Pitt files suit against Big East

May, 13, 2012
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Another suit has been filed against the embattled Big East.

This time, Pitt has filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, saying the Big East has waived its right to enforce the required 27-month waiting period. Therefore, the Panthers should be allowed to join the ACC without further penalty in time for the 2013-14 season.

Previously, former commissioner John Marinatto and Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson seemed hopeful the two sides could reach a resolution about allowing the Panthers to leave a year earlier than July 1, 2014. But it appears there was growing frustration from Pitt. Here is more from the AP story:
Marinatto and Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson met recently to discuss the matter. School officials said subsequent attempts by the school to begin more detailed talks were unsuccessful, leading them to believe they would not occur.

Big East spokesman John Paquette called the legal maneuver "disappointing" and said the conference had reached out to Pitt.

Pitt spokesman E.J. Borghetti said the goal is to get a resolution through private negotiations but extensively laid out its argument in court papers.

Pitt also is concerned about the change in leadership at the Big East. Regardless of commissioner, it is the university presidents in the Big East that would have been charged with making a decision about Pitt and Syracuse, which is also leaving for the ACC.

Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross told the Syracuse Post-Standard the school was still negotiating with the Big East about withdrawing in time for the 2013-14 season, but was keeping all its options open.

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