Showing that they are ready to join the Big 12 immediately, West Virginia University has filed a lawsuit against the Big East Conference.
In a statement released on CBSSports.com, Big East commissioner John Marinatto wrote to the league presidents in an email that explained the situation.
“We have been advised by West Virginia league council that the University is filing suit against the Big East Conference today, presumably to get relief from the withdrawal provision contained in our bylaws,” said the statement.
The reason West Virginia is leaving, according the lawsuit, is because of the loss of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, and a dissatisfaction with the job Marinatto has done.
West Virginia accepted an invitation to the Big 12 three days ago as a move that is to make up for the expected loss of Missouri to the Southeastern Conference.
This lawsuit could get ugly, as there is a 27-month exit rule in the Big East.
The one thing we do know is that West Virginia will be a Big 12 member at some point. It is no longer a matter of if the Mountaineers will join the Big 12, but when.