While it's been reported the West Virginia Mountaineers will pay something like $20 million to escape the Big East in time for the 2012 football season, it's not quite official yet. Thursdsay, the Rhode Island judge hearing the lawsuit by the Big East against WVU (not the West Virginia judge hearing the lawsuit by WVU against the Big East, you see) issued the following statement:
"The result of the Big East/WVU conference with Judge (Michael) Silverstein this morning is that the matter is continued to an unspecified date for another status conference."
"The Rhode Island case continues on a path toward trial, though Judge Silverstein is certainly open to news of a settlement if that happens in the interim. The judge did not disclose anything more specific than that regarding his discussions with the attorneys this morning."
The Big 12's public release of its football schedule is waiting on the WVU situation, with the ACC also waiting thanks to a Mountaineers game against Florida State also in the balance. The Big East obviously has to wait as well, meaning a third of the nation's current BCS conferences are held up by the Morgantown dispute.
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