The Big East and West Virginia have yet to work out a resolution to their competing lawsuits, but there is a status hearing set for Thursday in the case filed in Rhode Island.
As a refresher, West Virginia filed suit against the Big East in its home state in order to be able to leave for the Big 12 in time for the 2012 season. The Big East filed its own lawsuit in Rhode Island in order to compel West Virginia to stay the full 27 months before leaving, as dictated by conference bylaws. The judge in that particular case has ordered non-binding mediation in the hopes of expediting a settlement.
There are many legal questions about the cases, so I turned to two experts -- Lester Munson, ESPN senior writer and legal analyst; and Christian Dennie, a former NCAA compliance officer who now practices sports law in Fort Worth, Texas, and contributes to hisfirm's blog.
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