West Virginia University filed a lawsuit Monday seeking immediate withdrawal from the Big East Conference so it can join the Big 12.
The lawsuit filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court alleges the Big East breached its contract with West Virginia by failing to maintain a balance between football-playing members and non-football schools. The lawsuit asks a judge to invalidate the league’s bylaws, including a provision that requires schools to give notice of 27 months before withdrawing.
Syracuse and Pittsburgh withdrew from the Big East in September to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Texas Christian accepted an invitation to join the Big East but switched to the Big 12 in October and was not required to honor the 27-month notice requirement.
SEC AWARDS: Auburn tailback Mike Dyer is the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the week.
Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones were named defensive players of the week.
Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn is offensive lineman of the week, while Fletcher Cox gets defensive honors. South Carolina running back Brandon Wilds is freshman of the week.
ARKANSAS: Freshman Marquel Wade apologized for hitting Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause early, a crushing tackle that led to Wade’s ejection Saturday.
Wade has not been suspended for the hit. He says he thought Krause had the ball when he ran through the returner.
STANFORD: Tight end Zach Ertz will most likely be sidelined for at least two weeks after suffering a right leg injury.