlier this month that the Broncos were unlikely to change conferences for the 2012-13 season.

"It's too late. I can't imagine how anyone can pull that off. We would never want to pull it off in a fashion that dealt shabbily with our existing partners in the Mountain West. I don't think that could ever work," Kustra said.

Statement from Big East

BIG EAST TERMINATES WEST VIRGINIA’S MEMBERSHIP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors has voted to terminate West Virginia University’s membership in the Conference, effective June 30, 2012.

This vote is conditioned on WVU fulfilling its obligations under a settlement agreement with the Conference that resolves the litigation between the parties.

“West Virginia University has acknowledged and agreed that the Court in Monongalia County, West Virginia, will enter a judgment that the BIG EAST Conference Bylaws are valid and enforceable, and will dismiss with prejudice all of West Virginia’s claims against the Conference.” stated John Marinatto Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference.

The Bylaws establish the circumstances by which a member may unilaterally withdraw from the Conference, which includes payment of an exit fee and a minimum of 27 months’ notice. The Bylaws also provide that the Conference may, by 3/4 vote, terminate the membership of any member and that is the process by which West Virginia University will depart as a member of The BIG EAST Conference.

In deciding to terminate West Virginia University’s membership, the Conference took into account the accusations that WVU asserted against the BIG EAST in the lawsuit that is now being dismissed. The Conference also took into account the steps that West Virginia University was willing to take to resolve the litigation, including the payment of an exit fee well in excess of that required by the Bylaws. In light of all of these factors, the BIG EAST Conference felt that it was in its best interest to terminate West Virginia University’s membership and conclude the litigation.

The BIG EAST Conference wishes the West Virginia University student-athletes success in their future athletic endeavors. With the recent addition of Boise State University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, San Diego State University, Southern Methodist University, and the United States Naval Academy, the future for the BIG EAST Conference has never been brighter.

Statement from West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University has reached a settlement agreement with the Big East Conference in the pending civil actions in West Virginia and Rhode Island, WVU officials confirmed today.

WVU will officially begin its full membership in the Big 12 Conference in July.

“Our membership in the Big 12 offers WVU significant advantages,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Oliver Luck. “The Big 12 is a strong and vibrant conference academically and athletically. We look forward to the potential academic and athletic partnerships and financial opportunities that membership in the Big 12 offers."

Luck said the agreement prohibits discussion of the details, but stressed that no state or taxpayer funds, tuition or academic support monies will be used to pay the settlement. Any settlement funding transferred, according to Luck, will come from private sources and independently generated athletic revenues.

WVU President Jim Clements stressed the importance of the University’s future direction.

"We are in great company in the Big 12, joining a group of world-class research universities – many of them large public land-grant flagship institutions like WVU,” Clements said. “These schools have quality academics, research, athletic programs, winning traditions and loyal, passionate fans.”

He added, “Our partnership with the Big 12 is an investment in WVU's future. We're looking forward to the tremendous opportunities it presents – all across our university."

Luck said of the settlement: “This closes a chapter and opens a new one filled with exciting possibilities for WVU’s future. I’ve heard from Mountaineer fans across the country who have made it very clear that they are proud and honored to be heading into the Big 12.”

Clements and Luck thanked West Virginia fans everywhere, as well as the governor, United States senators and representatives, the attorney general, state senators and delegates for their support these past few months.

WVU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 in late October.

The Big East is now the

Big Nothing....

Go ahead and spend another $500K on jet feul....

I see no advantage of Big East, just more and more Big Debt....but liberals love big debt, so go for it I guess?

Ugly

You have to at least try to make a little bit of sense

Do you have any idea how far you can go on $500K of jet fuel?

What does "debt" have to do with joining the Big East?

What do liberals have to do with BSU moving to the Big East?

Its ugly

His posts are beyond meaningless. He used to be some sort of comedy routine in these blogs, now hes just desperate for any sort of lap dog attention. As vandalsrulebjc always pointed out, ugly isnt even a Vandal. Hes a malcontent.

It's a dumb idea when you have a fee and you want a BOND.

Get your OWN bag!

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well

then you have no clue about college sports, marketing and TV revenue.

There is a TON of money in the BEAST. BSU will be gettin some of it.

You greedy non- fan! I just wanted to watch the games.

All I got was this pus-wad garbage.

That's all football is to a lot of you

PAYCHECKS

How's your mortagage, Midas?

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What would you know about college anything!

By the looks of the grammar, spelling an capitalization, you never finished the second grade!

By the looks

of your inability to spell "and" correctly, you never finished first grade. Glass houses, my friend.

"By the looks of the grammar, spelling an capitalization, you never finished the second grade!"

Hint: there's a "d" on the end of "and".

Where's the FOOTBALL???

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it's wide right

why?

Because none of you can move it and Murphy...

sits there asking stupid questions instead of ANSWERING THEM, worried that Richert and Barker won't save the new, PRETTIER newspaper.

Newspapers never learn, they just die.

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Murphy is more on the ball that Richert

Richert is a tool. I'm surprised he still has a job.

Ironic

--"Newspapers never learn, they just die."--

Much like insignificant trolls. They never learn, they just eventually shut up and die.

Irony deficient

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I see one EASY advantage

We get away from Idaho and it's moronic fans- like you.

I believe the Broncos

had a very good idea they were going to the Big East this year. That is why they have not scheduled a 13th game this year when normally that would already have been done.

SLC

We will still need a game if we go to the BE this year because we will only have 7 conference games.

Correct...

They were waiting for the correct time slot to work with.

Murph

Does that $20M include the loss of the 2011-12 conference revenue? or in addition to?

No revenue hit

If I'm not mistaken, the Big East bylaws don't require forfeiture of revenue for leaving the conference - just 27 months' notice and the $5 million exit fee.

If the Big 12 is helping WVA pay the Big East exit fee....

the Big East should pay BSU's MWC exit fee and especially so considering that it's "an exit fee well in excess of that required" of WVA.

§ Sounds more like $15 million

"Sources told CBSSports.com that the Big East will receive $20 million from West Virginia, which is responsible for $10 million. The Big 12 is "loaning" West Virginia the remaining $10 million, but the school will only be responsible for paying back about half of that amount.

http://brett-mcmurphy.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/29532522/34834816

§ Hmmmm ...

"The (WV) university's payout would cover the Big East's $5 million exit fee -- of which WVU has already paid $2.5 million -- Boise State's own $5 million buyout fee and $1 million to match what the other Big 12 schools will end up contributing."

http://www.wvrecord.com/news/241830-wvu-announces-settlement-with-big-east

If we can get some financial help

with the cost of the move, go for it. I'm all in favor of playing in the new league ASAP to the extent it is economicly possible. In the event we lose a few dollars this year, I fully think that the new league association and tv contracts will make up for those funds in short order. Go Bronco's.

Now, the plusses

outweigh the minuses. The opportunities and the money are simply too good to wait another year. Move now, and schedule Florida State for our 13th game for a really exciting season in 012'. We're getting closer to the day when the Lee Corsos and Colin Cowherds of the sports media will no longer be able to declare that "Boise State doesn't count", and characterize our schedule as "garbage wins".

Likely no 13th game

if they move this year, as the Hawaii game would be a conference game that would likely only be played if they stay in the MWC. I don't believe they'll schedule Hawaii if they move to the Big East for 2012. If they move for 2012, they'll have seven Big East games and room for one more non-conference game to give them 12 total.

They still have a

15-day break in the schedule between Michigan State (Aug 31) and Miami of Ohio (Sept 15). The September 7 WVU cancellation with Florida State would be a timely slot for Boise State to fill so long as that date isn't taken by a subsequent Big East conference game. Just saying...would be a gamble, but a great chance for national exposure.

BSU exit fee

Is it true that if BSU waits to leave until next year they wont have to pay any exit fee because the MW wont exist? If that is true can we use that as leverage to negotiate a smaller exit fee to leave this year. At least that way the MW gets something from us instead of nothing next year. Then the Big East can use some of its WV money to pay the fee for us. We move for nothing and can use the money we were planning on using for the football facilities.

stadium

Just go for it , expand the stadium and facilities, kiss the Mountain West goodbye, and lets sail into the future :)

Move to Big East NOW

Cannot fatham what Dr. Kustra sees we owe the MWC. They have short changed us at every turn. The first being leaving the Broncos out when they formed and the latest being ditching us when the big boys all split for AQ leagues--without giving us a heads up before we left the WAC. The teams that remained even made us agree to that silly clause about the blue turf.

If the WAC will take back the other sports next year and the move will be a zero sum cost to Boise State, screw 'em.

We would get a great deal more exposure, TV revenue, and an AQ shot.

Why not?

the MWC left BSU out a 2nd time too...

When they asked TCU to join. I say to heck with the MWC.

Here is a question:

If the Big East requires us to follow the same blue-on-blue clause as the MWC, do we flip them the bird or still go through with it?

And, if the Big East over the next year or two requires all playing surfaces to be green, what do we do?

Talk amongst yourselves. Lol.

Since both of these issues

have been settled to Boise State's satisfaction, what is there to discuss?

Things can change

If the conference decides to go the MWC route, should Boise State comply or tell them to "F off"?

RM,

That no blue-on-blue is not going to happen. We have the hot hand on negotiating here; they need and eighth team real bad to fill out schedules in 2012. So, Dr. Kustra is leaning back and doing some poker playing while holding four aces. Our stance: all conditions must be favorable before this thing can happen. Expect it to get done in a week or two.

I didn't know

that the issue had been addressed. I didn't know if the Big East would be so bold as to dictate to us what we can and can't do with our own field. This may not have been a part of the initial entrance contract, but I suppose the BE could make such a ruling down the line. What happens then?

They all have a disease, Sanford.

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FO

???

Give a man a monkey and he will spank it.

Shut up, trollop.

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Oh FO

Good comeback ;)

Give a man a monkey and he will spank it

I loove Big East move---

and hated MWC move. But that being said, if someone doesnt pay our exit fees and lost tv money----we cant afford the move folks. Sit er out till 2013 and the MWC folds, maybe leaving us free of any cost. As ya can tell by the request of a stadium bond we dont have the money to just keep jumping conferences and leaving money on the table.
Best of luck to BSU officals and football program on the outcome.

§ Karl Benson to the Sun Belt

Last gasp for the WAC?

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6270202/34838955

This can only mean one thing

Utah St, San Jose St, and LaTech are gone to the new MWC/CUSA.

The BE

The Big East should be called the Big Easy. If it does take BSU early it is an excellent move because, it

1. Gets a much better team in the conference in Boise State and

2. Makes an extra 10 mil or so to boot.

Can't argue with the facts.

Not so sure on that extra

$10M by going Big East?

Its not what you make that counts, it is what you keep....

Its not what you make that counts, it is what you keep....

Ya, kinda what I've learned the hard way a few times in life.

Bad news out of TCU

Hate to see this no matter who it is

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/02/15/multiple-tcu-students-arrested-in-campus-drug-bust/

Four football players...

...with the potential for more arrests. Not good. Could happen anywhere and probably is happening in a few places.

Uh oh

Some pretty good football players look to be involved in the drug bust. Tanner Brock among them.

TCU is moving fast

on this.

Check out the roster from TCU's web site

http://gofrogs.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/tcu-m-footbl-mtt.html

The 4 players have already been removed..........