No real shock... Cases moving forward in two States.


Providence County Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein rejected all of WVU’s arguments for dismissal. Furthermore, the Court has set no further deadlines for the prosecution of this case. This will be forthcoming I am sure (note author’s sarcasm). Judge Clawges set the trial date for the Mon County based case on June 25th. As you are aware that is just a week before WVU would wish to participate in the Big XII.

Judge Silverstein did what he was expected to do. Where this becomes an impediment, is that it likely means that two separate jurisdictions will rule the matter. That means that WVU will be in court fighting on two fronts. Should the two separate jurisdictions come down on opposite sides of this issue then the Federal Courts will be forced to get involved.

Simply stated, the current impediment brought about by Judge Silverstein’s ruling would be delay. Delay is an issue as it can inhibit the necessary scheduling for the upcoming season. The Big East is trying to force WVU’s hand by slowing the process enough that WVU is forced to play in the Big East. Some have recently opined that this means that the Big East is winning; I am not as concerned.

The discovery process for both cases is about to begin in earnest. This is where I see the member schools of the Big East getting uneasy about the process. Now the books will be laid open for all to see. Conference meetings will now become transparent. This means that any warts will be exposed. WVU is going to have an opportunity to expose the Big East for what it has become. I am fairly confident that those member institutions will not want that type of scrutiny.

I wish I could give you more than speculation on this matter, but until we start to see the discovery flow we are stuck with anticipation of things to come.

My humble suggestion, for all of the Eer faithful, is to simply focus on what is immediately important, you may have heard the Discover Orange Bowl kicks off tonight at 8:30. I know that is going to have my full attention.

Da Geek

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  • RobStamper

    As if said before, they’re not going to force wvu to stay! They can’t.. If the judge says stay, & we don’t what happens? Jail? Jail who? The only thing would be fines.. This is just like a coach leaving early.. We sued rod, we didn’t force him to stay for the time remaining? No just for the $$$$$…& if meatball thinks otherwise, he’s an idiot!! You cannot force anyone to do anything they don’t want,(unless you’re in jail, but chances are you did that yourself)..my guess is the buyout is way more than wvu is willing to pay, so roll the dice & let the courts decide how much it’ll cost?

  • http://www.wvlawgeekswestvirginiasports.blogspot.com wvlawgeek

    Rob, I believer that your instincts on this are sharp. It may be an expensive exit but it will be an exit. I am hopeful that we can get this done sooner rather than later, but regardless we are going to the Big XII. As I have said in my posts, I see the member institutions flinching first when they receive their notices to appear at the depositions. Connecticut, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Louisville don’t want to be responsive to those kinds of queries. The Providence mafia can only hope to retard WVU’s ability to effectuate a seamless exit. But if they wait too long they shall soon find that the aforementioned schools are going to be quite upset. Stay tuned.