West Virginia filed a civil lawsuit against the Big East in an attempt to leave the conference in 2012 to join the Big 12. The suit blames commissioner John Marinatto for the instability of the conference. WVU hopes to answer that breach of contract by alleging the Big East did nothing to protect the remaining six football schools once Pitt, Syracuse and TCU left. That, WVU claims, created instability, plus the lawsuit alleges Cincinnati, Rutgers and UConn had discussions with the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten.

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