WVU abandons sinking ship at last?

So, while I’m at work, it seems these type of things happen.

According to the sock-sniffer Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports, WVU and the Big LEast Conference are nearing a settlement for $20million to escape the sinking ship, while teams such as Boise State, Memphis, Central Florida and Houston climb on.

Also, as part of the supposed agreement, WVU will help find a replacement for 2012 to fill out 7 other Big East teams’ void in their in-conference schedule.

From Sock Sniffer’s CBS article

West Virginia and the Big East Conference are nearing agreement on a settlement worth at least $20 million that would resolve all issues between both parties, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com.

The Mountaineers will join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 school year. However, in a bizarre twist, sources told CBSSports.com that West Virginia officials have contacted future Big East members to see if one could join in 2012 instead of 2013.

The reason is that with West Virginia’s departure to the Big 12, the Big East will be left with only seven football members this fall. Without an immediate replacement for West Virginia, the remaining Big East schools will be scrambling to find a 12th opponent. It’s unknown why West Virginia would assist a league that WVU athletic director Oliver Luck compared to “a ship … seriously going down,” except that it could lower West Virginia’s buyout, sources said.

However, an article from Jenn Menendez and the more reliable Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says $11million:

West Virginia University is close to settling a lawsuit with the Big East by paying the conference $11 million, clearing the way for the school to join the Big 12 starting with the 2012 football season, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Post-Gazette.

The two sides are scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. status hearing Thursday on a conference call with Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein.

The resolution is expected soon, potentially as early as Thursday.

And, a tweet from Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail also says $11million. You be the judge… Sock-sniffer McMurphy vs. two WVU beat writers that are a) awesome b) ON THE GROUND and c) Consistent.

Anyway, Big 12, we’re happy to be in the conference, and we’re comin’ for ya!!!

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