Big East Unaware Of West Virginia Early Departure Negotiations

When asked how the West Virginia Mountaineers were going to become a Big 12 school by July 2012 when the Big East requires teams to give 27-month notice, the school president told reporters, "Our team and their team are in discussions about how we make that happen."

That's news to the Big East, who says they are not in any kind of negotiation for an early departure and don't plan to start one anytime soon.

Big East puzzled by WVU's notion that they're negotiating an exit. They haven't talked about it. Don't plan to, either.

Big East won't be bought out by WVU because its a bad precedent for Pitt/Syr. Confident in their legal standing.

Not only is West Virginia using the July 2012 date but the Big 12 Conference is as well, which means either both parties have a trick up their sleeve or we're about to see the first big legal battle of conference realignment commence.

Expect Syracuse and Pitt to keep a close eye on how this develops.

For more on the Mountaineers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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